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With the rise of ‘third space’, a haven away from home often found in bookstores and cafes, and the sleek aesthetic of the ‘it girl’ who has her life together, reading is more fashionable than ever (even if a good novel is timeless). BookTok, a popular vertical on TikTok, is here to help boost your summer reading recommendations, whether you’re looking for a quick and juicy romance paperback on the beach or an uplifting sci-fi hardcover perfect for Christmas Friday. been lying on your couch. Here we have collected 10 of the most from TikTok popular books this season. Tears like It ends with us by Colleen Hoover to thrillers like The silent patient by Alex Michaelidesthese novels are a great starting point for a summer reading list.
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If you’re looking for an enchanting and romantic teardrop, look no further than It ends with us by Colleen Hoover. The novel follows Lily, a newly successful young woman who meets a seemingly perfect neurosurgeon named Ryle. The sparks between them are undeniable, but she dreams of her first love, Atlas, who suddenly reappears in her life. There are heated debates on TikTok about the Lily-Ryle-Atlas love triangle, but TikTok user @charleys.chapters mentions that it makes her “so glad this book is getting the recognition it deserves.”
Historical, romantic and psychological at the same time, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is the page-turner you need to read. Evelyn Hugo, glamorous and isolated from old Hollywood in the 1950s, is finally ready to tell the story of her life to a journalist, Monica, who seems unlucky. The book alternates between Monica and Evelyn’s point of view, the past and the present, which creatively intertwines the lives of the two women in breathtaking ways. TikTok user @thebooksiveloved comments that “Evelyn’s story with each husband was so devastating and…so beautiful, but it’s her greatest love…that really gets to you. Honestly, try not to not cry!
An ode to the natural world and to adulthood, Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens imagine a story about a “Marsh Girl”, Kya, in a North Carolina coastal town in 1969. When the beloved city hero quarterback Chase Andrews is found dead, Kya is an unavoidable suspect. A historical murder mystery intertwined with young love, it’s a must-read for lovers of atmospheric soulful writing and a juicy storyline. Above all, according to TikTok user @ava_booktok1, the heartbreaking ending puts this book firmly in the category of “Books that made me sob at the end”. For ultra-fans, you can also watch the story unfold in theaters this summer from July 15, with stars like Reese Witherspoon producing and Taylor Swift on the soundtrack.
Fans of mystery thrillers can’t get enough The silent patient by Alex Michaelides. TikTok user @mollyybooks quickly breaks down the story as he “follows a psychotherapist when he goes to work at a new facility and he really cares about a patient who murdered her husband and hasn’t spoken since.” The story continues as the psychotherapist processes and discovers the patient’s life. Spoiler alert – readers still can’t get over their shock of an abrupt plot ending.
A YA series, A court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas is the first in a collection of four books of action-packed fantasy fiction. Our main character is Feyre, a 19-year-old huntress who ends up taking down a wolf and has to pay for it. She finds herself in a mysterious land, Fae, and falls in love with her captor named Tamlin, an immortal fairy who once ruled her past world. TikTok user @katie.books understands A court of thorns and roses in his video “Popular ‘BookTok’ Books That Are Actually Worth the Hype”, while the rest of TikTok can’t get over the whimsical and passionately risque world Maas has built, dreaming up fan casts and wardrobes for the characters. Fantasy lovers, this one’s for you.
After Yaa Gyasi’s first novel, Back homeis the poignant and painful beauty transcendent realm. “How do you write a fiction book and make me cry big tears on the train?” TikTok user @kyrabrucek shouts. The book follows Gifty, a sixth-year neuroscience PhD candidate at Stanford, and her determination to understand the scientific basis for her family suffering around her. With Gifty’s once gifted brother who overdosed on heroin and a suicidal mother living in his home, Gyasi portrays an immigrant family’s exploration and struggle with grief and the beauty of what is broken.
Dive headfirst into summer’s spicy stories with BookTok’s current obsession, funny you should ask by Elissa Susan. “This is the best book I’ve read in 2022,” recommends TikTok user @madymalo, who also claimed in a video that funny you should likeIt was the first novel to give him a hangover in a long time. “It’s about a top journalist and celebrity and their relationship for ten years. It’s glamorous, it’s witty, it’s so well written and of course it’s sexy.Romance fans, take note and run to grab it for your beach play stats.
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but BookTokers are obsessed not only with the aesthetics of Fly by Lucy Christopher, but also its captivating plot. The story of a young teenage girl who gets kidnapped from an airport by a man who takes her into solitary confinement and expects her to love him is a heartbreaking and emotional tale of down syndrome. Stockholm and survival. TikTok user @readingteen sums it up: “This book is crazy, twisted and terrifying. I read it years ago and it still lives in my head.
Ocean Vuong’s newly released sophomore poetry collection time is a mother, is painfully beautiful as a tribute and discovery in grief after the loss of his mother. The series of poems confront shifts in personal relationships, the aftershocks of loss and immigration, while fearlessly experimenting with language and structure. “He has an incredible ability to weave poems rich in imagery and vivid emotion, but also very easy to read,” describes TikTok user @caityreads. If you’re looking to get inspired with a naughty scream, this short but beautiful read is a must.
“This book is not a sad book… but I feel the most insane and crippling feeling of sadness in my chest that I think will never go away,” commented TikTok user @sivanreads, while she holds on Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi with mascara-stained tears running down her face. The international bestseller takes place in a small café over 100 years old at the end of a Tokyo alley. Four clients over the course of a summer not only sip coffee, but get the chance to travel back in time. A prose with mythical charm that delves into human relationships, time and missed opportunities, Kawaguchi’s book is definitely something to think about that you’ll want to grab.
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