#AMonthofFaves – 5 Popular Books Worth the Hype


I’m taking part in A Month of Favorites (hosted by Traveling with TEstella’s Revenge, and GirlXOXO) this December

Today’s topic is books worth the hype. Now, I don’t usually read a lot of recently published books, so not all of these were published in 2015.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Ok so when I was about a fifth or so into this book I was wondering, really? Why is this book so talked about when Lotto (the husband) is rather annoying? But I decided to persevere and when it came to Mathilde’s turn at the story, I was blown away. So is it worth the hype? I kind of think so (even with an annoying beginning).

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Normally I wouldn’t go for a book like this, the pale peach-coloured cover being a big uh-uh no thanks. But it seemed at that time (in 2013!) that lots of bloggers were gushing about this, and so I took a chance and it was just right, the right amount of sweetness, the right decade even (hello! 80s kid right here!). And the fact that Park is half-Asian, specifically Korean, made me like this book even more.

Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho

I was a bit on the fence about this one, not the “worth” part but more of the “hype” part. I’m guessing if you don’t really follow book bloggers, or at least those I do follow, you may not have come across this book. But I did see this book mentioned more than just a few times, and it was such a fun read. A funny, charming and whimsical read that touches on race and gender in the fantasy genre.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart

Well I guess with over 31,000 ratings on Goodreads, this counts as a ‘hyped’ book. The truth is, I didn’t really know much about it, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a strong female character, a boarding school setting, and a fondness for words. I suppose that should be enough to get some of you interested in it. It was, quite simply, a fun read.

H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald

Now nonfiction isn’t for everyone I know. But this book, which has won all kinds of awards and is on so many ‘best of’ lists, is incredibly moving. I mean, did I ever want to read a book in which a goshawk was the star? I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as a goshawk before I picked up this book. But this book isn’t just for nature lovers, H is for Hawk is about grief and bereavement, about coping with the death of a loved one.


What are some hyped books you’ve enjoyed?




  1. Great list! I hope Santa brings me Sorcerer ) Loved Frankie so much and the Groff and Fangirl are in my tbr gir next year. I’m doing #monthoffaves, too!


  2. I not much of a YA reader, but was surprised at how much I enjoyed the audio version of Eleanor & Park! I borrowed Fates and Furies from the library, but only read a chapter or two before it was due. Didn’t get into it, but am convinced I need to try again. H is for Hawk is near the top of my wish list…several trusted bloggers have recommended the audio version. Great list!!


  3. I’ve not read any of these and in fact have heard of only one of them (H for Hawk) so either I am not as in tune with book buzz as I thought I was OR I have an in built filter against hype. I did however listen to an audio version of The Girl on the Train and enjoyed it


    1. Ok I really have to give The Girl on the Train a try. It seems to be a hyped book that people actually liked


  4. I have gone back and forth and back and forth about Fates and Furies!! I now have a copy, via the library, so I’m going to get through the beginning so that I can read the second half that all of you have raved about – ha! Thanks for sharing your list!


  5. I enjoyed the way the present day story in H is for Hawk was twisted in with the research on the guy who wrote about hawks. It made it really memorable. I also enjoyed that it seemed an unhyped book that accidentally became hyped just because of how good it was.


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