Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The meme was originally the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Popular Books That Lived Up To the Hype.
It’s hard to know where to draw the line between run-of-the-mill advance publicity and hype. For this post, I decided to define “hype” as a combination of heavy promotion by the publisher, plus high praise from advance reviewers. I also looked for a “broad appeal” factor: books that were promoted to and/or appealed to a wide audience. This knocked a lot of genre-specific books out of contention, but it definitely helped narrow the field to a manageable number.
The following are books that I really felt live up to the hype they received. Most of them remain popular; one didn’t do as well as I think it deserved. The list is limited because I haven’t been reading very many of the heavily-hyped books recently. For one thing, I’ve gotten rather tired of all the hype surrounding YA fantasy series that sound very similar. For another, there are whole genres I don’t generally read, like thrillers or horror. And in other cases, I’m either waiting for a series to be complete before starting it, or the book or series on my TBR list and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
If you click on an image, it will take you to my review; if I haven’t yet reviewed the book, it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page. The Harry Potter link takes you to Robin’s 2011 post about the series, written at the age of 16.
In no particular order: