There’s no shortage of book recommendations on #BookTok.

Found within the short-video sharing app, TikTok, the subsection for literary lovers is the perfect place to find inspiration for books you need to read.

From historical fiction to tear-jerking romantic novels, you will never be left without a page-turner to sink your teeth into.

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Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre

This book comes highly recommended by Tiktokers for fans of the Real Housewives franchise. It follows Cat Winthorpe who has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband.

Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbour like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality.13

This leads her down a twisted path when that very neighbour, Neena Ryder, becomes infatuated with her husband William.

And Neena’s secret fixation grows, so does her friendship with Cat. But beneath their cordial interactions is a wealth of temptations, secrets, and toxic jealousy. For both women, the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Readers of Shadow and Bone are adamant that this young adult fantasy adventure will be a great read for Game of Thrones fans.

It has also been adapted into a Netflix show, so be sure to read it before you watch the show.

A fan of the book wrote that they couldn’t put it down, “I was in love with the romance and the world itself and I found myself going through many, many emotions while reading this book. I got this book yesterday in the mail, and finished it just this evening, it was so interesting to me, that I just couldn’t help reaching the ending in the short time that I did.”


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The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

This one will be a tough read for some as it follows Eden’s life gets turned upside down after she is sexually assaulted by her brother’s best friend.

Written by Amber Smith, the story is told in four parts – freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.

One reader described it as the best book they had ever read. “It gives you a window into a world of hurt, hardship, healing and strength. The Way I Used to Be is one of the best books I have ever read,” they wrote.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Set during the Greek Heroic Age, this book is an adaptation of Homer’s Iliad as told from the perspective of Patroclus. Readers promise that you will not need a background in Greek mythology to delve into this 2011 Madeline Miller release.

Bring some tissues for this one because you might need them.


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Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

This moving memoir by Adeline Yen Mah follows her painful childhood. After her mother died giving birth and her father eventually remarried, Adeline is left yearning for love and understanding from her family.

Chinese Cinderella is about growing up in China during the 1940s as an unloved stepdaughter.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

One of the most popular #BookTok recommendations, Red, White & Royal Blue is a LGBT romance novel that follows the love story between the son of the president of the United States and the prince of England.

One reader said, “This book was an amazing and funny journey for me. I had a blast while reading Alex and Henry’s love story.”


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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Very popular among young adult readers, We Were Liars follows the (not-so) perfect, wealthy Sinclair family and what happens to 15-year-old Cadence and the other three “liars” on the Sinclairs’ private summer island.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Described as a whimsical, romance-filled read, The House in the Cerulean Sea follows Arthur, the caretaker of six magical misfit orphans from around the world.

A reader described it as heartfelt and humorous. “A lovely story that is heartfelt and moving written with delightful twisted humour, which engenders inclusiveness, open-mindedness and social activism(sic).”

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