I’m one of those people who is very wary of book hype. My instinct is to avoid books everyone seems to be talking about. Because only the rare ones will meet my expectations. But they do exist. And they’re usually amazing. Here are five books that, in my opinion, are completely worth the hype surrounding them:
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This book was incredible. I think the audiobook – which is read by the author – was a big part of that. It’s not often I feel I read a book exactly the way the author intended, but hearing Mohsin Hamid tell it was a great way of doing that. I loved that this story was truly about the immigrant experience, but was also a magical, heartbreaking, and hopeful story. I loved reading (or listening to) it.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I read this book over a year ago, and I’m still thinking about it. Yes, I cried – sobbed – for almost eight-hundred pages, but it was completely worth it. This story was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. And I think it’s well on it’s way to becoming one of those books thats a part of me.
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. If I’m honest, part of the reason this book blew me away was because I didn’t quite know what to expect. But what I got was a truly great story and incredible writing. It it absolutely brilliant, especially for a debut novel. You may have seen it compared to The Secret History. And yes, there are some similarities. But this book is better. Trust me.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book is pure magic. It is worth reading for the atmosphere alone – no other book does it better. But the story and the characters are just as good. I’ve already read this book twice, and I know I will come back to it again and again.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Never have a read a book with such leisurely pace that sucked me in so quickly. This book starts off slowly, but I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. And I loved every minute of it. I’m not sure I can even fully explain what it is about this book, but it is truly a great novel.
What books have you read that are worth they hype? Does book hype draw you in, or do you tend to keep your distance? Let me know in the comments!