It’s that wonderful time of year when Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella’s Revenge are hosting their annual blog event #AMonthofFaves. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of December they share a fun prompt for others to jump in on. Today’s topic is “Popular Books Worth (or, Not Worth) the Hype.” Not surprisingly, I was easily able to generated a list for BOTH!
2018 Books That Deserved Their Hype
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – This January release had everyone buzzing about it, especially Oprah. She picked it up for her first 2018 book club selection AND is reported to be turning it into a movie. (my review)
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – McNamara’s account of the years long hunt for the Golden State Killer was everywhere last winter, and deservedly so. I only wish she’d lived to see the killer captured in April. (my review)
- The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – It can be a little nerve-racking when an author you love publishes a new book, especially when it gets a lot of pre-publication hype. But, Meg Wolitzer truly delivered with her latest novel. (my review)
- Circe by Madeline Miller – I hadn’t read Miller’s debut, The Song of Achilles, so didn’t really understand all the hype as Circe’s publication date approached. Eventually, I had to find out for myself what it was all about, and wow! I immediately went back and read Song. (my review)
- Us Against You by Fredrik Backman – Like so many others, Beartown was one of my very favorite books last year, so I expected to like its sequel. What I didn’t expect was to like it even more than Beartown, but I did. (my review)
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – This debut has been talked about EVERYWHERE. People who rarely read books are asking me about it. They all want to know the same thing, “Can it really be that good?” Yes! (my review)
2018 Books That Didn’t Deserved Their Hype
- The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – Many, many people thought Finn’s debut was amazing. The movie is already being filmed (starring Amy Adams) and set to release next fall, but I found it predictable and over-the-top from start to finish. (my review)
- Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao – No doubt about it, Rao’s writing shone in her brave debut, but the story also made my skin crawl. Sometimes a book can be good, and still not one to be recommended. (my review)
- The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian – When an author has as great a track record as Bohjalian, it is assumed every new offering will live up to that high bar, so the hype swirls. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. (my review)
- The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams – Touted as last summer’s must read historical fiction, I saw The Summer Wives mentioned just about everywhere. Not only did I think it was completely overhyped, I’m not even sure I’d call it historical fiction. (my review)
- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – I didn’t read Sager’s debut Final Girls, so when I began seeing The Last Time I Lied pop up everywhere I was eager to give it a try. Ugh! So disappointing, I devoted an entire discussion post to it. (my review)
- Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller – I so wanted the hype around Fuller’s third offering to be spot on. I even tried to convince myself that it was. In the end, I just couldn’t do it. (my review)
Which 2018 books do you think deserved, OR didn’t deserve their hype?
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