#AMonthOfFaves: Popular Books Worth the Hype

December 2, 2019 Uncategorized 18

This is my first post for the #AMonthOfFaves end-of-year event hosted by Tamara at Traveling with T and Tanya at GirlXoXo and today they’re talking about books that lived up to all the hype.

I’d only describe one book/series I’ve read this year as something I’ve picked up because of the hype – that is, because of a general feel that everyone was recommending this book and loved it.That’s March (books 1-3), the graphic novels by John Lewis and they definitely make this list! Two of the others I picked up because they were National Book Award nominees, which is certainly also a kind of hype. And the last two have started getting a lot of well-deserved praise, nominations for goodreads choice awards, etc since I read them.

One of my National Book Award reads, this book was thought-provoking, engaging, well cited, taught me a lot, and made me want to know more. It delivered exactly what I hope for from a nominee for this prize.





My second National Book Award read on this list, it had a lot of the same qualities that made me love the previous book. The citations here were particularly fascinating, including lots of interviews and contemporary news coverage.





I’ve been recommending this book to everyone. It was a brilliant reversal of the typical true crime focus on serial killers, instead according the victims the respect of seeing them as individuals. I also learned a lot about life on the margins during Victorian times.





This was some of my favorite nature writing I’ve ever read. The author did a beautiful job weaving interesting concepts we associate with the being underground or buried with his visits to fascinating places under the earth.





March is the one book on this list I really picked up because of the hype. I’m not big on graphic nonfiction, but I’m glad I listened to everyone on this one. The somewhat dark, heavy style of the drawings nicely complements scenes of both violence and triumph.

18 Responses to “#AMonthOfFaves: Popular Books Worth the Hype”

  1. Akilah

    I said to a student today, “Who cares about that guy?” re: the serial killer who was the topic of a true crime novel because I care more about the victims, so I love that you mentioned that’s what you love about The Five.

    I still have not read March. I need to get on that.

    • DoingDewey

      Personally the thing I most struggle with re: serial killers is that they often have many victims, so it definitely takes more work to remember them each individually. I thought the author did a great job with that here though, devoting a significant amount of time to each of these women and really bringing them to life. I did really appreciate that shift of focus compared to much other true crime πŸ™‚

      I only finally got to reading March because I participated in a few reading challenges with prompts about reading graphic novels and I decided to count these!

    • DoingDewey

      I added The Five to my library hold list after reading a review from Rennie at What’s Nonfiction, so I’m happy to pass that recommendation along πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      This does seem like it would be a good follow up to that one, although I have to admit that I have yet to pick up Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Perhaps I should!

  2. Rennie

    Say Nothing is the biggest one right now that I feel like I should read because of the hype. I’ve seen it on every end-of-year list I’ve come across so far! I think I’ve shied away from it because I know so little about the Troubles in Ireland, but everything I hear about it is totally glowing.

    • DoingDewey

      I read it without knowing anything about the Troubles and I definitely enjoyed it anyway, so I wouldn’t let that put you off πŸ™‚ I’m feeling the same way about Trick Mirror with the end of year lists. It seems like one I should get to!

      • Rennie

        That’s so good to know about Say Anything! Maybe I need to just finally give it a try. I’ve heard such great praise for Trick Mirror, but I didn’t quite click with her writing style when she was writing for Jezebel and some media outlets like that. I hadn’t paid much attention to the book despite the hype because of that but it really seems to have resonated. I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think when you get to it!

        • DoingDewey

          Ooh,good to know she has some other writing out there! I’d like to do more looking for articles written by authors as part of my project to spend more time with individual authors πŸ™‚

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