Today’s topic is:
5 Popular Books Worth the Hype
What constitutes ‘popular’ in the book world? I guess one way to go about this topic is to look at how many Goodreads ratings there are. To give you an idea of what a truly POPULAR book is on Goodreads, The Hunger Games has over 4.5 MILLION ratings. But I don’t want to talk about those books, those books which pretty much everyone has read (or if you haven’t you really have no intention to anyway). Instead I will look at books that I read this year are popular enough with at least 15,000 ratings. I think I tend to read not very popular books with less than 5,000 ratings being more common among books on my ‘read’ shelf than not.
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (15,148 ratings)
I’m a bit surprised that there are not more Goodreads ratings of Homegoing. Maybe it’s just that lots of people I follow on social media seem to have talked about it/read it. It is an emotional read, deserving of far more readers!
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride – Cary Elwes (29,832 ratings)
I am not much of an audiobook listener so you have to understand how rare it is when I say, LISTEN to this book! Download the audiobook! It is just such a pleasure to hear Cary Elwes’ voice and plenty of other cast and crew from The Princess Bride! And yes it made me go rewatch the movie again!
The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1) – Renee Ahdieh (45,601 ratings)
YA isn’t really my thing. I mean I read one John Green and one Nicola Yoon and my teenaged self would have found it all very attractive and devoured all their books. But as a 30-something it doesn’t really appeal to me. So it was a surprise when I really liked Ahdieh’s book!
Seveneves – Neal Stephenson (43,048 ratings)
I loved how women play a central role in this book, which is one of those ‘help! The earth is doomed” kind of reads.
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (30,015 ratings)
This essay should be required reading. That is all.