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You can find just about everything on TikTok nowadays, from 15-second dances to unsolicited legal advice. Unsurprisingly, it can also be a great place to find your next read. Under the hashtags #BookTok, #BookRecommendations, or simply #Books, users share in-depth review videos, quick lists of favorites, and aesthetically pleasing bookshelf tours to share their favorite book recommendations.
To gather the titles on this list, we watched countless BookTok videos and collected the indisputable favorites from readers on TikTok. Most of the titles that circulate BookTok are gripping and exciting reads that almost any reader would love, from nail-biting thrillers to action-packed fantasy novels.
“They Both Die At The End” by Adam Silvera, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.37
TikTokers regularly challenge readers to read “They Both Die At The End” from cover to cover in a single sitting — a feat that’s easier than it sounds as soon as you start the book. This heartbreaking young adult novel takes place in a dystopia where people receive a phone call just after midnight on the last day of their lives. When Mateo’s phone rings with the dreaded message, he searches for someone with whom he can spend his final hour and meets Rufus.
“It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.47
Colleen Hoover is known for her absolutely captivating psychological thrillers like “It Ends With Us” and “Verity,” which are both hugely popular on TikTok. “It Ends With Us” follows Lily, who meets a handsome neurosurgeon named Ryle. Though Ryle has an aversion to relationships, he is willing to make an exception for Lily. When questions begin to arise about their relationship as a man from the past emerges, this book becomes unputdownable.
“Legend” by Marie Lu, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.68
June is a 15-year-old prodigy being groomed as a warrior by the Republic’s military, unlikely to cross paths with Day (the country’s most wanted criminal) until he becomes a prime suspect for the murder of June’s brother. While June seeks revenge, Day is in his own race for his family’s survival when the two discover the shocking truth behind the events that brought them together.
“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.29
When Nora feels stuck in life with nowhere to turn, she finds herself in a dreamlike library, where each book on the infinite shelves can transport her to a parallel version of her life, had she made other choices. This fascinating sci-fi/fantasy read has spurred countless discussions on TikTok about whether its message is more inspirational or existential.
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.42
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is an incredible historical fiction novel that reads like a dramatic celebrity interview. Years after her retirement, Hollywood megastar Evelyn Hugo is ready to tell all the details of her crazy life story to one little-known reporter. Known for her seven husbands, Evelyn finally tells the true stories of each marriage and her true love — the story the tabloids never found.
“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.35
In this mythical retelling set during the Trojan War, Patroclus is exiled to Phthia after a terrible misunderstanding and meets the prince Achilles. As their friendship turns romantic, Achilles is called to fight in the war against Troy with a terrible prophecy ahead of him.
“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.36
One night, when someone calls security on Emira Tucker in a grocery store, they accuse the young Black woman of kidnapping the white toddler she’s babysitting. Though the child’s mother, Alix Chamberlain, is determined to make things right, an old video brings up someone from her past, setting Alix and Emira on a journey to discover more about themselves and each other than they could have ever known.
“From Blood and Ash” by Jennifer L. Armentrout, available at Amazon, $18.32
“From Blood and Ash” is a sexy, action-packed fantasy about Poppy, a Maiden who must live under strict rules until the day of her Ascension. When she sneaks out to meet with a Royal Guard named Hawke, they quickly fall for each other as Poppy begins to unravel the shocking secrets of her kingdom in this novel that ends with a cliffhanger so jarring, readers can’t help but immediately reach for the sequel.
“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.99
Cherished amongst TikTokers for its emotional and poetic prose, “A Little Life” is an award-winning novel about four friends who move to New York from a small Massachusetts town. As the decades pass, their friendships grow and change yet all seem to be centered around their friend June, still haunted by his traumatic past.
“Shatter Me” by Tehereh Mafi, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.48
Juliette is a 17-year-old with a fatal touch, jailed for murder 264 days ago when she last accidentally touched and killed someone. In this dystopia, people are dying and beginning to rise against the governing Reestablishment, who decides Juliette might be the perfect weapon to fight a rising rebellion.
“A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.80
TikTok readers cannot stop talking about this steamy fantasy series that began as a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling. When Feyre accidentally kills a faerie, she’s dragged to a magical kingdom by a masked captor. Closely guarded, secrets of the faerie lands begin to emerge as Feyre’s resentment towards her captor melts from anger to romantic passion.
“The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.44
When everyone at Ami’s wedding falls ill with food poisoning except maid-of-honor Olive and best man Ethan, the offer to take the newlywed’s all-expense-paid honeymoon seems amazing — if Olive and Ethan didn’t despise each other. Agreeing to avoid each other, the two run into Olive’s new boss on the island and fall into an elaborate lie that might just bring them closer together.
“Red, White, and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.97
First Son Alex Diaz has a sworn enemy: Prince Henry of Britain. When the tabloids catch the two teens in an argument, their PR teams decide the best course of action is to stage a fake friendship, which slowly turns into a real one with romantic feelings. When Alex’s mom decides to run for re-election, Alex knows that his relationship could ruin her campaign and the boys must decide how much they’re willing to risk to be together.
“Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.82
“Shadow and Bone” is the first book in not only its own magical trilogy, but the first book in the Grishaverse created by Leigh Bardugo, a hugely popular fantasy universe amongst readers on TikTok. Loved for its unpredictable characters and heightened audiobook experience, this book follows Alina Starkov, a teenage orphan in Ravka, who harnesses a previously unknown power to save her best friend and unwittingly makes herself a target.
“The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue” by V.E. Schwab, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14
In 1714, Addie LaRue was a teenager about to be married off to a man she did not love when she struck a cursed deal to live forever yet be forgotten by everyone she met. In this genre-bending novel, Addie’s story spans centuries and continents until the day she finally meets someone who remembers her.
“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $5.98
This is a quick, young adult thriller that uses a fragmented narration to build suspense. Cadence and her family spend their summers on a private island where the cousins regularly go on troublesome adventures — until two summers ago, when something tragic happened and changed everything for their family forever.
“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne, available at Amazon, $14.39
In their shared office space, Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are caught in a series of tense games of one-upmanship, now intensified as they’re both up for a promotion. When the tension turns steamy and the two share a kiss in the elevator, Lucy begins to wonder if she’s ever hated Joshua after all.
“The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, available at Amazon, $9.89
Avery Grambs is just trying to graduate high school when she’s mysteriously bestowed an inheritance from billionaire Tobias Hawthorne, a puzzle-loving man she’s never even heard of. The catch is Avery must move into his secret passage-filled mansion with Tobias’ family: A puzzle to be solved, and a game she’ll have to survive.
“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.06
Linus Baker is a caseworker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, overseeing extraordinary children who live in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is sent on a highly classified mission to check on a home with six dangerous children, he meets the most fascinating and wonderful group of magical kids, cared for by a charming gentleman with more burning secrets than Linus could imagine.
“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $10.99
10 years ago, Jude and her sisters were stolen away to the High Court of Faerie, detested as humans in a magical faerie land. Desperate to be accepted, Jude must defy the Prince for a chance to win a place at the Court and soon finds herself deeply entangled in a web of violence and deception.
“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $6.98
In the “Red Queen” literary universe, the world is divided into Red and Silver: commoners and the magical elite. When Mare Barrow escaped her impoverished Red home to work in the Silver Palace, she and the Silvers discover she has a powerful magical ability of her own, hiding her in plain sight and declaring her a long-lost Silver princess. As she quietly works to help the Red Guard bring down the Silver elite, Mare knows one misstep could easily mean her death.
“All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.48
Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are each looking for an escape when they meet on the ledge of their school’s bell tower. Paired together for a school project, the duo set to discover the natural wonders of their state and instead discover the escape they’d been searching for in each other’s company. You can check out a more detailed review of “All The Bright Places” here.
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