Which books did you read this year that you saw everybody else read and loved? Did you agree that it deserved the hype? Today’s #AMonthofFaves topic is books Worth the Hype.
✭ Believe the Hype ✭
A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
Reviews / Ratings on Goodreads – 204,000+ | 4.39 and winner of the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards for Fantasy. This book is a part of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series which is immensely popular. And it – as well as the entire series is outstanding (mostly – book 2 did not deserve the hype). I think the books need to be read in order to really appreciate the full story, but this book does stand on it’s own as we now have events unfolding being told from a different point of view from the other books. In A Court of Silver Flames, we follow Nesta and Cassian. Nesta is full of self loathing for seeing her father die in front of her and not being able to do anything about it – among other things. And Cassian, who has a thing for Nesta, and is trying not to help her self-destruct. This book is fantasy but HEAVY on the steamy romance. So FYI.
You, Caroline Kepnes
Reviews / Ratings on Goodreads – 186,000+ | 3.92 and made into a TV series on Netflix. The audiobook narrated by Santino Fontana is phenomenal and I highly recommend experiencing the book this way. And then … watch the tv series. Excellent! I normally don’t do both – I’m an either one or the other type of person – but in this case, I watched the tv series and then randomly chose this book for a reading challenge. Such a good decision. I find it interesting to have a psychological thriller be told from the point of view of the … psycho for lack of a better word.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
Reviews / Ratings on Goodreads – 248,000+ | 4.07 . This is one of those “fiction” books that parallels real life. It tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. It’s
Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson
Reviews / Ratings on Goodreads – 410,000+ | 3.84. This is a short “fable” about the different ways to deal with change. It’s meant to help you identify how you deal with it (currently) and where you want to be. It’s pretty simple stuff – and there are some low reviews because it SHOULD BE common knowledge … but …. if you deal with people regularly, you’ll know by now that what you think is common is not always so.
Red, White, and Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
Reviews / Ratings on Goodreads – 397,000+ | 4.22. I’m cheating a little bit with this one because I read it over Christmas break last year. I have to highlight it though because I just don’t think I’ve talked about it enough on here! I’m not big on rom coms or contemporary books but this one made me positively giddy.
Anxious People, Fredrik Backman
Reviews / Ratings on Goodreads – 319,000+ | 4.22. I’ll preface this by saying that the only other Fredrik Backman book I’ve finished has been A Man Called Ove. I loved it but I’ve tried reading Beartown and couldn’t get in to it. I listened to Anxious People on audio and found it to be a fun, engaging mystery that touched at my heartstrings a bit. A big win for me.
The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig
Reviews / Ratings on Goodreads6, 970+ | 3.88. This one doesn’t have a lot of reviews on GR but it was all over #bookstagram late summer and into this Fall. I’d never read a Chuck Wendig novel and I was intrigued. It happened to be available at my library so I grabbed it and subsequently flew through it. It’s creepy and dark and really thought provoking. If you like Stephen King you’ll probably like this, but make sure to look up the trigger warnings before hand.
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