TikTok Book Awards celebrate literary excellence in the digital age

Bolu Babalola, Holly Jackson and Eden Victoria

The inaugural TikTok Book Awards honoured exceptional authors for their remarkable contributions to literature on the popular social media platform. The event marked a significant milestone in recognizing the power of social media in promoting and engaging with literary works.

The awards, which were held on August 17, were open to all books that had been featured on TikTok. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges, as well as by public vote.

The BookTok Book of the Year award went to Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola. The novel, a romantic comedy about a Nigerian-British woman who falls in love with a white British man, was praised for its humour and its representation of a diverse range of characters.

The BookTok Author of the Year award went to Holly Jackson, the author of the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy. The series, which follows a teenage detective who solves a murder, has been a huge hit on TikTok, with fans praising Jackson’s suspenseful writing and her complex characters.

The BookTok Creator of the Year award went to @edenvicttorria, a TikToker who has over 500,000 followers. Eden is known for her witty and engaging book reviews, which have helped to introduce many new readers to the world of literature.

The Indie Bookshop of the Year award went to Portobello Bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland. The shop has been praised for its welcoming atmosphere and its commitment to stocking a wide variety of books.

The Best BookTok Revival award went to Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. The novel, which was first published in 1813, has seen a resurgence in popularity on TikTok, with users creating videos about their love for the book’s characters and its witty dialogue.

The Best Book to End a Reading Slump award went to Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. The novel, which is a semi-autobiographical account of Alderton’s 20s, has been praised for its humour and its honest portrayal of female friendships.

The Best Book I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time award went to Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman. The graphic novel, which follows the love story between two teenage boys, has been praised for its heartwarming story and its positive portrayal of LGBTQ+ relationships.

The TikTok Book Awards were a celebration of the power of social media to connect people with books and to promote a love of reading. The awards also highlighted the diversity and vibrancy of the #BookTok community, which is made up of readers from all walks of life.


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