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
I had another great reading month in May! Finished nearly everything on my May TBR and then managed to complete a few extra books on the side that I have been wanting to get to for a while now. I think this was my most successful reading month of the year so far and I had a great time reading through these books!
Pride by Ibi Zoboi – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – ⭐️4/5 stars
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl – ⭐️4/5 stars
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ⭐️4/5 stars
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – ⭐️5/5 stars
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – ⭐️5/5 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – ⭐️3/5 stars
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – ⭐️4/5 stars
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – ⭐️4/5 stars
These are five quotes that stuck with me from the last 5 books that I’ve read! I believe this was a prompt for Top 10 Tuesday and I thought it was a fun idea so I figured I would give it a go!
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
“Every evil overlord needs a fluffy cat to stroke.”
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl
“We are all anthologies. We are each thousands of pages long, filled with fairy tales and poetry, mysteries and tragedy, forgotten stories in the back no one will ever read.”
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
“For someone who loved words as much as I did, it was amazing how often they failed me.”
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
“never let the streets know when you’re upset. Don’t let any strangers see you cry. Hold your head up and look as if you’re ready to destroy the world if you have to.”
Final Girls by Riley Sager
“That’s not your choice. It’s already been decided for you. You can’t change what’s happened. The only thing you can control is how you deal with it.”
This story follows Oliver who is one of 7 fourth year students at a highly prestigious and very competitive Shakespearean Arts College. They each have their niche and the status quo has remained unchanged the last 3 years. However, when the castings change and the stars have to take a step back, the plays start to spill dangerously over into real life.
All of the characters are very distinguishable and unique; they each have their own voices and traits. I found Oliver to be a little bit dull at the start of the book but he shows a lot of growth over the course of the plot. He goes from really blending in the background to being right at the forefront of the story. I think out of the seven of them I would have to say that Alexander and Phillipa are my favourites. They were each so interesting and had me intrigued. We don’t get a lot of information about Phillipa’s background and where she comes from but she is very vital in the story and I liked how she still visited Oliver whilst he was in jail which really warmed me to her and kind of made me trust her. Alexander was just kind of a train wreck and that always endears me to a character. He speaks his mind and tells it like it is and I really appreciated his candour.
I thought it was really unique how the story was formatted like a play and how it blended with the overall tone and premise of the plotline. The pacing was kind of up and down for me. Some passages were a little slow and then there would be a lot of frantic, suspenseful scenes and then it would be a bit slower again. The start was a little difficult to get into as well with all of Shakespearean language to deal with but you kind of get used to it as the plot progresses. The characters are so immersed into that world that this is really how they communicate and evoke their emotions.
Again I really like how we know how the ending is going to turn out without really spoiling any of the real major twists if that makes sense. We know Oliver ends up in prison but we know he didn’t kill Richard so why is he is prison or did he really kill him but he doesn’t remember? It kept me invested and eager to read on to see how that outcome came about.
The premise of the book I thought was fantastic and something I’ve never really read before. The mystery elements were very well done; I definitely couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. I also thought it was very believable as well. The way that each of the characters reacted and how emotionally unstable they were after enduring Richard’s anger and then his death I thought was very well done and realistic.
I really enjoyed this! Granted at times I was a little confused but all in all I thought it was highly entertaining and that open ending makes me want more!
⭐️4/5 Unlike anything I’ve read before!
All the books I’m hoping to read in May! Pretty diverse group of books that have been on my radar for a while now that I am very excited to get to!
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Red Sister by Martin Lawrence