These are famous books everyone has read/is reading on bookstagram. You may ask, why should I know that? Good question!
Sure, everyone loves books on bookstagram but not everyone loves the books you love. Bookstagram is all about sharing what you read. However, as beginner I couldn’t help but feel a little left out when I couldn’t contribute to conversations about books apparently everyone had read but me. I wanted to be a part of the community already there. Does that sound like you? If yes, then you’re at the right place.
Take a look at this list of five bookstagram famous books. Take note and get to reading because these will kickstart conversation on your bookstagram! (and buy yourself a book for every time I say ‘bookstagram’ in this post)
Set in an ambiguous time period of magical and magic deprived worlds, empires and kings and queens, this trilogy is for dreamers and adventurers who crave the heart pounding adrenaline of danger and the warm whimsy of love, platonic and romantic. Kell Maresh is the ambassador of the Maresh empire and secret smuggler of magical antiques. He finds trouble when a deal goes awry. With knife-happy Lila Bard accompanying him, things never seem to go right; poor Kell but it is a boon for us readers who can accompany them on adventure after adventure.
ADSOM is full of layered characters and evocative world-building. The fast paced action is an immediate hook for readers. If that isn’t enough to convince you to read this gem, then consider who you’ll meet within the pages of this book – a royal smuggler (he’s very sweet, don’t judge him), a knife-happy cross-dressing thief, a promiscuous but lovable prince, a charming pirate, a slaved villain, evil sadistic twins and magic, magic, magic; good magic and evil magic, so much magic. I discovered this series through bookstagram when I started and it is my favorite to this day.
If your aesthetic is dark academia, then this is your book. The Secret History is exactly what its prologue declares it is; a novel about a bunch of elite, possibly unhinged students committing a murder. There is no surprise. You already know what everything is leading to and yet you read. Tartt makes sure you hang on to every word. She appeals to that perverse desire within us to know the unpleasant, the appalling and the monstrous and weaves a disaster you can’t look away from. Beauty and horror live side-by-side, romanticized in the characters trapped within the pages of this book.
For those looking who liked Dead Poets Society but are looking for something darker and grittier, The Secret History is a perfect choice.
Type ‘famous books for young adults’ on Google and you will probably find this title there.
Sarah J. Maas is everywhere on bookstagram. At first she was famous, now she is infamous. Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast except it is riddled with faeries, apparently brave protagonists and problematic romantic interests. The action is slow. The world building never quite reaches the magical quality it was supposed to have. Some readers find the characters, though gorgeous and loved by many, incomprehensible. More importantly, they are problematic (cough, male protagonists, cough) – dubious consent, sexual violence and the bad boy trope romanticized did not do this book series any favors. While this (and many other series by Maas) was popular when I first started my bookstagram, it has found negative publicity recently and for good reason.
However, if you don’t mind the things I mentioned above and would not shy away from some soft-core porn, this series is for you.
The most important thing about the Raven Cycle – do not read the blurb, it will lead you astray.
“Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die.”
Sounds like Disney doesn’t it? It is and it isn’t. The Raven Cycle is more, much more than about a handsome, rich boy and a girl who can kill with a kiss. It is about dead Irish Kings, child abuse, coming to terms with one’s sexuality, elite schools, orange Camaros, talking trees, a raven named Chainsaw and dreams. Some find the plot of the series to be a bit unpolished. I believe this comes from each character having a voice and a life. No one is a sidekick, everyone is the hero of their own story. We are used to knowing exactly who the protagonist is and what they want. This is why an unclear protagonist can be a jarring and make us feel like the plot is missing.
Other than that, the beauty of the Raven Cycle is that despite being marketed as a teen romance, there is more friendship in it than teenage hormones and lust. It is all beauty and wonder until it isn’t. The verse is beautiful and haunting but it also veils a few racist remarks about an Asian character so proceed into this dream but proceed with caution for it is not without its faults.
Bookstagram is obsessed with A Little Life. With its angst ridden old school cover, it makes the perfect prop for bookish photos for your feed. It is devastating, somewhat unrealistic and also 700 pages long. I can’t say much more about it for I haven’t read it yet. Reading-slump-Eesha does not like the look of 700 pages but this has received remarkable reviews from almost everyone I know. The writing is alluring and the bonds spellbinding but beware the depiction of abuse and graphic scenes.
If you find yourself up to the challenge of reading something lengthy, don’t mind the warnings and have a tissue box at hand, get at this book. If not, well, get it for the gram!
P.S – I know reading is supposed to be about what you love. It isn’t about what’s trendy or ‘famous books to read’. But if you’re disappointed with low engagement on your bookstagram and feel as if you never know what everyone is talking about, these books are a great way to get talking. Your reading doesn’t have to stop being about you. It is only expanding to include others as well. Consider this as a friend recommending you some books to read. Whether they’re famous books or obscure doesn’t matter. What matters is that you can whisper about them together and have some fun!
Let me know if you have read any of these (loved it/hated it?) or plan to read them in the comments!