If you’re a reader who loves TikTok, your For You Page is probably lined up with BookTok recommendations. You might see a ton of the same books being recommended over and over again, but how do you know which ones are worth the hype? Today I’m going to shorten that list for you and give you a list of books that are most definitely worth the BookTok hype according to BookTokers!
The Song of Achilles
The single most popular book on BookTok has to be The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller without a doubt. Almost every single recommendation video that I have seen on BookTok has this book on the list. The Song of Achilles is the retelling of The Iliad, but this time from the perspective of Patroclus, who is a young prince that has been banished to the court of Peleus and his dashing son Achilles. The two develop a strong connection until the news of Helen of Troy’s kidnapping disrupts their relationship. If you’ve read The Iliad, this story gives a completely different perspective from the classic, but still tells the great story that has lasted centuries. Miller spent 10 years writing this book and as a reader, the writing and research that went into this story come across effortlessly. This is a story that is completely worth the BookTok hype!
Legend by Marie Lu is probably the most popular dystopian novel on BookTok at the moment. This is the story of two people who live completely different lives in the Republic of America. June comes from an elite family and is a prodigy in all things military. Day is a legendary outlaw that lives in the colonies. When a plague breaks out and affects Day’s brother, he tries to find a cure but ends up crossing paths with June. This sends June on a journey to discover how distorted her worldview is. Do the two have more in common than at first glance? Can the prodigy and outlaw team up? You’ll have to read it to find out!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
BookTokers love The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab so much that many suggest that it will become a classic in the future. So I think we can safely say that this book is worth the BookTok hype! The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue follows a woman in 18th century France who prays to the Gods on her wedding night for freedom and life as long as she wants to live. She later realizes that there’s one teensy-weensy problem: No one remembers who she is. The story cuts to 300 years in the future. In New York in 2014, a bookseller finally remembers Addie. But how could that be? Find out by reading this fantasy novel!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
You’ve definitely seen this green-covered book before on BookTok. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a historical fiction novel that is just as glamorous as the main character. Evelyn Hugo is an aging Hollywood star who wants to tell the world about her iconic life. To do so, Evelyn chooses an unknown journalist named Monique. Monique has her own issues at hand; she’s struggling to make a name for herself at her job, and her own husband has just left her. As Evelyn tells Monique interesting stories about her seven husbands and career in the Hollywood spotlight, Monique begins to wonder if there is something deeper in their connection, and let me tell you, there absolutely is and you will never see it coming.
Red, White & Royal Blue
Red, White & Royal Blue is one of those books that manages to make its way into almost every single “favorites” video on BookTok, no matter the theme. It has the love, the banter, the humor, the British; what more could you want? This story by Casey McQuiston is about Alex, who just so happens to be the son of the first female president of the United States. He’s a good-looking and charismatic dude, but when his conflict with Prince Henry of Great Britain hits the media, it has a bigger impact on U.S. relations with Great Britain than initially anticipated. To fix the mess they’ve made, a public truce is arranged. However, will this truce lead to more between the two?
Whenever you finally need a break from scrolling on BookTok for hours, give one of these books a read! They were definitely hyped for a reason!