The Best of BookTok: 8 Reads Social Media Is Raving About

You won't be able to put these popular recommendations down.

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  • Photo Credit: "The Perfect Marriage" by Jeneva Rose

Sometimes, avid readers can be a bit spoiled for choice. Parsing through all the wonderful books at our fingertips can be overwhelming. How do you even start to pick one and sit down, when there are hundreds of books just as deserving? And how do you know which ones are actually to your taste?

Over the past couple of years, TikTok has proven to be more than just a social media app full of quirky dances and silly skits. There are plenty of great resources cultivated within the apps tags, including the wonders of BookTok. This corner of the internet allows you to hear the pros and cons of books from common readers just like you.

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Prefer suspense? Romance? Fantasy? No matter what tickles your fancy, this app has a recommendation for every genre. But to get you started, here are the 8 best book recommendations on BookTok.

the perfect marriage, a booktok book

The Perfect Marriage

By Jeneva Rose

Sarah Morgan's life is unfolding just as she always hoped it would. She's a successful Washington D.C. defense attorney and partner with a husband to top it all off. But her husband, Adam, isn't quite as thrilled with his lot in life. Struggling as a writer, he's sick of Sarah being wrapped up in work all the time.

Adam makes the risky choice to hop into a passionate affair with a woman named Kelly Summers. They meet up in the remote lake house that Adam and Sarah share, bringing some excitement back to his life. But everything changes when Kelly is found brutally slain. Sarah takes on her most challenging case to date: defending her cheating husband against murder charges.


It Ends with Us

By Colleen Hoover

Author Colleen Hoover has had a boom of popularity on this video app, but none of her books have made as much waves as This Ends With Us. What begins as a riveting tale of romance turns into a dark and gripping tragedy.

Lily has always had to work hard to strive for the life she wants. Leaving her small Maine hometown, she graduated college, moved to Boston, and opened up her own business. Things seem to only get better when she meets handsome neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid.

Ryle can be stubborn and arrogant, but he also brings sensitivity and brilliance to Lily's life. Unfortunately, he avoids relationships at all costs. As Lily spirals with doubt over her new romance, her first love, Atlas Corrigan, seems to be on her mind all the time. When he walks back into her life, the fragile love Lily's built with Ryle begins to crumble.

court of thorns and roses, a booktok book

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas

This viral sensation brings a little bit of spice to the fantasy genre. After 19-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, she's dragged to a chilling magical land for retribution. She's heard tales of this place only from legends—legends which unveil her captor, Tamlin, to be an immortal faerie who once ruled her world.

As Feyre settles in to her strange new home, her distaste for Tamlin soon grows into passionate desire. She's been told so many lies about this striking and beautiful world, and her feelings for Tamlin make everything seem clearer. But all is not well in the faerie lands, as an ancient shadow threatens doom upon Tamlin and his world.

@caitlinmariexxo We take ACOTAR very seriously around here ✋🏼 (but really it’s ok if you didn’t like it) #booktok #bookish #booknerd #acotar #sjm #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound - kierron_molet
the seven husbands of evelyn hugo, a booktok book

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo has lived a long, glamorous, and scandalous life. Now an aging recluse, the Hollywood icon is ready to reveal all. No one is more shocked than magazine reporter Monique Grant herself when the actress reaches out to her to tell her tale.

Monique isn't exactly well known in her line of work, and the rest of her life isn't going swimmingly either. Besides a a job that seems like it's going nowhere, her husband has just left her. But being chosen by Evelyn to write her biography might just be the chance that Monique needs.

As the actress weaves her tale from the comfort of her luxury apartment, Monique hangs off every word. The story spans from Evelyn's start in Los Angeles in the 1950s to her choice to leave show business behind in the 80s. Of course, Evelyn doesn't leave out any details about the seven husbands she had along the way. But it's more than just a story of stardom and scandal, it's a touching tale of ambition, friendship, and forbidden love.

Every Summer After

Every Summer After

By Carley Fortune

This booktok romance rec follows Persephone "Percy" Fraser, who made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago and hasn't been able to go back to the glittering lakeshore of her childhood home since. She stays tucked away in the city in her chic apartment, filling her time with friends and keeping people as far away from her heart as she can. And then she gets the phone call that drags her right back to Barry's Bay.

After her return home, she falls back into the pull of Sam Florek. They'd spent six summers together, building a friendship through afternoons on the water, evenings in his family's restaurant, and time spent poring over books. At the end of it all, that friendship turned into all consuming love. And then in one instant, it was nothing at all.

With Percy back at the lake for the funeral of Sam's mother, their connection, as faded as it might be, is impossible to ignore. It's up to Percy to work through the guilt she feels about her choices of the past, in order to nourish a love they've long abandoned.

@mackinstyle Turns out I agree with literally everyone on #booktok @Carley Fortune wrote the #beachread of the summer #lakelife #everysummerafter #carleyfortune ♬ original sound - Mackenzie Newcomb
the invisible life of addie larue, a booktok book

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V. E. Schwab

It begins in France in 1714. Addie LaRue makes a Faustian bargain that will give her eternal life. The catch? Everyone she meets will forget her. Spanning centuries and continents, Addie LaRue lives an extraordinary life, trying to leave her mark upon the world against all odds. But 300 years into her solitude, everything changes when a man in a bookstore remembers her name.

@happyhoovesgoats I just really love books y’all #booktok #addielarue thanks to @literarylibra ♬ original sound - Annie @ Happy Hooves Goats
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We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart

Every summer, the wealthy, beautiful, and seemingly perfect Sinclair family gather on their private island. Cadence is the youngest grandchild of the family, as damaged as she is brilliant. The summer Cadence is 15, something terrible happens to her. Something that clouds her memory. Two years later, her group of friends—the Liars—gather to sort out the truth. It's a tale full of destruction, secrets, and, of course, lies.

the midnight library, a booktok book

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

Far out, beyond even the edges of the universe, a library exists containing an infinite expanse of books. Inside of these endless books are alternate realities. One book tells the story of a person's life exactly as it is. But the others? They unfold what might have happened with every different choice you could have made through your life.

Slogging through a dead-end life, Nora Seed finds herself in this very library. As she flips through the books around her and gazes at the unending possibilities of her life—a different career, relationships on a different course, following her wildest dreams–she must figure out which of these realities is truly fulfilling for her to dive into. What is it that makes life worth living?