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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

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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Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit. I decided to go for some books that have places that I really would love to go to!

Paris- Anna and The French Kiss

I’ve been to Disney Land Paris but never proper Paris.

Indiana- The Start Of Me And You

This book made me want to visit Indiana!

San Francisco- Lola and The Boy Next Door

I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco. Something about it really appeals to me.

New York City- Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares

I love the look of New York.

Tuscany- Love & Gelato

Italy is just so beautiful. I’d love to see more of it.

Mississippi- The Help

I’m totally intrigued by Southern America

Miami- The Mara Dyer trilogy

🙂 Beautiful weather… it looks stunning too.

Some fictional settings I’d love to visit…

Hogwarts- Harry Potter

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Neverland- Peter Pan

Who wouldn’t want to visit these places?

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

Ten Books That’ll Make You Read The Day Away

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten short books/one sitting reads etc. I decided to go for Ten Books That’ll Make You Read The Day Away.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

I thought this was such a powerful read. I devoured this book and have highly recommend it since!

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns

The Name on Your Wrist

I thought that this novella had such a unique story-line. I’d highly recommend it!

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I love this fairy tale-esque story. It didn’t take me long to read at all.

George- Alex Gino

George

I could have easily read this book in one sitting. It didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s such a powerful, touching read.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Another brilliant read. This book moved me and I’ll continue to recommend it highly whenever I can.

The Last Act Of Love- Cathy Rentzenbrink

The Last Act Of Love

This book is amazing. I was entirely moved by it and couldn’t stop turning the pages!

The Quietness- Alison Rattle

The Quietness

I love Alison Rattle’s books and I could have easily listed ALL of her releases. Her writing is incredibly evocative. It’s so easy to read.

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere

I adore this book! I read it so many years ago and it still stays with me.

Crush- Eve Ainsworth

Crush

This book is incredible. From its title, you might think it’s a sweet read, but it’s much darker than you might anticipate…

Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls

I absolutely love this book and think it’s incredibly underrated. I really enjoyed this book and practically devoured it in one sitting.

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

Top Ten Historical Books That I Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the past or the future. We were able to spin it however we liked. I decided to look at some of my favourite historical reads.

In no particular order, here are my favourite historical books! Book images go to Goodreads!

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

This book totally surprised me. I had previously read Carmen Reid’s fluffier, lighter reads and seriously thought I was reading another author. Cross My Heart is a touching, emotional, tough read. It centres around a girl who fights back against Nazis invading Belgium.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

This book is so well known I don’t really think I need to go into it that much. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it broke my heart. A beautiful book.

Sarah’s Key-Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

Yet another heart-breaker. What is it with me and these heart-breaking reads? I do adore this book though and think it is seriously underrated.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

This is a fairly recent read which I absolutely lapped up. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did! I highly recommend this book which involves family secrets.

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

This book needs no introduction. Even if you haven’t read it, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It definitely earns its place in my favourite historical reads.

The Constant Princess- Philippa Gregory

The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)

I know a lot of people don’t like this series because it’s not as historically accurate as it could be. I adore it though and The Constant Princess has to be my favourite. It centres around Catherine of Aragon.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

It couldn’t be a top ten historical list without mentioning this book. I absolutely adore it. It’s one of my favourites of all time AND the movie is a good adaptation. Win win!

The Quietness, The Madness, The Beloved- Alison Rattle

The Quietness The Madness The Beloved

I actutally couldn’t pick a favourite historical fiction read from Alison Rattle, so I had to add them all. She’s well worth reading!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie- Books I loved in my pre-blogging days!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten freebie. I decided to go for books I loved in my preblogging days!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

For regular readers of my blog this will come as NO surprise. I absolutely adore this book. It is easily one of my favourite books of all time. It’s a book that I recommend to EVERYONE. I have so much love for this book, it’s unreal.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

I simply love this book! I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I can’t even remember when how I first came across it. I also really like the movie adaptation which is very unusual for me. It is very true to the book which I appreciate!

If You Could See Me Now- Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

Cecelia Ahern writes such magical books. I absolutely devour her writing. This book is a favourite of mine. It’s about a lady who falls for her nephew’s ‘grown up’ imaginary friend. Cecelia’s writing is so easy to read. I adore her!

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time- Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This book took me by surprise. I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It’s definitely one I want to reread in the future.

The Little House- Philippa Gregory

The Little House

I really like Philippa Gregory’s writing style. Some of her more contemporary reads are a bit hit and miss, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Little House. It’s a little disturbing, following a lady suffering with postpartum depression and a horrendous mother in law…

Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I adore the Harry Potter series. I always want to have a reread, but too many books, too little time!

Jasmyn- Alex Bell

Jasmyn

I might be a bit biased with this book, as Alex is a good friend of mine, but I absolutely adore this! Such a wonderful, creative story.

Magic Under Glass- Jackie Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

This book is so fricking cute. I absolutely adore it.

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere

Jandy Nelson’s debut novel stole my heart. I absolutely adored it!

The Other Hand (otherwise known as Little Bee)- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

I was really impressed with Chris Cleave’s writing. This book was fantastic with a balance of humour and tragedy.

What have you done for your Top Ten Freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations That I Don’t Actually Mind

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten book to movie adaptations. I don’t actually watch a lot of book to movie adaptations. I tend to think the book is better, but here are ten I don’t mind!

A Little Princess- A little different to the book, but good nonetheless! I adored this movie as a child.

Little Women- One of my favourite classics. I think Winona Ryder was a perfect Jo March!

Harry Potter- I don’t think the adaptations are flawless, but they’re so good!

Divergent- I enjoyed Divergent and was hoping I’d like the adaptation. I was pleased with it. Again, not flawless, but decent, in my opinion anyway!

The Hunger Games– An adaptation done very well indeed.

One Day- I know that not everyone likes this adaptation but I was pleasantly surprised by it.

The Help- I was nervous with this one as it’s one of my favourite books, but it’s so faithful to the wonderful book.

Gone Girl– Rosamund Pike was so well cast!

Marley and Me– This one got me good. I can’t help but cry to it!

A Walk To Remember– I know a lot of people roll their eyes at Nicholas Sparks, but I really enjoyed A Walk To Remember. Such a touching book and movie.

What have you added to your list? Are you as cautious of adaptations as I am? Feel free to leave a link to your blog and I’ll stop by!

Ten Book Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week the list is about ten bookish wishes we would ask the book genie to grant us!

Wish 1: That one of my favourite books of all time (Me Before You by Jojo Moyes) is not ruined by the movie adaptation.

Wish 2: That my class all end up love listening to stories by the end of the school year (July). I’m working really hard to get them to love listening to books that they’d otherwise not be able to read due to their reading ability. This wish is on its way to be granted. They’re already asking for ‘one more chapter.’

Wish 3: I would love a book nook.

Wish 4: I’d love bookshelves so tall that I have to swing from a ladder like Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

Wish 5: That YA fiction wouldn’t get such a hard time in the press.

Wish 6: That even more diverse books are published and celebrated widely.

Wish 7: I’d love to find the perfect book that represents anxiety well.

Wish 8: I’d love another reading spa with my sister, Beth.

Wish 9: I’d love another book by Kathryn Stockett, author of one of my favourite books, The Help.

Wish 10: That all of my book loving friends conquer their TBRs and make room for new wonderful books!

What wishes would you ask the book genie to grant you? Leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!