What is BookTok on TikTok?

TikTok users who discuss books

TikTokers who want to discuss, reenact, or recommend their favorite books post using the #BookTok hashtag, and they may describe themselves as being part of the BookTok community. This group of literary-minded TikTok users loves squeeing about their fave novels, often by riffing off each others' recommendations and content.

Genres of BookTok videos include (but are not limited to):

  • Book reviews
  • Reenactments
  • Reaction videos
  • Author discussions or interviews
  • Writing advice

Because BookTok's recommendations are becoming more and more popular, you may also see the term appear IRL in your favorite local bookstore, paired with a selection of books that have gone viral on TikTok. (And contrary to what you might think, most of those books are actually good - yes, even the young adult ones.)


I read like two books a year before I found BookTok. Now I'm reading a zillion! Here are my faves
BookTok is a great way to find new books or revisit old favorites
BookTok is a great way to find new books or revisit old favorites

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Updated January 13, 2022

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