Top 25 BookTok Books You *Need* To Add To Your Reading List
Bibliophiles around the world get their book inspiration from grand libraries, bestseller lists, and… TikTok? That's right, if you're not following BookTok, as it's called, you're missing out on a huge community of book lovers and all their top-notch recommendations.
BookTok is the best place to find new book crushes these days, and the best place to actually *get* your books (for free, we might add) is through Libby, an online library app that lets you rent ebooks and audiobooks at no cost to you; all you need is a library card (if you don't have one yet, you can sign up for an Instant Digital Card through Libby). There's even a subdivision of BookTok dedicated just to Libby users: #LibbyTok!
Ready to get reading? Here are 25 of the top books trending on BookTok that will take your fall reading list to the next level.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Nora knows everything about books inside and out, just like she knows that she's more like the snobby ex-girlfriend than the heroine. But when she joins her sister Libby in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina (where she keeps running into standoffish New York editor Charlie) Nora learns that she might surprise herself and everyone around her.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Anything can be bought for the right price in Ketterdam, and Kaz knows that better than anyone. When he's offered a deadly heist for an unbelievable reward, Kaz gathers a crew of thieves and spies to embark on the impossible journey.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The wealthy Sinclair family spends every summer on their private island. Cadence, Johnny, Gat, and Mirren (the four "Liars" in question) are thick as thieves, but when Cadence wakes up in the hospital after her fifteenth summer, she must spend the next summer figuring out what went wrong.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Poppy and Alex have been best friends for years, and every summer, they take a vacation together to celebrate their friendship and enjoy the summer sunshine. But one year, all of this comes to a halt — and everything falls apart. Two years after the big event, Poppy reaches out to Alex to reconnect and set things straight. They agree to go on one final vacation together… and the rest, they say, is the stuff of novels.
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Crown of Gilded Bones is book three in Jennifer L. Armentrrout's Blood and Ash fantasy series. Fans of the series are *obsessed* with its mix of fantasy, romance, and adventure, and we can't blame them. In this third installment, Poppy (yes, the main character of this book is also named Poppy) and her love Prince Casteel set out to find her brother and free his, undertaking a dangerous mission that will undoubtedly lead them through a maze of twists and turns.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
In a story that explores friendship, race, and privilege, Such a Fun Age is both enlightened and entertaining. When Emira Tucker is accused of kidnapping a white child that she's babysitting, her employer wants to make things right. What ensues is a story about how we connect, and how we don't, and what it means to be an adult in today's society.
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
Grace Porter has just completed her PhD when she takes one wild trip to Vegas with her friends. Despite being the straight-laced, buttoned-up type, she decides to allow herself to completely let go… So much so that she ends up marrying a woman she barely even knows. This escapade helps Grace admit just how dissatisfied she's become with her life, and she and her new wife run away to New York to get to know each other. What ensues is a story about self-love, growing into adulthood, and healing old wounds — and it's an emotional experience on every page.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Now in its third year as a bestseller, Atomic Habits is a non-fiction primer on how to build the kinds of habits that add up to a successful life. The key to building habits, Clear argues, lies not in willpower, but in lifestyle design. And this uber-popular book walks you through how to do just that.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Centered on Circle, the much-maligned witch from Homer's The Odyssey, this book is a reframing of some of mankind's most beloved and well-known myths from the perspective of a female antagonist-turned-protagonist. Retelling the story from Circe's point of view clues us in on the abuse, neglect, and disrespect of this force to be reckoned with, and deeply humanizes her character while telling the story of an epic adventure.
It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover
This sequel to It Ends With Us picks up right after the first left off, and Lily and Ryle are in a civil coparenting rhythm when she runs into her first love Atlas and agrees to a date. It's been two years since they've seen each other and even though Lily is excited, she knows that Atlas is the last person Ryle will want in their daughter's life. This title is available on October 18, 2022.
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
Part thriller and part emotional drama, When the Stars Go Dark combines a fictional setting with real-life missing persons cases. When missing persons detective Anna Hart suffers a huge personal tragedy, she flees to her childhood hometown to recover. But when she arrives, a girl goes missing in the community, and she can't help but realize how closely this new case mirrors one that occurred when she was a child. What ensues is a novel about things that go missing, and the emotional pain of learning to let others into our own innermost spaces.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Midnight Library entertains the age-old idea that somewhere at the edge of the universe, there's a library of an infinite number of different stories about our lives… stories of alternate universes in which we made different choices, and took different paths. In this heartwarming and uplifting story, Nora Seed has to make the choice: What if she could alter her life, going back to make different choices about life, love, and career? Would she do anything differently after all?
A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair
The first installment in the Hades saga, A Game of Fate explores the age-old story of Hades and Persephone from Hades' point of view. In St. Clair's tale, Hades is happy enjoying his life in the underworld when he discovers that the fates have plans for him that are outside of his control: He is to wed the journalism student Persephone, who has little interest in having any kind of relationship with him. Now, he has to prove himself to Persephone, and convince her that he isn't as horrible as he seems.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
1926 Shanghai is run by two gangs who have a blood feud between them. Juliette Cai is the heir of the Scarlet Gang, while her first love — and first betrayal — Roma Montagov is the son of her greatest rivals, the White Flowers. When gangsters on both sides begin falling to a mysterious and deadly force, the duo must put their guns aside to figure it out together.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
In 1714, a woman made a bargain: She would live forever, but would be cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Then, after 300 years of trying to leave some kind of mark on the world, she meets a man in a bookstore — and he remembers her name. In a story that spans centuries and defies genre, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a story you won't soon forget.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Augustus and January are complete opposites. He's an acclaimed author of literary fiction, her romance novels are bestsellers. She loves a happily ever after, he does not. But when they figure out that they're next door neighbors for the summer — and that they both have writer's block — they make a bet: Augustus will write something happy and January will tackle something serious.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Avery is just trying to make it through high school when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves her almost his entire fortune. The only thing is that Avery has no idea who Tobias even is, or why he would leave her so much money. But to receive the gift, she has to move into the mansion filled with puzzles, riddles, and codes — with the four grandsons that thought the inheritance was theirs.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Third-year Ph.D. candidate Olive doesn't believe in lasting romance, but convincing her best friend requires scientific proof. Olive panics and kisses Adam, Stanford's hotshot and tyrant professor. Surprisingly, he agrees to be her fake boyfriend, but when a big science conference takes a turn for the worse, Olive's career might be on the line. Just when she thinks Adam is going to bail, he does just the opposite...
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Jess is broke, alone, and decides to stay with her brother Ben in Paris. Except when she gets there, Ben is nowhere to be found. In her search for answers Jess only seems to find more questions, and it doesn't take long for her to find out just how much everyone around her is hiding.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Lowen gets a dream job offer just when she needs it most: Jeremy, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, needs her to complete his injured wife's book series. Lowen goes looking for notes and outlines, instead finding an unfinished autobiography that no one was supposed to read. But the longer she keeps the terrible truth hidden, the more she wonders if she should tell Jeremy after all.
The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reclusive Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo hires Monique to tell the story — the real story — of her glamorous life. Full of terrible incidents, forbidden love, and her seven husbands, Evelyn's life is much more complex story than Monique anticipated. But as she writes, Monique realizes that her own life relates to Evelyn's in unexpected ways.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Olive is convinced that she's the unlucky twin, and nothing could be more unlucky than have to spend her sister's wedding day with her nemesis, the best man Ethan. When the entire wedding party, except for Olive and Ethan, gets food poisoning and the duo decides to deal with one another long enough to enjoy the free honeymoon, it seems like things might be turning around — Ethan and Olive just have to pretend to be newlyweds. The thing is, the longer they're in paradise, the more Olive doesn't mind pretending.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure lives near Paris' Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When the Nazis begin their occupation of the City of Light, Marie-Laure and her father flee to her great-uncle's home by the sea with a valuable and dangerous jewel from the museum. Meanwhile, Werner is an orphan in Germany with an affinity for fixing radios. He's recruited by the Nazi Party to track down the resistance, and throughout the war, their lives and the people around them cross in ways they never could have imagined.
A Good Girl's Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
Five years ago, Sal Singh murdered his girlfriend Andie and then killed himself, and Pip can still see the way that the tragedy haunts everyone in her town. As much as she tries, she can't help but feel like there's more to the story. Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her senior project, but someone in town doesn't want her looking for answers.
Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
This reimagining of Homer's The Iliad follows Achilles, the song of a cruel sea goddess and famous king, and awkward young prince Patroclus. After they meet by chance, they form a strong bond that could cost them everything. When Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Achilles joins the fight to free her, with Patroclus following close behind. Neither are prepared for what the Fates have in store.
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