15 BookTok Creators Recommend Great Sci-Fi Books To Read

Trying to figure out what to read next can be overwhelming, especially with the number of excellent sci-fi and fantasy books coming out every year. But dozens of BookTokers — TikTokers that focus on books, from sharing favorites to reviewing classics — are here to help.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite BookTokers that focus on SFF or have a broad taste including plenty of speculative books. Fear nothing; this list extends beyond high-profile books like Olivie Blake’s The Atlas Six or the many fantastic titles of Sarah J. Maas. This isn’t an exhaustive list either – the vast world of BookTok is full of creators doing great work. We’ll add to this list as we find new favorites.

@faystephensonn

For starters, Faye has plenty of SFF recommendations — especially books with queer representation — as well as plenty of light comedy about genre tropes and the inevitable haze of coming out of reading a long fic. Come for the books, and stay for the incredibly radiant rotation of hair colors and styles (but also for the books, of course).

@camilletealatte

Camille Kelly’s TikToks range from recommendations — like this list of books with a “fanfiction-y feel” — to jokes about their own book habits or bits about classic literature and fantasy. Sci-fi and fantasy books are sprinkled throughout these videos. They’re great to follow not only to expand reading recommendations, but also to add more humor to your feed.

@book_reviews_kill

Evan focuses on SFF, although his taste leans towards fantasy. His TikToks range from thoughtful analysis of individual headlines, like VE Schwab’s The Unseen Life of Addie LaRue and Adrian Tchaikovsky Race of the Ancients, best books of the year, all-time favorites and book raffles. His videos can tend to be longer, as they’re analysis-heavy — but they’re very accessible and a great choice for those just getting started with SFF, or seasoned readers looking to dig deeper.

@aresreads

Ares recommends tons of SFF like heavy fantasy series, graphic novels and comics (like Saga and Freak), as well as manga. Ares also shares resources to help readers diversify the authors featured on their shelves. (And when I see someone who loves Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty, I have to introduce them.)

@thinksontomes_

If you love SFF tropes and are looking to add to that pile to read, you’ve come to the right place. Sam makes plenty of specific recommendations based on tropes and themes like female rage, hero to villain, or dark academia — as well as sharing queer reads from SFF.

@chaptersofchi

Adannia’s taste is broad and quite omnivorous, including literary fiction like that of Yaa Gyasi transcendent realm as well as romance and YA. Of course, it also features tons of sci-fi and fantasy, with a focus on an inclusive range of reads – featuring plenty of SFF hitters like Octavia E. Butler and Nnedi Okorafor. Adannia’s TikToks also tackle topics like anti-Blackness in BookTok (and in publishing and criticism more broadly).

@books.with.lee

Lee’s taste is also very broad, but with a focus on international authors – especially with his current 2022 target, the “Reading Across Africa” ​​challenge. (In her Storygraph, you can find books she’s read, categorized by the country the book is set in or the country the author is writing from.) Throughout the year, she also shared her favorite speculative books written by African authors, as well as books published in America and inspired by African mythology. She’s also started a trend where BookTokers share images of their favorite books in the thumbnail — browsing through them is a great way to quickly find other creators to follow.

@melissas.bookshelf

Melissa Blair, who is also the author of A broken bladerecommends a wide range of books, including science fiction and fantasy, often featuring Indigenous authors (such as Karen McBride, who wrote Raven Winter, a work of speculative literary fiction). I would recommend watching her tour of her local bookstore, where she points out some great books by Indigenous authors in Canada and the United States.

@bibliothequeclaire

If you’ve been looking for queer recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. Claire champions books of all genres – with a frequent focus on sci-fi – but they do a great job of highlighting queer SFF as well as Sapphic books of all types. (Hello, Gideon the ninth.) They also have a great list of books to read if you like D&D.

@johannawithbooks

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

@limmadi8

Madi Lim recommends books in a variety of genres, but science fiction and fantasy are in regular rotation. She also creates “BookTok News” TikToks dedicated to breaking news — and BookTok tea — from movie adaptation announcements to conventions gone bad. Some of his recommendations include those of Sue Lynn Tan Daughter of the Moon Goddess and Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys.

@asthebookends

If you’re in the mood for browsing plenty of SFF lists, especially ones centered around granular themes – like urban fantasy or fallen heroes – or just books with some level of “pizza” (BookTok talks about how a book is explicit or hot is), Erin Fehres’ account is for you. Dotted with individual listings and recommendations, there’s plenty to choose from.

@amivireads

Amivi runs a book club called “Sapphic and Proud” with queer favorites in all genres, including sci-fi and fantasy. They share tons of must-read Sapphic reads and fantastic black writer recommendations, with favorites that include Ayana Gray’s beasts of prey and NE Davenport The Blood Trials.

@bookwormbullet

Ayushi champions a number of books that haven’t taken off on BookTok, but still deserve readers’ love and attention. She also spotlights YA fantasies written by women of color and represents many Desi authors — both SFF and outside of the genre. (If you’re also a romance reader, Ayushi has you covered.)

@sayde_reads

Last but not least, Sayde’s taste also runs the gamut, and SFF books are in regular rotation (often while Sayde is sporting those cool elven ears). Featured titles range from beloved children’s books to mythology, like Circe and Ariadne, to the “existential horror manga” that would scare even the most loyal readers. Sayde also has some great recommendations for readers who have enjoyed many popular BookTok titles and want to move on to similar adult fantasy books.

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