A renewed, global interest in reading has sprung from an unlikely supply: TikTok. The social media large has a flourishing #BookTok group, one which noticed the social media firm seizing the chance to create its own TikTok Book Club earlier this summer. The membership is now into its second month, which implies an all-new title for TikTokkers and guide lovers to get pleasure from.
For the month of September, the selection is Bolu Babalola’s Honey and Spice(opens in a new tab).
Like with August, TikTok’s Ebook Laureates will learn and talk about the guide of the month individually, finally gathering collectively in a TikTok Reside the place all 5 have a dialog in regards to the learn — discover all of the hyperlinks and particulars at TikTok’s dedicated hub. This time round, Babalola herself will host a Reside Q&A dialogue with BookTok creators and be creating associated content material on her platform.
Already, the laureates have launched Babalola’s guide on their platforms. BookTokker @jackbenedwards describes it as his “most anticipated guide of the summer time,” whereas @cocosarel mentioned she’d been manifesting this novel as a guide membership alternative.
Babalola’s debut novel has had social media and critics abuzz since releasing in July. On TikTok itself, #bolubabalola has 312.3K views, whereas the hashtag #honeyandspice homes tons of of movies in regards to the guide. The New York Times has described Babalola’s romance providing as “attractive, messy and wry.”
Honey and Spice is centered round Kikiola Banjo, a school pupil and aspiring journalist, who meets Malakai Korede, an enigmatic and charming switch pupil. The following story attracts upon romance tropes that the TikTok community is currently fascinated by: pretend relationship, enemies-to-lovers, and college love.
Babalola is a self-proclaimed “pop vulture scholar” and “romcomoisseur“, labels which can be a testomony to her famous cultural attraction and data. The British-Nigerian creator has a large digital presence and has been lauded for uplifting trendy, intersectional narratives of love.
Honey and Spice has already had its time in a outstanding guide membership when it was chosen by Reese Witherspoon for her July choose.
“The #BookTok group retains getting stronger, and is having a big impact on folks’s notion of studying,” says James Stafford, head of partnerships and group at TikTok. “Irrespective of how well-known a style or creator, there is a group celebrating it on TikTok, and we’re excited in regards to the #BookClub format as a option to hold sparking these conversations.”