Books that lived up to the hype | Top 3

Eek apologies for missing last week’s Top 3 Thursday on Audiobooks! I’ve been a bit absent but I can’t wait to catch up on your posts and get some new audiobooks on my ‘to listen’ list! To be honest, my list probably would have been the Harry Potter series, though I’ve just started ‘Any Ordinary Day‘ by Leigh Sales and it’s fantastic so far.

Anyway, this week we’re looking for books that lived up to the hype…which can be a pretty big call given that we see so much hype around some reads these days!


1. Becoming – Michelle Obama

When this first hit shelves, I only saw high praise for it and it seemed everyone was reading it and loving it (or sitting on library loan lists 500 people long to read it!). Since then, I have heard a few differing opinions though none of them have been outright negative – just people not feeling like the book did live up to the hype. Personally, I loved it and found it a really interesting look at life behind the White House doors & a peek in to Michelle’s upbringing and pre-presidential circuit life!

2. Illuminae Series – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Bec had been trying to get me to read these books for the longest time, and I also saw them EVERYWHERE on bookstagram (naturally). Sci-fi isn’t usually my genre, and the format looked like it would be hard to digest given it’s in a dossier format (and it really doesn’t take much to confuse me, let’s be honest!), so I had shied away from picking it up. Finally, after borrowing the book from Bec (or having it thrust upon me?), I read it and ended up adoring it! I instantly wanted the second book, and now the final in the trilogy is sitting on my shelves patiently waiting for me to finish it off. Soon!

3. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

Honestly this book was incredible. You can read my full review here, but (spoiler alert) I loved it even after hearing only fabulous things about it from friends and family! No amount of praise diminished it’s beauty or heartbreak, and I highly recommend it.


What books have you loved even after they’d been hyped up for you?

Or, which books has overhype syndrome ruined for you?

Until next week,
M xx

2 thoughts on “Books that lived up to the hype | Top 3

  1. Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri are two books that weren’t up to the mark for me. Both of them lacked warmth and I couldn’t connect to the characters. I’m excited to read the Illuminae Files though. Sometime later this year, maybe.

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