Friday Favorites was born out of a love for lists, books, and positive thinking! I was inspired to host this weekly meme from That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday (which is an awesome weekly blog meme that y’all should check out!). I kept thinking of list topics I wanted to explore with my blog, thus Friday Favorites was ushered into this bookish world.
November 15 : Favorite Hyped Books
Super excited to be back and making another Friday Favorites post! It’s been several weeks and this topic is super easy since there are definitely a lot of books to cover for it! Warning, there will be a lot of gushing about some of my favorite reads this year. As far as hype goes I consider a hyped book any for which I’d heard just massive amounts of praise about them prior to reading, saw a lot of ads, and/or highly anticipated books that were written by well-loved authors.
1.) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Here is a link to my review. Read this around late spring/early summer. This is the most hyped book I can think of. There’s even a Youtube video compilation of booktubers loving on this book. Sometimes there’s too much hype surrounding a book. Very surprised by how much this title managed to impress despite that. It was captivating throughout even though the Old Hollywood setting is very far from my usual scope of interest. What I remember most was a moment near the tail end of this one that was very touching and really drove home that this book is something special.
2.) The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware
Here is a link to my review. Saw ads for this book EVERYWHERE around its time of release and reviews seemed mostly positive. To my understanding Ruth Ware is a pretty beloved author of thrillers but her books tend to be hit-or-miss, The Turn Of The Key is one that seemed to be a hit for many. I read it around the time of release and was very captivated, that whole day was basically devoted to this book. As far as haunted house thrillers go with an undercurrent of spookiness, this one has a unique modern setting and a very loaded ending.
3.) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Here is a link to my review. It doesn’t get much more hype’d than successful TV adaptations. Moreover, Liane Moriarty has a large number of books and this title seems to be considered her magnum opus of sorts with the highest average rating and number of ratings on Moriarty’s Goodreads author page. This title was quite out of my comfort zone in its focuses and yet spellbinding and appealing. Very eager to read the sequel and venture into more works by this author.
4.) House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Here is a link to my review for this book. This was more of a hyped book among book bloggers. I remember seeing so many reviews for this book prior to and after its release, so many of which were glowing and had me all but salivating to read this title. House of Salt and Sorrows has one of my favorite settings and concepts for a YA novel this year, just very inspired and alive. On account of that, it will be very exciting to see what Craig’s next work is.
5.) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Here is a link to my review for this book. Even setting aside that this title was optioned for a film, I’d read so many reviews and blurbs and little reactions that built this one up to be a major, major book in my mind. Finishing this book (moreover, buddy reading it with Dana of Devour Books With Dana) was one of my favorite reading experiences of all time. Can’t stress enough how great of a book this is.
Feeling very fortunate to have had the opportunity to read all of these titles this year! Have you read any of these books or want to? Always happy to read your thoughts and hope you have a great weekend! ~ Kitty