They went viral on TikTok for a reason (Picture: Shutterstock)
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Forget heading to the library, almost two thirds of 16 to 25-year-olds say* that #BookTok – the hashtag used by book lovers on TikTok – has helped them discover (or re-discover) a passion for reading.
Over half of the the Gen Zs surveyed said they turned to the platform for their next book recommendation, and nearly one in five said that following the BookTok hashtag helped them to find a community.
A further 16% of people said they had made new friendships thanks to the platform, in a reading renaissance for the digital age.
The craze has translated to the real world, too. Bookshops are thriving, with nearly half of respondents running, not walking, to their favourite physical store to pick up a title they’d seen on BookTok.
It’s proof enough that most bookshops now have a table of TikTok viral books on display so they can be easily found.
So which books are the titles that have Gen-Z hooked from cover to cover?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and The Six (Picture: Amazon)
BookTok fell hard for this tale of scandal and glamour with an unexpected twist.
When Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo asks unknown journalist Monique Grant to write her biography everyone is wondering, why Monique?
The novel revives the old Hollywood splendour we all dream of before revealing the darker side of love and fame.
Buy for £4.50 (was £8.99) at Amazon.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Over 3 million copies of this prize-winning novel have been sold (Picture: Amazon)
This rather beautifully written book tells the tale of Achilles and Patroclus from famous Greek mythology.
It’s a story of love and hubris, of pride and fear, as well as a heart-warming friendship.
BookTok gave rave reviews with countless book influencers saying it brought them to tears.
Buy for £8.74 (was £9.99) from Amazon.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The book was turned into a film starring Daisy Edgar-Jones (Picture: Amazon)
Perhaps the most well-known of the bunch, the international bestseller Where The Crawdads Sing has certainly earned it’s place in the BookTok hall of fame.
It’s a coming of age murder mystery that is enthralling and gripping, leaving you unable to put it down.
Kya, otherwise known as the marsh girl, finds herself a suspect when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead and we follow her life from childhood up until the present.
It’s a marvellous journey.
Buy for £4.50 (was £9.99) from Amazon.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Looking for a love story with a difference? (Picture: Amazon)
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