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If you’re a book lover and can’t stop hanging out on TikTok, chances are you know #BookTok well. But justett in case you haven’t heard of it before, know that the BookTok community is a place where TikTok users share their favorite reads, and there’s something for everyone. Some titles have made it through the app, including older books. Instead of scrolling all over TikTok to curate recommendations, we dove into BookTok ourselves and picked the best of the best to put right on top of your TBR pile.
Here are the best books on BookTok:
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For women in STEM
“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood
Ali Hazelwood’s debut became an instant BookTok sensation, and it’s pretty obvious why. Olive Smith lies to her friend that she is currently seeing someone and ends up kissing the first guy she sees in the hallway to prove her right. Turns out the random guy is actually the toughest teacher in his program, Dr. Adam Carlson. They now have to pretend to be in a relationship to help sell the lie and yes, it’s getting very steamy.
This knife to the throat kind of a book
“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black
Holly Black finally returns to the fairy world of Elfhame more than 15 years later Dime has been freed. Now the story follows Jude Urgate, a mortal who has been kidnapped and taken to live among fairies. Even without her own powers, she tries to prove herself against those who don’t believe she belongs by teaming up with a powerful group and trying to clinch the crown.
Sun / Grumpy Romance
‘Twisted Love’ by Ana Huang
After her brother leaves for a special one-year volunteer opportunity, Ava Chen must learn how to deal with her very cold best friend, Alex Volkov. But while he knows she’s off limits as he tries to protect her, love has other plans for these two.
Need a good shout?
“They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera
This heartbreaking yet uplifting novel will remind you to take no second of your life for granted. Two teenagers both get a horrible call saying they’re going to die that day. Deciding to spend their last moments together, Meteo and Rufus try to make the most of what they have while giving love one last chance.
Fake Relationship Trope FTW
“The Spanish Love Disappointment” by Elena Armas
After lying to her family about having an American boyfriend the whole time, Catalina Martin quickly accepts her colleague’s offer to impersonate her longtime boyfriend before her sister’s wedding. But what starts out as a fake relationship turns into something neither of them expected in this slow-burn romance.
You are the bane of my existence
“The Viscount Who Loved Me” by Julia Quinn
Dark Academia lovers, Rise
“The Atlas Six” by Olivie Blake
At Olivie Blake’s The Atlas Six is the definition of a BookTok sensation. Its original self-published version became a huge hit, and now it’s been picked up by Tor Books and become a New York Times Bestseller. When six new Magical Academicians are chosen to join a special society, they must spend the next year dealing with each other and trying to prove themselves, as only five will become members.
The story, huh?
‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston
Read on if you want to know what happens when the Prince of England and the son of the President of the United States fall in love. This is the international scandal we all need!
Do you want to be remembered?
“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab
VE Schwab continues to take our breath away with his work, especially in this adult title. In the 1700s, Addie makes a deal with the devil to live forever, but the catch is that no one will ever remember her. Imagine her surprise when she meets a mysterious man who somehow knows who she is.
From Queen BookTok
“It’s Ending With Us” by Colleen Hoover
Six years after the original publication of the book, BookTok fell in love with It ends with us and brought it to number one on the New York Times list of bestsellers. Although Colleen admitted she still doesn’t understand how it all happened, fans still can’t get enough of Lily Bloom and her story. Colleen is even releasing a sequel in October 2022!
If you need a new series ASAP
‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown’ by Talia Hibbert
Prepare to fall in love with the Brown sisters as they try to navigate life and love in their own way. Talia Hibbert’s series begins with Chloe Brown, who is about to turn her life around with a special to-do list. And she asks her hot neighbor to help her finish it.
Well, make me your villain
“The Shadow and the Bone” by Leigh Bardugo
The hit Netflix series originally started out as a hugely popular YA trilogy that has since exploded into its own universe. Fans can relive Alina Starkov’s journey to discover her power in the original books. After that the sky’s the limit with the Six of Ravens series and The king of scars duology that follows.
Small Town Romance ~Vibes~
“It Happened One Summer” by Tessa Bailey
Tessa Bailey is an author you’ve probably seen on your FYP thanks to her hilarious and viral TikToks about being a novelist. It is therefore obvious that everyone is equally in his books, in particular the It happened one summer series and its sequel, Hook, line and sinker.
Picture perfect first novel
‘Delilah Green Doesn’t Care’ by Ashley Herring Blake
After taking a moment to admire this gorgeous cover, you’ll immediately want to pick up this debut album. New York photographer Delilah Green is forced to return to her hometown because of her sister’s wedding, and things quickly get interesting as she learns more about local bookseller Claire Sutherland. Sounds like every book lover’s dream.
The series that changed the whole industry
‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas
If you’ve spent enough time on TikTok, you’ve definitely heard of Sarah J. Maas ACOTAR series. It’s been a phenomenon since its first release in 2015, being one of the titles that helped create the New Adult genre before it even existed. And thank God, because now we can continue to enjoy it years later. So thank you SJM! We owe you a lot of time!
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