My Top Books I Want to Eternally Hype

It’s easy to fall in love with hyped books, but you know some of my favorite books aren’t hyped AT ALL. And these books totally deserve some hype! I don’t know if it’s because so many books are published all the time, or they just slip quietly under the radar.

But not today! Today, I’m dusting all these under-hyped books off and screaming about them from the top of my mountain. (which isn’t very tall, but pretend with me)

Footage of me @ the top of my mountain. 

Foolish Heartsfoolish hearts emma mills

This book came out last December but I hardly saw anyone talking about it? And it’s so good? I really enjoyed reading it over Christmas break, because it’s full of Shakespeare theatre, sweet romance, and high school drama. But not too over the top.
I know a few other people who’ve read it, but it just wasn’t that talked about. Which is kind of surprising? So I’m here today to HYPE this book up.

And it has sapphic representation with two significant side characters. The PERFECT rainy afternoon read. Every time I think about this book, which is quite a bit actually, I’m reminded that I haven’t picked up Emma Mills other books, which I really want to read!

Me, picking up fluffy contemporary books. 

Dress Codes for Small Towns

I first read this book this summer and somehow it keeps making it on ALL my lists. Because it’s just so good!
This book is about abut Billie and her hilarious, troublemaking gang of friends. I mean, it hits everything.

🦋 Amazing gang of friends

🦋 Contests + Character development

🦋 Sapphic ships

🦋 Contemporary, (kind of obvious?)

🦋 Small town & Religious Experience

I honestly have no idea why this hasn’t been hyped MORE?

Girl Made of Stars

This was on my to-read list for forever and I finally read it just a week ago, and excuse me while I cry eternally.

(CW – sexual assault) This is about a girl named Mara, whose twin brother Owen, is accused of rape, by one of Mara’s friend, Hannah. This whole story is about Mara and the emotional mess that is happening all around her. It’s deep, and personal, and an extremely important read.

I’m going to write a full review of this soon, because it’s just so good. And needs more hype. 

Dear Rachel MaddowThis was just published in June and it’s so fun!!! Okay, it’s a tad bit political but not over-the-top or extremely wordy. It’s just GOOD!

me, reading this book. 

Brynn is failing at school, failing at dating, and feeling like she’s failing at life. Brynn takes a simple assignment – write an email to your hero, and turns these emails to Rachel Maddow into her personal diary.

So, reading Dear Rachel Maddow is a mix of reading a personal diary and a catalogue of high school life. Brynn is fighting privileged kids at her school, working through the grief of her brother’s death, and trying to get over her girlfriend ditching her. A lot to handle.

But you need to read it! And I’m actually surprised it wasn’t talked about more? Because it’s super great!

Eliza and Her Monsters

Ok, this needed hyped more. I know lots of people have read it, but it’s just not talked about that much? And it’s such a sweet read.

Eliza, our main title gal, is a famous online comic writer. Like super, duper famous. BUT Eliza is definitely shy – and keeps her online world veerrrryyyy separate from her real world life. So, when THE fanfic writer for her comic starts attending the same high school as Eliza, AND becomes her friend, he has no idea Eliza is the comic creator.

Secret Identity! Yay! More hype, PLEASE! Also, the romance in this book is just tender and sooooooo sweet. It’s just perfect. 

My fangirling thoughts about this book’s ships. 

The Song of Achilles

Can you believe this was published in 2011? I actually thought this was fairly new, as in less than 2 years ago. Because I didn’t start hearing about it till this year? SO, apparently this books needs TONS more hype.

Do I need to write a snappy, short synopsis? (yay for alliteration!) Anyway, back to the question…it’s a YA retelling of the Iliad all about Patroclus and Achilles.


The Miseducation of Cameron Post

I am soooo happy that I was in a group on Goodreads that recommended this book, because it deserves ALL the hype. 

Cameron lives in the middle of nowhere and her life kind of sucks. As in her parents died and her aunt is a gigantic jerk. Then Cameron falls in love with a girl, and the aunt is even more of a jerk and sends her off to a Christian reeducation camp, basically.

So yeah, hard topics, but amazing read. It feels real, and I stayed up all night reading this book, so go read it. Then HYPE it up!

Well, I was originally going to post ten under-hyped books, but I only came up with these seven? At least for this post? BUT I made a youtube video and I talked about sommmeee of these books and added in some completely different books.

I feel totally successful today? Because I wrote this post, made a youtube video, went to a Volleyball game, and actually finished up a week’s worth of classes. What magic air did I breathe???

lets chat

Do you enjoy hyping books? What’s the best way to hype a book – Twitter, blogs, Goodreads, instagram, or some other way?

Have you read any of the books I’d like to see hyped more? Agree that they need more hype? Why do you think some books are more hyped than others? 



  1. emmareadstoomuch
    September 15, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    ah i love this post! also i JUST read foolish hearts, it took me forever to get to for some reason (foolish of me…hehe), and i LOVED it. & dress codes for small towns was on my tbr for a while but i took it off for some reason? probably in one of my REMOVE EVERYTHING!!! phases. maybe i’ll add it back tho??

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Foolish Hearts is so sweet! So happy you got around to read it…and are now wise, haha! Remove everything phases are hilarious, right? 😂 It’s like, yeah, I want to read all these books, BUT I HATE HAVING OVER A 100 BOOKS ON MY TBR!

  2. September 15, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Wonderful post! I love hyping books that don’t get nearly enough attention! I honestly, haven’t read any of the books on this list, but I definitely need to remedy that! Thanks for sharing some under-hyped books! 🙂

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Oh, yes! Totally remedy and read ALL these books 😂

  3. September 16, 2018 / 4:10 am

    *cries* I’ve only read The Song of Achilles???
    I’m really excited to read Girl Made of Stars!

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Oh, gosh, Girl Made of Stars is such painful beauty.

  4. September 16, 2018 / 4:52 am

    Oh I really enjoyed First and Then by Emma Mills and have been meaning to read more books from this author for so long now and Foolish Hearts sounds amazing, I’ll have to read it soon! <3
    I LOVED Eliza and Her Monsters so much! I feel like so many people have read it, but it's not hyped up that much and you're right, it deserves to be WAY more, because it was incredible and I loved it.
    I also really want to read Dress Codes for Small Towns, it sounds SO GREAT 😀
    Amazing post!! <3

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Foolish Hearts is so cute and amazing! Eliza deserves a ton of hype, let’s hype it together!
      Thanks so much!

  5. CG @ Paper Fury
    September 16, 2018 / 6:14 am

    I just bought Cameron Post!! I’m hoping it gets really hyped because of the movie too?! Although I hate how people are like “You better hype this if you did Love Simon”…and I get it, but this is also a much tougher topic. I know I’m going to be really emotional reading this aghhghg. 😭But I definitely want to and I’m really keen to pick it up (HOPEFULLY THIS MONTH omg I won’t procrastinate!) I also have Foolish Hearts. Why haven’t I read it yet?! And I need to read Dress Codes and Girl Made Of Stars…actually going to see if my online library has them.

    *dashes off*

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Cameron Post is so much harder than love Simon. It probably won’t get the same hype, because it’s not a happy movie/read? But I do look forward to watching the movie!
      Yes! Read them all! (do I sound like the mad king, but now the mad reader, screaming into the voice, Read them ALL! 😂)

  6. September 16, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Oh, Foolish Hearts! I’m excited to read that. I’ve read two of Emma Mill’s other books: First & Then (which I really liked) and This Adventure Ends (didn’t like). And Eliza and Her Monsters! That’s on my to be read list too, and I also think the cover is great. Books that I would say deserve more hype: I actually have two series, The League of Princes and The Divine Cities. The first one are these fun, middlegrade books that are so funny, and the second one is this amazing fantasy series that destroyed my self-control while I was reading them.

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Oh, I hope you can get to Foolish Heart and Eliza! I haven’t heard of either of those series, but I’ll put them on my list for sometime!

  7. September 16, 2018 / 10:59 am

    EMMA MILLS!!!! my Emma situation is the opposite, I’ve read her other two major books, The Adventure Ends (my hearttttt) and First & Then (SO CUTE DDKLJFLSKJ). But Emma Mills is just so amazing, I can’t wait for Famous in a Small Town!!????? AND SPEAKING OF WHICH, OMG I NEED I’M GOING TO ADORE DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS!!!

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      MALANIE, GO READ DRESS CODES RIGHT NOW!!! And I hadn’t heard of Emma Mills new book? But I just added it on Goodreads!!!!

  8. September 16, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    me: *reads title of this post* *screams with excitement* *opens up goodreads*
    me: *reads post* *clicks ‘want to read’ on goodreads seven times*

    THANK YOU FOR ALL THESE RECOMMENDATIONS!❤️I haven’t read any of them, though a ton of them were on my TBR (and some I had forgotten were on there and now I’m so excited that I remember they’re on there now and can look for them in the library). Your recommendations post are THE BEST.

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Gosh, Olivia, you make me so happy because you screamed and added all seven on Goodreads 😭💕🙌🏻
      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  9. September 19, 2018 / 9:51 am

    TSOA is actually VERY hyped up in the community, it’s super late from the original publication (I think people started to appreciate this in 2016/2017 ish? But this book is like on every “books to make you cry” list… and it really did!

  10. Ilsen Leon
    February 7, 2019 / 10:37 am

    I love blog posts that talk about underhyped books! I just read The Song of Achilles and I absolutely loved it! Although I always thought it was Adult Fiction not YA but it was still good nonetheless. I’m actually reading Percy Jackson now and it’s kinda overhyped and Song of Achilles is better oops. I also really want to read Girl Made Of Stars and Foolish Hearts or anything by Emma Mills! I also haven’t read Eliza and Her Monsters because I read Made You Up by the same author and it was not good but I want to try that one because it seems that one is much better.

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