Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish. In January of 2018 it was moved to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, where it’s hosted now. Each week there is a bookish topic for which one creates a list of 10 (or more or less) items that fit said theme! This week’s amazing topic is:
July 31: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype
I’m glad to finally have found some motivation again to write up some posts on here! No need to miss me any longer haha! Of course there will be books you will have never heard of, since the hype is such a subjective feeling. As at least some sort of measure, I am also going to include the number of ratings each book has received on Goodreads by the time I am writing this post. [2018-07-28]
This list is only going to consist of 6 books. I don’t always wanna mention the same old books I have read so long ago, and it’s so much easier to talk about the books that didn’t live up to the hype.
Save Me | Mona Kasten
416 pages | New Adult, Romance | 2018 | 1,916 Ratings | Goodreads
This book has been everywhere all over (German) social media and even prominently promoted in every single store! Everyone seemed to be reading it, although I had no real idea what this book was about when I went into it. A review for the first book in this trilogy will also be up on this blog soonish.
Geld, Glamour, Luxus, Macht – all das könnte Ruby Bell nicht weniger interessieren. Das Einzige, was sie sich wünscht, ist ein erfolgreicher Abschluss vom Maxton Hall College, eine der teuersten Privatschulen Englands. Vor allem mit James Beaufort, dem heimlichen Anführer des College, will sie nichts zu tun haben. Er ist zu arrogant, zu attraktiv und zu reich. Doch schon bald bleibt ihr keine andere Wahl …
Human Acts | Han Kang
242 pages | Fiction, Historical | 2017 | 6,804 Ratings | Goodreads
After the success that was The Vegetarian, everyone seemed to be waiting to get their hands on Human Acts. In my opinion, Human Acts was even more powerful than The Vegetarian, although still very much conveying a similar feeling.
In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.
The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho’s own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.
Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
480 pages | Fiction, Contemporary | 2018 | 1,324 Ratings | Goodreads
To my surprise, by the time this post will be uploaded, Killing Commendatore will have not yet been published in English. However, just like Save Me it was heavily promoted in German speaking countries at the time it came out in January.
Allein reist der namenlose Erzähler und Maler ziellos durch Japan. Schließlich zieht er sich in ein abgelegenes Haus, das einem berühmten Künstler gehört, zurück. Eines Tages erhält er ein äußerst lukratives Angebot. Er soll das Porträt eines reichen Mannes anfertigen. Nach einigem Zögern nimmt er an, und Wataru Menshiki sitzt ihm fortan Modell. Doch der Ich-Erzähler findet nicht zu seiner alten Fertigkeit zurück. Das, was Menshiki ausmacht, kann er nicht erfassen. Wer ist dieser Mann, dessen Bildnis er keine Tiefe verleihen kann?
The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood
325 pages | Fiction, Dystopia | 1985 | 897,912 Ratings | Goodreads
Everyone needs to read this, as it deserves to be mentioned alongside of 1984 and Brave New World, but in my experience hardly ever is.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
Zoo Station | Christiane F.
320 pages | Nonfiction, Biography | 1978 | 21,581 Ratings | Goodreads
Ever since I was in middle school, this book has always been surrounded by this somewhat infamous aura. Everyone seemed so hesitant yet morbidly interested in it.
In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists, and over time they helped to turn her story–which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood–into an acclaimed bestseller. Christiane F.’s rapid descent into heroin abuse and prostitution is shocking, but the boredom, the longing for acceptance, the thrilling risks, and even the musical obsessions that fill out the rest of Christiane’s existence will be familiar to every reader. Christiane F.’s Berlin is a strange and often terrifying place, but it’s also a place that remains closer than we might think….
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo | Stieg Larsson
465 pages | Fiction, Mystery | 2005| 2,143,349 Ratings | Goodreads
One of my favorite books ever. Every single referential mention of it in other pop culture is very much deserved!
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues.
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