The Best BookTok Books To Read Now

BookTok is the TikTok community where users share their favourite book recommendations. To save you a lot of scrolling, we’ve chosen nine of the best books trending right now – from exciting new releases to older titles you might have missed…

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Boy Parts by Eliza Clark

Eliza Clark’s debut novel was released two years ago, but the BookTok community has only just picked it up. Beautiful 20-something Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men she scouts on the streets of Newcastle and persuades to model for her. When she’s offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, it promises to revive her career in the art world and help her escape from a drug and alcohol-filled. But the news triggers a self-destructive path involving her obsessive best friend, and a shy young man from her local supermarket who’s attracted her attention.


The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is TikTok’s must-read fantasy novel of the year. The Alexandrian is a secret society of magical academics, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations. Those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world's six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation. When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society's archives and judged on their contributions in different areas of knowledge. Six are chosen, but only five will survive and walk away with the opportunity of a lifetime.


Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

If you enjoyed Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half, you’ll love Tara M. Stringfellow’s debut novel. Joan can't change her family's past, but she can create her future. She was only a child the last time she visited Memphis. She doesn't remember the bustle of Beale Street on a summer's night. She doesn't know she's as likely to hear a gunshot ring out as the sound of children playing. But when the front door opens, she does remember Derek. This house full of history is home to the women of the North family. They are no strangers to adversity; resilience runs in their blood. Fifty years ago, Hazel's husband was lynched by his all-white police squad, yet she made a life for herself and her daughters in the majestic house he built for them. August still lives there, running a salon where the neighbourhood women gather. And now this house is the only place Joan has left.


Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn't tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride. Naomi wasn't just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin in a small town in Virginia. Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn't changed at all. There's a reason Knox doesn't do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi's life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her mess. At least, that's the plan until the trouble turns to real danger…


Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan

Megan Nolan’s debut novel got her shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2021. Acts of Desperation is about female desire and toxic relationships. Megan’s protagonist is a university dropout in Dublin who is so obsessed with love, she’s willing to overlook every red flag of her love interest, the older half-Danish poet Ciaran. He’s the most beautiful man she’s ever seen, and his presence alone brings her back to life after the traumas she’s been through. Sounds too good to be true? It is. This is a story about victimhood, sexual violence, and the painful realities of being in an abusive relationship. A heavy but important read.


Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Set in Malibu in 1983, this is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut Daisy Jones & The Six. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, a talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their baby sister, Kit. The children of legendary singer Mick Riva, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over. By midnight the party will be completely out of control – and by morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: a moment where each member has to choose what they will keep from the people who made them – and what they will leave behind.


It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is one of BookTok’s favourite authors thanks to her page-turning psychological thrillers and romance fiction. It Ends With Us was published back in 2016, but it’s enjoying a second wave of success right now. Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So, when she feels a spark with a handsome neurosurgeon named Ryle, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn and a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, and has a soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is worrying. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his ‘no dating’ rule, she can't help but wonder what made him that way in the first place…


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is the first book in Sarah J. Maas’s fantasy series inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Feyre is a huntress. When she sees a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she kills the predator and takes its prey to feed herself and her family. But the wolf was not what it seemed, and Feyre cannot predict the high price she will have to pay for its death. Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest. As Feyre's feelings for him turn from hostility to passion, she learns that the faerie lands are a far more dangerous place than she realised. And Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

Dev has always believed in fairy tales and has spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise's history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. Then, the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star. Charlie is far from the romantic prince charming – he doesn't believe in true love, and only agreed to take part in the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he's a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date 20 women on national television. As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars.


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