#BookTok books that are actually worth the hype

A deeper review on #BookTok recommendations

Many of us have Tik Tok, and honestly,  we all probably spend too much time on it scrolling endlessly through videos. Tik Tok has developed a huge hashtag called “Book Tok.” Several people post videos with reviews of trending books and use #BookTok in the caption section. However, are those books really worth all the hype? Are they actually as breathtaking and amazing as everyone on Tik Tok says? The truth is…they definitely are worth the hype, and they are most definitely worth buying from Barnes and Nobles or Amazon to read. Below is a list of #BookTok books that have been trending on Tik Tok for awhile. 

#BookTok Recommended Books 

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins 
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 
  • The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas 
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 

Author: Taylor Jenkins 

Are you looking for a plot twisting dramatic love story that makes you turn the pages as fast as possible? Jenkins creates a story that features famous actress Evelyn Hugo and displays her love life through her seven husbands. The question throughout the whole book is: Does  Evelyn Hugo  love her seven  husbands? Or, is there someone else in her life she loves more? Evelyn Hugo recounts her story of her seven husbands to a journalist named Monique Grant, and through Evelyn and Monique working together for the article, Monique hopes to publish one of the biggest plot twists.  #evelynhugo #bookrec #sevenhusbands 

Rating: 5 Stars 

The Song of Achilles 

Author: Madeline Miller 

It would be safe to assume many of us in high school most likely read some sort of Greek mythology book, like The Iliad or The Odyssey. It can also be assumed that many of us struggled with engaging with the books and simply read them because they were required for a class. However, Madeline Miller takes these famous Greek mythology characters and creates a powerful and emotional love story between Achilles and Patroclus. Throughout the book, Miller focuses on the Trojan War and the struggles Achilles and Patroclus face in their relationship and friendship throughout the war. However, will their relationship be enough to get them through the war? Or, will sacrifices have to be made? #patrochilles #songofachilles 

Rating: 5 Stars 

The Spanish Love Deception 

Author: Elena Armas 

Are you interested in a romance novel that is possibly more cheesy than a Hallmark movie? Then, Elena Armas’s novel is the perfect match for you. Armas tells the story of Lina and  her lie to  her family about having a boyfriend. This turns into a huge problem, because Lina must find a fake boyfriend to take to her sister’s wedding.  However, when her despised enemy from work, Aaron Blackford, offers to be her fake boyfriend, Lina is torn between going to the wedding alone embarrassingly or going with her ultimate enemy. The question remains: what will Lina do and is Aaron Blackford as bad as she thinks he is? #aaronblackford #enemiestolovers #spicybook 

Rating: 4 Stars 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This novel is a great story about self discovery, acceptance, and family secrets. You will follow Dante and Aristotle, two boys that struggle accepting themselves in similar yet different ways. Behind the coming of age theme that is present throughout the novel, a mystery looms. What happened to Aristotle’s brother? Why does his dad refuse to talk about him? Both  questions will be answered in a satisfying manner. Additionally, this book grapples with heavy issues such as accepting one’s sexuality, coming to terms with not “fitting in” to one’s culture, and mending strained family relationships. 

#friendstolovers #itsabouttheyearning

Rating: 4.5 stars

All the Light we Cannot See 

Author: Anthony Doerr 

World War I and II are a common subject to write about in fictional novels, yet this story stands out from the others despite the prevalent  theme. For example, this story follows three young people who are affected by the German invasion in France. All of these characters have intriguing aspects to their story such as dealing with blindness, indoctrination, and the efforts involved in hindering Nazi goals. In addition to the exploration of each character’s issues, a mysterious artifact is being hunted by Germans. Who has the real copy of the “Sea of Flames?” What is so important about this artifact, and what are people willing to do to possess it?

#anthonydoerr #historicalfiction

Rating: 5 stars

We hope you find some time to engage in self-care by picking up one of these #booktok recommendations! Make sure to tag FPU Syrinx on Instagram when you pick a #booktok recommendation and start reading it!

Written by: Nikki Campos | Editor in Chief & Saraleim Mozqueda | A&E Editor

Graphic by: Nikki Campos

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