This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books I bought/borrowed because of the hype. I thought this week I would showcase all of the library books I have borrowed over the last year because they are so hyped. I have definitely been making a conscious decision to try and borrow the books instead of purchasing them in case I don’t actually end up liking them and wasting my money.
So these are 10 books I have borrowed from my local library because of the hype:
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – this wasn’t exactly the book it was more so because of the author.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – not as well known as some other books but enough for me to pick this up!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – the most hyped book of 2019
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – After the movie came out it seemed like everyone read the books so of course I had to as well
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – I seen a lot of people reading this book at one point so I had to borrow and read it as well.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I needed a new fantasy series to get stuck into and this one was very hyped on book tube
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Another book that at one point it seemed like absolutely everyone read and loved
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – this book was promoted everywhere at one stage and I heard a few good reviews so I thought why not
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – when she announced The Starless Sea everyone seemed to lose their minds, I knew this style wouldn’t gel with me but I succumbed and had to give it a read
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – same as previously, portal fantasy isn’t really a sub-genre I enjoy but the hype got to me
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*
This book revolves around Shay Miller, she just recently lost her job and is temping at a law firm. She is running late for a job interview and she happens to witnesses something tragic that will change her life forever.
I liked Shay. She is endearing and likeable. She doesn’t necessarily have her life sorted the way she would like and this makes her quite relatable. She always has the best intentions in her heart which doesn’t always translate in her favour. She definitely walked into the web of the twins unaware of their motives but I’m glad she was able to pick apart the little clues she collects and figure out what was really happening.
I was a little confused at first about Cassandra and Jane and their connection to the other 4 women. What their group was and why they were so interested in anyone who had talked to Amanda prior to her death. This definitely kept me engaged in the book and eager to read on.
I enjoyed the time jumps and the different povs, it really enabled us to delve deeper into the histories of all the different characters and their motivations for choices that they have made. I especially liked finding out about the other women in the twin’s group and how they all met and the connection between them. Even though what they are doing is wrong and manipulative I quite enjoyed their sisterhood dynamic and the trust they have with each other. Jane and Cassandra influence them heavily but they did help the other women out and changed their lives for the better!
This is a book where even though it’s a little slow and tedious at the start you really need to be paying attention to every detail. Things that you assume are unimportant or irrelevant actually turn out to be the tipping point of the plot. The twists were well placed and the pacing though quite slow at the start picked up heavily around the half way point of the story. It was entertaining, thrilling and in the end I was highly satisfied with the book as a whole!
⭐️4/5 stars numbers never lie!
Just like last year I have decided that every three months I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 favourite books I have read during that time. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2020. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!
So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
For April I decided to take part in the O.W.L.S Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast on Youtube, for any information regarding the readathon see her announcement video HERE. I’m not 100% sure what my career is going to be so I am going to try and complete all of the prompts for this round and then when it comes to the N.E.W.T.S I will announce which career path I choose in that TBR!
The prompts & my tentative TBR for the OWLS include:
Heart rune: heart on the cover or in the title
Magical Qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favourite genre
Night Classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside
Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover
Lumos Maxima: white on the cover
Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast
Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read
Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an M
Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards
Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
Shrinking solution: book under 150 pages
Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting