Like the rest of the world, I spend far too much time on TikTok, particularly BookTok. While I have found some super cool recommendations through the app (A Touch of Darkness!) There are some books that definitely appear in more videos than others. Today, I am going to be responding to some of the books/series I see on TikTok the most frequently, and whether or not I think they are worth the hype!

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like all of Sarah J. Maas’s books are super hyped (particularly ACOTAR, which I haven’t read), so I am not even a little bit surprised that this book is on this list. I totally get the appeal for it. This is a high fantasy with enemies to lovers, high stakes, and many enjoyable characters. While I definitely understand where the hype for this comes from, I personally couldn’t get into it because I just felt like there was a lot of info-dumping, which is something I hate in my fantasy stories. I think I ended up giving this a 3.5 star rating, because while I liked it and understand the appeal, it wasn’t super memorable to me.

The Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black

This series was also super hyped on BookTube and Bookstagram, so I am not even a little bit surprised it is all over TikTok as well! I definitely enjoyed this series. It is so addicting and the world is just so fun. While I don’t think that I enjoyed it as much as everyone else (I wouldn’t label it as my all-time favorite), it was still really enjoyable and I am happy that it is getting so much love.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I read Red Queen awhile ago, and found it to be pretty bland. The story was not particularly memorable to me (to the point where I was watching Red Queen TikToks but didn’t remember who any of the characters were). While I think this is a really cool story idea, I think it fell victim to typical YA tropes so I just don’t remember it too well. I am surprised this book is getting so much hype, because I feel like everyone else I’ve talked to kind of feels the same way.

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

I had very similar feelings for Shatter Me as I did for Red Queen. While I did enjoy reading these books at the time, I know they would not hold up for me if I went back and re-read them, and have since unhauled my copies. While I think this is a really cool dystopian novel, it just felt extremely tropey, and the books just got worst and worst as the series went on. And then, the author added on a 2nd trilogy and I just have no interest in completing it. All in all, these books were a miss for me. I was also surprised to see this on TikTok so much because I feel like its glory days were a few years ago?

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Do I like Cassandra Clare’s writing? No. But am I trash for this series? YES. I love The Infernal Devices so much. When people ask me what my favorite series is, this is definitely one of them that I list, which makes no sense because every other Cassandra Clare book I’ve read since has been a miss for me (including Chain of Gold). But there is just something about this series (*cough cough* Will Herondale) that I just love. I love the Victorian London setting, I loved the characters… just YES.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I am certain the fact that Netflix is adapting this series has also helped generate some buzz for this series, but this book has been everywhere. I DNF’d this when I tried to read it about 6 months ago, and it is honestly making me second guess my choices because everyone seems to love it so much. So, if you have read it- does it get better after the first half? Please let me know because I am contemplating whether or not I should give it a second try.

What are some other popular books you have seen on TikTok? I know I have seen so much for Addie LaRue, We Hunt the Flame, and From Blood and Ash, all of which I have not read yet. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

12 thoughts on “BookTok: Responding to TikTok’s Most Popular Books

  1. house of earth and blood have been on my tbr for a while now but it’s huge!! finished every series in your list except for red queen and shatter me. for the latter, i’m left with the last one which i’ll start soon. i got to say, while the 2nd trilogy added a lot more context and background to juliette, i don’t feel as compelled to read it as much as the first trilogy, unfortunately.

    and yes, will herondale keeps me thinking about the infernal devices trilogy too. i can’t get enough of him.

    wonderful post, nadia! hope you get to we hunt the flame soon because that’s awesome as well.

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      1. read imagine me already. not so fond of it, i’m afraid. ): i think i would’ve enjoyed the second trilogy more if i were younger and just needed some chaos in my life.

        and i can’t wait to hear what you think about WHTF!!


  2. Red Queen will always have a special place in my heart because of how wonderful and realistic the ending is. I do think that the series went on too long though. I HATE Shatter ME with a burning passion, so the less said about that the better lol.

    I love TID. It’s one of the few series that’s character-driven that works, and Will, Jem, and Tessa will be forever superior.

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