#BookTok: the 19 most popular books trending on TikTok right now

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13. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

By Ocean Vuong On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Paperback

Like many a BookTok novel, this one has got people talking because of the complete emotional rollercoaster ride it’ll take you on. This has much to do with Vuong’s writing; he is an author of incredible and magical talent, with many of his paragraphs reading like the most beautiful poetry. Written in the form of a letter from a son to his illiterate, this semi-autobiographical debut novel represents so many things; a coming of age tale, an exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in today’s world and an LGBTQ+ story. An absolute must-read.

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

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Fantasy of the most compelling kind, this is the story of Addie LaRue, a young French woman who makes a pact with the devil. The result? Immortality, yes, but she’ll also be forgotten by everyone she meets. The story shifts from Addie’s childhood in France through to her present in New York City. When she meets Henry in 2014 in a bookshop and he somehow remembers her – even her name – everything changes. On the New York Times bestseller list for 37 consecutive weeks, a film is now in the works. We can’t wait.

15. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

Now this is a book that will make you smile. A gorgeous romance novel, it centres on Alex, America’s First Son and Henry, the Prince of Wales. Forced to be friends after an incident at a royal wedding threatens a full-scale media crisis, they soon find themselves becoming close – and closer still, as their relationship turns romantic. A real gem of a book, we have no doubt that these characters will become fast favourites.

16. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig is one of the UK’s best-loved authors, and The Midnight Library epitomises why – because it asks and explores the questions that so many of us have thought about but in a way that is magical, searing, and incredibly moving. The story’s premise is that a library exists between life and death, with each book providing the chance to have a go at another life that you could have lived, had your choices been different. Nora, the main protagonist, has arrived at the library and now, she has some big decisions to make. A book that will make you think about your own life and how you live it in a completely new way.

17. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

A stunning YA novel, with millions of fans, We Were Liars focuses on the Sinclair family. On the outside, their lives look perfect and every summer, they spend time together on a private island. However, one summer, eldest grandchild Cadence suffers a serious head injury which results in her losing much of her memory from that time. When she returns to the island two years later, her memories begin to return and she grasps what really happened to her and her family. Brilliantly crafted, this is a superb exploration of privilege and its perils.

18. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

An absolute TikTok sensation, this novel is told from the perspective of Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who is intent on building up a rapport with Alice Berenson. Six years prior, she shot her husband of seven years in the head – and she hasn’t said a single word since. Theo is certain he can help break her silence. Interspersed with extracts of Alice’s diary, The Silent Patient has been described by many as the perfect thriller. Original and gripping, there’s a super twist that will leave you on the edge of your seat.