Booktok, aka the section of TikTok where avid readers discuss their favorite reads has become one of my favorite things to do to unwind. The phenomenon, while new, has become a way to recommend books so much that Barnes and Noble had dedicated an entire page filled with recommendations. After taking a look at what they were, I decided to share with you which ones I’ve read that I thought were worth the read.
They Both Die in the End by Adam SIlvera: Deathcast told Rufus and Mateo that they were going to die today. Rufus, a bad boy, and Mateo, someone who lived for everyone else, could not be any more different except for the fact that they have received the call that they were going to die today. Both of them download Last Friend, which is an app that connects people who are going to die that day. The two connect, meet, and a romance blossoms. Tears are definitely expected with this one.
A Court of Thorns of Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I’ve blogged about this series a lot, so I’ll spare you my thoughts on it. Basically, the series follows Feyre Archeron, who goes to the woods and kills a beast to feed her poor and starving family. A terrifying creature approaches her door, and demands her life as retribution. Feyre then realizes who her captor really was, and the series follows her journey.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: Lilly’s family life has never been the easiest, however, it still doesn’t stop her from following her dreams to Boston. She meets Ryle, a hot neurosurgeon who is handsome and charming. Lilly becomes the exception of his “no-dating” rule, and quickly learns of Ryle’s dark side. Lilly soon questions her relationship with Ryle — just when Atlas, her first love, reenters the picture.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Evelyn Hugo is a 1950’s film legend. Monique, an unknown magazine reporter, was asked to do an article on her, but when she arrives, Monique learns that Evelyn would like Monique to write her autobiography. Evelyn tells her story to Monique — the complete version.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Poppy is the maiden, which means that she must remain pure at all times, despite the fact that she wishes to fight back the evil that cost her her family. Her life has never been her own, and she shoulders the weight of the rebirth of an entire kingdom on her shoulders. She waits for the day of her Acension, which is why Hawke, a handsome guard is brought in. This and the sequel are amazing.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: Emira Tucker is confronted at a grocery store while working late as a nanny by a security guard who accuses her of kidnapping, since she is a young black woman with a white child. The incident was videotaped and then goes viral. Alix Chamberlain, her boss, uses her blogging platform to bring awareness for the issue, and aspires to help Emira, who is 25 and broke. Emira is weary of Alix’s intentions. As the story goes on, readers learn more about each woman’s past.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: Finch and Violet meet at the bridge at their town with one intention. Violet is grieving her sister’s death, while Finch has an obsession with death. The two become partners for a project, and the two begin to peel back the layers of the other. Violet soon begins to live life again, however, Finch soon drowns in the darkness of mental illness.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: Alex Clarmont-Diaz is practically American Royalty. After all, his mother is the President of the United States. However, he does have an issue with the English Prince Henry. A photo is leaked of the two arguing, and in the efforts to mend the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. the two form a fake friendship for the tabloids. However, things take an interesting turn when a romance blossoms between the two.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: Addie LaRue makes a deal with the devil — to live forever. However, there is a catch that whoever meets her once is quick to forget her. So, when Henry recognizes her after 300 years of isolation, Addie is floored. The two begin a relationship, and then fall in love.