Top Ten Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype For Me!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about popular books that lived up to the hype. We all know the ones… the ones that everyone is talking about. All too often books are destroyed by the hype monster for me. These are the books that worked for me…even though they were hyped!

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A Monster Calls

I knew this book was highly thought of. I was worried but I really needn’t have been, because it was a stunning read.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I know the series doesn’t live up to the hype as a whole, but I loved the first book! 🙂

Wonder

I loved this book. So simple but powerful.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

I had heard good things but it wasn’t as hyped as it is now. I still adore this book though.

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I adored this book! 🙂 Such a powerful story.

The Help

I will always recommend this story. I think it’s amazing! The movie is just as good as well. I love a faithful adaptation.

Made You Up

This story is fabulous. I was immediately gripped by it.

They Both Die at the End

This is heart-breaking. I expected it to be and it totally was!

Paper Butterflies

This wasn’t as hyped as most books on this list, but it was within my bookish friends. A very intense but important read.

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

I was so late to the party with this series but it completely captured my heart.

What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Made You Up

Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the author’s debut novel, Made You Up, so much so that I had Eliza and Her Monsters pre-ordered. I may have only got around to reading it this January, but I still had faith that I’d enjoy it based on her debut. I wasn’t wrong. Eliza and Her Monsters is a fantastically geeky YA read. I lapped it up!

The story centres around Eliza who, online, is LadyConstellation. She is the anonymous creator of the very popular webcomic ‘Monstrous Sea’. Eliza is very different in real life. She’s quiet, weird and without friends. She really is the polar opposite online, but Eliza wants to keep her online world purely online. Eliza is made to look out for a new transfer student at school named Wallace. She finds out that he’s a super fan of ‘Monstrous Sea’ and writes fanfiction about it! Wallace begins to bring Eliza out of her shell (he simply thinks she’s a fan of the webcomic) and Eliza wonders if a life offline would be so bad. Unfortunately, Eliza’s identity is revealed and life turns completely upside down.

Eliza and Her Monsters is unique because of the way it’s told. It uses illustrations from her webcomics and online chats with her friends on the ‘Monstrous Sea’ forums. It was really important to see this in the story because it made it so much more realistic. Eliza’s life was online and this made it totally believable. I love books that experiment with social media/internet extracts. It’s modern, it’s fun but it doesn’t always work. However, Francesca Zappia really writes it well!

Eliza is a fabulous character who I can imagine many people relating to. I know I saw a lot of myself in Eliza. Eliza found life online much easier to handle than the real world. Eliza was completely different to the rest of her family. She was quiet and anxious and didn’t get social cues as much as others. I loved that you could still tell how much Eliza’s family cared for her even if they left her to her own devices. They knew that’s what Eliza wanted. Wallace was a good addition to the story and I loved how he was bringing her out of her shell and encouraging her to step outside of her comfort zone. He never forced her and was patient. I loved that.

I also appreciated the portrayal of Eliza’s panic attacks. In general, her anxiety was incredibly well represented. The reader could clearly see how it was affecting Eliza’s life and how there wasn’t just a magic fix.

This is a fabulous second novel from Francesca Zappia. I was impressed!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderfully geeky story, but one that also has a 10/10 representation of anxiety!

This Week In Books #94

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

How to Stop Time The Girlfriend Eliza and Her Monsters

NOWHow To Stop TimeMatt Haig– I’m currently 70% through this book which I’m hoping to finish tonight! I’m really enjoying it. I find Matt Haig to be such a quotable author.

THENThe Girlfriend- Michelle Frances– I loved this thriller! 🙂 I sometimes find them very same-y but this one stood out for me. Some awful characters! I mean awful as in pretty messed up…

NEXTEliza and Her MonstersFrancesca Zappia– I know this book was on my post last week, but I slipped in How To Stop Time for a review with my sister, Beth. I’m so looking forward to this one.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

This Week In Books #93

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Girlfriend Literally Eliza and Her Monsters

NOW– The Girlfriend- Michelle Frances- I’ve heard good things about this thriller. I’m intrigued!

THENLiterallyLucy Keating– This is a very unique read! I wasn’t expecting it to be like it was! Hopefully I’ll have my review out in a week or so!

NEXT- Eliza and Her MonstersFrancesca Zappia– I am trying to not let the hype monster get me with this book. I’ve heard good things but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

What are you reading this week? Let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do!

Stacking The Shelves #170

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Bought:

Eliza and Her Monsters

I loved this author’s debut novel, so I’m super excited to read her next book! Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can get around to this!

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)

This book will be read for the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister, Beth! Looking forward to it! 🙂

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

The (slightly late) Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Today I thought I’d join in with the Mid Year Freak Out Tag after being tagged by my sister over at Bibliobeth.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book!

The best book you’ve read so far this year?

George

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Its narrative really grasped me and I felt captivated by the main character.

Your favourite sequel read this year?

Watch Me (Social Media Murders, #2)

I was really impressed with this sequel to the Social Media Murders series. I liked the first book, but this one made me love the series!

A new release that you haven’t read yet but really want to?

Eliza and Her Monsters

I really enjoyed Francesca’s debut and although I’ve heard mixed things about this book, I’m intrigued to see what it’s like! I always form my own opinion.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

All That She Can See

I enjoyed Carrie’s debut and look forward to seeing what her next book is like!

Your biggest disappointment?

The Cuckoo Sister

I was really looking forward to reading this book after loving it when I was younger. I have to admit to being a little disappointed by it when re-reading!

Biggest surprise of the year?

As I Descended

I wasn’t looking forward to this book, as I didn’t get on well with Robin Talley’s second book. I did enjoy this one! 🙂

Favourite new-to-you or debut author?

Countless

I really enjoyed this debut novel! I enjoy reading books that centre around mental health and this was a good one!

Your new fictional crush?

I fail! I don’t have one!

New favourite character?

The Upside of Unrequited

Molly from Becky Albertalli’s sophomore novel. Loved her!

A book that made you cry?

One Italian Summer

This didn’t make me actually cry, but it did move me at points!

A book that made you happy?

Awful Auntie

I love David Walliams. His writing is fabulous! There were some darker moments, but on the whole it made me happy.

Your favourite book to movie adaptation this year?

Beauty and The Beast!

Favourite book post you’ve published this year?

I’m cheating a bit here and adding my favourite new feature… A Spotlight On.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year?

Lyrebird

What are some books that you need to read by the end of the year?

Damage by Eve Ainsworth, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

I am not going to tag people in this (as I’m sure many people that follow me have done it!) if you do decide to do it, please link me so I can read yours!

 

Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about highlighting the wonderful reads of 2016. I’ve had quite a few of these this year, so it was tricky to narrow it down. Here are some of the amazing books I read this year!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It was incredible.

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

A very intense read but so worthwhile. It might look like a cute read, but it really isn’t. It’s dark.

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

This is the first of this authors that I have read and I will be definitely checking out the rest of his releases.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

It’s Patrick Ness. Enough said.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

Easily one of my favourites of this year. So moving.

The Boy In The Dress- David Walliams

The Boy in the Dress

A wonderful book!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

Alison Rattle can do no wrong in my eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I thought I may have overhyped this book, but it was just as brilliant as I had anticipated.

It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

I was worried after not enjoying Confess as much as Colleen’s previous books, but I really enjoyed this one!

Son-Lois Lowry

Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)

A brilliant ending to The Giver quartet! This tied up a lot of the series for me.

What have been your favourite reads this year? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! May 2017 be full of amazing reads too!