#BookTok has captured the hearts of our community; with creators, bookworms and authors alike coming together to share their love of literature in a uniquely TikTok way... After all, where else would #spicybooks be as lauded as #urdupoetry, or modern authors like Taylor Jenkins Reid discovered alongside the classics like Jane Austen?
In the past year, the #BookTok hashtag has grown more than 160% to over 138 billion views - and shows no sign of stopping! The #BookTok community of authors, readers and fans is transforming the publishing world: propelling new authors into the mainstream, reviving much loved classics, inspiring a new generation of bookworms and helping to boost print book sales.
In celebration and recognition of the titles, authors, content and creators that have made the unique BookTok ecosystem what it is, we are proud to launch our very own TikTok Book Awards for the UK and Ireland. For the first time, we're creating a true people's choice book award - giving our community the chance to vote for the winning books, authors and creators in-app.
Introducing the TikTok Book Awards UK and Ireland 2023
The TikTok Book Awards UK and Ireland 2023 will recognise the community's favourite authors, books and creators, through categories inspired by the BookTok ecosystem.
The long list of nominees has been curated based on BookTok data as well as publisher contributions. This long-list was then reviewed by our judging panel of experts, including TikTok creators Coco (@cultofbooks) and Ben (@bcemercer) industry experts such Trâm-Anh Doan, Head of Social Media, Bloomsbury, authors like Candice Brathwaite and special guest judges including Annie Macmanus and Elizabeth Day.
The final winners of a prestigious TikTok Book Award will of course be decided by the TikTok community in the UK and Ireland, through an in-app vote that will go live in July, with all winners being crowned in August.
Introducing the TikTok Book Awards UK & Ireland longlist
📖 BookTok Book Of The Year 📚
Her Majesty's Royal Coven, Juno Dawson, People Person, Candice Carty Williams, Honey & Spice, Bolu Babalola, Icebreaker, Hannah Grace, Lies We Sing to the Sea, Sarah Underwood, Young Mungo , Douglas Stuart Idol, Louise O'Neil, Maame, Jessica George.
📚 BookTok Author Of The Year🖌️
📚 BookTok Creator Of The Year 🏆
📚 Indie Bookshop Of The Year 👜
👑 Best BookTok Revival 📚
Keisha the Sket, Jade LB, One Day, David Nicholls, Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen, Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon, Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë, 1984, George Orwell.
💡Best Book to End A Reading Slump 📚
The Family Remains, Lisa Jewell, The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides, My Sister The Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Ace of Spades ,Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, The Flat Share, Beth O'Leary, How To Kill Your Family, Bella Mackie, Everything I know About Love, Dolly Alderton, A Good Girls Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson.
📚 Best Book I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time 🌎
The Midnight Library, Matt Haig, Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman, Heartstopper: Volume One, Alice Oseman, Yinka, Where Is Your Husband? Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, Normal People, Sally Rooney, Star of the Sea, Joseph o'connor, Wahala, Nikki May, Open Water, Caleb Azumah Nelson.
Here's how you can get involved...
🎉 Join the conversation! Use the #TikTokBookAwards hashtag to share your favourite #BookTok titles of the year
🏆 The TikTok Book Awards Voting Hub will open in July, so get ready to vote for your favourite author, creators and books of the past year.
Full T&Cs can be found here
Candice Brathwaite, award-winning author and TikTok Book Awards Judge, said:
“As an author, there’s nothing better than to see people discussing and debating your book. I love going to TikTok to find unfiltered reviews and recommendations, so it’s great to be giving this community the chance to have their say through the TikTok Book Awards for UK and Ireland. When it comes to judging, for me it's about celebrating the books people just can’t forget, the books that give you a whole new perspective, the books you immediately want to buy for all of your friends, I cannot wait to see who the winners will be.”
James Stafford, General Manager, Operations & Marketing, TikTok UK, Ireland & Nordics said:
"Every day billions of people come to TikTok to share recommendations, discover new reads and connect through their love of literature. We have seen the #BookTok community impact book sales and even bring new customers to local book shops, so we thought it was about time they got a vote too!
The TikTok Book Awards is not just about the 'best new books', but also celebrating the unapologetic love of reading that we see shared on TikTok; from the content makers to the rediscovered classics."