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!

Ten Diverse Characters In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Feature Characters… and the option was down to us! I decided to go for books that featured diverse characters as I’ll all about diverse representation in literature.

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

George- Alex Gino

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This is one of my favourite middle grade reads EVER. I think it’s adorable. The voice is just perfect.

None Of The Above- I.W Gregorio

None of the Above

This was an interesting read for me because the author has experience with intersex as a surgeon.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

One of my favourite books. I couldn’t leave this off the list.

Wonder- R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Another wonderful middle grade read.

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I was blown away by this book!

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

This is getting all the praise right now and rightfully so.

The Art Of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

I had heard a lot of wonderful things about this book. It’s a fantastic read.

The Sun Is Also A Star- Nicola Yoon

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This book was so addictive. It may have instalove in, but I immediately fell in love with it too…

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

A wonderful but heartbreaking read.

Bird- Crystal Chan

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I think Bird is such a unique read.

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

FREEBIE: Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Freebie week where we can choose what list we’d like to make. I have decided to highlighted those books I loved before I started book blogging, which I haven’t reviewed on my blog! This is where Goodreads comes in… so, in no particular order:

(Clicking the book image will take you to its Goodreads page!)

The Sky is EverywhereThe Ice Cream Girls

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson– I loved this moving book from Jandy Nelson. I’m really looking forward to reading I’ll Give You The Sun soon.

The Ice Cream GirlsDorothy Koomson– I could have put any of the Dorothy Koomson books on here that I read pre-blogging. She is one of my auto-buy authors. I just love her writing and highly recommend it for those that love deeper reads.

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RoomEmma Donoghue– I read this book back in 2011 and found it incredibly compelling!

The Help Kathryn Stockett- This won’t be any surprise to regular readers of my blog! I feature this book wherever possible because I loved it so much. Powerful and moving, this is a beautiful book to read.

The Other HandMy Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece

The Other Hand (a.k.a Little Bee)Chris Cleave– I discovered and devoured this book in 2011. It was an incredibly thought provoking read!

My Sister Lives On The MantelpieceAnnabel Pitcher- This was a moving and sweet read which didn’t take me long to read!

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Cuckoo- Julia Crouch– Cuckoo was one of my first psychological thrillers. I loved it!

WonderR.J Palacio– Wonder was recommended to me by a good friend. I’m so glad she recommended it because I loved reading it!

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Me Before YouJojo Moyes- It wouldn’t be a ‘favourites’ post on Chrissi Reads if Me Before You didn’t feature. It is one of my favourite books of all time and if you haven’t read it yet…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Sarah’s KeyTatiana DeRosnay- This book is stunning. I don’t think it’s widely read which is a great shame!

Make me happy! Tell me you’ve read one of these books! ( 😉 ) I’d be interested to know what you’ve picked for your Freebie week, so please link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.  I love reading character driven novels so hopefully this won’t be too hard for me to complete!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

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The Rosie ProjectGraeme Simsion– I’m so glad that this book is the first in a series, because I absolutely adored the main character. I can’t wait to see how his story continues.

Eleanor & ParkRainbow Rowell– I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It’s deeper than you’d think.

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The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night TimeMark Haddon– This is one of my favourite books by Mark Haddon and possibly one of my favourites ever. The main character is so unique.

RoomEmma Donoghue- This book is another unique read. It looks like it’s going to be completely harrowing and it is in parts, but the character of Jack does inject some much needed humour!

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The HelpKathryn Stockett– I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve included this book in Top Ten lists. This is one of my favourite books of all time. It’s raw, it’s honest, it’s got amazing characters. Just read it!!

Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne- Another unique read. This book made me somewhat understand why the character did the awful thing that she did… (I’m so vague! 😉 )

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryRachel Joyce– A beautiful book about an older man’s journey to find his friend.

The Time Traveler’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger– This book took me a while to get into, but I ended up loving the journey that we went on with the characters.

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TeaseAmanda Maciel– This one is interesting because it’s from the point of view of the bully.

Wonder- R.J Palacio- Another wonderful character in a very hopeful book.

What are your favourite character driven books? Feel free to leave your link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Books in Colour

This survey was inspired by the lovely Kayla’s feature Saturated Reads. Kayla’s feature is about how she connects emotions with colours. On her feature, she will pick a book and describe what colours that she associates with the book or characters. It’s so interesting. I’ve read books about synaesthesia and it fascinates me. I personally think colours represent a feeling, so I decided to pick an emotion I felt when I thought about a colour and then tried to fit it with a book or character! Please feel free to join in with this little survey!

  • Look at the colours and see if you can fit the emotions (either mine or your own) with a book or a character!

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Red- passion/anger- A book/character that displays a lot of passion

The first book that came to mind when I read the description was Divergent by Veronica Roth. A lot of the characters are determined and ambitious. You can also feel the passion and anger within the story. You can’t deny that the first book is completely action packed!

Orange- optimism- A book/character that you believe demonstrates optimism or your favourite optimistic character

Wonder by R.J Palacio is one of the most optimistic books that I’ve read. Our main character Augustus may face some challenges in his life, but he doesn’t let it hold him back. I was impatient with some of humanity whilst reading this book. The way that some act! Urgh. I also really liked that this book showed the adults in Augustus’ life as supportive. All too often in literature adults are missing. This book gave me hope despite the fact it did feature some awful, cowardly human beings!

Yellow- cheerfulness/happiness- A book/character that makes you feel happy

Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Chick-lit reads are just so easy to read! Comfort reading for me, for sure!

Green – growth. A character that grows so much throughout the book

A book that I’ve read recently which displayed an enormous amount of growth was Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Parry. The main character develops so much and begins to overcome a lot of demons within the story.

Blue- peace. A book/character that takes you away from everything else going on around you.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios. Whilst it isn’t a ‘peaceful’ story, I was completely immersed in the story and nothing else around me mattered!

Purple- creativity. A book that stands out to you as a really creative, unusual read.

That has to be Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs mainly because of the vintage photographs.

Pink- romantic. A book that you loved the romance or that you yourself are totally in love with!

For me, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Urgh, that relationship ❤

Black- the mysterious, deep and the unknown. A book/character that completely messed with your head. 

I have two for this one. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because that book completely screwed up my head! It’s brilliant. I also am completely blown away by the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin so far. I can’t work out what’s real and it’s frustrating but so good!

Top Ten Books About Friendship

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books About Friendship. It’s been fun to look over books that I’ve read thinking about friendships.

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

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Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s StoneJ.K Rowling– I feel like the whole Harry Potter series is full of good friendships. It’s a series that immediately came to mind when I thought about books about friendship. Harry, Ron and Hermione have a brilliant friendship. Then there are characters like Luna, Neville etc. that also are great friends. Friendship and love are key themes in the series.

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Wonder- R.J Palacio– I will always include this book in a Top Ten list whenever I can. I think it’s a gorgeous book. So well written and with a great message too. I think this is an important book to explore friendships. Not everyone is nice to those with differences and Wonder shows how wonderful (!) children and adults can be, but also how nasty some individuals are.

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Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein– I think this is an absolutely beautiful book! Verity and Maddie had such a great friendship. I think Elizabeth Wein writes about their friendship so wonderfully. The characters are really fleshed out and she makes your heart break for them.

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The HelpKathryn StockettThe Help is one of my favourite books of all time. There are some beautiful friendships involved in this story. I love how the characters were fighting together to try and make a difference and show people what life is really like for a black maid in th1 1960’s. There are some incredibly powerful and vivid scenes.

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The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– This is another series that has some powerful friendships. The one I like in particular is Katniss and Rue. I just with their friendship could’ve been for longer! Adorable.

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Twenty Boy SummerSarah Ockler– This book is a perfect Summer read. I really feel like the friendships are incredibly memorable.

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The BFGRoald Dahl– My reasons for picking this one is plain and simple. Sophie and the BFG have the cutest friendship.

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This Song Will Save Your LifeLeila Sales- This cute contemporary starts with Elise having no friends, but in time, finding some brilliant friends who help bring her out of her shell and find out what she loves.

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The Knife of Never Letting GoPatrick Ness– The friendship I love in this particular book is between man and dog. Aw.

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Pivot PointKasie West– I absolutely adore this book from Kasie West. I love the friendship between Addie and Laila. It felt real and very relatable.

What books did you or would you choose this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section below and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten ‘Gateway’ Books/Authors In My Reading Journey. I really like this topic, it’s not been easy, but it’s really made me think about what I’ve read and analyse my reading a bit further.  Your list could be made up of a mix of books that got you unto reading, or an author that got you into reading a genre you never thought you would read.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

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I simply adored this book. The story is located in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960’s. One of the characters dares to make a difference and tell the story of what life is really like for black maids in the local town. With the help of local maids she begins a project to bring awareness to the wider community about what goes on in the households. The author writes so beautifully you can really imagine the scenes unfolding as you read them. Some are humorous, some are truly vile and shocking. This book really made me think. It touched me.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

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This book was required reading when I was at secondary school (high school). I was surprised about how much I enjoyed it. I’ve re-read it as an adult, and still feel as passionate as I did the first time around. I know it’s not a book that is universally loved, but I can completely see why it is required reading. Its message is particularly powerful.

The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higashida

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I find it incredibly hard to express my love for this book. It’s a non-fiction book. Something that I certainly don’t usually read. It’s also not the easiest read. Yet, I still found it powerful and emotional. I’ve worked with a child with autism. This book really resonated with me.

Wonder- R.J Palacio

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Wonder was a recommendation from a friend. It was the first middle grade book I read as an adult. I found this book to be so well written and poignant.

Delirium- Lauren Oliver

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I think this was the first dystopian book I read. Lauren Oliver’s beautiful writing really got me into the dystopian genre. Forever thankful for that!

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan- Lisa See

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Oh, this book is beautiful.  It really got me into reading Chinese historical fiction.

Entangled- Cat Clarke

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Entangled got me into reading Young Adult once more. The genre is SO good at the moment. It deserves to be read by teens, young adults and adults too!

The Other Boleyn Girl- Philippa Gregory

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If you don’t know… I heart Philippa Gregory. I know that many of her books aren’t as historically accurate as they could be, but I enjoy them nonetheless. I absolutely adored the Tudors. Philippa’s Tudor series just blew me away!

Cuckoo- Julia Crouch

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This book really got me into the thriller genre. I wasn’t a fan before, because I have an incredibly vivid imagination and thought it would be too much for me.  Cuckoo is completely disturbing, but oh-so-good!

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone- J.K Rowling

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Last but not least Harry Potter. I’m so thrilled I grew up with this wonderful series. It really got me into reading books about magic. This series is just brilliant. I’ll always love it!

What or who are your Top Ten Gateway Books/Authors? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by!