The 25 Best BookTok Books to Read on Your Honeymoon & Beyond

From romance to thrillers, there's a reason these buzzy books keep going viral.
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Apr 05, 2023
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TikTok is a great place to find inspiration for your wedding, your honeymoon, your bach party theme, and so much more. But if you haven't also used the app to find a few BookTok books to read, we'd dare to say you're missing out. Even if your FYP skews heavily toward #WeddingTok, there's a good chance you've gotten a taste of #BookTok as well. With over 120 billion views on the hashtag, there's no shortage of incredible book recommendations for every genre. If you're in search of a spicy rom-com to throw in your honeymoon luggage or a gripping thriller to take your mind off wedding planning stress, we've done the work (read: reading!) to curate the ultimate guide to the best BookTok books.

The Knot's Best #BookTok Book List

With millions of new posts every day, you might wonder how to begin navigating all of TikTok's book recommendations. It's certainly not an easy task, and finding your next read depends heavily on your book tastes. Do you prefer romances with a 5+ spice level rating? Would you rather get lost in a work of contemporary literary fiction? Does your bookshelf only include terrifying novels that keep you up at night? There's a viral BookTok book recommendation for every reader out there, but some picks do stand out from the rest. That's why we've created this ultimate roundup of popular BookTok books that are perfect for your honeymoon and beyond. While some of our selections have tie-ins to weddings and related events, others just have a downright engaging love story or a riveting fast-paced plot. These TikTok books are simply perfect for when you need a break from responding to vendor emails or fine-tuning your seating chart, or for when you're sitting by the pool on a tropical getaway with a piña colada in hand.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

It's impossible to be on #BookTok without seeing a Taylor Jenkins Reid book. The beloved author has quickly become a household name thanks to her popular novels like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and the Six, Malibu Rising, and Carrie Soto is Back. (Plus, all four of those titles have been or will be adapted for the screen.) But believe it or not, one of our favorite TJR books is from earlier in her career. Published in 2016, One True Loves follows the story of a woman who married her high school sweetheart—but shortly into their marriage, he's presumed dead after he disappears in a plane crash. She moves on, finds love again and gets engaged, only to receive a phone call from her husband, who reveals he was miraculously found alive and is on his way back to her. This engrossing love story is one that will stick with you long after you finish, making it one BookTok book that definitely needs a spot on your TBR.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Emily Henry is another BookTok favorite, thanks to her heartfelt rom-coms chock-full of witty banter, spicy scenes and swoon-worthy "book boyfriends." (But seriously, how is one to pick between Augustus, Alex or Charlie?) Many of her novels have reached BookTok fame, including Book Lovers and People We Meet on Vacation—but our favorite of the Emily Henry bunch is Beach Read. Set in a quiet lake town, the book follows January, a down-on-her-luck romance author with a serious case of writer's block and a distaste for love. Everything changes when she meets her new neighbor, fellow writer Augustus Everett, who couldn't be more of her polar opposite. With two looming deadlines, the duo's desperation to finish their work leads to a summer of self-discovery and, of course, steamy romance.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Given her honorary title as "Queen of Beach Reads," the majority of Elin Hilderbrand's repertoire of novels highlight juicy stories with salacious characters set on the sandy shores of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Any one of her 30+ stories would make for a great honeymoon read, especially her 2022 release The Hotel Nantucket, was quickly became a BookTok favorite. While you can't go wrong with any Elin Hilderbrand books, we recommend going back a few years in her bibliography and picking up The Perfect Couple, especially if you have a penchant for page-turning mysteries. It follows a luxurious wedding set to take place at an idyllic home on Nantucket. But when the maid of honor shows up dead the morning of the big day, everyone becomes a suspect. This thriller will have you guessing until the very end—and if you love the story, you'll be pleased to know it's currently being adapted as a limited series for Netflix.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

Everyone wants an invitation to Will and Jules' big day. Set to take place in a historic castle on an island off the coast of Ireland, it's regarded as one of the most exclusive weddings of the year. After all, he's a charming movie star and she's an accomplished magazine publisher. As guests arrive at this luxe wedding, though, something is very off. The book opens with a mysterious death, and it's up to you to put together the pieces and figure out who died, who's responsible, and why. As secrets unravel and past tensions come to light, you'll be flipping through The Guest List by Lucy Foley in record time to solve this enthralling mystery.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

Enemies to lovers fans, this popular BookTok book was made for you. Olive Torres is less-than-thrilled to be her sister's maid of honor, because her sister is perfect and, well, she's not. Single and newly laid off from her job, she can't help but feel like she's the unlucky one compared to her twin, who's getting married to her dream man. Not helping matters is the fact that the groom's best man, Ethan Thomas, is her arch nemesis. In a nightmarish twist, things take a turn at the reception when everyone except Olive and Ethan falls ill from food poisoning. With a non-refundable honeymoon on the line, the bride encourages Olive and Ethan to enjoy a free vacation. It's just 10 days in Maui with the person they both hate the most…what's the worst that could happen?

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune.

Looking for the perfect honeymoon book? Let us introduce you to Every Summer After by Carley Fortunue. This debut romance became an instant BookTok hit, so be sure to leave enough space for it in your carry-on. You'll fall in love with Percy and Sam's romance, which spans six summers in an idyllic Canadian town. After meeting as kids at their neighboring lake houses, the two establish a fast friendship that slowly turns romantic over time. But after one fateful night, their relationship evaporates, leaving both of them to grapple with life apart. When a funeral brings them back together again, old sparks reignite once more. Told in alternating timelines, Percy and Sam's nostalgic love story will tug on your heartstrings in a way unlike any other BookTok romance book.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

What would happen if the son of the President of the United States fell in love with the son of the King of England? It's not something First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz has to worry about, because the charismatic American has never liked Prince Henry of Wales. (He is just another stuffy Brit.) But when tabloids get a photo of the two fighting at a wedding, their tensions hit a fever pitch. The boys' teams determine that the only way to save face is to stage a truce, and thus Alex and Henry are forced to pretend they've become besties. Soon enough, their fake friendship turns into real chemistry and, ultimately, a secret relationship. With an upcoming election and royal relations at stake, this secret romance has the potential to completely upend two countries. Casey McQuiston's Red, White and Royal Blue became a #BookTok sensation, and we guarantee it'll be one of your favorite reads of the year.

Meant to Be by Emily Giffin

Meant to Be by Emily Giffin.

Everyone in America loves the Kingsley family, especially youngster Joe Kingsley III. After his father, political icon Joseph S. Kingsley, Jr. dies in a tragic accident, his son inherits the weight of his legacy. The Kingsleys are essentially American royalty, after all, and the country has high expectations for the son of such a powerful figure. Joe is a free spirit, though, and faces the challenge of growing up and maturing in the public eye. In an act of fate, he crosses paths with Cate Cooper, a famous model who grew up having to fend for herself in a broken family. Sparks fly immediately, but Cate isn't sure she has what it takes to withstand being in a relationship with one of the most famous men in the world. Loosely inspired by the epic love story between John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Meant to Be is one BookTok romance novel that deserves all of the hype.

Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez.

Do opposites attract? On paper, Alexis and Daniel are completely different. She's a high-profile doctor in a big city while he's a low-key contractor living in the middle of nowhere. (Not to mention, he's also ten years her junior). A freak car accident brings them together by chance, and their chemistry is palpable. In theory, these two would never work as a couple, but real life is a totally different story. The two fall for each other almost instantly, but the pressures of their stark differences threaten to tear them apart. Alexis loves her life, but she just might love Daniel more. It's up to her to decide if they can become part of each other's worlds. Of all the best BookTok books out there, Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez should rise to the top of your TBR pile.

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston.

If you're a mood reader, The Dead Romantics is best enjoyed on a crisp autumn day with a warm apple cider in hand. (Bonus points if you and your newly-minted spouse are planning a fall honeymoon where you can enjoy colorful foliage.) Florence Day is a ghostwriter for one of the most beloved romance authors in the book world, though she has one small problem: She doesn't believe in love anymore. She begs her new (and rather attractive) editor for an extension on her latest assignment, which he refuses. Amid her career crisis, she unexpectedly finds herself back home with her kooky family to bury her father. Also worth nothing? The Days have owned and operated a funeral home for decades. As she grapples with the aftermath of losing a loved one, she's shocked to find another ghost at her door—and it just so happens to be her dead editor. They embark on a somewhat confusing (but totally endearing) journey of self-discovery and life in the real world and beyond. And, much to her dismay, Florence finds herself falling in love with someone who isn't even alive. This eccentric BookTok book recommendation is unlike anything else you've ever read, and we guarantee it'll leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about love.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey.

If you like your romance books with a healthy dose of spice, you'll adore Tessa Bailey. (She wasn't named "the Michaelangelo of dirty talk" for nothing!) So many of her works have gone viral on #BookTok, and for good reason: Bailey always promises to deliver "spice, spirit, swoon and a guaranteed happily ever after." If you're in search of a lighthearted and easy-to-read romance for your honeymoon, we suggest diving into It Happened One Summer. Set in a coastal fishing town, this popular BookTok book follows Piper, an influential socialite with a history of getting into trouble with paparazzi. After one out-of-control party lands her in jail, her step-father cuts her and her sister off financially and sends them to manage their late father's dive bar in Washington to learn how to be responsible. Almost immediately, she meets Brendan, a grumpy fisherman who knows she won't last more than a day in Westport. Over time, the two unwittingly become friends and—you guessed it—sparks fly. Perfect for readers that enjoy the "grumpy/sunshine" trope, you'll fly through this BookTok rec. Then, read the equally-heartwarming spinoff Hook, Line and Sinker, which follows Piper's sister Hannah and Brendand's best friend Fox.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

Perhaps you're feeling the weight of wedding planning stress and need something to take your mind elsewhere. You'll be riveted by The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, which is one of the most talked-about BookTok books. This New York Times bestseller by V.E. Schwab follows the story of Addie LaRue, born in France in the 1700s, who makes a desperate deal to live forever. The catch? Everyone she ever meets will forget her. Her story plays out over centuries around the world as she experiences history in real-time. But 300 years into her journey, everything changes when one person suddenly remembers her name.

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun.

Fans of Red, White and Royal Blue and The Bachelor will be enamored by Alison Cochrun's The Charm Offensive. This cheeky LGBTQ+ rom-com centers around Dev, a wildly successful reality TV producer for a hit dating show. Despite his own lackluster love life, he excels at scripting love stories for others. But when Dev starts to catch feelings for the show's newest star Charlie, their romance may be the one that ends up in the spotlight.

Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter

Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter.

Ever dream of putting all your favorite romantic comedy movies together in one book? That's exactly what Lynn Painter set out to do with Better Than The Movies. This nostalgic YA story centers around high schooler Liz, who has a serious crush on her ultra-cool classmate Michael. The only problem? He has no idea who she is. Liz enlists the help of her cute (albeit annoying) neighbor Wes to create a grand scheme that'll end with Michael asking Liz to prom. Amid their crazy antics, Wes and Michael end up becoming friends, giving Liz the opportunity she needs to swoop in and make a move on Michael. But after spending so much time with Wes, she may have a change of heart. Trust us: This popular BookTok book is best enjoyed with a 2000s rom-com playlist in the background.

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron.

If "fake dating" is one of your favorite romance tropes, this TikTok book recommendation is for you. Accidentally Engaged is a heartfelt comedy with themes about family, baking, and the willingness to take risks. Reena is an accomplished chef with a love for bread, and while she knows her way around a kitchen, her love life is a different story. When her parents try to set her up with another "Good Muslim Husband," she scoffs at the idea (though, admittedly, Nadim does appear to be pretty perfect). Determined to not let her parents win, Reena refuses to fall for the charming candidate. However, when the opportunity to enter a couple's baking competition with the ultimate prize falls in her lap, Reena decides to do everything she can to win…like pretend to be engaged to Nadim. What could go wrong?

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang.

Written by Helen Hoang, the author BookTok favorite The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test is yet another engaging TikTok book recommendation that will leave you in your feels. The romance follows Khai Diep, who can't seem to feel love or other important emotions. While he thinks he'll never find his perfect match, his mother sets off to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. Enter Esme Tran, a mixed-race woman living in poverty. When given the opportunity to travel to America to meet a potential match who can help her provide for her family, she can't pass it up. Although she falls for Khai, he worries that he can never love her properly. What ensues, though, is a touching story about all the ways we show love to others.

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan.

Fans of second-chance romances will easily devour Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan. Named one of the best romance books of 2022 by Publisher's Weekly, this gripping story recounts the marriage of Yasmen and Josiah Wade, a couple who was supposed to have it all. After a devastating blow wreaks havoc on their relationship, though, they aren't able to salvage their partnership. Amid their new normal, which includes co-parenting and managing their shared business together, Yasmen and Josiah are continually drawn back together despite all they've endured. This popular BookTok book will leave you wondering if love can be even better a second time around.

The Golden Couple by Sarah Hendricks and Greer Pekkanen

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

From the outside, Marissa and Matthew Bishop are perfect. They're wealthy, successful and good-looking, they live in an affluent suburban neighborhood, and they're the doting parents of a young son. Their lives start crumbling, though, when Marissa reveals she's been unfaithful. In a desperate plea to fix their marriage, they enlist the help of famous therapist Avery Chambers, an unorthodox professional who lost her license because of her bizarre and intense methods. As the trio becomes intertwined in each other's lives, more secrets and lies begin to unravel, putting everyone in danger. This captivating thriller from Sarah Hendricks and Greer Pekkanen is one that'll keep you up late at night trying to get to the bottom of the story.

A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Frequent #BookTok readers are likely familiar with Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thornes and Roses (ACOTAR) series. Blending fantasy, action and a bit of spice, the first book of the same name features huntress Feyre, who gets transported to a mythological realm after she kills a creature in the woods and meets a beast seeking revenge. Everything she's been told about this world is put into question the moment she starts falling for her captor, Tamlin, who isn't exactly terrifying all of the time. As an ancient shadow threatens to end Tamlin and his world, Feyre has the responsibility of saving everything she loves. If you love the first book in the ACOTAR series, there are four others you can add to your stack of must-reads.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Perhaps romance isn't your vibe. If your FYP often takes you to #HorrorTok, you'll enjoy Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. In this slow-burn thriller, debutante Noemí receives a strange letter from her newly-married cousin begging someone to save her from an unexplained peril. She sets off to the family's eerie home in the Mexican countryside, where she meets her cousin's unsettling husband and his equally-strange father. When the estate itself appears to come alive and haunt Noemí, she taps the family's youngest son for help, as he may be the only one who can help her navigate this house of horrors that's riddled with haunting secrets and a violent past.

Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake

Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake.

With a budding photography career and a great life in New York, Delilah Green promises herself that she'll never go back to her hometown. But when her sister Astrid offers her a hefty check to photograph her wedding at home, Delilah simply can't refuse. Although she plans for it to be a quick trip, things change when she meets one of her sister's snooty best friends, Claire Sutherland. Delilah knows exactly how to push Claire's buttons and has too much fun playing games. Amid a flurry of wedding prep, Delilah and Claire unexpectedly grow closer than they ever thought possible. When they need to save Astrid from making a grave mistake, their newfound chemistry is put to the test. Grab a copy of Delilah Green Doesn't Care when you need an escape from your own wedding planning blunders, because this steamy queer rom-com is exactly what you need.

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score.

We'll bet you've seen this pretty blue book cover on your FYP before, because it's a top #BookTok recommendation. Written by Lucy Score, Things We Never Got Over is full of beloved tropes. (Small-town romance? Check. Grumpy/sunshine? Check. Enemies to lovers? Check. Family drama? Check.) After fleeing her own wedding, Naomi finds herself in small-town Knockemout, Virginia, where she plans on helping her twin sister in a time of need. As soon as her twin gets what she needs, though, she flees town, leaving a jobless Naomi with her 11-year-old niece. Longtime resident Knox sees Naomi's trouble unfold, and while he tends to stay away from drama, he can't help but offer her a helping hand. He swears that once Naomi is on her feet, he'll leave her alone, but things don't quite go according to plan in this beloved BookTok pick.

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman.

Fans of dual timelines, this BookTok book recommendation is for you. Funny You Should Ask spans ten years, beginning with a young Chani Horowitz. The aspiring writer only ever gets assigned puff pieces, but she really wants to be writing big, heavy-hitting stories. When she lands the opportunity to interview Gabe Parker, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, she knows she can't mess it up. Alas, the conversation takes a turn when Chani and Gabe hit it off and spend the weekend together, only for the tabloids to catch wind of their scandalous rendezvous. A decade later, Chani has finally her dream job, but her work is constantly overshadowed by that infamous interview. Amid the 10th anniversary, Gabe's team suggests the duo reunite for a second iteration. As much as Chani wants to say no, the allure of another moment with Gabe may be too strong to resist.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.

When successful erotica writer Eva Mercy unexpectedly meets the elusive award-winning novelist Shane Hall at a literary event, the duo's instant chemistry catches the attention of their peers. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Eva and Shane actually share a tumultuous history. Fifteen years earlier, the couple had one fiery week together where they fell madly in love. While they now pretend not to know each other, they've been discreetly sending messages to each other through their works of fiction in the aftermath of their fallout. With another week together, Shane and Eva reconnect, though each is reluctant to acknowledge their past and the potential for a future. Author Tia Wiliams blends comedy and sensuality in this beloved BookTok book that celebrates Black joy and second chances.

Twisted Love by Ana Huang

Twisted Love by Ana Huang.

Given his tumultuous past, Alex Volkov doesn't open himself up to love. That is, until, he has to take care of his best friend's sister, Ava. Ava herself has her own internal demons to confront, though she can't help but develop feelings for Alex—a person she knows she shouldn't love. This is a relationship that, in theory, shouldn't (and can't) work. After all, they're both harboring secrets of their own that could threaten everything. With a steamy grumpy/sunshine trope, Twisted Love is a BookTok hit you're guaranteed to enjoy.

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