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Are you on BookTok?

While quarantine is officially over and things are starting to get back to normal, many people forget the simple hobbies they adopted to keep themselves busy. For some, it was baking, watching shows with family, knitting, and for others, it was getting back into reading for fun.

Anyone who has TikTok knows that there are many different so-called “versions” of it, depending on the type of content you enjoy. Trends will come and go, but something that has stuck is a way for people to identify which version of TikTok you’re on by calling it (insert content) Tok. With all this being said, what is BookTok?

BookTok is basically a side of TikTok that promotes books. Often it is filled with book hauls, recommendations and as expected, certain books go viral. It is no secret that social media, specifically TikTok, is known to be the perfect place for small artists and businesses to grow, but the same can be said for authors and books that came out years ago.

Madeline Miller and Colleen Hoover are authors that went viral for their respective books. Miller’s most popular book is The Song Of Achilles, a rewritten love story between Greek heroes Achilles and Patroclus. This novel was published in 2012 yet only gained its much-deserved popularity in recent months. Hoover has multiple viral books circulating BookTok; however, her most famous one is It Ends With Us, a novel published in 2016, which is being adapted into a movie due to its recent popularity. 

TikTok also helps give a voice to marginalized authors and popularity to books about important issues such as feminism, racism, classism and more. Angela Davis’ novel Women, Race and Class, published in 1981, has gone through a new wave of popularity because of BookTok. Not to mention that if you are looking for a place to educate yourself from credited authors, you may not have to look far; this is the place you can start. 

Before you think this is a small version of the internet that you will probably never interact with, humour me, and walk into any bookstore. Canada’s most famous and biggest bookstore chain is Chapters or Indigo, and if you walk into their store or go on their website, there is a section titled “Trending on #BookTok.” I swear I’m not lying. 

If you feel yourself getting into a reading slump or want to get back into reading for pleasure, BookTok is the best place. Underneath are some of my favourite books that BookTok made me read:

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 
  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera 
  •  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

By Isabella Del Grosso 


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