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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Obviously, I couldn’t NOT include Harry Potter on this list. If we’re going to talk about hype, is there a book series MORE hyped than Harry Potter was? I mean, kids dressed up as Harry Potter in my elementary school shortly after the book was released. I went to the book release parties, the midnight showings. I read fanfiction and visited fansites regularly (LeakyCauldron anyone?). But it really did deserve all the hype it received.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
If you’ve been following my blog, you probably know that I’m OBSESSED with this series. Okay, well the first two books anyway. I loved the story, the magic, the characters, and the romance.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Yeah, I mean, I know there’s some hate for this series now, but I still love it. I was completely engrossed in the story, and I read it when I was in college, so that’s saying something (because I was really busy). I also read it at a time when I was a little burned out from reading. I was an English major, so you know, lots of reading. It resparked my interest in reading outside of school.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
How could I not include a book from one of my favorite authors? Leigh Bardugo is amazing. I know most people prefer Six of Crows, which I also love, but Shadow and Bone is still my favorite. I loved Alina’s story, and I was absolutely fascinated by the Darkling.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The first book of this series came out when I was in high school, and I instantly became obsessed. I loved the supernatural elements of it, and I loved the romance.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is one of the best books I’ve read. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful, and I think everyone should read it. I read it awhile ago, but I’ve gifted it to family members and friends, and recommended it to students. I don’t know anyone who DIDN’T like this book. It’s just so powerful.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Remember how I’ve said that I’m trying to get into “real” fantasy? This is one of those books that I heard about from so many. And dude. I LOVED IT. What a great book, and what great characters! Plus, the magic system was just so different from what I’m accustomed to, and it was so refreshing.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
It feels like it has taken FOREVER for this book to gain traction. I read this book on a complete whim, and I’m so glad I did. It’s one of the better YA fantasy novels out there. I loved the world, the characters, the story, and the writing style.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Most of John Green’s books are overhyped. Sorry, I know a lot of people love his books, but they’re usually not my thing. However, I did really enjoy Looking for Alaska. It felt so real and raw and complex.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I get it now. This book has been hyped for awhile now, but I never read it because I don’t normally like contemporary fiction. But the movie was coming out and I wanted to see it, and you know, I have to read the book before I watch the movie. I’m so glad I did. It’s just so good! (I also loved the movie).