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Top 10 #BookTok books for 2023

Check out these highly recommended BookTok books


What is BookTok?

BookTok is a book and literature community on the social media platform TikTok where users create and share short videos related to books, literature, and reading. These videos can include book reviews, book recommendations, reading challenges, book hauls, literary discussions, and even creative book-related content.

The community has since gained popularity as a place where book lovers and readers can connect, discover new books, and share their thoughts on literature. Here are some of the most recommended novels in the community:

Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter

Liz Buxbaum has been daydreaming about Michael for a long time and has been in love with him forever. However, Michael never really noticed Liz before moving away. Now that he’s back in town, Liz is determined to get his attention and even befriends Wes Bennet, the attractive next-door neighbor. But Wes has always been a pain in the back to Liz, and she never saw him as a potential boyfriend. However, things change when Wes and Michael hit it off, making Wes Liz’s in. As Liz and Wes team up to get noticed by Michael, Liz realizes she enjoys Wes’s company. What does her happy ending look like now…?

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy is a young woman experiencing the vibrant rock ‘n’ roll culture of 1960s Los Angeles. Her captivating voice gains recognition and her striking beauty inspires some to act recklessly. Meanwhile, The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne, is also gaining attention. However, just before their first tour, Billy acts out on the road under the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame. Daisy and Billy’s paths cross when a producer realizes their collaboration could lead to success.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

“People We Meet on Vacation” depicts the journey of two best friends, Poppy and Alex, who have opposite personalities. Poppy is a free-spirited person who loves to travel, while Alex is more relaxed and prefers staying at home with a book. They used to spend a week-long vacation together every summer until an incident ruined their friendship, causing a drift between them. Poppy persuades Alex to embark on a final vacation together to repair their damaged relationship and rediscover happiness.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A huntress, Feyre, kills a wolf and is taken to a magical land ruled by immortal faeries. Her hostility towards one faerie turns into passion, but an ancient shadow threatens their world. Feyre must find a way to stop it before it’s too late.

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games follows Avery Grambs, a young woman who inherits a fortune from a billionaire she’s never met, Tobias Hawthorne. Moving into his mansion, Avery becomes entangled with the competitive Hawthorne family and their secrets. To secure her inheritance, she must solve puzzles and decode clues left by Hawthorne. With the help of allies like Jameson, Avery unravels a complex history beyond mere wealth, in a suspenseful tale of family dynamics, trust, and uncovering hidden truths.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

“The Poppy War” follows Rin, an orphan who rises from poverty to attend Sinegard Academy. She discovers her ability to wield forbidden and potent magic when war breaks out. As she masters her powers, Rin grapples with the moral complexities of warfare and confronts personal demons. Guided by her mentor Jiang, she navigates a treacherous path that could determine her empire’s destiny.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Six of Crows” revolves around a skilled criminal named Kaz Brekker, who assembles a diverse team for a dangerous heist in the bustling city of Ketterdam. Each member of the crew possesses unique talents and troubled pasts. Together, they must infiltrate an impenetrable fortress and retrieve a valuable hostage.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Violet Sorrengail is a candidate trying to become an elite dragon rider in Navarre. Her small size and fragile body put her at risk, so she must use her intelligence to survive. Meanwhile, the war outside rages on, the kingdom’s protective wards are failing, and Violet suspects that those in charge are hiding something terrible. At Basgiath War College, everyone has an agenda, and there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

“Before the Coffee Gets Cold” is a poignant novel set in a Tokyo café where customers can time travel to revisit moments from their past. The story follows various characters who grapple with regrets, relationships, and second chances as they navigate the limitations and consequences of this unique opportunity. It has recently gained traction on BookTok amongst Science Fiction readers.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This novel follows the lives of twin sisters, Desiree and Stella, who run away from their small, racially segregated town. Stella decides to pass as white, while Desiree returns to their Black community. The novel explores themes of identity, race, and family over decades as the sisters’ paths diverge and intersect, revealing the lasting impact of their choices on themselves and their families.

These 10 BookTok books continue to be fan favorites so be sure to check them out.

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