15 BookTok Creators Recommend Great Sci-Fi Books To Read

15 BookTok Creators Recommend Great Sci-Fi Books To Read

It can be overwhelming figuring out what to read next, especially with the number of excellent science fiction and fantasy books coming out each year. But dozens of BookTokers — TikTokers that focus on books, from sharing favorites to critiquing classics — are here to help.

We’ve made a list of some of our favorite BookTokers that either focus on SFF or have broad taste with lots of speculative books. Do not be afraid; this list goes beyond the much-hyped books like Olivie Blake’s The Atlas Six or the countless fantasy titles of Sarah J. Maas. This is not an exhaustive list either – the wide world of BookTok is full of creators who do an excellent job. We will update this list as we find new favourites.

@fayestephensonn

For starters, Faye has SFF recommendations galore – especially books with queer representation — along with a lot of light-hearted comedy about genre tropes and the inevitable haze of coming out of reading a long fiction. Come for the books, stay for the incredibly radical rotation of hair colors and styles (as well as the books, of course).

@camilletealatte

Camille Kelly’s TikToks range from recommendations — like this list of books with a “fanfiction like feeling” — to joke about their own bookish habits or pieces left over classical literature and fantasy. Science fiction and fantasy books are interspersed in these videos. They’re great to follow, not just broadening reading recommendations, but adding more humor to your feed.

@book_reviews_kill

Evan’s focus is on SFF, although his taste leans fantasy. His TikToks range from thoughtful analysis of individual titles, such as VE Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Older race, to the best books of the year, all-time favorites and book broadcasts. His videos tend to be on the longer side, as they contain a lot of analysis – but they are very accessible and a great choice for those new to SFF or seasoned readers who want to dig deeper.

@aresreads

Ares recommends tons of SFF like hefty fantasy series, graphic novels, and comics (like saga and monster), as well as manga. Ares also shares resources to help readers diversify the authors on their shelves. (And if I see someone who loves Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynastyl to have to show them.)

@thoughtsontomes_

If you like SFF tropes and want to add something to that pile for reading, you’ve come to the right place. Sam makes many specific recommendations based on tropes and themes such as female anger, hero to villainor dark academic world – along with sharing queer lectures from SFF.

@chaptersofchi

Adannia’s tastes are broad and fairly omnivorous, including literary fiction such as Yaa Gyasis Transcendental Kingdom as well as romance and YA. Of course, it also contains tons of science fiction and fantasy, with a focus on an inclusive range of reads – featuring many SFF heavy hitters such as Octavia E. Butler and Nnedi Okorafor. Adannia’s TikToks also touch on topics like anti-blackness in BookTok (and when publishing and criticism in general).

@books.with.lee

Lee’s tastes are also very broad, but with a focus on international authors – especially with her current focus on 2022, the “Reading Across Africa” ​​challenge. (In her Storygraph you will find books she has read, organized by country the book is set in or the country from which the author is writing.) Throughout the year, she also shared her favorite speculative books written by African authors, along with books published in America inspired by African mythology. She also created a trend where BookTokers share images of their favorite books in the thumbnail — browsing these is a great way to quickly find other creators to follow.

@melissas.bookshelf

Melissa Blair, who is also the author of A broken kniferecommends a wide variety of books, including science fiction and fantasy, often emphasizing native authors (as Karen McBride, who wrote Crow Winter, a speculative literary work of fiction). I would recommend looking at her tour of her local bookstorewhere she points out great books by Native authors in Canada and the United States.

@libraryofclaire

If you were looking for weird recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. Claire is a champion of books of various genres – with a frequent focus on science fiction – but they do an excellent job of showcasing both queer SFF and all types of sapphic books. (Hello, Gideon the Ninth.) They also have an excellent list of books to read if you like D&D.

@johannawithbooks

If you’re looking to add more Latinx authors to your shelf, you can’t go wrong with Johanna’s recommendations. This book collection alone has a ton of excellent books to dig into (fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow stand up!!!).

@limmadi8

Madi Lim recommends books in different genres, but science fiction and fantasy rotate regularly. She also makesBookTok NewsTikToks dedicated to news – and BookTok tea – from movie adaptation announcements to conventions gone wrong. Some of her recommendations are Sue Lynn Tan’s Daughter of the Moon Goddess and Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys.

@asthebookends

If you’re in the mood for lots of SFF lists to dig through, mostly focusing on detailed themes – like urban fantasy or fallen heroes – or just books with some level of “spice” (BookTok speaks for how explicit or called a book is), Erin Fehres’ account is for you. Laced with lists and individual recommendations, there’s a lot to choose from.

@amivireads

Amivi runs a book club called “Sapphic and Proud” that features queer favorites in a variety of genres, including science fiction and fantasy. They share tons of sapphic must-reads and fantasy recommendations from black writerswith favorites including Ayana Gray’s Predators and NE Davenport’s The blood tests.

@bookwormbullet

Ayushi defends a number of books that have not yet taken off on BookTok, but that nevertheless deserve the love and attention of readers. She also emphasizes YA fantasies written by women of color, and cites many Desi authors – both SFF and outside the genre. (If you’re also a novel reader, Ayushi has you covered.)

@sayde_reads

Last but certainly not least, Sayde’s tastes run the gamut too, and SFF books rotate regularly (often while Sayde wears these cool elven ears). Featured titles range from beloved books for the mythology kids, such as Circe and Ariadneuntil “existential horror manga‘ that would shock even the most loyal readers. Sayde also has excellent recommendations for readers who have enjoyed and want many popular BookTok titles go to adult fantasy books that look alike.

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