10 books that have reached cult status on TikTok, from romance to thrillers

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If you're on TikTok and you haven't yet found the corner of the app called #BookTok, then you're missing out.

This wholesome section of the app sees hundreds of thousands of people review books they love, giving you all highlights in 10 to three minute snapshots. The hashtag #BookTok has wracked up over 72 billion video views, accounting for hundreds of books over the years going viral and quickly storming best-seller lists.

Case in point: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover continues to be one of the most talked about books on the app, even though it came out in 2016, the romance novel remaining firmly at the top of Amazon's best-seller list for weeks on end (even Kendall Jenner has been spotted reading a copy).

From mindful reads to a ton of romance and thrillers that will keep you on edge, these are the reads currently book worms can't stop talking about.

So, if you're struggling to find inspiration for your next read, look no further than these highly rated summer must-reads.

Best viral TikTok books worth reading this summer

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | £4.50 (Was £8.99) from Amazon

Colleen Hoover's books are all very popular amongst TikTok users, but none have reached cult-status quite like It Ends With Us. The heart-wrenching story follows Lily as she navigates life and love; a new love and a reappearing first love.

TikTok users have shed many tears over this book and the prequel It Starts With Us is coming in October 2022 so now's the time to pick this one up.

Burnout: Solve Your Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski | £8.85 (Was £10.99) from Amazon

It's fair to say that most people have suffered stressful periods in their lives. Enter, Burnout: Solve Your Stress Cycle. This book helps you to re-boot the way you live your life to combat stress.

The heavily researched book doesn't just explain why you feel the way you do, it helps to change it, too. If it's good enough for #BookTok, it's good enough for us.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune | £9.20 (Was £9.99) from Amazon

Every Summer After has been described by #BookTok as The Summer I Turned Pretty but for adults, and it's the perfect explanation. It follows the relationship of Sam and Percy since the day they met when they were 13. It's masterfully written and takes a deep-dive into love and how our decisions can alter everything.

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | £4.50 (Was £8.99) from Amazon

You may remember Taylor Jenkins Reid as the author of Daisy Jones And The Six, and this equally compelling book has taken the literary world by storm. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo looks back at a legendary film actress' rise to the top and all the loves and secrets in between.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig | £4.50 (Was £8.99) from Amazon

The Midnight Library is huge on #BookTok and with good reason. Many of Matt Haig's fans started following him on Twitter and fell in love with his work after reading his bestselling Reasons To Stay Alive. This book follows Nora Seed who has a chance to make right the mistakes she made in her life after she dies.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | £4 (Was £8.99) from Amazon

They Both Die at the End has clocked up over 80m views on TikTok (and counting). This beautifully life-affirming book follows two strangers who know they're going to die that day and - for different reasons - are looking to make friends on last day of their lives.

This Winter by Alice Oseman | £6.99 (Was £8.99) from Amazon

This Winter is a short novella based on the beloved characters from Alice Oseman’s acclaimed debut novel Solitaire and graphic novel series Heartstopper - which you may have come across on Netflix. Solitaire is very popular on #BookTok, but This Winter has been particularly well received. Plus, it's set over Christmas.

As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson | £7.49 (as £8.99) from Amazon

This is the third and final book in Holly Jackson's trilogy A Good Girl's Guide To Murder and if #BookTok is anything to go by, it's worth investing your time in this trilogy. In As Good As Dead, Pip is in a race to save herself from a stalker and has to solve her own mystery before it has even happened. A great book for fans of Riverdale.

Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones | £7.69 (Was £9.99) from Amazon

This journal is exceptional. In a world of curated oversharing, Burn After Writing asks you thought provoking questions in an attempt to get to the bottom of who you are away from social media. Yes, it's a little ironic that it went viral because of TikTok but we're always here for journaling - and then burning it afterwards.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | £3.99 (Was £7.99)

This suspense novel is a wonderful addition to E. Lockhart's New York Times bestseller list. We Were Liars is a tale of love, romance and tragedy of the beautiful and the privileged. #BookTok loved this book and we think you will, too.