In May, we announced the launch of the inaugural TikTok Book Awards UK and Ireland. The Awards are all about celebrating and recognising the books, the independent book shops, the authors and the creators that have made the #BookTok community such a unique place.
The shortlist, which we're revealing today, reflects the imagination, creativity and variety of the #BookTok community itself. The shortlist has been carefully curated with the help of some of the UK's biggest names in the world of literature, publishing and #BookTok, from acclaimed authors Candice Braithwaite and Elizabeth Day, to representatives from publishers Bloomsbury and Bonnier.
As part of the TikTok Book Awards we are also thrilled to be partnering with bookshop.org. As the online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops, we couldn't think of anyone better.
From today, you can shop the TikTok Book awards shortlist through bookshop.org on TikTok Shop or head to your favourite local independent book store, like @labiblioteka in Sheffield or @redlionbooks in Colchester who will have their very own TikTok Book Awards pop-ups in store!
So without further ado, it is time to reveal the TikTok Book Awards shortlist as decided by our judges - as we hand over the reins to the TikTok community, to decide on the winners!
The 2023 Shortlist
📖 BookTok Book Of The Year 📚
Honey & Spice, Bolu Babalola, Lies We Sing to the Sea, Sarah Underwood, Young Mungo , Douglas Stuart Maame, Jessica George.
📚 BookTok Author Of The Year🖌️
📚 BookTok Creator Of The Year 🏆
📚 Indie Bookshop Of The Year 👜
👑 Best BookTok Revival 📚
One Day, David Nicholls, Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1984, George Orwell.
💡Best Book to End A Reading Slump 📚
The Family Remains, Lisa Jewell, My Sister The Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Everything I know About Love, Dolly Alderton, The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides.
📚 Best Book I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time 🌎
Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman, Heartstopper: Volume One, Alice Oseman, Normal People, Sally Rooney, Open Water, Caleb Azumah Nelson.
Have your say!
We know how much the #BookTok community loves to share, which is why we've made the TikTok Book Awards a true people's choice book awards. Today, we're opening up the vote so you can choose the winning books, authors, bookshops and creators, all within the TikTok app.
Here's how you can get involved...
🎉 Join the conversation! The #TikTokBookAwards hashtag has 1.1 million views already - and counting! So make sure to join the community and share who you'll be voting for and why.
🥇 We'll be announcing the winners soon!
James Stafford, General Manager, Operations & Marketing, TikTok UK & Nordics said: "We would like to congratulate all of the authors, books, independent book shops and creators who have made the shortlist for the inaugural TikTok Book Awards UK & Ireland. This list is a true celebration of the variety of literature that resonates with the TikTok community and we look forward to seeing who they vote for as their winners.
"We see the power of #BookTok every day on TikTok,, but this impact can also be felt in book shops across the country. Which is why we are thrilled to be working with BookShop.org; connecting the TikTok community with book shops on their local high streets as well as in app".
Mark Thornton, Bookshop Partnership Manager, Bookshop.org UK said: “Independent booksellers are natural influencers, creating buzz around titles and building a community of book lovers that help foster a lifetime love of reading. We are proud to partner with TikTok for the inaugural TikTok Book Awards, which similarly recognise and celebrate the community of book lovers on the TikTok platform.
Giving indies the opportunity to harness the power of TikTok to reach broader audiences, while experimenting, learning and innovating, is in line with our mission to support independent bookshops to be competitive in the world of ecommerce. We are delighted to be acting as a connector between TikTok and indie booksellers, and to give them the chance to take part in this exciting moment for the book world. Huge congratulations to all the shortlisted authors and creators!”