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A graphic displaying a collage of popular novels on a background of book pages with TikTok elements. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

Is #BookTok creating fast fashion books?

Katherine Kimes February 13, 2024

The TikTok hashtag #BookTok, raking in 224.5 billion views and counting, has enraptured the app’s book-loving community. BookTok has mirrored other communities on platforms such as Instagram’s...

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“Divine Rivals”: a mismarketed romantasy novel that falls woefully flat

“Divine Rivals”: a mismarketed romantasy novel that falls woefully flat

Katherine Kimes February 4, 2024
“Divine Rivals” by Rebecca Ross has been a bestseller ever since hitting the shelves last April. It has not only been a trending sensation on TikTok under #BookTok, but it also won the Goodreads Choice Awards 2023 for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.
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The front cover of the novel Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Beyond the Book Cover of “Fourth Wing,” an exploration of chronic illness within adult fantasy literature

Katherine Kimes September 10, 2023

This is a new feature in The Statesman that will review books in a unique way. Rather than the staid, straightforward critical reviews that you would typically find in The New York Times, this new...

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