Books that Lived Up to the Hype | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week. All books I’ve written a review of is linked.


All of the Harry Potter series. I was given one of the books as a gift as a child, because I was reading a lot already. What they didn’t realize was that it was the last book of the series, so this massive book with brown cartoonish cover was just sitting there on my shelf for a while before I managed to get the first one. I was blown away, of course.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.  I read this book a short time ago, on a plane. The worst idea, as I started crying immediately. A neurosurgeon gets cancer, I’ve written an extensive review of it, but it’s simply a must read. 


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. To be honest I wanted to get into Murakami’s fiction and started with this because it had “norwegian” in the name. It’s a bit like the secret history, but in japan and less murder.

The Secret History by Donna Tarttis fantastic, one of my favorite books. The characters are all awful people, there’s murder, learning latin, it’s great.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalliis a great gay young adult book that exceeded my expectation and the hype it had gotten.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green hands down just brilliant.


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was a young adult fantasy series that I really connected with as a younger teenager. Wonder how I would like it now, a few years later.

The Final Empire of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson was the first fantasy book I read by Brandon Sanderson and he’s one of the best, especially when it comes to world-building of magical systems and politics.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. The series quickly went downhill for me until I’ve stopped after Empire of Storms, book five. But I love fighting female main characters, especially a few years ago when I picked it up.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I picked up the first book, The Name of the Wind, almost by accident before hearing of its popularity. It had just been translated into norwegian for my kid self and I had such expectations for the second book, as did everyone else. It’s one of my favourite books as well, definitely would recommend it for someone who’s already into fantasy.





8 thoughts on “Books that Lived Up to the Hype | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Poinsettia July 31, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Harry Potter made my list as well! I came to it late, but absolutely loved it. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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  2. Leslie July 31, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Great list! I agree with so many of these. 🙂 A couple even made my list. I can’t believe I forgot Throne of Glass!

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  3. Brooke Lorren August 2, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    You’re the third person this week that I’ve seen mention The Secret History. I’m currently reading the second Throne of Glass book. The library wait is still a mile long!

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  4. Saman Javed August 5, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Harry Potter made everyone’s list, I guess! I hated both the TOG and ACOTAR series! I still have to read The Secret History and The Kingkiller Chronicles!

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    • aquapages // eline August 5, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      I mean, there was no way hp wouldn’t be on every list haha. I think it’s very fair that you hated both those series and good on you for being honest about it. The secret history and kingkiller is completely different – not young adult – books and two of my favourite ever.

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      • Saman Javed August 5, 2018 / 7:14 pm

        I can’t wait to read both. I’ve heard such good things about those! 🙂

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