Trying to figure out what to read next can be overwhelming, especially with the number of excellent science fiction and fantasy books released each year. But dozens of BookTokers — TikTokers who focus on books, from sharing favorites to critiquing classics — are here to help.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite BookTokers who either focus on SFF, or have a broad taste that includes a lot of speculative books. do not worry; This list expands beyond much-promoted books such as Olivie Blake Atlas Six Or the many fictional nicknames of Sarah J. Diamonds. This isn’t an exhaustive list either – the vast world of BookTok is full of creators who do an excellent job. We will add to this list as we find new favourites.
To start things off, Faye has plenty of SFF recommendations—particularly books with a grotesque acting—along with plenty of hilarious comedy about literary genres and the inevitable fog to get out of reading a long letter. Come on for the books, and keep up the rad spin on hair colors and hairstyles (but also for books, obviously).
Camille Kelly’s TikToks range from recommendations – like this list of books with a “sense of fantasy” – to jokes about their own book habits or bits of classic literature and fiction. Science fiction and fantasy books are interspersed in these videos. It’s great to follow to not only expand your reading recommendations, but to add more humor to your feed.
Evan’s focus is on SFF, although his tastes are fanciful. Its TikToks range from thoughtful analysis of individual titles, such as VE Schwab’s The hidden life of Addie LaRue And Adrian Tchaikovsky Seniors racingAnd the best books of the year and all-time favorites and book tours. His videos can lean on the longer side, since they’re heavy on analysis – but they’re easily accessible, and they’re a great option for those just getting started with SFF or seasoned readers looking to dig deeper.
Ares recommends many SFFs such as blockbuster fantasy series, graphic novels, and comedies (such as long story And the the monster), as well as manga. Ares also shares resources to help readers diversify the authors on their shelves. (And when I see someone who loves the dandelion strain of Qin Liu, I You have to distinguish them.)
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If you love SFF codes and are looking to add them to this stack for reading, you’ve come to the right place. Sam makes plenty of specific recommendations based on metaphors and themes like female rage, hero to villain, or dark academia – along with sharing odd readings about SFF.
Adannia’s taste is broad and somewhat reverent, including literary fiction such as Yaa Gyasi transcendental kingdom As well as romance and YA. Of course, it also features plenty of sci-fi and fantasy, with an emphasis on a comprehensive range of readings – featuring plenty of SFF heavy-hitters like Octavia E. Butler and Nnedi Okorafor. Adannia’s TikToks also touches on topics such as fighting blackness in BookTok (and in publishing and criticism more broadly).
Lee’s taste is also very broad, but with a focus on international authors – especially with its current focus on 2022, the “Reading Across Africa” challenge. (In her Storygraph, you can find books she’s read, sorted by the country the book is set in or the country the author is writing from.) Throughout the year, she’s also shared her favorite meditative books written by African authors, along with books published in America inspired. From African mythology. I’ve also created a trend where BookTokers share images of their favorite books in the thumbnail – browsing this is a great way to quickly find other creators to follow.
Melissa Blair, author of broken bladerecommends a wide range of books, including science fiction and fantasy, often highlighting original authors (such as Karen McBride, who wrote Crow WinterAnd the A work of literary fiction, speculative. I recommend watching her tour at her local bookstore, where she points out great books by indigenous authors in Canada and the United States.
If you’re looking for weird recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. Claire teaches books of all kinds – with a frequent focus on science fiction – but does an excellent job of highlighting queer SFF as well as evil books of all kinds. (Welcome, Gideon IX.) They also have an excellent list of books to read if you like D&D.
If you’re looking to add more Latin composers to your shelf, you can’t go wrong with Joanna’s recommendations. This book alone has plenty of excellent books to dig into (fans of Silvia Moreno Garcia Jade and Shadow Goddess Rises!!!).
Madi Lim recommends books across a variety of genres, but science fiction and fantasy are regularly alternated. They also make TikToks “BookTok News” dedicated to news — and BookTok tea — from movie adaptation ads to conventions that went wrong. Some of her recommendations include those of Su Lin Tan Daughter of the moon goddess Aiden Thomas Benin Cemetery.
If you’re in the mood for a ton of SFF listings to search, especially one that focuses on subtle themes – like urban fiction or fallen heroes – or just books with a certain level of “spice” (BookTok talks about how frank or exciting the book is ), the Erin Fehres account is for you. Filled with individual menus and recommendations, there is plenty to choose from.
Amivi runs a book club called “Sapphic and Proud” with weird favorites across genres, including science fiction and fantasy. They share plenty of must-read sinister books and fictional recommendations from black writers, with favorites including Ayana Gray monsters of prey and NE Davenport’s blood experiments.
Ayushi endorses a number of books that haven’t yet launched on BookTok, but still deserve the love and attention of readers. It also highlights YA fantasies written by women of color, and represents a lot of Desi authors—both from SFF and outside of the genre. (If you’re also a romance reader, Ayoshi has got you covered.)
Last but certainly not least, Sayde’s flair also goes a whole lot, and SFF’s books are in regular rotation (often while Sayde wears these adorable ears). Featured titles range from children’s favorite books of legend, such as circe And the Ariadne, to an “existential horror manga” that will frighten even the most staunch reader. Sayde also has excellent recommendations for readers who have enjoyed a lot of popular BookTok titles and want to move on to similar adult fiction books.