Whilst a book with rave reviews should make it a safe bet you’ll love it, that unfortunately isn’t always the case. In a lot of ways I think being told ‘this is the best book ever!’ before you read something is actually a bad thing, because you’re now expecting to read ‘the best book ever’. Anything less – even a decent book – will be a disappointment.
However, sometimes the gamble of reading a hyped book pays off, and there really is nothing more satisfying than reading a book, loving it, and having legions of people to freak out about it with online.
So here are 5 books that did that for me, and managed to live up to their own hype (in my opinion… I’m sorry if these books belong on your ‘disappointment’ list!):
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Whilst many people have now gone cold on Sarah J. Maas, this book and the series will always have a special place in my heart as the first series I read because of blogosphere hype.
Back when I started book blogging almost 5 years ago, Throne of Glass was the series everyone was talking about, and even though I didn’t read YA at the time, I gave it a go. And I absolutely adored it! It was everything that had been promised and more!
Yes, in hindsight, I can see its’ flaws, and I didn’t love all of the series instalments as much. But it was still a book I read and loved in my formative months as
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My experience with Six of Crows was probably different to a lot of people’s, in that this was the first Leigh Bardugo book I’d ever read. I’d never read the Grisha series when this book started making waves in the book blogging world, and so I steamed straight in with no prior knowledge of the world within its pages.
And I totally fell in love! With the world, with the writing, but mostly with the incredible characters. There wasn’t a single member of Kaz Brekker’s crew that I didn’t love, and the characters have stuck with me ever since.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Wintersong was a book that sounded exactly like my kind of thing: it was a fantasy story based on a fairytale! But somehow I ended up putting this book off for ages, scared away by the number of people who were raving about how amazing it was.
Well, I really wish I hadn’t put it off for so long, because it was such an incredible book! The writing was beautiful and lyrical, and created such a dark but enchanted atmosphere, and I loved Liesel and the mysterious Goblin King.
Somehow I’ve still ended up putting off reading the sequel though…I feel like living up to the first book is an even tougher job than living up to the hype!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a book I was aware of for ages, but dismissed on the grounds that it wasn’t really my thing. I’m a die-hard fantasy/history nerd and rarely read books with contemporary settings, and I’m not a big romance reader.
But I’m always open to trying new things, and when there was so much hype around just after the release of the Netflix film I took advantage of a Kindle deal and snapped the book up for 99p. And I’m so glad I did!
This was a heart-warming story, with such a relatable heroine and a seriously adorable relationship at its heart. I also hadn’t expected such a focus on family to be in the book, and I loved the character dynamics. This one definitely lived up to the hype for me, and it just goes to show that going outside your usual genres can sometimes pay off!
The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I had a huge space opera phase last year, that I entirely blame on this book! I like science fiction but have to be in the mood for it, so I was quite late to the party with this book. However, when I finally read it, I was absolutely blown away!
I had expected an action-filled romp through space, and what I got was an incredibly human story about love and friendship, with some cool space stuff on the side. It was so much more than I expected, and I only wish I’d read it sooner!
So have you read any of these books? Did they live up to the hype for you? Are there any hyped books you felt disappointed you?