Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Read Because of the Hype... and Liked!


This week I decided to switch back over and participate in Top 5 Tuesday, originally hosted by BionicBookworm, now hosted by MeeghanReads!

This week's topic is: Books I Read Because of the Hype... and Liked!

I decided to join up with Top 5 Tuesday this week because I loved the idea of the topic. There are a lot of books I've read because of the hype and been disappointed with, so it felt like a nice change to highlight a few that I actually really loved/liked!

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This is one of those books that is almost always being recommended as a great fantasy read and seems to be largely considered a classic in the genre. I read this a number of years ago, but the reason I picked it up was likely largely because of how often I saw people raving about it and loving it–and of course the concept sounded amazing. This is now one of my favorite fantasy series!

A Little Life

A Little Life by Hana Yanagihara
I had a casual interest in this book for a while, but it wasn't until I kept seeing people ranting about how much they both loved it and how much it destroyed them that I realized I needed to try it out for myself. It also completely broke me, but it was completely worth it. I think.

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Although I didn't love this first book in the series the most, I definitely picked it up because I constantly heard people talking about how much they loved the series. And I've also thoroughly enjoyed this series!

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Maas
I've read and liked Maas' Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series (which seems to be an unpopular thing to say these days for some reason??), but I wasn't sure or all that interested in her new series for some reason. But I kept hearing how much people actually really liked it and how much fun it was, so I decided to give it a shot. I was weirdly surprised by how much fun I ended up having with it! It's not the best fantasy ever and certainly has some issues, but it was a good time and I look forward to continuing the series.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Like many people, I was a bit intimidated by the size of this book and whether or not I really wanted to commit to such a big book with a new author I hadn't read anything from yet (even though I know her other series is hugely popular). This also isn't what I would call my favorite, but it was a really solid, well-written, and unique story that I'm glad I read. 

Have you read any of these books? What books have you read because of the hype and liked?


  1. I'm definitely that person who often dislikes a hyped book! I haven't read Maas before, but I see her books everywhere, so I kind of feel like I should try at least one!

  2. I really need to read A Little Life. I'm going to brace myself for the pain😬