#BookTok Faves

Whether you're on TikTok or not, #BookTok has undeniably influenced reading trends, especially for young adults. Between boosting sales of books by popular authors like Colleen Hoover, to increasing interest in Dark Academia, TikTok content creators have inspired many to expand both their reading tastes and TBR piles. Get a taste of what's trending on TikTok with this curated list by Marketing Librarian Kristen, and find our #BookTok Faves collection on here on OverDrive.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
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A self-published TikTok sensation, Blake's The Atlas Six combines elements of classics like Donna Tartt's The Secret History with more recent fantasy such as Leigh Bardugo's Ninth House. The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation. When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society's archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
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The main selling point on #BookTok for Hoover's thriller is that with it's shocking suspense, it's impossible to put down. I can confirm that you'll probably want to read this in one sitting and you will not see the ending coming.

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night her family was forever altered.

Beach Read by Emily Henry
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“Henry (Hello Girls) hits all the right notes with this clever, compassionate contemporary romance. January Andrews, a 29-year-old romance author, has always believed in happily-ever-after. Then her father dies and she inherits his secret lake house in North Bear Shores, Mich., and discovers his long-standing extramarital affair. Broke and suffering from writer’s block, January’s moves into the ‘lakeside cottage brimming with charm and proof your father was an asshole and your life has been a lie.' Her new next-door neighbor is Augustus Everett, the tortured darling of the literary fiction world. Their contentious front-porch chats lead them to construct a challenge: they’ll each spend the summer writing a novel in the other’s genre, giving one another tutorials in their respective approaches and going on research trips together. Whoever finishes and sells their book first, wins.”–Publishers Weekly
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
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“As the First Son, Alex Claremont-Diaz cannot totally avoid his archnemesis, the uptight Prince Henry. When his (booze-fueled) anger nearly causes an international incident at the royal wedding, Alex and Henry are required to participate in a publicity tour to prove to the world that they are besties, which they definitely are not. Henry is way too perfect and handsome, and soon, Alex realizes he doesn't actually hate Henry, and the feeling is mutual. McQuiston's debut is for readers who love romantic comedies and Pod Save America: Alex is a history nerd and policy wonk, and his and Henry's emails are full of equal parts dirty talk and literary quotes.”–Booklist
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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“Following in Mary Renault’s footsteps and adding some surefooted steps of her own, Miller debuts with a novel that combines the poetic drama of The Iliad with a 21st-century understanding of war, sex, sexual politics, and Trojan War heroism. Miller’s tale begins with Patroclus’ unhappy childhood as the disappointing son of an ambitious king. Exiled to Phthia, the 10-year-old is befriended by confident Prince Achilles. Over time their friendship blooms into love, while Achilles’ mother, the sea nymph Thetis, grows jealously resentful. Patroclus and Achilles follow Agamemnon to recapture Helen from Troy, but the siege wears heavily on Achilles, who awaits the destiny his mother has foretold and his mentor, the centaur Master Chiron, has forewarned: to become the greatest of Greek warriors.”–Publishers Weekly
Neon Gods by Katee Robert
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“A surprise unwanted betrothal blindsides Persephone, who has dreamt of leaving home. In Robert's red-hot, supersexy romance featuring stars of Greek mythology, Persephone's world is a technologically sophisticated, celebrity-fueled, high-society version of Olympus. Along with the general human population, 13 gods (including her mother, Demeter) live in the upper city, while the only deity in the lower city is Hades, who is rumored to be dead. Persephone flees when it is announced she will be marrying the loathsome Zeus, and in trying to escape she runs across a bridge over the River Styx and into the arms of Hades.”–Booklist
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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“Yanagihara follows her debut novel, The People in the Trees, with a deceptively simple tale of four male friends, Jude, Willem, Malcolm, and JB, who meet during their college years at Ivy League institutions. The men choose to continue their journeys into adulthood together by relocating jointly to New York. As they sustain their friendships into their fifties, the author delivers tales of their loyalty, love, and support for one another. However, lying beneath the surface is an emotionally disturbing story line about Jude, a highly successful lawyer and the brightest of the four men…Yanagihara fearlessly broaches difficult topics while simultaneously creating an environment that her audience will find caring and sensitive. Not all readers will embrace this work, given its intense subject. However, for those strong of stomach or bold enough to follow the characters' road of friendship, this heartbreaking story certainly won't be easily forgotten.”–Library Journal
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
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“Everyone who is going to die on a given day gets a call to let them know; not the when, or the how, or the why, but just notification that they will die on that day. Mateo and Rufus each get that call and are facing their last day without a loved one. But there's an app for that. Combining a well-realized alternative present with a lovely romance, Silvera's latest delivers what readers want in a book about dying teens. There's no avoiding the cliches that go along with the idea that an impending end makes life more meaningful, but recasting a Lurlene McDaniel-style doomed teen romance with Latinx queer boys and having the societal changes wink at those cliches softens them and makes a better storytelling device.”–School Library Journal
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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“Cadence Sinclair Eastman, heiress to a fortune her grandfather amassed ‘doing business I never bothered to understand,' is the highly unreliable narrator of this searing story from National Book Award finalist Lockhart (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks), which begins during her 15th summer when she suffers a head injury on the private island Granddad owns off Cape Cod. Cady vacations on Beechwood every year with her mother, two aunts, and—most importantly—the other liars of the title: cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat Patil, the nephew of Aunt Carrie’s longtime boyfriend. The book unfolds two summers later, with Cadence trying to piece together the memories she lost after the accident while up against crippling headaches, a brain that feels ‘broken in countless medically diagnosed ways,' and family members who refuse to speak on the subject (or have been cautioned not to).”–Publishers Weekly
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
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“Bashardoust, author of Girls Made of Snow and Glass, again draws elements from multiple folkloric and literary precursors for a relationship-driven tale in which sexual undertones are no less intense for being kept between the lines. Having grown up in near total isolation because her ungloved touch instantly kills any creature, Soraya regards herself as a monster who is rightfully confined to her chambers and rose garden-until, against her better judgment, she is drawn to Azad, a magnetic newcomer in the court of her twin brother, Shah Sorush. The feeling seems mutual, and with his help she not only sneaks out for secret assignations, but learns at last how to dispel her curse from Parvaneh, a magical captive “div” who turns out to be a moth-winged, fairy-like girl with whom she also soon develops a strange, steamy affinity. She hardly gets to experience being a normal human before an entire army of monstrous divs attacks her city. Soraya discovers that she's been a pawn in a vicious plot that leaves her entire family slated for slaughter even as she is wooed by the divs' demonic, bat-winged leader who sees her as a kindred spirit.”–School Library Journal
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