BookTok Books to Read This Summer

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Devin Wilkes, Copy Editor

For many high school students, summer represents a chance to finally relax after ten months worth of going to school every day, attending extracurricular activities, and coming home to hours of homework. With extra time on your hands this summer, it is easy to waste it away unproductively, whether it is by scrolling tirelessly on social media or binge-watching unhealthy amounts of TV. That is why this summer is the perfect time to pick up a new way of relaxing: reading a good book!

Though many avoid reading for pleasure because they find it boring or they feel like they do not have the time, BookTok may be the perfect solution. BookTok is a community on TikTok uniting book lovers of all genres, in which creators share their favorite page-turners and other joyful reading experiences. With over 11.3 billion views, BookTok is the perfect space for all kinds of teens to find books they will enjoy. Here is a list of some of the most popular books circulating the online reading space.

 

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 

“A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad.” – HarperCollins 

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.” – HarperCollins

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity—and the adventure—of a lifetime.” – MacMillan

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

“A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies.True love. The truth. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.” – Barnes & Noble 

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and “wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet” (PopSugar) as she reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.” – Simon and Schuster 

 

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

“France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.” – Barnes & Noble