Today’s topic is Popular Books Worth the Hype
So how to define popular books? Well, some of these books are on “best of” lists, others I came across on Instagram. So anyway, here are some books that seem to be popular (?) that I think are worth the hype.
Earthlings – Sayaka Murata
A bizarre book that’s not for everyone, but for me, completely unforgettable
Shuggie Bain – Douglas Bain
I listened to this one, and I really enjoyed the narrator. I guess his Irish accent really helped make this book come alive for me.
Crying in H Mart – Michelle Zauner
This memoir was honest and emotional.
The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune
Just delightful! It felt like a mug of hot cocoa on a chilly day.
The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood
A cute romance about scientists!
The entire Truly Devious series – Maureen Johnson
This series set in a private school was just so much fun. A mystery that’s decades old. Riddles and puzzles. A true-crime enthusiast.
Little Eyes – Samanta Schweblin
Another strange book that has these mechanical stuffed animals that have cameras for eyes and can be controlled by people. You can buy the stuffed animal or you can pay to become the stuffed animal, controlling it and watching what’s going on.
Luck of the Titanic – Stacey Lee
I just like books set on boats actually. But I especially love that this story is about the actual forgotten Chinese passengers onboard the ship.
Sharks in the Time of Saviors – Kawai Strong Washburn
I’m not usually a fan of magical realism but I really liked this book set in Hawaii.
NOT worth the hype
Milk Fed – Melissa Broder
It’s probably just me, because this book is on quite a few Best Of lists. I also DNF-ed The Pisces so well, I guess I’m not going to try reading anymore of her books.
The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
I get it, I think. I get why it’s so popular. I just felt very manipulated as a reader. Maybe the best way to describe it was that it’s very preachy? I did finish reading it though.