It's time for another Feature and Follow Friday. For those of you who don't know, Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkie's View designed to help like-minded bloggers to connect. This week's all important question is:
Q: What hyped up book was worth all of the fuss?
I'm going to state the obvious first with the Harry Potter series. When I first encountered the books as an 18 year old university student, I was a bit skeptical (at that stage, only three books had been released and the release of the fourth was imminent,) and thought it was probably just an overhyped kids series. Obviously, I was wrong.
My second choice is Water For Elephants which I read last year. When it was first released, I dismissed it as a piece of wannabe Literature (i.e. one of those books that appears more literary and intelligent than what it truly is, just pick up anything that has ever written by Jodi Picoult and you'll see what I mean). Anyway, I eventually picked it up after running out of things to read and I was pleasantly surprised by how well researched this tale actually was. That and I've always liked stories that feature train journeys.
Other books I'd like to add to this list are: On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmel and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.