December 01, 2010

books that live up to the hype

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Yesterday, we talked about books that everyone loves that we’re just “ehh” about. There was lots of lukewarm feeling in the comments for books like One Day, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and other titles that don’t start with one. After all, no matter how many people consider a book a classic or praise it, there’s always going to be someone (or many someones) who just don’t get the appeal.

Today let’s talk about the flip side: books that live up to the hype. Books that when you read them, you want to smack yourself for waiting so long. Looking back over the books I’ve read this past year, here are some of mine:

Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel: After months of praise from nearly every person I follow on twitter, I finally succumbed and was glad I did.

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni: Good reviews from Jen at Devourer of Books and Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog were what sold me on this one.

The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard: Though this will be published by our friends at Ecco this winter, it was Jason Rice of Three Guys One Book whose love convinced me to pick it up (that and the cover, which I’m in love with myself.)

What are the books you’ve read that completely deliver?