Colleen Hoover She may have forever been the queen of booktalk, but her steamy romance novels aren’t the only books that We Achieving our reading goals this year.
While not every novel on the list was released in 2023, some major page-turners had a resurgence due to their popularity on social media platforms.
Sarah J Maas‘ First court of thorns and roses The novel was released in 2015 and has since spawned four sequels. most recently, a court of silver flamesWas published in 2021. However, BookTok has taken this book series to a whole new level – and it’s even being adapted for television.
While some have claimed that BookTok only recommends certain titles, TikTok creators speculator raywho claims to have more than 40,000 followers on the platform, disagreed.
“I would say this is someone who has probably been on BookTok for a day,” Ray told the author. leigh stein in February. “I don’t think any of us in this room are on the same booktalk.”
The beauty of BookTok is that it has become such a diverse offering of authors, books, and genres for readers to spend hours, days, and months scrolling hashtags.
Keep scrolling to see 15 of this year’s best BookTok recommendations:
‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara
Yanagihara’s 2015 novel has become a major phenomenon years after its release. It tells the story of a group of four friends who experience the ups and downs of life together.
Many posts on BookTok regarding this novel have readers crying over the emotionally charged pages. “I don’t even have 300 pages of this book,” one TikTok user tearfully told fans. “I just ended a little life and my heart is broken,” another captioned her video.
‘Yesterday, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’ by Gabriel Zevin
Released in 2022, the novel took BookTalk by storm early the next year, making it one of the most recommended on the hashtag. Author Javin writes the story of Sam Masur and Sadie Green, whose friendship spans more than 30 years, becoming friends and then business partners.
“Yesterday and tomorrow and tomorrow and I’m sad and tomorrow,” one TikTok user wrote of the novel. Another reviewer said she “recently had a mental breakdown in the bathtub” over the book.
‘Fourth Wing’ by Rebecca Yaros
Yaros released the book this year and it quickly became a favorite among readers. They also dropped a sequel before 2023 was out. The first in the Empyrean series, fourth wing Readers are introduced to Violet, who has trained her entire life to become a scribe before being sent to a battle college for Dragon Riders.
One BookTok creator told “the first person to come here and recommend this book” to “f–k you” as they quickly became “obsessed” with the novel. “It’s crack. It is addictive. I can’t stop, it’s easily eaten. Like I hate you. I hate you but I love you, thank you very much.”
‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston
Thanks to the Prime Video movie of the same name, booktalks went crazy for the 2019 love story between Alex, the son of the President of the United States, and Prince Henry, heir to the British throne.
“Who else is crazy about Alex and Henry RN?” one BookTok user captioned their video. “No idea, just Alex and Henry,” another social media user wrote.
‘The House in the Cerulean Sea’ by TJ Clune
Released in 2020, the book tells the story of 40-year-old Linus Baker and six magical orphans living at the Marsyas Island Orphanage.
Reviewers on TikTok have described the book as part of the “cozy” genre. “This book won my heart,” one person shared. A second called it “the best book ever”.
Sara J. ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Maas
If acronym ACOTAR Looks familiar, thanks booktok. This series of five books (so far) follows the character of the fairy Archeron and her love story in the fairy realm of Prythion.
ACOTAR “Masaladaar” was first on BookTok but has since gone mainstream. In fact, earlier this year it was announced that Hulu was developing a show based on the novels. Author Maas has also hinted at another book already in the works.
‘Mame’ by Jessica George
is not there Mother A BookTok pick, but it was featured in Today‘s book club, read with jena [Bush Hager], George’s novel, released earlier this year, is about a girl named Maddie who lives in London and takes care of her father as her mother spends most of her time in Ghana. However, Maddie is just trying to experience some much-needed “firsts.”
BookTok users called it a “must read” of the year. “A good, relatable coming-of-age book!” One user wrote.
‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller
Originally published in 2011, Miller song of achilles There has been an increase in popularity this year. This book is a retelling of the Trojan War from Patroclus’ point of view.
“Honestly, this might be a new favorite book,” one TikTok caption read. Another reviewer shared that they were “scared” to read the ending.
‘They Both Die in the End’ by Adam Silvera
The 2017 young adult novel went viral this year, causing readers to fall in love with the characters Mateo and Rufus, who discover they only have one more day left to live.
A review from BookTok states, “I was so upset after reading this book that I loved it so much that I hated it.” Most of the TikToks surrounded the fact that the title, ridiculously, is a spoiler of the novel’s ending.
‘The Invisible Life of Eddie LaRue’ by VE Schwab
This 2020 fantasy novel follows a French woman in 1714 who has made a pact to become immortal, but anyone who meets her will immediately forget her forever.
One passionate BookTok reader shared that the novel “shattered my soul.” He added, “I feel like my heart has been attacked.”
‘The Atlas Six’ by Olive Blake
The first of a trilogy, this 2020 novel follows the final group of six potential members of the Alexandria Society – the smartest and most talented magicians – as only five will qualify for initiation.
“These two books have consumed me and it is difficult to explain. The story is extremely slow, but the characters are so addicting that I can’t stop wanting to know and read more about them,” shared a BookTok reviewer. ,atlas six And atlas paradox These series by Olive Blake won’t be for everyone, but they are definitely a must-read series for me.
‘Honey and Spice’ by Bolu Babalola
this was the novel of 2022 Reese Witherspoon Book clubs picked it up after its release, but BookTok made it popular this year. The book tells the story of Kiki Banjo who finds herself in a predicament, even though she swore she would never do it.
One BookTok user said of the author, “Bolu Babalola should get a job as a postman because this book has been delivered.” Another social media reviewer shared that the male protagonist has officially become her “book lover”.
‘The Housemaid’ by Frieda McFadden
First Maid The thriller was released in 2022 and follows Millie, who cleans the Winchesters’ house, and soon uncovers some major secrets within the family.
,home maid 😳 Just finished chapter 42 and I need a break. I’m so upset 😭,” one commenter shared on TikTok. According to another BookTok user, the sequel, The Maid’s Secret is also “crazy”
‘Happy Place’ by Emily Henry
This book was probably the biggest beach read released this year. It’s been six months since Harriet and Wayne broke up but they haven’t told their friends. Instead, they decide to celebrate the holidays with them and keep the news of their separation quiet.
“I went in with no expectations and was blown away,” one BookTok user told social media users. Another review called the author Henry “a genius”.
‘Immortal Longings’ by Chloe Gong
immortal desires was released earlier this year and was the first in Gong flesh and false god series. This installment reimagined the William Shakespeare play antony and cleopatra, Upon its release, Gong created his own BookTok post about the novel.
“One day you’ll be 14 and finish your first novel,” he shared. “Then, suddenly, you’re 24 and in a hotel room finishing a nationwide book tour for your fourth NYT bestseller. Wild.”