Top Ten Tuesday: Popular YA Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten.

In case you didn’t yet see the Goodreads post about this, this is YA week on the website. And for that, they made a list of the top 100 YA books – of which I had read 55 books. With the prompt for TTT being hyped popular books, I thought it was natural to question which of those 54 books (I removed The Maze Runner from this list) have truly lived to their hype.

Truly lived up to the hype

 The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) The Fault in Our Stars Divergent (Divergent, #1) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) Legend (Legend, #1) The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Hate U Give Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) A Monster Calls Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) Poison Study (The Study Series, #1) Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1) Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) The Scorpio Races

With this section, it was a lot of factors which justify the hype for me, but mostly it is writing. Others may be a novel concept, or setting a new trope in the genre, or just simply because the past version of me enjoyed the book a lot.

Oookay maybe a little overhyped…

The Giver (The Giver, #1) The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) The Selection (The Selection, #1) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Fangirl Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Carry On The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) Half-Blood (Covenant, #1) Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) They Both Die at the End The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) The Program (The Program, #1)

This is mostly like, bro I get that the books are popular, but I am not entirely convinced they are awesome, no offense!

Umm, what is the hype for?

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) Looking for Alaska To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) Howl's Moving Castle Heartless

Someone tell me why they are popular and on the top 100, because I don’t see it.


Do you read popular/hyped books? Are you always satisfied in them?

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Popular YA Books that Lived Up to the Hype

  1. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Lunar Chronicles all made my list! I’d like to read Six of Crows, but haven’t yet. I also really enjoyed The Giver. I’m also a fan of Bloodlines. Sorry it didn’t work for you! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Oh I didnt mean Bloodlines wasn’t good or didnt work for me. Heck, I loved the series. The first one, though, wasn’t anything special – which is why I said it was overhyped. The rest of the books were pretty good.

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  3. This is a great twist on the prompt! I love how you incorporated YA Week and books that didn’t live up to the hype as well. As for book that lived up to the hype, I absolutely agree with you about TFIOS, HP, ACOTAR, Six of Crows, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Most of my favorite books also happen to be really hyped books like these. As a blogger, I feel like I HAVE to read every popular book or else I will fall behind the crowd. So, most of the books I read are more popular with more attention already.

    As for books that didn’t live up so much to the hype, I feel the same way about An Ember in the Ashes, Bloodlines (especially later on in the series, it was no match for the original Vampire Academy), and Starcrossed. A lot of the popular books that I end up disliking cater too much to trends and overused tropes, which I found were apparent in pretty much all of those.

    Here’s my TTT: http://4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2018/07/hyped-books-that-earned-their-stars.html

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