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Exploring the lives of Mariam and Laila – two women in Kabul, Afghanistan – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini tells a harrowing story of struggling to survive under the control of the Soviets and the Taliban. Despite being published 15 years ago, the book resurged  in popularity with more than five million views under its TikTok hashtag.

#BookTok Review: ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ narrates heartbreaking reality of misogyny

Clara Martinez, Lead Culture Editor May 27, 2022

To close out the BookTok bookshelf for the year, I read a novel that has been on my reading list far longer than its popularity on the TikTok For You page. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini...

Exploring the lives of Mariam and Laila – two women in Kabul, Afghanistan – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini tells a harrowing story of struggling to survive under the control of the Soviets and the Taliban. Despite being published 15 years ago, the book resurged  in popularity with more than five million views under its TikTok hashtag.

#BookTok Review: ‘One of Us is Lying’ makes up for stereotypical characters with captivating plot

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print April 6, 2022

One phrase continually used is the claim that “the book was better than the movie.” As I only compelled myself to experience this story through literature, I cannot be sure whether this rings true...

The first #BookTok Bookshelf review of 2022 presents the wintery romance of “One Day in December,” written by Josie Silver. The novel has garnered over 860,000 views under its TikTok hashtag and explores romance in the wake of tragedy through a decade-long love triangle.

#BookTok Review: ‘One Day in December’ balances plot complexity with endearing readability

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print January 28, 2022

This week’s #BookTok Bookshelf review brings the perfect read to warm up on these endlessly frigid January evenings – “One Day in December” by Josie Silver. The TikTok community raved about the...

The first #BookTok Bookshelf review of 2022 presents the wintery romance of “One Day in December,” written by Josie Silver. The novel has garnered over 860,000 views under its TikTok hashtag and explores romance in the wake of tragedy through a decade-long love triangle.

#BookTok Review: ‘The Secret History’ draws in readers yearning for prestige

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print December 10, 2021

Welcome to my fifth review of viral books circulating the TikTok For You page. This week’s installment dives into “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. Typically, novels publicized online gain popularity...

With 1.9 billion views under its TikTok hashtag, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas is one of the most popular books circulating the For You page. The first novel of a five book series, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” narrates the story of 19-year-old Feyre when she is kidnapped and taken to the faerie realm Prythian.

#BookTok Review: ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ introduces sophistication to fantasy genre

Clara Martinez , News Editor: Print October 27, 2021

As my column enters its second month of life and hence, my second month of searching for novels on BookTok, I could no longer ignore the videos most frequently popping up on my For You page. Thus, I quickly...

With 1.9 billion views under its TikTok hashtag, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas is one of the most popular books circulating the For You page. The first novel of a five book series, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” narrates the story of 19-year-old Feyre when she is kidnapped and taken to the faerie realm Prythian.

#BookTok Review: ‘All the Bright Places’ sheds light on teenage mental struggles

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print October 1, 2021

One book often appears in TikTok videos captioning themes of sorrow – “books that will break your heart” or “standalones that made me sob until dawn” chief among them. The infamous novel “All...

With 1.9 billion views under its TikTok hashtag, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas is one of the most popular books circulating the For You page. The first novel of a five book series, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” narrates the story of 19-year-old Feyre when she is kidnapped and taken to the faerie realm Prythian.

‘Circe’ defies typical #BookTok expectations

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print September 17, 2021

Welcome back to the second installment of #BookTok Bookshelf. After shamelessly name-dropping “The Song of Achilles” in my previous review, I was determined to find out if Madeline Miller is just another...

With 1.9 billion views under its TikTok hashtag, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas is one of the most popular books circulating the For You page. The first novel of a five book series, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” narrates the story of 19-year-old Feyre when she is kidnapped and taken to the faerie realm Prythian.

#BookTok Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print September 10, 2021

Hello, readers! This book review kicks off my “#BookTok Bookshelf” column, where I, a seasoned reader of Emily Brontë and F. Scott Fitzgerald, dive into the frightening depths of reading recommendations...

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