It seems as though book lovers have just about made their way into every crevice of the internet. It started with blogs. When blogs were the preferred choice of social platform, everyone and their mum had a blog about books. Eventually those became ‘irrelevant’ and book enthusiasts from all over the globe made their way to Instagram or Bookstagram as it has been coined. Now while Bookstagram is still the preferred bookish social media community, bookworms have been slowly taking over the newest social media site, TikTok. On TikTok, users share 60 second videos about absolutely anything they want and book related videos have been dominating the platform lately. People are sharing their most beloved books, and equally their most hated, to hundreds of thousands and even millions of viewers.
Here at Midland Books, we have spent more time than we care to admit scrolling through videos to find the most highly recommended TikTok books or more famously BookTok as we have learned. Here are some of the most recommended TikTok books;
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book has been coined the book of the summer for 2021. It gives everything that a perfect beach read should have; intrigue, family drama and a lot of Malibu beach scenes. This is the unforgettable story of the Riva family and their infamous summer party. The Riva’s are rich, famous, and one of the closest families you will ever meet. Beneath the surface lies loss and heartbreak which comes bubbling to the surface on the night of their much anticipated midnight summer party.
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- Malibu Rising€15.60
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
A book recommendation turned Netflix hit series, the Shadow and Bone trilogy is everywhere on TikTok. An orphan named Alina must survive her first ever trek across the Shadow Fold, although she is doubtful. When her home is attacked, a previously unknown magic is awakened inside her. Now she has a lot more to try an survive.
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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
If we have learned anything about TikTok books, it’s that there has to be heartbreak and this one is no exception. Marie Laure is blind. She has been blind since she was six years old. She lives in Paris with her father, who builds her a model replica of her entire neighbourhood after she loses her sight. When the Germans infiltrate Paris in 1940, Marie and her father leave for Brittany where they stay with her uncle. By chance, she meets Werner, a German orphan who is an expert builder which lands him in a position as a tracker for the Hitler Youth. Both are trying to survive the devastation of World War II.
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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Following the trend of heartbreaking books, The Fault In Our Stars is another highly recommended book on TikTok. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
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- Fault in Our Stars, The€8.99
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