10 Popular Books That are Worth the Hype

We all know the feeling of being excited to read a book because it’s been receiving high praise from everyone you know. Then, you read the book and…it wasn’t what you’d expected. You feel disappointed and start to question if you read the same book everyone else did.

Well, this list is full of books that had the exact opposite effect! These are all popular books that you’ve most definitely heard of if you’ve been a part of the online book community. Some of them I was hesitant about while others I knew before even starting that they would become instant faves. What they all have in common is I absolutely loved them.

A little disclaimer before we start: Obviously not every book is going to be to everyone’s liking. Every book gets its fair share of criticism because we all have our own thoughts! These are just my opinions 💙 ALSO, I’m going to try not to mention popular books I have talked about in previous posts. For example, I often talk about Six of Crows, Crescent City, etc. as being books I love so they won’t be mentioned here.

Anyways, let’s get into it!

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20 Questions Book Tag

Before jumping right into this, I want to thank Gee Liz Reads for tagging me to do this 20 Questions Book Tag! This was a lot of fun to do and I loved answering the questions 🥰

I don’t have much more to say, for once, so let’s just get into it!

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What I Read in March + My April TBR

So, remember when I said I wouldn’t be posting a March wrap-up because I probably wouldn’t read enough to write a whole post about? Well, surprise 😗🎉 I didn’t have an amazing reading month, but audiobooks came through once again to save me. I’m happy to say I was able to read/listen a grant total of 4 books — which, considering how crazy University has been, is somewhat of an achievement.

I also have an updated TBR for April and May! It’s honestly so unpredictable how things will go and how much time I’ll actually have to read. The good news is April is my last month of classes before Summer break (but then I signed up to take Summer classes. Love that for me 🙃). I’m really hoping I still won’t be too busy and that I’ll have a good amount of free time.

Also, really quick, I wanted to say take my TBR with a grain of salt. I’ve really been taking advantage of Libby (my virtual library) and because of that I’ve kind of been reading whatever is available at the moment. That means that it’s a lot of spur of the moment picks and it’s actually been a good way of getting me to read books I normally wouldn’t have picked up.

I read a wide variety of genres and had a lot of opinions, so without further ado…

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Crazy Rich Asians | book review

“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”

My decision to read Crazy Rich Asians was pretty spontaneous and if I’m being honest, I didn’t even have any plans of ever picking it up. The main reason for that is I LOVE the movie (I would even go so far to say it’s one of my favorite rom-com films 👀) and was slightly nervous about whether or not the book would be a let down. I mean, as far as the movie goes, it was just such a fun time and full of ridiculous, extravagant characters whom you couldn’t help but love. I’ve watched the movie so many times at this point, and the thought of reading the book hadn’t even really crossed my mind.

BUT, I was scrolling through the Libby app on my phone to look for an audiobook I could listen to while working and Crazy Rich Asians was one of the only ones that really caught my eye. I decided to get it and…here we are! Hope you guys liked that (unnecessary) recount of why and how I read this book 🙃

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Everything I Never Told You | book review

“You never got what you wanted; you just learned to get by without it.”

If I could describe Everything I Never Told You in one sentence, it would be this: a heartbreaking book about a fractured family told in a beautiful way. Luckily, I have more than one sentence to write this review, but frankly, I don’t think anything I write could truly do it justice. 

This book takes place in the suburbs of Ohio during the 1970’s. The Lee’s are a mixed-race family of four who have a seemingly perfect life. However, the story starts with the body of Lydia Lee, the oldest daughter, being found in the local lake. In her wake, Lydia’s mother, father, brother, and sister are all left to deal with their grief and figure out where they stand as a family and as individuals without her. We follow multiple timelines, like when James Lee (the father) and Marilyn (the mother) first met, their romance and struggles as an inter-racial couple in the 60’s/70’s, the lives of their kids growing up, and more.

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The Mystery Blogger Award

Welcome to the first ever tag post on my blog! I started this blog about a month or two ago and have been wanting to do a post like this for a while now, so thank you so much to Amy @A Fangirl’s Opinion for tagging me 🥰 If you aren’t already, I would highly recommend checking out Amy’s blog and giving her a follow! She has some great book recommendations.
Okay, now let’s get into it!

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What I Read in February + My Spring TBR

For those of you have read my earlier posts, you probably know that February was a busy month for me. Because University classes started again, my schedule has been jam-packed. That, unfortunately, means I have close to no time for reading. I tried to pick up a book any chance I got, but it was just not easy this past month. This month I “read” a total of 2 books. And by “read”, I mean I listened to them via audiobook. There are people out there who say “oh, audiobooks don’t count as real reading” 🙄 And to them I say, you do you. In my books, audiobooks 100% count towards your reading goals and let’s not shame people for their method of reading :))) Sorry if that came across as too passive aggressive, but I am very passionate about this subject lol.

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Let’s Talk About These YA Tropes…

So something I’ve been wanting to write for a while now is a list of some tropes that I love and others…not so much. Because we see a lot of these so much in YA fiction, I feel like it’s important to acknowledge that a lot of what we see can sometimes be problematic. Because I didn’t want this post to just be complaining about tropes, I’ll also talk about tropes I love and just can’t get enough of.

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Sweet Dreams | book review

Before getting into the review, I wanted to let you all know that I have done a complete revamp of my blog! When I first started blogging, I kind of just went into it not knowing much. All I wanted to do was write, which is still true, but I decided to make it more to my liking. The reason I’m mentioning this is because if you take a look at some of older posts, the format may seem weird now. They should still be readable if you are interested, but just keep in mind that they were all written and formatted before I changed my blog’s ✨aesthetic✨. Anyways, onto the review!

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Reviews From A-Z

A page to find all my reviews! They are alphabetized by the title.

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B


C
Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng


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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas


I
If We Were Villians by M.L. Rio



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L
Legendorn by Tracy Deonn



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Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga


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Q


R


S
Sweet Dreams by J. Clarice


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W
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


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