15 Best BookTok Books – Popular Books on TikTok – Cosmopolitan

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If you’re a book lover and you can’t stop spending time on TikTok, then there’s a good chance you’re well aware of #BookTok. But justttt in case you haven’t heard of it before, know that the BookTok community is a place where TikTok users share their favorite reads, and there’s something for everyone. Certain titles have made it big thanks to the app, including older books. Instead of you scrolling through all of TikTok to curate recommendations, we took a deep dive on BookTok ourselves and picked out the best of the best to put right on top of your TBR pile.

Here are the best books on BookTok:

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For Women in STEM

‘The Love Hypothesis’ by Ali Hazelwood

Berkley Books

Ali Hazelwood’s debut became an instant BookTok sensation, and it’s pretty obvious why. Olive Smith lies to her friend that she’s currently seeing someone and ends up kissing the first guy she spots in the hallway to prove her right. Turns out, the random dude is actually her program’s toughest professor, Dr. Adam Carlson. They now have to pretend to be in a relationship to help sell the lie and yes, it does get very steamy.

That Knife to the Throat Kind of Book

‘The Cruel Prince’ by Holly Black

Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Holly Black finally returns to the fairie world of Elfhame over 15 years after Tithe was released. Now the story follows Jude Urgate, a mortal who was kidnapped and taken to live among the fey. Even without powers of her own, she tries to prove herself against those who don’t believe she belongs by teaming up with a powerful group and trying to take the crown down.

Sunshine/Grump Romance

‘Twisted Love’ by Ana Huang

After her brother leaves for a special year-long volunteer opportunity, Ava Chen has to learn to deal with his very cold best friend, Alex Volkov. But while he knows she’s off-limits as he tries to protect her, love has other plans for these two.

Need a Good Cry?

‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera

This heartbreaking but also uplifting novel will remind you not to take any second of your life for granted. Two teenage guys both get a horrible call saying they will die that day. Deciding to spend their final moments together, Meteo and Rufus try to make the most of what they have while also giving love one last chance.

Fake Relationship Trope FTW

‘The Spanish Love Deception’ by Elena Armas

Atria Books

After lying to her family about having an American boyfriend all this time, Catalina Martin quickly accepts her colleague’s offer for him to pretend to be her long-time BF ahead of her sister’s wedding. But what starts as a fake relationship turns into something neither of them expected in this slow-burn romance.

You Are the Bane of My Existence

‘The Viscount Who Loved Me’ by Julia Quinn

Avon Books

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Dark Academia Lovers, Rise

‘The Atlas Six’ by Olivie Blake

Olivie Blake’s The Atlas Six is the definition of a BookTok sensation. Her original self-published version became a huge hit, and now it’s been picked up by Tor Books and has become a New York Times bestseller. When six new magical academicians get chosen to join a special society, they have to spend the next year dealing with each other and trying to prove themselves as only five will actually become members.

History, Huh?

‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston

St. Martin’s Griffin

Read on if you want to find out what happens when the Prince of England and the son of the President of the United States fall in love. It’s the international scandal that we all need!

Do You Want to Be Remembered?

‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ by V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab continues to leave us breathless with her work, especially in this adult title. In the 1700s, Addie makes a deal with the devil to live forever, but the catch is that no one will ever remember her. Imagine her surprise when she meets a mysterious guy who somehow knows who she is.

From the BookTok Queen

‘It Ends with Us’ by Colleen Hoover

Atria Books

Six years after the book’s original publication, BookTok fell in love with It Ends With Us and brought it to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. While Colleen has admitted she still doesn’t understand how this all happened, fans still can’t enough of Lily Bloom and her story. Colleen is even releasing a sequel in October 2022!

If You Need a New Series ASAP

‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown’ by Talia Hibbert

Avon Books

Get ready to fall for the Brown sisters as they try to navigate life and love in their own ways. Talia Hibbert’s series starts off with Chloe Brown, who is set to change her life with a special to-do list. And she asks her hot next-door neighbor to help her complete it.

Fine, Make Me Your Villain

‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo

Square Fish

The hit Netflix series originally started as a very popular YA trilogy that has since exploded into its own universe. Fans can relive Alina Starkov’s journey to figuring out her power in the original books. After that, the sky’s the limit with the Six of Crows series and The King of Scars duology that follows.

Small Town Romance ~Vibes~

‘It Happened One Summer’ by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is an author who you’ve probably seen on your FYP thanks to her hilarious and viral TikToks about being a romance writer. So it’s only obvious that everyone is equally into her books, especially the It Happened One Summer series and its sequel, Hook, Line, and Sinker.

Picture Perfect Debut Novel

‘Delilah Green Doesn’t Care’ by Ashley Herring Blake

Berkley Books

After you take a moment to take in this gorgeous cover, you’re going to want to immediately pick up this debut. NYC photographer Delilah Green is forced back to her hometown thanks to her sister’s wedding, and things quickly get interesting as she gets to know more about local bookstore owner Claire Sutherland. Sounds like every book lover’s dream.

The Series That Changed the Whole Industry

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas

If you’ve spent enough time on TikTok, you’ve definitely heard of Sarah J. Maas’s ACOTAR series. It’s been a phenomenon since it was first released in 2015, being one of the titles that helped create the New Adult genre before it even existed. And thank god it did, because now we get to continue to enjoy it years later. So thanks, SJM! We owe you big time!

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