Popular Books That Unexpectedly Lived Up to the Hype (i.e me being a wimp and then getting over it).

I was apprehensive about all these books for no reason. 

These are all now books that I HOLD SO CLOSE TO MY HEART I can’t even explain how much I love them. I was bascailly being a big idiot. Well no.. I had genuine fears of ‘oh NO what if I hate the writing style’ (lol illuminae) or ‘oh no what if I don’t like the fantasy/world building’ ‘oh no I’ve heard this series is slow’ ETC. All these fears bascially lead me to get to the state that I’m in now where it’s Impluse-Buys or No-Buys. 

I get very click-happy on amazon. I wish I could call that an issue. But I can’t. I love it.

ANWAYS. These books. yes. Ok I’m just going to start writing this post. (maybe after a cup of tea).

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  • college is currently (still) killing me.
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1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe.

tumblr_nhsm8ymp4L1rkyyyuo1_1280.png.jpegI wanted to read this book for YEARS. But I put it off. And then I put it off some more. Why? I have no idea.

I don’t know what it was, I just COULD NOT bring myself to buy it. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY BECAUSE THIS WAS AMAZING AND IT WAS MY FRIST READ OF THE YEAR AND IT NOW OWNS MY HEART + SOUL, NO ARGUMENT FROM ME.

This book was legitimately everything ever and was perfect and I will love it forever. Don’t even try @ me on this.IMG_1882

2. Carry On 

81DVxcFoV8LSo I heard about this BEAUT YEARS AGO but I never really acknowledged it? I was NOT a huge fantasy fan at that time, and even though I’d read Fangirl and that-girl-and-park this book just didn’t… i dont even know??? I wanted to read it… but I didn’t want to at the same time. Then I just forogt about it.

Lots of people said that it was like Harry Potter… but??? I didn’t see those reviews until I was writing my own ahaha. AND I don’t think that it’s like Harry Potter at all ahaha.

I finally read it last year and I’ve already read this over and over again, maybe 5/6 times???? and omg I adore this book so much. It’s the opitome of british humour and wit and SCONES-galore. totally totally recommend it.

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     3. Illuminae / Obsidio

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I was so so so anxious about reading Illuminae because of the style that it’s told in. I was like ‘oh no what if I don’t understand it’ ‘oh no what if it’s too cryptic’ AND i just hadn’t read Sci-fi before. 

But then I LOVED IT, especially Gemina. BUT then I read all the hype about OBSIDIO and PANICKED.  Because what if I hated the last one? What if it didn’t live up to my expectations? BUT THEN I JUST READ IT ANYWAY.

I really want to reread this series again this year, or at least the first two!! IMG_1882

4. The Raven Boys

15743650 THIS WAS SO POPULAR. I’d bever read magical realism before. Everyone raved about it. SO much.

It wasn’t until I read Cait’s blog (Paper Fury) and saw her RAVING about this series so much. Only until then did I stop shying away from the fear of reading a supr hyped book did buy the first book and eat it whole.

I REALLY want to read this seires again. I ADORE all the characters adn ALL THE SHIPS and legitimately everything about this series and I don’t talk about it enough. IMG_1882

5. This Savage Song

this-savage-songI don’t even know about this one. I got it for christmas in 2017 and gobbled it up stright away. It was love at first page. I just couldn’t keep my grubby paws off of it. 

I think it was because I hadn’t read ADOM yet?? and I really hadn’t like it at that time? (this was when I read the first 80 pages of ADOM and then dnf’ed it, and NOW THAT I’VE READ ADOM I loved it. AGOS was another book that I was skeptical about because of my history with ADOM (lol sounds like a relationship)). BUT TSS was SOO different and I don’t know why I didn’t want to read it, I was just IDEK.

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6. Six of Crows

9781250076960_p0_v4_s550x406This got SO popular the SECOND it was released. I read it as part of a book group from my bookstagram and I didn’t actually LIKE-IT LIKE-IT until I was maybe half way through? I can’t really remember. I don’t know why.

KAZ THO. JESPER THO.

WYLAN THO. WYLAN MOST OF ALL.

The characters 11/10 made this book and jetgndrgjkdjkn. hte plot REALLY kicked off and then my love for this book (duology) became immortalised.

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7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

71FNFSVUrkL-2.jpgI saw the film first.

I KNOW, I KNOW. I’m terrible.

BUT THAT SET REALLY HIGH EXPECTATIONS. LIKE, REALLY. And then I finally read it and yeah… it lived up to the hype.. eventually. THE ENDING WAS GOOD, I LOVED IT. I WANTED TO CARRY ON, but I just felt that it took a little time to get there??? I don’t know.

CHARCTER DEVELOPMENT WAS EVERYWHERE. I LOVE PETER. I LOVE KITTY. I LOVE MR COVEY.

BUT YES, WILL BE CONTINUING WITH THE SERIES B/C I WANT TO SEE A HAPPY ENDING FOR PETER AND LARA-JEAN DON’T EVEN @ ME IF IT DOESN’T HAPPEN I WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER, IF THEY’RE NOT BY THE END OF THE SERIES I WILL BE PROTESTING AND DESTROY EVERYHTING EVER AND PROMPTLY EAT 100000 CAKES TO TRY AND SAVE MY SOUL, OK? IMG_1882

8. The City of Bones

the-mortal-instruments-1-city-of-bones-cassandra-clare-9781406362169GHHHAAASP. I know. this is a shock, considering that I LITERALLY SCREAM ABOUT THEM ALL THE TIME BUT…. i only heard of the books because of the MOVIE that came out. YES I KNOW. (the movie is 10000x better than the show don’t @ me) and I HADN’T READ FANTASY BEFORE. 

but then my mum bought me the books and I read all the way up until the last one in like two weeks (or a week) (can’t remember) (i just went through them v quick) and then I had to WAIT for the last one WHICH WAS IMPOSSIBLE (but i got through it) and here we are. I now have 2 editions of this entire series and an over-flowing shelf dedicated solely to cassandra clare. 

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Whate are some of the books you didn’t think would live up to the hype but did? are any of these on your list too? LET ME KNOW? 

 

 

25 thoughts on “Popular Books That Unexpectedly Lived Up to the Hype (i.e me being a wimp and then getting over it).”

  1. Anyway now that I got my ‘CARRY ON’ screaming out of the way: YES PLEASE CONTINUE TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE AS MUCH AS I LOVE THE FIRST ONE THE THIRD ONE IS THE BEST IN THE SERIES AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH IT CAPTURES GROWING UP SO WELL I LOVE IT SO MUCH DID I MENTION THAT ALREADY

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  2. I agree with all your choices, really!
    Six of Crows was definitely one I was not anticipating to love as much. I mean, it’s a veryyyyy hyped book, but I am the queen of unpopular opinions after all, so I had the feeling I could hate it as well. And even though I still have some minor unpopular opinions towards the series – like the fact I really can’t stand Kaz lol -, I think it’s 100% deserving of the hype.
    And I’m so glad you enjoyed Ari & Dante! It’s my favorite book of all times and I also re-read it this past month. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful and queer and I love it a lot, hahah.

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  3. So many of my fave hyped books are on this list! Aristotle and Dante! Six of Crows! Carry On! THE RAVEN BOYS! haha I also didn’t read To All the Boys until after I’d seen the movie (oops) BUT it totally lived up to the hyped when I finally got around to it, and I loved the whole series! ❤

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  4. 1) carry on reading the lara jean series. book 2 is trash but book 3 is trash AND good.
    2) also what illuminae is,,, bad
    3) i need to read ari & dante it sounds like MY type of book, promise i’ll read it this year
    4) six of crows, the raven boys and this savage song are the GOOD SHIT
    5) i’m going to read city of bones soon are u prepared???

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    1. 1) OK I WILL
      2) shush
      3) READ IT NOW.
      4) YES I NEED TO REREAD THEM ALL ASAP
      5) IMG DJSNHSHSHE NOT PREPARED!!! Pls carry on reading them even if they seem “trashy” book one… looking back now can be a bit… BUT THE SERIES AS A WHOLE 😘👌🏻

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  5. Aaaah your blog is so pretty and I love this post so much!! ❤ SIX OF CROWS FOREVER I LOVE IT SO FREAKING MUCH.
    And omg I still have the fear I'm going to dislike Illuminae, but I really have to just freaking read it omg. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and Obsidio!! I also needed to read Carry On and The Raven Boys, like, 10 years ago. 😂 I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed these books though, I will definitely have to stop procrastinating on these books haha. 😅

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    1. Thank u sm!!!! SOCCCCCC I WANT TO REREAD IT!!!!!

      Honestly,, that fear is UNDERSTANDABLE!! But id say JUST DO IT! OBSIDIO is EVERYTHING (need to reread that too!!)

      Omg pls pls do read them!! TRC and CO are absolutely amazing 💕💕😘👌🏻

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  6. These are of course all amazing books which lived up to the hype for me too. 🙂 I picked up Illuminae shortly after it’s release but there was a huge amount of pre-release hype which I was aware of, and which of course ended up being well deserved (I ended up fully hyping up Gemini and Obsidio).
    The main book I think of when I think of what lived up to the hype for me was The Bear and the Nightingale. Everyone was talking about it and loving it, and I went in with high hopes anyways but I was completely blown away by the story. It was just incredible.
    Great post Lu, and hopefully there’ll be plenty more hyped books you’ll end up loving still to be read. 🙂 ❤️

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