04/08/2015 04:09 EDT | Updated 04/08/2015 04:59 EDT

11 Hyped Up Books Worth the Read

“I've heard it’s really good,” can be a few of the hardest words for a book nerd to say. It's often code for 'I've been harassed to read a book, but just haven’t gotten to it.'

And why haven’t they gotten to it? There are plenty of reasons, but often, it's because they've reached a point when they've heard so many good things about a book that there’s no way it can reach expectations. That, or they're just really annoyed about being preached to about a book that, quite frankly, isn't their thing.

That’s the problem with hype: it exaggerates how good something actually is, and at a point, being told to do something again and again just gets annoying. Sometimes this can be the curse of a really good book — people don’t believe it can be everything it's purported to be.

But sometimes, it can be. While some books can reach superstar statuses they can't possibly live up to, other times books earn those accolades by just being really fantastic reads.

Here, in our opinion, are 11 of those books:


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