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
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
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a genre freebie so I though I would do an update of a post I did around this time last year which is my favourite fantasy stand alones! I love stand alone fantasy books and I feel now-a-days they are quite rare to come across, as there are mostly series or duologies in this genre.
These are 5 more of my Fav Fantasy Stand Alones:
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho I loved the lore and the legends woven into the storyline. The tales of the previous Gumiho’s and how the correlate back to Miyoung was fascinating. The Korean culture was another factor I really enjoyed reading about. It definitely made the experience more interesting and unique.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – This book really had me on the edge of my seat. Mira Grant definitely didn’t shy away from making this very dark and killing off the characters when it suited the plot.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – The whole premise and concept of the book was really refreshing and original to me. I liked the build up of mystery and the many twists and turns the plot goes through. I world was rich with culture and I just loved that it’s based around these great libraries.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – The plot of the book was quite simple but I was so engaged and entertained that it was easily overlooked! It was fast paced, rich with lore and culture and I loved the Viking aspect I thought it was fresh and original, unlike anything I’ve read in a very long time.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – There was a real sense of urgency and suspense woven throughout the story line which kept me highly engaged in the book. The stakes were always at an all-time high and trying to figure out who was behind everything was very entertaining!
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Fire by Kristin Cashore
“I don’t want to love you if you’re only going to die.”
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
“I’ll do anything you ask me to do,” he said in a gravelly voice. “Except walk away.”
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
“The truth is, it’s a weird time to be coming of age. The world is really messy right now.”
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
“What have you been doing? Tell me anything.”
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
“I am still that girl of paper and fire – and I’m going to prove it to them.”
I’ve been slowly dipping my feet into the sci-fi genre and have really enjoyed what I have picked up so far. I’m mostly only read series at this stage, I haven’t really encountered many stand-alone’s that I have captured my attention enough for me to want to read, though there have been a few. I think there are definitely some sub-genre’s that won’t appeal to me but until I actually pick up a few and give them a try I will never know… I am definitely open to any recommendations!
Here are a few sci-fi books I have loved:
Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
Impossible Times series by Mark Lawrence
Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson
Warcross Duology by Marie Lu
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline