I love, love, love hyped books. Whenever there's a new book buzzing around that everyone's insisting is a must read, I can't wait to get my hands on it and check it out for myself. But sometimes they don't always live up to the hype; as every true book slut knows, that's such a bummer. Here are 18 books TOTALLY worth the hype. We've read them all and they've received our hyped-up seal of approval. You can dive into these rest assured that you're in for a great read!

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July 8, 2020

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I love, love, love hyped books. Whenever there's a new book buzzing around that everyone's insisting is a must read, I can't wait to get my hands on it and check it out for myself. But sometimes they don't always live up to the hype; as every true book slut knows, that's such a bummer. Here are 18 books TOTALLY worth the hype. We've read them all and they've received our hyped-up seal of approval. You can dive into these rest assured that you're in for a great read!

17 Books Totally Worth the Hype

July 8, 2020

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I love, love, love hyped books. Whenever there's a new book buzzing around that everyone's insisting is a must read, I can't wait to get my hands on it and check it out for myself. But sometimes they don't always live up to the hype; as every true book slut knows, that's such a bummer. Here are 18 books TOTALLY worth the hype. We've read them all and they've received our hyped-up seal of approval. You can dive into these rest assured that you're in for a great read!

I love, love, love hyped books. Whenever there’s a new book buzzing around that everyone’s insisting is a must read, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and check it out for myself. But sometimes they don’t always live up to the hype and as every true book slut knows, that’s such a bummer.

Here are 18 books TOTALLY worth the hype. We’ve read them all and they’ve received our hyped-up seal of approval. You can dive into these rest assured that you’re in for a great read!

Just a heads up, this post contains affiliate links—that means I get a small commission of any sales made from the links below, but the price is the same for you whether you purchase via my link or directly from Amazon 🙂

1. The Most Fun We Ever Had

AUTHOR: Claire Lombardo

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Family Saga | Coming of Age

SUMMARY: The Most Fun We Ever Had is the story of the Sorensons—a Chicago-based family with four adult daughters, Wendy, Violet, Liza and Gracie, and their still-madly-in-love parents, Marilyn and David.

The Sorensons always assumed their family’s problems were pretty run-of-the-mill—potential torrid love affairs, life-threatening overdoses and sociopathic children. But when a long-buried secret emerges, the entire family has to question how “normal” they really are.

Diving into the gritty, and often dark, histories of each family member, this book is an unputdownable story of the pain we bring to those who love us the most.


2. Things You Save in a Fire

AUTHOR: Katherine Center

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: Things You Save in a Fire is the story of Cassie, a female firefighter who prides herself on her ability to stay utterly calm in the face of catastrophe, thanks to her rough and unemotional demeanor. But when Cassie accidentally lets her feelings get the better of her, an uncharacteristic moment changes the trajectory of her entire career, aka, her entire life.

In a moment of duress, Cassie agrees to leave her beloved Austin, TX fire station—and home—to move to Boston to take care of her ailing, and semi-estranged, mother.

Cassie believes she’ll be just fine in her new male-dominated, non-progressive environment because of her ability to follow the rules. Thankfully, her old fire chief armed her with everything she needs to know about her new job—never let them see you cry, be stronger than everyone, and never, ever get involved with a fellow firefighter.

She’s got it in the bag—she’ll simple be her usually hardcore, rule-abiding self times a million. That is until she encounters The Rookie—another new recruit who stirs something in her she’s never experienced before. Before she’s even realize what happens, all her rules—and all her control—has gone right out the window.


3. Mrs. Everything 

AUTHOR: Jennifer Weiner

GENRE: Historical Fiction | Coming of Age | LGBTQ

SUMMARY: Mrs. Everything is the story of Jo and Bethie Kaufman, two sisters coming of age in the ’50s and ’60s. Growing up, Jo and Bethie got along well, despite their differences. Jo was sporty, good in school and harboring a secret that caused her to build heavy walls around herself. Bethie was girly, felt alive in the center of a stage and would go to any length to look the part of the glamorous star she believed she was meant to be.

But as time passes, Jo and Bethie grow apart.

Jo finds herself conforming to all the ideals and expectations of women in modern society, despite her earlier iconoclast years. After fighting so hard to stay out of the cookie cutter mold, pure exhaustion leads her to fall right in the middle of it.

Bethie finds herself lost, literally and figuratively. After a devasatting and traumatic experience, Bethie wanders the world, sleeping on park benches, eating whatever food she can find and roaming farther and farther away from the idyllic life she’d always wanted.

But as the sisters get older they both start to realize that there’s never a time when one must stop trying—it’s always possible to change your own circumstances. Instead of letting their lives happen to them, they finally realize that it’s their personal responsibility to mold their experiences into the lives they truly want.


4. The Great Alone

AUTHOR: Kristin Hannah

GENRE: Historical Fiction | Coming of Age

SUMMARY: The Great Alone is the story of the Allbrights, a family on a perpetual search for belonging. Leni, a smart and lonely girl, is at the constant mercy of her parents—her damaged POW father and her naive and over-trusting mother.

When Leni’s father, Ernt, uproots and moves the family to yet another location, he’s convinced this time will be different—Alaska’s the answer to all their problems.

Unprepared and ill-equipped, the Allbrights find solace in the people of Alaska who teach them the ways of their new and wild home and share their supplies.

Although Leni and her mother learn how to protect themselves from the dangers lurking outside their small wood cabin, they can’t figure out how to escape from what’s inside their home, particularly, Ernt’s demons.

Ernt’s temper turns volatile and out of control each winter as the cold and dark ascend, threatening to destroy everything Leni and her mother have found, and built, in Alaska.


5. Big Little Lies

AUTHOR: Liane Moriarty

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: In Big Little Lies, things are not as calm and innocent in suburban Sydney as they seem. After a dramatic and eventful school Trivia night, someone has wound up dead.

The book flashes back to six months before the murder, when young mother Jane and her son Ziggy first move to town. Jane is taken under the wing of Madeline, a woman who knows everything about everyone. Jane quickly becomes part of her group, growing close to Madeline and her gorgeous best friend Celeste.

As their friendships grow, Jane learns that she’s not the only one who’s haunted by personal demons—Madeline and Celeste’s lives are even more tormented than her own.


6. Gone Girl

AUTHOR: Gillian Flynn

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

SUMMARY: In Gone Girl, Amy Dunne has gone missing. As the police investigation progresses, it becomes more and more evident that her husband, Nick Dunne, may have had a large part in her disappearance.

The story is told from alternating perspectives—Nick’s present day account and Amy’s diary chronicling the year leading up to her disappearance.

Getting a glimpse into Amy’s diary lets us fall in love with her sweetness, simple naivety, and humor. But the Amy we think we know soon becomes much more complex than we could have ever anticipated.


7. Where the Crawdads Sing 

AUTHOR: Delia Owens

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Kya Clark who grows up in the marsh of North Carolina.

Left by her mother when she was only six, her brothers and sisters the years following, and then eventually her father, she has no choice but to figure out how to do life completely secluded and on her own.

Despite only going to school one day in her entire life, Kya is smart and sensitive. She has sharp insights about the world and people. She’s been abandoned, ridiculed, and on the receiving end of prejudices no one—especially a child—should have to endure, yet she’s still fascinated by life.

Kya is a brilliant character who will melt your heart. And just when you think you’re starting to understand her, she throws you for loop after loop.


8. A Woman is No Man

AUTHOR: Etaf Rum

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: In A Woman Is No Man, three generations of Arab-American women tell their story, something that’s never been done in their culture before.

Fareeda is the family matriarch, running the household in Brookyln, New York after she and her husband escape from Palestine, their horrendous homeland. Fareeda is a stickler for tradition and reputation, making sure to let her new daughter-in-law Isra know how much she’s letting the family down by only bringing baby girls into the world and no boys.

Isra moves to Brooklyn from Palestine when she marries Fareeda’s son Adam in an arranged marriage. Eager at the idea of a new start in America and freedom to be her own person, Isra’s hopes are extinguished when she quickly discovers that America is not only just as suffocating as Palestine, but now she’s surrounded by strangers posing as family.

Deya, Isra’s daughter, has approached the age where she’s meeting with suitors, but despite her grandmother Fareeda’s urging, she objects to marriage and only wants to set her focus on college. When a mysterious stranger shows up looking for her, Deya begins to understand why she feels so rebellious and what her past memories really mean.


9. Daisy Jones & The Six

AUTHOR: Taylor Jenkins Reid

GENRE: Historical Fiction

SUMMARY: Daisy Jones & The Six is the story of how one of the most infamous rock n’ roll groups rose to ultimate fame in the ’70s.

Of course, it’s packed with sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, but at its heart is a tender story of sacrifice, love and loss.

The Six was a rock n’ roll band who was making awesome music and having a great time doing it. Daisy Jones was a beautiful and wild girl, partying her way through the glamorous world of 1960s Hollywood.

When a music producer realizes that the combination of Daisy Jones and The Six is a formula for guaranteed success, no one says no to the smell of potential fame.

It turns out, the producer was right. When Daisy Jones joins The Six, they become the most famous rock band of that age. But with fame comes responsibility they aren’t equipped to handle. The group ends up splitting up at the height of their fame. And no one knows exactly why, until now.


10. We Were Liars

AUTHOR: E. Lockhart

GENRE: Young Adult Fiction | Psychological Thriller

SUMMARY: We Were Liars is the story of Cady, a very sad and damaged girl. She’s also very sick, forced to stay home, bedridden and in the dark, in order to deal with the debilitating headaches she’s been getting since that summer.

The story shuffles back and forth between Cady’s present day and a past summer spent in the Northeast with her family a few years before. Cady no longer partakes in her family’s decadent summers spent on their private island, her grandfather, her mother, and both of her aunts each with their own mansions.

As Cady’s story of that summer is told, we learn of her love for her cousins and a close family friend, the group deemed the “The Liars”.

During that summer, the Liars devise a plan to break down the grand rule of Cady’s grandfather. Except, the plan doesn’t go anything like they hoped. And worst of all—Cady can’t remember any of it.


11. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

AUTHOR: Gail Honeyman

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a girl who’s socially awkward, seemingly mediocre, and stuck in a life-sucking routine.

But as the book goes on, Eleanor starts to reveal her quippy and extremely witty personality and her strange—and very interesting—views on life and people.

Moved by the idea of potential love, Eleanor starts to break out of her routine. In doing so, she gains so much more than she could’ve ever anticipated. But shaking up her everyday routine also stirs up some of her past and brings it to the surface.

The characters in this story are incredibly crafted and multi-dimensional and the pace and the anticipation of the impending storyline are just as amazing!


12. Three Women

AUTHOR: Lisa Taddeo

GENRE: Nonfiction | Human Sexuality

SUMMARY: Three Women is the nonfiction account of three different American women’s sex lives—Maggie, Lina, and Sloane.

Maggie’s story follows her from her high school days to the present, the six years between tied together by the same harrowing event—an illicit affair with her married teacher when she was seventeen. Maggie has spent her entire life feeling lost and broken, until she gets a taste of hope brought on by the attention of Aaron, more commonly known as Mr. Knoedel, her teacher. Desperate for his love, Maggie agrees to keep their relationship a secret, only communicating with him through secret meetings and clandestine encounters. But when Aaron abruptly takes his love away, cutting her off from her own personal salvation, she can’t recover. Six years after their affair, Maggie decides to press statutory rape charges. She takes him to court, her “troubled” word against his Teacher of the Year one.

Lina’s story also begins in high school where she meets a fellow classmate who seems to be everything she’s dreamed a boyfriend could be. But when Lina is raped by three boys in one night, the horrible rumors that follow cause her dream boy to run away. Years later, seemingly through fate, she runs into him on Facebook. By now Lina is a middle-aged mother of two and married to a man who shrinks away at her touch, leaving her life sexless and joyless. Through desperation, she reignites the candle she’s always held for her past boyfriend, striking up a thrilling and illicit extramarital affair.

Lastly, we have Sloane, a woman who seems to have it all. She’s thin, beautiful, rich, and co-owns a thriving restaurant with her husband who adores her. Even though everything in Sloane’s world seems pristine and wholesome, what happens in her marital bed is anything but. Her husband, Richard, loves to see Sloane make love to other men, deriving pleasure from choosing his wife’s partners and then watching as they make love in front of him.


13. The Kiss Quotient

AUTHOR: Helen Hoang

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: The Kiss Quotient is a gender-swap version of Pretty Woman. Stella, an autistic girl with a big brain and an even bigger heart, hires Michael, a professional male-escort, to teach her the ways of the bedroom.

Of course, it’s not as simple as that. Despite Stella’s rigorous lesson plans, she begins to fall for him. And not just fall—obsess.

But Michael has some issues of his own—he has a treacherous past and is constantly living under the fear that he might be turning into his father, a very, very bad man.

This is a sexy and fun loving story that’s unique and refreshing.


14. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

AUTHOR: Jenny Han

GENRE: Young Adult Fiction | Romance

SUMMARY: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean and the love she’s kept buried deep in a hatbox.

Each time Lara Jeans falls in love, instead of confessing her feelings to the boy at the other end, she writes a heartfelt letter. She pours her soul onto the page, and then tucks the letter safely away, knowing it will never to be seen again. Except, somehow, all of her letters find their way to their never-intended recipients.

While mortifying, the public reveal of her feelings wouldn’t be that bad, except that her sister’s newly ex-boyfriend Josh received one.

To save face and try to restore some of her dignity, Lara Jean makes a deal with Peter K., the school’s resident heartthrob.

As Lara Jean and Peter go about their fake relationship, she starts to realize maybe she doesn’t have the feelings for Josh she thought she had. And Peter isn’t at all like she thought he was.


15. Ask Again, Yes

AUTHOR: Mary Beth Keane

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

SUMMARY: Ask Again, Yes is the story of two neighboring families, close in proximity but not in heart. But when an unexpected violent event happens, separating them miles and miles, their lives become intertwined forever.

This book spans almost four decades, following the members of the families through various milestones of their lives—marriage, infidelity, illness, births, new jobs, new homes, lost jobs, and even death.

While the external story is a coming-of-age family saga, the real story is about forgiveness—how much can it way down those who have not yet given it and who gets the most benefit when it’s finally granted—the one who gives it or the one who gets it?


16. The Help

AUTHOR: Kathryn Stockett

GENRE: Historical Fiction

SUMMARY: It’s 1960s Mississippi, a time where “separate but equal” is the social norm.

The Help is told from the perspective of three different women—Aibileen, an experienced black maid who is currently raising her seventeenth white child, Minny, a younger and sassier black maid who has lost yet another housekeeping job because of her untamable tongue, and Skeeter, a post-graduate white woman who is determined to stay out of the box society wants to put her in.

Trying to break into the competitive world of publishing in New York City, Skeeter quickly realizes she needs to set her self apart if she ever wants a chance to become an editor. Devoid of any real experience, Skeeter decides to write a book about the domestic help in Mississippi, from the perspectives of the maids.

After much coercion, Aibileen and Minny finally decide to help Skeeter with her project, even though they all have to keep it the utmost secret. If anyone discovers what they’re doing, it will be more than reputations that are at risk.


17. Verity

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

SUMMARY: In Verity, Lowen, a struggling writer not sure how she’s going to get next month’s rent, is contacted for a new assignment—to finish Verity Crawford’s world-renown series.

Verity, the world-famous author of more than a handful of bestsellers, was in a terrible accident and can no longer write.

Lowen accepts the job to finish the series, but soon realizes she’s in over her head. She can’t shake the feeling that Verity’s luminous home—the one where Verity’s handsome husband Jeremy, their child, and the now-crippled author are—is a place she shouldn’t be.

During a moment of vulnerability, Jeremey shared the terrible accidents that had happened to the family—first the untimely passing of their twin daughters, both at different times, and now Verity’s horrible car wreck.

But as Lowen is doing research for the upcoming books, she stumbles across the manuscript of Verity’s autobiography. In it, she discovers things she wish she hadn’t. And now can’t help but see Verity as perhaps the darkest villain of all.


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