While heading to the beach to hit the water is one thing, there's nothing I love more than taking in the ocean breeze with a good book in hand. Even if you don't live near a beach, simply sitting on your yard or porch and enjoying the pleasant weather and immersing yourself in an imaginary world is just as pleasant. Escapism is always needed, right? To give you your wishlist on what to read this summer, I looked to BookTok, the book-loving community on TikTok that I can't seem to escape. It seems like every day I have a new selection of recommendations given to me by creators who have the exact same taste as me, and sometimes new ones that I never would've picked up at the store.
BookTok creators use clever groupings to lure you into reading their recommendations, like "Books you have to read in your 20s to books you should read if you love an enemy-to-lovers storyline." Either way, you're bound to enjoy a book from the variety the app offers. To make things easier for you so you don't have to scroll through dozens of videos like me, I rounded up the books the TikTok reading community can't get enough of. Pick one (or two) up to pack into your beach bag this summer.
If you read and watched Normal People, then Sally Rooney's other story should be on your list. Rooney takes another take on friendships and relationships, as it follows two college students and the strange connection they make with a married couple.
My guilty pleasure for books has to be these lighthearted romances. Set as a typical enemy-to-lovers plotline, Lucy and Joshua compete heavily at their workplace only to start developing feelings for each other. Or is it just a game? You'll have to read and see.
I read this in 2021 and couldn't put it down. Emira Tucker is a babysitter who is confronted at the supermarket one night because the security guard, seeing a black woman with a white child, accuses her of kidnapping. Such a Fun Age explores the transactional relationships and the complicated reality of being a grown-up in this day and age.
If you're one for shocking twists and turns, this is the one for you. The story follows the Sinclair family, who owns a private island where the family gets together annually. The story is set two summers after Candence Sinclair suffers an accident and can't remember what happens.
I've seen fan edits of the Netflix series all over my TikTok feed, but of course, it started off with a book. Set in an imaginary nation of Ravka, which has been town in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. The fate of the nation may rest on the shoulders of one refugee. If you're into fantasy, this one sounds like a must-read.
What better book to read on vacation than a story about vacation? Two best friends, Alex and Poppy are polar opposites but always take one week of vacation together and have been for a decade, till a fall-out occurs. They go on one more vacation in an attempt to fix everything that went wrong. I'm already curious about what happened between the two.
Feminism is a widely discussed topic but misses a lot of the marks that should be included, like quality education, food insecurity, safe neighborhoods, and living wages. White feminists tend to leave out of their conversation how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. In her book, Kendall asks how are we to stand together for one movement, if there are women oppressing others?
Normally when you think of meeting your life partner, you think your life should come together. After the main character, Grace meets her wife, who she drunkenly married on a trip to Las Vegas, it seems as if her life does the opposite, having her faced to figure everything out with her "life plan."