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34 TikTok Books to Add to Your TBR in 2023

Danielle Howson
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Danielle Howson
Published On
Dec 08, 2022
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Anyone else on BookTok? Not just me? Good! And if you’re not, no problem—I’ve got you covered with this list of book recommendations that BookTok is absolutely OBSESSED with. 

From historical fiction to high fantasy, there’s definitely something for everyone and you’ll likely be adding most of these TikTok books to your TBR (to-be-read) list for 2023. 

Okay, let’s dive in!

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 Stars

It Start With Us book cover

If you’re on BookTok, you’ve heard of Colleen Hoover and her fan-favourite novel, It Ends With Us—the story of Mallory and Atlas.

In It Starts With Us, we finally get to hear Atlas’s side of the story. Can their love survive the revelations and revelations that will come out, or will it be too much for them to handle? It Starts With Us is a captivating and emotional story of love, trust, and facing the past to make way for a brighter future.

Read the full synopsis here.

Meant to be Mine by Hannah Orenstein

Goodreads Rating: 3.51 Stars

meant to be mine book cover

Meant to Be Mine is a romance BookTok book by Hannah Orenstein. It follows the story of Lacey and Ben, two childhood friends who have been in love since they were kids. When they’re forced apart due to the wishes of their families, they each find themselves struggling to move on and find a new love. So what will happen when they’re reunited years later…?

Read the full synopsis here.

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

Goodreads Rating: 4.05 Stars

time is a mother book cover

Time is a Mother is a collection of beloved poems on BookTok by Ocean Vuong. The poems explore themes of identity, family, and love in the context of a rapidly changing modern world. The collection reflects on the experiences of immigrants, veterans, and the queer community, and explores the impact of trauma and violence on those who are marginalized. 

Read the full synopsis here.

The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Goodreads Rating: 3.99 Stars

the first to die at the end book cover

After Death-Cast makes their fateful calls, two strangers spend a life-changing day together in the prequel to the bestselling book They Both Die at the End. Set in New York City, the story follows Orion and Valentino who are struggling to make sense of the world in the face of a global pandemic. As the virus spreads and their lives become increasingly chaotic, our main characters must find a way to stay together and survive.

Read the full synopsis here.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

Goodreads Rating: 3.77 Stars

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Alexandrian Society brings together the best magical academicians in the world. They are the guardians of ancient knowledge lost from the greatest civilizations. Wealth, power, and prestige await those who earn a place among them. In The Atlas Six, we follow the next six recruits chosen to join the prestigious secret society. However, only five will be initiated and one eliminated.

Read the full synopsis here.

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Goodreads Rating: 4.02 Stars

love on the brain book cover

Another BookTok fan favourite, Love on the Brain weaves together a story about romance and science. Bee Königswasser is ecstatic to be the chosen leader of a neuroengineering project at NASA. But this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes with a catch; her project co-lead turns out to be her grad school archnemesis, Levi Ward. What better recipe for an enemies-to-lovers romcom?

Read the full synopsis here.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Goodreads Rating: 3.75 Stars

Before the Coffee Gets Cold book cover

Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a touching story about a café in Tokyo where customers can travel back in time. In this BookTok book, we follow a variety of customers as they travel back in time in order to fix past mistakes and make amends with people they have wronged.

Read the full synopsis here.

Babel by R.F. Kuang

Goodreads Rating: 4.37 Stars

bable book cover

It is 1828 when orphaned Robin Swift is brought to London to study Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for his admission to Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation—known as Babel. 

There is no place on earth like Babel, where translation and silver-working coexist, allowing you to manifest the meaning lost to translation through enchanted silver bars—with magical effects. A war between Britain and China over silver and opium forces Robin to make an important decision: Can powerful institutions be changed internally, or is violence always necessary for revolution? 

Read the full synopsis here.

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette Mccurdy

Goodreads Rating: 4.61 Stars

im glad my mom died book cover

Jennette Mccurdy’s memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, took BookTok by storm. The iCarly star shares her hilarious and heartbreakingly honest story about her struggles as a former child actor—including addiction, eating disorders, and a complicated relationship with her controlling mother. You definitely won’t want to skip this one.

Read the full synopsis here.

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Goodreads Rating: 4.12 Stars

Wrong Place Wrong Time book cover

How do you stop a murder when it’s already happened?

Gillian McAllister’s unique and compelling murder mystery novel, Wrong Place Wrong Time, follows Jen after she witnesses her son stab a man to death outside of their home. Horrified, she collapses, only to wake up on the morning of the murder. 

Read the full synopsis here.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Goodreads Rating: 4.17 Stars

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The Secret History is a novel by Donna Tartt that tells the story of a small group of classics students at an elite New England college. After one of the group’s members dies in a suspicious manner, the students are thrown into turmoil.

Read the full synopsis here.

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Goodreads Rating: 4.53 Stars

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Heartstopper is a comic series by Alice Oseman that follows the lives of two high school students, Charlie and Nick, as they explore their growing feelings for each other and navigate the highs and lows of teenage life. As the two become closer, they find the courage to be true to themselves and discover a love that defies labels and expectations.

This fantastic Netflix show warmed everyone’s hearts, and this BookTok favourite is just as good!

Read the full synopsis here.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Goodreads Rating: 4.33 Stars

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A Little Life follows four college friends—Willem, JB, Malcolm and Jude—as they navigate life in New York City. The story focuses primarily on Jude, whose dark past and mysterious trauma has left him emotionally fragile and socially isolated. As the friends strive to make their way in their respective fields, they are forced to confront the secrets of Jude’s past and the depths of his pain. Ultimately, they must decide how far they will go to save Jude from his own self-destructive impulses.

Read the full synopsis here.

Family of Liars by E. Lockhart

Goodreads Rating: 3.83 Stars

family of liars book cover

The Sinclair family is back after the first book in the series—We Were Liars, released in 2014—gained massive popularity in BookTok. In this prequel, we are taken on a journey to a different summer, a different generation, and all the secrets that will haunt the Sinclair family for decades to come.

Read the full synopsis here.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Goodreads Rating: 4.48 Stars 

The past and present collide in this story about iconic Hollywood actress turned recluse, Evelyn Hugo, and her return to the spotlight for one last tell-all interview. This novel takes a critical look at 1950s Hollywood and what one woman had to do in order to achieve the fame she had always dreamed of—while protecting her biggest secret that she’s finally ready to share.

Read the full synopsis here.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Goodreads Rating: 4.09 Stars

It’s 1983 in Malibu, California. The Riva siblings seemingly have it all: good looks, talent, and fame—as well as plenty of secrets between them. A story about family dynamics, we follow the four siblings over the course of one night that will change their lives forever.

Read the full synopsis here.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Goodreads Rating: 4.4 Stars

Daunis Fontaine has always struggled to fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She hopes that college will be the fresh start she’s been dreaming of, but her future is put on hold when tragedy strikes her family.

Read the full synopsis here.

@thebooksiveloved This stunning book is OUT NOW 😍🧡 #booktok#ad#firekeepersdaughter#yafantasy#yabooks#AirPodsJUMP @angelineboulley ♬ Drive Forever – Remix – Sergio Valentino

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Goodreads Rating: 3.94 Stars

Over the course of one unforgettable day, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio’s lives are changed forever after they are delivered some bad news: they’re going to die. Whether you believe the hype on BookTok or not, the premise of this novel is definitely intriguing and worth adding to your TBR.

Read the full synopsis here.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 Stars

We all know the Greek myth of Achilles… or do we? This story is told from the perspective of Patroclus, who is forced to live at Peleus’ court after being exiled by his father, and soon falls in love with the demi-god Achilles. 

BookTok has warned us all that this novel is heartbreaking, so only read it if you’re prepared to shed a few tears!

Read the full synopsis here.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads Rating: 4.24 Stars

Like all deals with the devil, Addie’s wish for freedom comes at a price. Cursed to live forever only to be forgotten by everyone she meets, we follow Addie on her journey from the French countryside in 1714 to modern-day New York City—until she unexpectedly meets someone who remembers her name.

Read the full synopsis here.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Rating: 4.42 Stars

After being hired to finish writing a successful book series after the original author—Verity Crawford—was unable to finish, Lowen Ashleigh also uncovers her incomplete autobiography. Lowen is faced with a decision of whether to reveal the manuscript to Verity’s husband or keep the dark secrets it reveals hidden.

Read the full synopsis here.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Rating: 4.44 Stars

A riveting drama about the ravages of domestic violence, this next BookTok recommendation is a young adult novel packed with painful truths. Ryle Kincaid, a charming surgeon who desires neither marriage nor children, and Lily Bloom, who owns a flower shop, make for an unlikely pairing. And when Lily’s first love suddenly reappears in her life, the new relationship she has built with Ryle is threatened.

Read the full synopsis here.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Goodreads Rating: 4.2 Stars

What happens when the First Son of the United States and the Prince of England’s feud becomes an international scandal? A fake-friendship ploy that turns into a steamy romance. The ultimate recipe for a great BookTok book.

Read the full synopsis here.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Goodreads Rating: 4.08 Stars

Sapphic romance, time travel, and Casey McQuiston’s writing… this novel’s BookTok success absolutely make sense. 

August Landry is a somewhat cynical lover of mysteries, quickly becomes enchanted by the same girl she keeps running into on the subway. Jane looks like she’s stepped straight out of the 1970s—which only adds to her charm—until August discovers that Jane has actually been displaced in time.

Read the full synopsis here.

@ellasimpsforbooks once I got into this book I couldn’t put it down!! 🥺✨ #onelaststop #bookaesthetic #caseymcquiston #ellasimpsforbooks #rwrb #bookthings #bibooks ♬ Domino Lovers Challenge – stilestefanbae

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Goodreads Rating: 4.1 Stars

This epic fantasy novel follows the passionate and ruthless Rin, who surprises everyone by passing the Empire-wide test that allows her to train at Sinegard—an elite military school. Finally able to escape her life of servitude, Rin is thrown into her training only to discover she might have magic running through her blood. On the cusp of war, Rin’s powers might be the only way to save the empire she calls home.

Read the full synopsis here.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Goodreads Rating: 4.03 Stars

The brain, the beauty, the criminal, the athlete, and the outcast. Five high school students are given detention on Monday, but only four show up to school on Tuesday. Think The Breakfast Club but with a little bit more murder.

Read the full synopsis here.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Rating: 4.19 Stars

This new adult fantasy romance is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but with dangerous Fae and a huntress heroine. Feyre’s life changes forever when she is stolen from her family in the hopes that she will be able to break the curse placed on the High Lord of the Spring Court. Get swept into this epic series that is currently five books long.

Thank you BookTok for the recommendation!

Read the full synopsis here.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Goodreads Rating: 3.69 Stars

BookTok either loves or hates Sally Rooney’s writing, but there’s no doubt that her first two novels are popular. Her newest book follows four characters who are all still young but feel their lives catching up to them as they struggle to figure out who they are and how they should live. This BookTok recommendation attempts to help readers find meaning in an increasingly troubled world.

Read the full synopsis here.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Goodreads Rating: 4.21 Stars

An apartment viewing quickly turns into a life-or-death situation as a failed bank robber takes everyone inside hostage. Filled with poignant yet witty commentary on human nature, this book will remind you to treat everyone with compassion.

Read the full synopsis here.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Goodreads Rating: 4.14 Stars

Alicia Berenson’s as a seemingly picture-perfect life. So when she murders her husband and never utters another word ever again, it’s obvious things aren’t quite what they seemed. A psychological thriller, this next BookTok book tells the story of a woman’s violent act against her husband—and the therapist who is obsessed with uncovering her motive. 

Read the full synopsis here.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Goodreads Rating: 4.46 Stars

When handsome and popular Chase Andrews is found dead, the “Marsh Girl” immediately becomes a suspect in the case. In this coming-of-age story, you’ll fall in love with Kya (AKA Marsh Girl) and the quiet fishing village she calls home—which is just as much of a character to the plot as any other.

Read the full synopsis here.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 Stars

Life is full of infinite possibilities. Nora Seed lives a completely monotonous, ordinary life. The magical library caught between life and death shows Nora the infinite different paths her life could have taken if she’d only made different choices. From undoing breakups to pursuing her dream career… Nora must decide what truly matters to a fulfilling life.

Read the full synopsis here.

@newlynova hi here’s why you should read #themidnightlibrary , aka my latest mental breakdown #booktok #books #newlynova #bookrecs #bookish ♬ original sound – 📚lexi 👁👄👁📚

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Goodreads Rating: 4.03 Stars

The magical circus arrives without warning or understanding of how: it is simply there one night and gone the next. And behind the scenes, a fierce game between two young magicians will change the fate of the circus forever. Magical, lyrical, and romantic—this spell-casting novel is definitely a BookTok recommendation for a reason.

Read the full synopsis here.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Goodreads Rating: 4.26 Stars

Circe is a strange child. When it’s discovered that she possesses the power of witchcraft, she is banished to a deserted island where her powers only grow. Yet she cannot escape her fate and is ultimately pitted against one of the most powerful—and vengeful—Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must choose between the gods she calls family or the mortals she loves.

Read the full synopsis here.

BookTok Recommendations

Do you have a favourite read from BookTok that didn’t make it on this list? Leave a comment below!

Additionally, if you’ve already read these heavy hitters, here are some of the most anticipated books coming out in 2023:

Happy reading!

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