7 Books You Should Read Right Now, According to TikTok

If you’ve walked into a bookstore in the past few years, you’ll notice the signs/stickers that say, “TikTok Made Me Buy it.” number?

Here’s an example from an online retailer – this is the kind of metadata some publishers add on Amazon UK. Mentioning TikTok in the book title helps authors appear in TikTok related searches and gives their books a sense of social validation:

TikTok is very popular among Gen Z users, although it is expanding rapidly. Almost from my perspective as Generation Z-er, the platform makes sense at the same time and is quite aloof. It’s an interesting mix, but I got into the trenches (read: a rabbit hole of BookTok content, full of healthy, enthusiastic readers) and came back with a list of titles I’ve seen over and over again.

These genres range in genre from historical and contemporary fiction to romance, YA romance, and fantasy, illustrating the number of niche communities of genre fiction readers that thrive on BookTok. It’s not necessarily cohesive as a reading list – but if you’re socially interested in knowing what’s going on in the BookTok world, I hope it can help you.

1. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo’s Seven Husbands Starring a heroine of the same name – the Hollywood star, who, in her 70s, decided to share her life story with a reporter who happened to be going through a divorce. Evelyn is one of those characters that obituaries call larger than life — from her ambitious, wide-eyed youth to breakout from show business and her seven husbands along the way, her epic life story delights TikTok reviewers with its immersive storytelling and its wide range and flawed, complex characters. Many readers note that the heroine’s struggles as a woman in a male-dominated industry and the obstacles in her way due to her bisexual Cuban identity make it a fascinating experience even for readers who don’t usually read historical novels. The numbers definitely agree!

(Note that there is another book that shows the number seven and Evelyn in its title, Evelyn Hardcastle Seven Dies Written by Stuart Turton, Mysterious Murder won a Costa Book Award in 2018. This title is also well reviewed, but if you’re looking for a Hollywood star-studded story, you’ll find it’s the wrong book!)

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2. “We End Up” by Colin Hoover

This contemporary romance novel tells the story of Lily, a young business owner who recently moved to Boston. At first glance, the book seems quite predictable – she meets a man she’s become interested in, Rayle, and then quickly stumbles upon her high school sweetheart, leading to a complex resurgence of old feelings. At its core, though, Hoover is beyond the characters themselves and into the darker currents that run through romantic relationships — things like domestic violence and emotional manipulation.

Known for books with unexpected plot twists, Colleen Hoover is known as wildfire among TikTok readers.

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3. “The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood

This love story sees PhD student Olive meeting with young Professor Adam. Each of them has their reasons for deciding to fake a relationship — a popular romantic trope that readers of the genre adore — but, predictably, the relationship is gradually moving beyond the “fake” label. Beloved by fans for its distinct characters, academic setting, and clever com-com energy, this book is credited by many readers for having left them giddy, amused, shy, and happy in all respects. Published amid a pandemic, Ali Hazelwood’s novel hit the TikTok reading world when it was needed most.

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4. “The Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Diamonds

Court of thorns and roses It is a novel for young people, loosely based on the story of Beauty and the Beast. The movie is about 19-year-old Feyre, a human who kills a wolf – except that the wolf isn’t just a wolf, it’s a jinn. In keeping with insane justice, she is then held captive by a mysterious masked figure with green eyes. The fantasy romance that ensues leaves readers with a heart[s] Racing,” in the words of one Goodreads reviewer—and of course the book wouldn’t be complete without the character of the “sexy villain.”

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5. The Sixth Atlas by Olivier Blake

Every year, the best magicians in the world are recruited into a secret group called the Alexandria Society. bets? Wealth and power if you succeed, death if you are unlucky. They have to live together for a year and show off their brains, using the Society’s archives to provide unique insights into magic – I think a PhD in magic meets reality TV. Rivalries, sexual tension, and mistrust among the Six make up a tale that will be right at home on your dark academic shelf.

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6. “Where the Visitors Sing” by Delia Owens

Where Cordads sings The film is set in North Carolina, where a reclusive young woman, Kia, abandoned by her family and shunned by the city, lives alone in the marshes, finding resilience in the natural world. When a famous football player mysteriously dies in the swamp, the town blames Kia, and the novel combines flashbacks with fragments that speak of the progress of the murder investigation. praise for her singing, Where Cordads sings It has touched a huge number of readers with its sensitive descriptions of nature and Kia’s independent spirit.

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7. “The Achilles Song” by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller Achilles song It is one of the best examples of the absolute power of TikTok to sell books. Originally published in 2012, this backlist title rearranged the charts when it started appearing on TikTok’s lists of devastating reads. It’s a poetic retelling of Greek mythology, a story about coming of age that unfolds between Achilles and Patroclus, who grow up together on Mount Pelion, then head off to war in Troy. Against the backdrop of violent war, the tenderness between the two young men shows a marked contrast – and if you are used to it. The IliadYou’ll know the story won’t end well.

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