Some of the most popular books on TikTok in 2023, from fantasy to romance to mystery.
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BookTok is a hashtag inside the popular social media platform TikTok where users share book recommendations, reviews, and other content related to reading. In recent years, BookTok has helped to popularize a number of books, making them bestsellers.
Are you looking for the next book to read and share on Booktok? Look no further! We have compiled a list of the 9 trending books in 2023 that you won’t want to miss. From Circe by Madeline Miller to Lightlark by Alex Aster, these books are sure to captivate and inspire you.
Popular books on Booktok in 2023:
Here are 12 of the most trending BookTok books in 2023 to add to your reading list.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe is a retelling of the Greek myth of Circe, the witch who turned Odysseus’s men into pigs. The book follows Circe’s journey as she discovers her powers and learns to navigate the world of gods and mortals. With beautiful prose and a captivating story, Circe is a must-read for anyone who loves mythology and strong female characters.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a heart-wrenching story of two women, Mariam and Laila, who are brought together by fate in war-torn Afghanistan. The book explores themes of love, sacrifice, and resilience in the face of adversity. With vivid descriptions and unforgettable characters, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a powerful and emotional read.
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
The Maidens is a psychological thriller that follows Mariana, a therapist who becomes obsessed with solving the murder of her niece’s friend. As she delves deeper into the case, she begins to suspect that one of her patients, a group of women known as the Maidens, may be involved. With a gripping plot and unexpected twists, The Maidens is a thrilling page-turner.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The Priory of the Orange Tree is an epic fantasy novel that takes place in a world where dragons and humans coexist. The book follows several characters, including a queen, a dragon rider, and a scholar, as they navigate political intrigue and battle an ancient evil. With rich world-building and complex characters, The Priory of the Orange Tree is a must-read for fantasy fans.
The Housemaid’s Secret
The Housemaid’s Secret by Freida McFadden is a psychological thriller and the second book in The Housemaid series. The story follows Millie Calloway, a convicted felon who works as a housemaid for wealthy clients in Manhattan. In this book, Millie finds a job working for a wealthy man living in a stunning penthouse, with a permanently-locked door where his ill wife allegedly resides. The book is filled with twists and turns, heavily flavored with psychological elements and enacted by a fascinating cast of characters, all engaged in the deadliest game of cat-and-mouse imaginable
Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
Better Than the Movies is a romantic comedy that follows Liz Buxbaum, a high school senior who is determined to have a perfect prom. When her crush, Wes, asks her to prom, Liz is over the moon. But as the night unfolds, Liz realizes that real life is messier than the movies. With relatable characters and a sweet romance, Better Than the Movies is a heartwarming read.
Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross is a fantasy romance novel and the first book in the Letters of Enchantment series. The story follows two young rival journalists, Iris and Roman, who find love through a magical connection. However, they must face the depths of hell in a war among gods to seal their fate forever. The book explores themes of grief, addiction, and the struggle to make one’s own decisions.
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio
If We Were Villains is a mystery novel that takes place at a prestigious performing arts school. The book follows a group of Shakespearean actors who become embroiled in a murder investigation. With complex characters and a gripping plot, If We Were Villains is a must-read for mystery fans.
Lightlark by Alex Aster
Lightlark is a YA fantasy novel that follows Lark, a girl who can control light. When Lark’s powers are discovered, she is taken to a secret academy where she learns to hone her abilities. But as she delves deeper into the academy’s secrets, Lark realizes that her powers may be more dangerous than she thought. With a unique premise and a strong heroine, Lightlark is a thrilling and imaginative read.
One for My Enemy by Olivie Blake
One for My Enemy is a fantasy story by Olivie Blake, set in New York City. The Antonova sisters, known for their cunning and ruthlessness, and the Fedorov brothers, who serve their crime boss father, Koschei the Deathless, are rival witch families fighting for power. The siblings’ internal conflicts threaten to destroy both families if the enmity between empires doesn’t end first.
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a murder mystery with a twist. The book follows Aiden Bishop, who wakes up in a different body every day and must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle to escape the cycle. With a unique premise and intricate plot, The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a thrilling and mind-bending read.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This Is Where It Ends is a YA novel that takes place during a school shooting. The book follows several students as they try to survive the attack and reunite with their loved ones. With a powerful message about gun violence and a diverse cast of characters, This Is Where It Ends is a timely and important read.