Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title:


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Cinder by Marissa Meyer


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff






More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


What popular books do you think lived up to the hype?  Have you read any of the books on my list?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

74 comments:

  1. Glad to see Cinder and 'Jack the Ripper' on your list. I'm thinking I should prioritize the latter as we head into fall. Something tells me it'd be the ideal autumn read. ;D

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    1. They would be for sure, Rissi! I hope you'll enjoy them. :)

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  2. I loved Cinder, Gentleman's Guide, and More Happy than Not. I keep seeing Children of Blood and Bones on lists today, so I really have to prioritize it soon!

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  3. I definitely agree with you about THE GENTLEMAN's GUIDE TO VIRTUE AND VICE. That book has so much more than I ever thought or imagined. I also have THE CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE on my list. I need to read THE CRUEL PRINCE. My TTT hyped list

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  4. Cinder is so worth reading. I need to read The Gentlemen's Guide... Fab list. :-) My TTT

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  5. I thought Dark Matter was excellent! And The Cruel Prince is definitely on my list to get!

    Illuminae was fabulous too.

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    1. Dark Matter was so great - and I hope you like The Cruel Prince when you get there!

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  6. Was Illuminae hyped? I just remember there being piles of that book everywhere at BookCon, so I didn't think much of it. In fact, we left it on the shelf for a year or so, and then regretted waiting so long to read it. It is now one of my favorite series.

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    1. It was so hyped! :) I still need to read the finale, but I just don't want it to end.

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  7. Oh for sure on Children of Blood and Bone! I still haven't read the Jack the Ripper ones and I sincerely want to!

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  8. We share quite a few- The Cruel Prince, The Martian, Illuminae, and Cinder. Totally agree about Dark Matter too.

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    1. I figure they're all on a few lists this time. :)

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  9. I was for sure that The Cruel Prince wouldn't live up to the hype. I'm so happy it did though! I agree with quite a few of yours.

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  10. Cinder was really good. The Cruel Prince sounds amazing I need it.

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  11. Thanks to Amazon, I recently picked up both Gentleman's Guide and Stalking Jack the Ripper. Can't wait to get into both of these! Great list.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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  12. Yes! Dark Matter is on my list too!
    http://orangecountyreaders.com/2018/07/31/top-ten-tuesday-popular-books-that-lived-up-to-the-hype/

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    1. It was so cool wasn't it!

      Thanks for sharing Jaymi!

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  13. Cinder anad Illuminae <3
    I love that you added More Happy Than Not. It's a favorite as mine as well!

    Our TTT: https://thebookdutchesses.com/2018/07/31/ttt-38-popular-books-that-lived-up-to-the-hype/

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    1. I'm just glad I finally had the opportunity to try Adam Silvera.

      Thanks for sharing, Isabelle!

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  14. A lot of my favorites are on this list. I recently read Gentleman’s Guide, and it’s a new favorite. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. I love Stalking Jack the Ripper. So glad you ended up liking it as well. I am counting down the days for the final book.

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  16. I have not read any of the books on your list this week. They all look good.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:
    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/07/top-ten-tuesday-popular-books-that.html

    Happy reading!!

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  17. I read Illuminae, but I didn't care for it. I would like to read The Cruel Prince and The Children of Blood and Bone at some point.

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    1. Oh, well - it isn't for everyone. I hope you'll enjoy the others though. :)

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  18. Children of Blood and Bone was on my list this week too! Still need to read Gentleman's Guide and Stalking Jack The Ripper though.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/top-ten-tuesday-170/

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    1. Happy reading - hope you like them! :)

      Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I love this list :)
    I loved COBAB too, it definitely lived up to the hype.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thanks for coming over, Cora. :)

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  20. Definitely agree with Illuminae and Lady Midnight, absolutely worth the hype! Childen of Blood and Bone has appeared on a lot of lists this week, I almost bought it yesterday but not entiretsure whether I’ll enjoy it, I guess I’ll just have to take everyone’s word for it! I also really need to buy The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I’m dying to read it!

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  21. I agree with so many of these and others are on my TBR! Great list!

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  22. Hell yes to Children of Blood and Bone. It is probably one of the best books of the year. The Cruel Prince is on my TBR too and I am currently reading Gentleman's Guide. I really hope it turns out good for me too :D

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  23. I loved Cinder! I was so hesitant going in but I'm so glad I read it!

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  24. omgg SO many are the same for me too! I Love love love The Cruel Prince and Illuminae. 😍 Also kicking myself that I haven't read More Happy Than Not yet?! But I will soon!

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    1. I really don't know why I put off More Happy Than Not for so long... Hope you enjoy it!

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  25. I think I've finally decided to read The Martian. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it and others.

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  26. I've seen so many people mention Cinder by Marissa Meyer! I don't know why or how I let it slip through the cracks. I'll have to get to it eventually because it does sound like something I'd like :)

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    1. I have a feeling that you'll love it. Thanks for commenting! :)

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  27. I think reading Children of Blood and Bone so early in the year (I had an eARC from NetGalley and read it from late December to mid-January) ruined my reading year because it was so good and nothing else really matched up to it.

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  28. I haven't read a lot of these yet, but some are on my list. ;) Red Rising is definitely a book that lived up to the hype for me. Also, I'm currently reading Vicious, and it is fantastic! So that was a hype win as well. XD

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    1. Yay! Vicious was amazing - and I'm dying for the sequel. :)

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  29. You picked some really good ones here! Most of them are on my TBR and can't wait to read them. And I loved seeing Cinder on your list. Definitely one of my faves =)

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    1. Thanks for coming over! I hope you'll enjoy the ones on your tbr when you get to them. :)

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  30. I am SO ready for the last book in the Dark Artifices omg. Great list!

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  31. Several of these are on my TBR, and I'm hoping they live up to the hype for me, too! I've been putting them off to let some of the hype die down before I read them though, just in case. :)

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  32. Great list. I loved Cinder but I think I read it before the hype (right after it came out) or at least I don't rember there being a big fuss about it back then. Alo I can't wait to start Children of blood and bone,it just recently arrived so I'm excited

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  33. It's funny, I was just looking at Stalking Jack the Ripper at Barnes over the weekend. For the longest time I actually thought that it was written by James Patterson... not that it was his publishing company. lol I think this one needs to go on my TBR though!

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  34. Ahh so many of these books are on my TBR! I’m so glad to hear these all lived up to their hype for you. I’m hoping to read Stalking Jack the Ripper soon. I think it looks like the perfect spooky, autumn read. ☺️🍁

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    1. It and it's sequel would be great for Halloween. Thanks for coming over, Theresa. :)

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  35. Yay Cinder!! I love that series! I've been dying to read Children of Blood and Bone, Cruel Prince, and Gentleman's Guide, so I'm glad they made this list! Awesome post :)

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    1. They are brilliant - bet you'd love them, Loretta!

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  36. I completely agree with you when it comes to Illuminae, Cinder, and The Martian. But, in keeping with the tradition of TTT controversy, I don't agree about Dark Matter! For something reason I just couldn't get myself to care about the novel. It was far too outrageous for me.

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    1. Ok, it was kind of outrageous - I'll give you that one. I did listen to it on audiobook and the narrator was really, really good so that's definitely a bit of mine. :)

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  37. Ohh, yes!! I agree with quite a few books on your list, especially The Cruel Prince! I can't wait to read the second book in that series :)

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

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