When the Hype is Right

Hello all! I just a quick post today. I talk a lot about hype killing books, but not enough about when it worked for me. So I’m going to channel a bit of positivity and list some books where that hype really hit the spot! I’m not gonna list every built-up book- especially since I read a lot of books that I wasn’t aware were hyped at the time. I’ll only  list books where I knew they were a crazy big deal- and actually ended up loving them- and that have stood the test of time in my mind. Of course, these books won’t be for everyone, yet in the interest of spreading a little #booklove, these are an excellent place to start:


I’ve heard from sci fi fans that this is a little light in terms of story- indeed it’s not the most unique plot I’ve ever read. What is inventive is how it’s told. Completely worth getting in physical form, Illuminae throws out the rule book and plays a different storytelling game. Plus I can’t say often enough just how good the villain was in this one.

Red Rising Pierce Browns

If you want excitement, wonderful world building and characters that leap off the page (and stab you through the heart)- then look no further! Action-packed, complex and elegantly written, I can’t recommend this enough for fans of the sci fi genre (and as a gateway drug for those that aren’t 😉 ).

six of crows

I always want to do a little jig whenever I think about this book- it’s everything I ever want in a fantasy. Twisty and entertaining, this won’t give you a chance to catch your breath, as you’ll fall in love with Bardugo’s characters and world.

the hating game

I only read this recently and cannot believe how much fun I had with it. I saw this book as just a bit of filler in my weekly reading- and yet I ended up not sleeping, because I was so totally invested in this romance!

carry on

Gonna be honest: I love to push this book on everyone. Because satire is one of my favourite things in the world. And a Harry Potter parody? Well that’s just heaven. Plus it has Simon and Baz- what more could you want?!

bear and the nightingale

Did you think we were going to get through a list on books I loved without this turning up? Did you really? A book that resurrects fairy tale themes and interweaves that with a stroke of realism is perfection for me. So yeah, kinda has to go on this (and every) list.

demon king

When I first got into the online book community, this was everywhere and honestly I can safely say that’s for a reason. While this series isn’t mindblowing in terms of plot or world building, the characters are *outstanding*. Really, this series has some of the best characterisation I’ve seen in fantasy (in fact, one of the only better examples is Chima’s less hyped Heir series)

perks of being a wallflower

Oh gosh I’d heard never-ending hype for this one- fortunately all of it turned out to be true. Hard hitting, real and relatable, this is one of the best coming of age stories out there. It’s truly a brilliant piece of literature.


I did the wrong thing with this one and watched the movie first. I know, I know- big mistake. Especially since the book is so much better. I was stunned by the prose and crisp plotlines (which flowed better in the book). This is one of those times where I was put off by the crazy hype and I wish I hadn’t been, because this would have been worth going into free from spoilers. Still- what makes this book so magnificent is that even then I thought it was a rocking read!

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This is one of the most divisive books on the list- because people seem to fall so readily into different camps for this book. A lot of people love it and a lot of people hate it. Frankly, this slightly weird and wacky book divides audiences for a reason- so I almost didn’t put it on this list. Nonetheless, I adored the non-traditional elements and disturbing depths subtly woven into the plot. I think that even if this book’s not for you, there’s a lot you can get out of it (if nothing else, it’ll make an intriguing addition to your bookshelves 😉 )

So did you enjoy any of these hyped books? And do you have any hyped books you particularly liked? Let me know in the comments!

126 thoughts on “When the Hype is Right

  1. Awesome list! I read Illuminae and totally agree that the hype is well-earned. Good stuff, original formatting! Also awesome to see Red Rising in there! It definitely climbed up high on my priority list after I was told that it soooo wasn’t pure YA! I too watched Gone Girl before reading it, but I think reading will be quite fun now that it has been a while since I’ve seen the movie though!

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