Top Ten Tuesday (139)

Jul 7, 2015

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For starters, to help narrow things down, I'm focusing on hyped books that I own and haven't read. (As my brother says: "Quit buying books. You already own a thousand you're never going to read!") Now, the hype factor. Really, hype is a monster, because sometimes it can just ruin a book, and that totally sucks. But I think there are at least two types of hype. The first is the obvious one: the books everyone is talking about and that you see everywhere. I won't be discussing those, so books like City of Bones (which I never finished), Legend (I only own Prodigy, and it's an ARC), Looking for Alaska, the Percy Jackson series, Rainbow Rowell's adult novels, the fifth, sixth, and seventh Harry Potter books, and all of Richelle Mead's YA books, except for Vampire Academy, won't be on this list.

Then there are those other hyped books, the ones you see a handful of people just loving on, creating this little group of people who are in love with a book. These are the small, underrated, not-on-store-shelves books with that special sort of hype, and those are what I will be mostly putting on my list. They're the quieter books that slipped right under everyone's radar, and they're not all bestsellers, though they really should be. Like I said, I certainly own some big and popular books that I haven't read, but those would be too easy (and for some, whether or not they're hyped depends on the person). So for this week's Top Ten Tuesday I've pulled ten fifteen books from my shelves that I've seen some people hardcore loving on, and have that hold-close-to-the-heart hype. And really, those can be just the absolute best books.


The Storyspinner is one of those books that I didn't have a whole lot of interest in until people started reading and raving about it. Faking Normal seems a little more serious than I prefer to read--I like fluff!--but from what I've heard, it's worth the read and has a good mix of romance to help keep it a bit lighter. (I think.) I don't know that I really need to explain The Winner's Curse, except that it's the one book I said I would for sure get read this year. I should probably get on that. I don't think I've seen a single person not be a fan of A Darker Shade of Magic--hence why I bought it--but I'll be reading it very soon for book club and I am EXCITED. All the Bright Places is a book I've wanted to read since I first heard about it, but now that I've seen reviews I think I have an idea of how it will end (don't spoil it!), and I think it's NSFR (Not Safe for Rachel). I've read little New Adult, but I've heard fantastic things about The Sea of Tranquility, and it seems to be about more than lust, which I like. The Orphan Queen--um, isn't there a support group for this one? I haven't read any of Jenny Han's books, but I've heard pretty darn good things about To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and I think there's a cliffhanger (but I won't have to wait for the sequel!)? Princess of Thorns is a book I didn't know would be good until people started reviewing it, and I need to read Stacey Jay's other books, too. And all of Morgan Matson's books, Since You've Been Gone included. I read Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph earlier this year and LOVED them, and I'm super eager for the chance to dive into Mortal Heart (but not eager to say goodbye to this series). Magnolia, from what I've heard, is a romance that's a bit more than sweet, and Graffiti Moon is supposedly yet another fantastic book from an Aussie author. Fantasy is my new favorite genre, and I've heard some pretty good things about Graceling. Last but not least is The Heir, which is definitely a HYPED book, but I still need to read it, oopsie oops!

What hyped books do you still need to read?

16 comments:

  1. I really liked All the Bright Places even though it is very sad...it is also hopeful. Hope you get to it.

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  2. OMG SO MANY OF THESE.

    The Orphan Queen. I am in love with Jodi Meadows' books. And yes there is the #OQsupportgroup. The Winner's Curse was soooo good! And Graceling!

    Here's my TTT

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  3. To All the Boys is definitely hyped... but it is really adorable. I started Since You've Been Gone, but put it down because I was expecting it to be SO GOOD... and the beginning just did not impress. Hype killed it for me :(

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  4. A Darker Shade of Magic deserves the hype. :)

    Check out my TTT and my current giveaway.

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  5. All the Bright Places <3, one of my favourite reads for 2015!! Oh, you deficiently need to read The Winner's Curse! The sequel for To All the Boys I've Loved before is out, so you won't have to worry about waiting! Since You've Been Gone is one I was super excited for but was really disappointed with how it started and put it aside, hopefully this summer i'll pick it back up!

    Nicole, you really need to read the Percy Jackson series!! I whipped through this series in 2 weeks! Also, Shatter Me is on my list. I'm not sure if I'll get around to reading it anytime soon though. Sophia, A Great and Terrible Beauty<3. I definitely think you should pick it up! It's so good :D.

    My TTT

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  6. My TTT only overlapped yours a tiny bit, however, nearly every book here that I have not read is on my TBR pile! A Darker Shade of Magic is amazing! Definitely recommend it.

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  7. I am excited but nervous about reading A Darker Shade of Magic. It certainly is very hyped!
    My TTT!

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  8. I like the way you did this one!! I too always buy books that aren't necessarily "hyped," but that I see a ton of people loving, and then I don't get around to them. I have most of these books too and I have only read a handful of them!
    Here's my TTT!

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  9. I've only read The Orphan Queen and The Winner's Curse. The ending of The Orphan Queen and The Winner's Crime are so painful. Read them when the sequels come out so you don't have a painful wait! I see a few books on your list that I still need to read!

    My TTT

    Lizzie @ Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde

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  10. I've only read To Al the Boys I've Loved Before and I really liked it. There are so many on your list I want to read though - All the Bright Places and Since You've Been Gone are high on my TBR - Great list!

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  11. I read Mortal Heart earlier this year!! I really enjoyed reading the entire His Fair Assassin Series!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-hyped-books-ive.html

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  12. You won't regret reading Morgan Matson's books. So worth all the hype they've had. MyTTT

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  13. Out of your pile, my very favorites are Graceling, Since You've Been Gone (PERFECT for summer!), and The Orphan Queen. Such good books. There are quite a few hyped books I still need to read. Off the top of my head: The Scorpio Races, A Darker Shade of Magic, the rest of the Alanna books, Grave Mercy, Isla and the Happily Ever After.

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  14. I haven't read any of these either! The Winners Curse I see everywhere and I don't think I've seen a bad review :-) A Darker Shade of Magic I really want to get my hands on!!! Here's my TTT if you would like to check it out :-) Have a great day!

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  15. I'm reading The Storyspinner right now, but I'm still not far enough in to be sure how I feel about it. I have yet to read The Orphan Queen, but I've heard some pretty good things!

    My TTT.

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  16. Graceling is definitely worth the read. I wouldn't go into the other books in the series as much, but Graceling is great.
    I forgot about the Orphan Queen and Princess of Thorns, those would have been on my TTT list as well.

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