A Month of Faves: 5 Books That Were Totally Worth The Hype

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Today’s post is all about 5 Books that Were TOTALLY worth The Hype!! Some time ago, I posted a blog post about The “Hype” of Books- Does It Make You Nervous? and I’m really glad this is out post today! Great prompt Tanya @ Girlxoxo. Looking for the linkup? Head right over to Estella’s Revenge!

I like bestseller books. I do. No shame at all. And I can get pretty hyped up about books- especially when I have enjoyed a previous book by the author. But sometimes, it’s the cover that just sets my expectations to HYPER level and the book just gets so hyped in myΒ mind. So…here goes with my list!

1. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

a hundred summers

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THIS. I LOVED this book.


2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Liane is still riding a pretty big high from 2013’s THE HUSBAND’S SECRET (which I enjoyed- but her rambling tale of Berlin Wall- although I appreciated how she used it as a metaphor was making me really reconsider my excitement level over the book. So, when BIG LITTLE LIES came out- I wasn’t sure what to expect- but THS, BLL blew you outta the water! BLL was the perfect combo of soapy/mystery for me- and I devoured it.


3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

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I know. I know. People hate the ending. But, I loved it. I loved the whole book! And see- here’s the thing you have to understand. Nick could never win- it had to be Amy.


4. In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins #TravelingWithT #romance #blueheronseries

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This book was making many rounds of early bookish things- and all the hype was deserved.


5. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

reconstructing amelia

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Drawing comparisons to GONE GIRL- dark and twisty and totally worth a read! Brings up questions such as “How well do you know your teenager?” and “Can you truly keep a secret?”



These are my 5 books that TOTALLY deserve the hype!

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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18 thoughts on “A Month of Faves: 5 Books That Were Totally Worth The Hype

  1. I’ve only read the Williams – and I liked it! I’ll read the Moriarty and Higgins books at some point. Hype has burned me but sometimes a book is worth the hype. I rarely read a book based on comparison to another book – for me, that’s a sign that I’ll probably NOT like the book!

    • Hype can def burn me, too. Beatriz Williams just writes beautifully. I think Moriarty is worth a read as well- and BLL was a million times better than THS (imo!)

      I try to not let the comparisons get to me- but sometimes I do and I go into the book with expectations too high!

  2. Great list! Totally agree with you on A Hundred Summers (it’s my all-time favorite beach read)…and Gone Girl (I thought the ending was fitting for those characters). And, I also liked Reconstructing Amelia. Check out my list today to see how Big Little Lies shook out for me (although I’m sure you can guess) πŸ™‚

  3. I have Gone Girl waiting for me to read it! I’m really excited about it. Didn’t dare to watch the movie so it wouldn’t be ruined. I hope it lives up to the hype. And Big Little Lies is on my wishlist. Actually all the great talk about it during this month has gotten me excited about it. Seems like a winner, so I’ll shall try it out.

  4. I just snagged Big Little Lies when it was a kindle deal (I think you told me about it so thanks!) I was going to wait for the nice paperback to release but I need to read it. Glad it lives up to expectations.

    I recently read Gone Girl so that I could see the movie (which I still didn’t get to see, I’ll have to wait for the DVD now) and the ending was a bit of a let down but the book was so so good!

  5. Hype definitely makes me nervous to pick up a book! I have to actively tone down my expectations or I think I’m more likely to be disappointed. It’s wonderful when you find books likes these though, where you read them and completely understand the hype.

  6. melissa says:

    I haven’t read any of the books on your list but I really want to read Gone Girl before I see the movie. I’ve heard great things about this book (except as you said, for the ending). I also want to read in your dreams! Great list.

    • Def read before you see the movie. The movie is good- book is better. The ending, while I liked it, I was SO in the minority. I’ll be glad to hear your thoughts!

      In Your Dreams is such a “you” book! You’ll love it!

    • Ahh, you weren’t the only one who felt like that. I read a few reviews from others who agreed with you. I REALLY liked it though, I think I found this one to have the right combo of humor/mystery that really worked for me!

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