Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Read Because of Massive Hype and Glowing Reviews

As hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Top Ten TuesdayOk, I have a book confession to make. Normally this week’s top ten should have been about the books I’ve picked up on a whim. BUT… I haven’t picked up a book on a whim in ages. It’s been forever since I just bought a book because it looked pretty or because the blurb intrigued me.

The last book I picked up on a whim was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 2 years ago. I’d never heard of it before but I liked the blurb and the cover so I bought it. And admittedly, that became my favorite book series, so it’s really not a bad thing to buy based on a whim.

But still, I’ve been a die-hard review-based book buyer lately. So I propose two action points for myself. One, I will change this top ten into ‘ Ten books I read because of massive hype and glowing reviews’. Two, I will make it my personal goal to pick up 1 book on a whim each month for the rest of the year. How’s that sound?

So without further ado, here’s my top ‘books I bought because of massive hype and glowing reviews’:

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

If it hadn’t been for my browsing of book blogs and Goodreads, I would probably never had heard of this series. But I’m forever thankful that I did, because I saw the raving reviews, was intrigued, ordered the book and discovered a new all-time favorite series!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is kind of a classic, but I probably never would have picked it up if it weren’t for the raving reviews. And again, I’m happy that I did, because this book is just so amazing.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I’m easily intimidated by books that promise hard subject matter, so my first instinct would be to stay away from books like ‘All The Bright Places’. But all the glowing reviews sold it to me, and while it was a tough book, I loved it so much.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Though the description did seem like it would be a book for me, I picked it up mostly because everyone and their dog was recommending it. And while I was not a super big fan of book one, I did fall in love with the series as a whole.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

In Belgium, I had never heard about Colleen Hoover, nor did I ever see any of her books in the bookstore. But online the hype is high. So I decided to give her a try, starting with Ugly Love. And while I had mixed feelings about that one, I am intrigued and want to read more books by her soon.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Another book that was not super popular in Belgium, but still got my attention thanks to some glowing Booktube reviews. I only read book one, but am excited to start book two and three soon!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I put of on reading this for a long time. The title is just soo cheesy and I didn’t think it would be my thing. But it seemed like the entire book blogging world adored this book and recommended it so I decided to give it a try. And then I finished it in one day. So it’s definitely worth giving a try.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Again, why is this not more popular in Belgium? If not for the online hype, I would have never heard of this and that would have been a pity because it’s one of the most original and fantastical series I’ve ever read.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I told this story about a million times by now and I think this series is in practically all of my top tens. I had a bad impression of these books, didn’t think it would be for me, but I gave it a try anyway because of the hype and now it’s one of my all -time favorite series.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Currently reading – super hyped book, even in Belgium (so that’s saying something) but I always put of on reading it. But now I’m in the mood for some epic storytelling and I have high expectations of this series!

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  1. Oh I loved Cinder so much and I only picked it up because so many people loved it. I actually stumbled on Anna and the French Kiss and loved it and hadn’t realised it was a series until later. I love Colleen Hoover but Ugly Love is not my favorite from her. I like Maybe Someday the best. Great list!

    1. Ugly Love is the first (and so far the only) book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover, and I was a bit disappointed because I liked some things and hated other things in it. But I’ll definitely give Maybe Someday a try soon as I’m sure I’ll enjoy that one more!

  2. I usually read based off of recommendations as well! I did manage to find 10 books for this week’s topic. I do love how you remixed the topic though. 🙂 I only read Anna and the French Kiss because of the hype. Great list!

    1. Thanks! Glad to know I’m not the only one who mostly reads based off of recommendations 🙂 Though I couldn’t even find 10 books that I read based on a whim, so I’ll have to work on that! I’m glad Anna and the French Kiss had such a hype or else I might not have read it yet and I loved it so that would have been a pity 🙂

  3. I’ve put off reading “The Raven Boys” too. I normally don’t go after big YA series books (I have no idea why) but I’ve been hearing so much about this one lately… Might as well!

    “Captive Prince” looks VERY interesting! It’s now on my TBR!

    My TTT

    1. I absolutely LOVE the Captive Prince series – I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  4. I loved Anna, Cinder, daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Winners Curse!! I also have a few of these on my TBR 🙂 great list 🙂

    1. Thanks! Glad you loved them too 🙂

      1. They’re all such great reads 🙂

  5. You picked up some awesome books on a whim. I have loved so many of these books: Ugly Love, All the Bright Places, Cinder, The Book Thief, The Winner’s Kiss and Anna and the French Kiss. The others are all ones I really want to read myself and need to hurry up and get to,especially since I own them al. Great list 🙂 You can check out my post here.

    1. Thanks, I’m glad to see you loved these books as well! Though I wish I picked them up on a whim, I actually picked them up based on the reviews 🙂 But I hope in the future I’ll be able to pick up some books on a whim just as great as these!

  6. This is such a great list, and I do pick up a TON of books based on recommendations. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about The Raven Boys, I am going to read that one soon, and I can’t wait. I hope it will live to both of our expectations 😀

    1. Thanks! I have high expectations for the Raven Boys but I’m sure it will live up to them! Hope you’ll enjoy it too!

  7. Oh I loved Anna way more than I care to admit to anybody. I definitely put off reading it because it just seemed to cheesy for me and I’m so glad I ignored that feeling. I like your challenge to yourself, I go through spurts where I’ll randomly buy books then not read anything on a whim for another year. Great List!

    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who felt that way about Anna! 🙂 I think a good balance is needed between buying books based on reviews (because then you can discover great books you wouldn’t have picked up otherwise like Anna) and buying on a whim (because then you can discover some great hidden gems).

  8. I think picking up one book a month on a whim is a fun idea! The Kiss of Deception has an awesome cover and I can see picking that one up for the cover art alone. But then I do that sometimes… 🙂

    1. Thanks, I’ll do my best to achieve this goal 🙂 And I agree, there’s nothing wrong with judging a book based on the cover once in a while!

  9. The Kiss of Deception is one of my favorite series!! I cannot WAIT to read the last one! I also really loved The Winner’s Trilogy! Great list! 😀

    Here are my Top Ten!

    1. I still have to read The Heart of Betrayal but I’m really excited to start it soon! I think I’ll wait to read until The Beauty of Darkness is released though, so I’ll be able to binge read both of them 🙂

  10. THIS. I completely agree with all of your choices. I read The Winner’s Curse, The Book Thief and The Raven Boys because of the huge hype as well. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ♥

    1. Thanks, glad you liked this list! 🙂

  11. I agree with you about The Winner’s Curse. I thought the first book was just OK, and bought it because I loved the cover and the blurb. However, I loved the other books in the series, and the series as a whole. Cinder was so good! That’s another book I bought because I loved the cover, but I loved every part of that series. The Raven Boys is over-hyped if you ask me, but the other books in the series are way better. I’m so glad I continued with the series.

    1. Thanks, glad you felt the same way about the Winner’s Curse! I’m just starting The Raven Boys and I have high expectations! But it’s good to know the other books are even better than the first so I’ll know that if I don’t like it that much it’s still worth it to continue.

  12. So many of these books are on my TBR! I haven’t read The Winner’s Curse yet, but I picked it up a couple of years ago because of the cover haha. I had no idea how hyped it was. I’m so happy you’re reading The Raven Boys! I hope you love it 🙂

    1. I really recommend the Winner’s trilogy, even if I didn’t super love the first book. Definitely a good series as a whole 🙂 And I have super high expectations for The Raven Boys, but I’m sure it will live up to them!

  13. The Book Thief is one of my favourite books, glad to see you enjoyed it. Hope you enjoy The Raven Boys!
    My TTT:

    1. The Book Thief really is amazing! 🙂

  14. AHHH I’VE READ SO MANY OF THESE AND LOVE THEM TOO. *shrieks* And I picked up Throne of Glass on a whim too *hi fives*

    I actually read All the Bright Places BEFORE it was super famous?!? So hipster bookworm moment for me. XD But I definitely picked up DOSAB because of all the hype. And the Book Thief! Although I committed the bookworm taboo and saw the movie first. BOTH MADE ME CRY THOUGH. OMG WHAT IS THIS LIFE. HOW COULD THE BOOK BE SO CRUEL. *sobs*

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. *Throne of Glass whim hi five* I loved The Book Thief movie! And yes it totally made me cry, as did the book. Is it weird that we love these books and movies os much when they give us so much pain? Oh well, they are still beautiful and gorgeous and the beauty of these stories is worth the pain 🙂

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