It’s been 20+ years since Queen Bey came on the music scene. Obviously, with each album came a new era defining moment that just so happen to pair perfectly with some must-read books!

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Hot Boy Summer by Joe Jiménez


Beyoncé has changed the game once again with her new single "Texas Hold 'Em" and her upcoming album, Cowboy Carter, promises to be THE album of the summer. To match this iconic new era, we give you Hot Boy Summer, which follows an iconic friend group (in Texas!!) having the summer of their lives! Could there be a more perfect match for Bey's new music?!
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Rana Joon and the One and Only Now by Shideh Etaat

the renaissance era

Renaissance is an ode to queerness, fun, freedom, and takes inspiration from many dance tracks of the 70s and 90s, just like Rana Joon and the One and Only Now! This lyrical coming-of-age novel is set in 1996 and follows Rana, an Iranian American teen who wants to honor her deceased friend's legacy be entering a rap contest.

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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

the homecoming era

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is perfect for everyone’s inner dancer. A pep rally, a block party, or a homecoming, like this album, Nima Kumara-Clark learns to accept herself and her eccentricities to the fullest.

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Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather

the Destiny’s Child era

Facing the Sun demonstrates the highs and lows of friendship. You and your friend group coordinate outfits before you hang in public. Or, you get into a very public friend breakup where you later reconcile and realize you were both foolish. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets The Education of Margot Sanchez in this Caribbean-set story about four friends who experience unexpected changes in their lives during the summer when a hotel developer purchases their community’s beloved beach.

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When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

the second coming of Destiny’s Child era

You may have friendships that have since ended. This hurts your heart and you constantly reminisce looking through old photos. Nevertheless, you know how to pick yourself up and bounce back. When We Were Infinite embraces new friendships just like Bey (hello Michelle).

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

the dangerously in love era

Are you crazy in love? All the new relationship feelings are in this album. These Violent Delights is just as captivating. A time to fall head over heels in love. Teamwork with your significant other. It’s obviously you both against the world.

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SLAY by Brittney Morris

the b'day era

The Latin flair of “Beautiful Liar’ is reminiscent of Kiera Johnson in SLAY embracing herself above all else – especially telling someone “everything you own in a box to the left.”

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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

the i am... sasha fierce era

Beyoncé's Sasha Fierce era is the most divisive time with proud and intimate reflective moments in equal measure. Legendborn encapsulates the same daring behavior as sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews completely breaks from the previous mold in this twist on the Arthurian classic.

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Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

the 4 era

Wings of Ebony highlights the artistry of Afroism – both deeply rich and precarious but always energetic. Whether your favorite song is "Run The World (Girls)" or "Love on Top", Wings of Ebony showcases all the feelings for more growth similar to this era of Beyoncé.

With stunning cinematography and intricate plot lines, Euphoria has captivated audiences from its very first episode, but this show’s complex characters are what really sucks viewers in. Can’t get enough of Euphoria‘s twists, turns, and emotional breakdowns? We’ve got you covered with these character and book pairings.

Pick Your Favorite Euphoria Character and get a Book Rec 

Rue Bennet – Go Ask Alice by Anonymous 

Everyone’s favorite unreliable narrator is an old soul who is loyal to a fault. Making friends may be had for her, but she will do anything for the ones she has. She is trying to find her place in the world, and she may make some mistakes along the way, but the only thing that matters is that she tries her best. Those mistakes manifest viscerally in Go Ask Alice, where a young woman like Rue chases adrenaline to sometimes dire results. In each instance, these young women tend to keep to themselves as they try to navigate the world the best they can.


Gia Bennett – Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

The sweet, supportive younger Gia holds family very close to her heart. Like Gia, Summer Bird Blue‘s Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying for other at the expense of her own grief. During moments of doubt, and even being forgotten, both girls find support in the most unlikely of places. These girls value mindfulness, care, and unrelenting love behind one’s actions most in the most troubling of times. They may take things at a slower pace, but their good heart always shines through.


Fezco – When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Fez became responsible for helping his grandmother run a shop as well as taking care of his adoptive brother Ashtray. But, his inner kid is still in there and you get to see it come out slightly. Just like Ali in When I was the Greatest, Fez had to act like an adult from such a young age in a tough neighborhood. Sometimes responsibility overwhelms Ali and Fez. However, it is because they care for people in a unique way and never wants to see their friends go through hard times. Loyalty is their language, and they will do whatever it takes to protect them.


Maddy Perez – The Education of Margo Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Confident, bold opinions, and unwavering loyalty are all traits Maddy Perez shares with Margo in The Education of Margo Sanchez. Like Maddy, Margo is the definition of go big or go home. They do not half attempt situations, it’s go for broke. They are deeply caring and only a few people are lucky enough to have seen that side of them.


Nate Jacob – When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Nate is a complex boy. In When We Were Infinite, Jason also suffers in ways he’s never shared with anyone. Family struggles overwhelm both boys to remain the well-liked Golden Boy despite the traumatizing truths their past. 

Lexi Howard – How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland 

Lexi appreciates the sweet, tender things in life. As shy as she is, she may appear as the only normal person in a room. Like Lexi, Moon Fuentez may sometimes be overlooked to her more popular sister. She even starts to question her destiny as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower she always thought she was. Nevertheless, both girls always try to help those around them and believes in second chances!


Cassie Howard – The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Cassie will always go out of her way to make sure those closest to her know they are loved and do anything for them. Like The Way I Used to Be’s Eden, often take advantage of how nice Cassie is, but, at the end of the day, she knows who will be there for her no matter what. Both young women have such a big heart and are always trying to find their true happiness. People may mislabel them and take advantage of their kindness. Nevertheless, these strong gals are tougher than people give them credit for.


Chris McKay – Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Like Chris McKay, West Ashby is a natural-born football player expected to strive for a career in professional football. Both boys must balance college aspirations and hometown glory. The praise for their potential promise frequently ignores the emotional, physical, and mental toll they face. Along the way, finding love brings solace against this stress. They have been pressured a lot in their past, and that shows up in their relationships, but they aim to be the best. It is hard to adjust to new circumstances but these Golden Boys always try their best.

Kat Hernandez – Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Kat is the body positive queen who tries to prove to the world and herself that she is in no way lacking because of her body. She finds community with her online persona just like Bailey Rydell in Alex, Approximately. Like Kat, Bailey finds transferring one’s digital self to an IRL relationship can be confusing and heart-wrenching, but surrounding herself with affirming friends helps her to combat those anxieties and insecurities. Even if they aren’t always confident, each young woman realizes that loving herself is of the upmost importance.

Jules Vaughn – Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

Jules is an exceptionally bold artist with impeccable fashion sense. She is lovable and lively – wanting to live her teenage dream to the fullest even if she is impulsive. She may have trouble trusting people at first but, eventually, is loyal until the end and confidant to all. Something Like Gravity demonstrates mutual soul searching to try new things with deep romantic vulnerability. Like Jules, Chris and Maia try to find closure and themselves amid chaos.


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Timothée. Little Timmy T. Timotay Charcuteray. It comes as no surprise that we cannot stop praising our Gen-Z Leonardo for his extraordinary performances in a slew of literary classics! So, if you loved Dune, Little Women, or Beautiful Boy, we have some outstanding book recs for your favorite Timmy!

Pick Your Fave Timothée Chalamet and Get a Book Rec

1. Laurie in Little WomenChain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Imagine your childhood family friend proposes to you… In Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Theodore “Laurie” Laurence is an aimless, idle chap who creates a love triangle between Amy and Jo March. In Clockwork Angel, Tessa Gray also finds herself attracted to and torn between best friends James and Will. But, hey what is a Victorian English coming-of-age tale if not emotionally-charged and full of journeys to reunite with your loved one?

2. Ello Perlman in Call Me By Your NameAristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz

In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a Mexican border town fell in love. Like Ari, Elio is intellectually precocious but super introverted; neither boy believes himself to be a person who is easy to love. In Call Me By Your Name, 17-year-old Elio Perlman falls head over heels for graduate student Oliver in the summer of 1983 in Italy. The dreamy and detached Oliver spurs Elio to be unafraid to act – learning what it means to be Jewish, bisexual, and peachy-keen with careful, poetic hands! Ari and Dante just as easily carefully motivate each other to be their truest, most loving selves.

3. Kyle Scheible in Lady BirdWhen You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

A smile to make you swoon? A swagger to make you giggle in the worst way?  Kyle Scheible is all the above for Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson. Kyle is the guitar-playing, manic pixie dream boy who lets a girl find a little escape in her mundane life. In Rebecca Serle’s When You Were Mine, Rosaline begins dating Rob Caplet just as her cousin Juliet returns and immediately snatches him away. Like Kyle, Rob is a prize to be won with not much to offer.

4. Nic Sheff in Beautiful BoyRoxy by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

In Roxy, Isaac and Ivy never thought they would become addicted in this heart-wrenching tale of survival, relapse, and recovery. No matter how many mind-altering drugs one consumes, it may never be enough for an addict, especially as his or her life starts to spiral. Timothee’s Nic Sheff struggles through addiction – through his disease – for the better part of a decade in and out of rehab, fighting to overcome a crystal meth addiction.

You can also read Tweak, the story that inspired Beautiful Boy!

5. Gatsby Welles in A Rainy Day in New YorkThe Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

The intelligent but directionless Gatsby Welles has his relationship tested while spending one weekend in New York. He reconnects with the charming Chan, tries to avoid is dysfunctional parents, and galivants around the city’s hotspots. Like Gatsby, in The Education of Margot Sanchez, Margot’s choices between family, friends, and her future are as timely as they are revelatory. Like Gatsby, Margot is not one to assimilate and ready to forge her own path.

6. King Henry V in The KingThe Empress by S. J. Kincaid

A young English King Henry V ascends the throne following the sudden death of his father. Henry strives for peace amidst the violent Hundreds Year’s War against France. In S.J. Kincaid’s The Empress, a young Tyrus, who is the new emperor and Nemesis, his empress, must also contend with a kingdom that begins to fracture and rivals looming closer. Like King Henry, each leader has trustworthy confidants to guide them through tumultuous battles and capricious politics that will make or break their reign.

 7. Zeffirelli in The French DispatchSky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

In Sky Without Stars, Chatine, Marcellus, and Alouette each try to come out alive on the other side of a French revolution. Thrills, romance, and duplicity keep these young revolutionaries on their toes. Timmy’s Zeffirelli is another unlikely hero whose face and manifesto become the spark to ignite change in mid-20th-century France. A revolution does not always end in a BANG but sometimes a lone whisper.

8. Paul Atreides in DuneLegendborn by Tracy Deonn

Dune follows Paul of House Atreides, who rallies a tribe of free folk (Fremen + Zendaya) to reclaim control of planet Arrakis’s land from the evil Harkonens. Like Paul, Legendborn’s Bree becomes the chosen one fighting and battling beastly creatures both in life and otherworldly after her mother’s death. Bree and Paul must contend with grief, mental health, and heritage as they both try to understand the full extent of their capabilities.

9. Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryA Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Timmy plays the legendary and eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, who owns the town’s chocolate factory in this musical fantasy. Like Wonka, Lila Reyes has all the ingredients ready to whip up a sweet masterpiece in the kitchen. When Lila travels to the English countryside, she meets the cute Orion and brings her Cuban culture and traditional food as homage to recently passed grandmother. The food descriptions in this novel will leave you craving for your own sweet treat.


Are you also a fan of Dylan O’Brien? Pick your fave Dylan and get a book rec! 

Whether you first downloaded TikTok back in March of 2020, have been using it since 2017, or are only recently discovering the platform, it doesn’t take long to realize that there is a TikTok aesthetic for everyone. Check out these book recommendations based on your favorite TikTok aesthetic.

Must-Read Books That Match Your TikTok Aesthetic

1. Alt TikTok — Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi

When you know exactly who you are and you aren’t afraid to show it, you write your own story with your eyeliner pen. Total opposites, Korean American sisters Jayne and June Baek are the same: they are proud, honest, and unequivocally protective of one another. Fashion student Jayne has terrible taste in men and undervalues herself. Older sister June reminds Jayne that familial responsibility is not as fraught as she once thought. Compassionate and darkly hilarious, Yolk reminds us to be our truest selves.


2. Roller-Skate TikTok — Bruised by Tanya Boteju

Inspired by the roller-skating boom in the 70s and 80s, bruises are as common as vintage graphic tees and knee-high socks. Daya accepts her emotional and physical scars and bruises after discovering the brutal sport of roller derby. To Daya Wijesinghe, vulnerability is a weakness, as she has been conditioned to be strong since her parents’ death. With the help of her Killa Honeys roller derby team, she learns to embrace her grief and to love her new “chosen family”. The roller girl aesthetic involves little more than a pair of skates. It invokes…CONFIDENCE.


3. Baddie TikTok — SLAY by Brittany Morris

Teen coder Kiera Johnson not lives her Black girl magic but created a multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY, so other gamers can as well. After she gives the world a Black-Panther-esque RPG that Kiera must battle racism in the gaming community. But, she won’t her international phenom be ruined. This aesthetic is all about creativity and shameless confidence.


4. Light Academia TikTok — Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Imagine meeting the love of your life in a secondhand bookstore in a small European village. Liv doesn’t have many memories of her father, but the ones she does have are for their shared love of ancient Greece and the lost city of Atlantis. When Liv receives a postcard from her father asking her to join him Santorini and help him with his documentary about the lost city, she doesn’t hesitate to say yes. Soon Liv will find out not everything on the Greek island is as perfect as it seems. Because as Liv slowly begins to discover, her father may not have invited her to Greece for Atlantis, but for something much more important. This aesthetic is all about self-discovery and daylight along the Mediterranean coast.


5. Dark Academia TikTok — Breaking Bailey by Anonymous

This aesthetic focuses on themes of learning, a dark palette, and Shakespearean tragedy. For fans of Breaking Bad, the “Science Club” at the prestigious boarding school, Prescott Academy, enamors new girl Bailey. For a girl looking to escape her past, she falls in love with a charismatic chemist and further down the rabbit hole of drug-ring.


6. Witchcore TikTok — The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

This aesthetic is all about potions, nature, and spells that may or may not go awry. In the turn of the 20th century New York City, seventeen-year-old Frances Hallowell finds herself enrolled in a school for witches. Haxahaven Sanitarium’s sisterhood, the immersive mystery, and the enchantment entice her. You will grieve, rage, and swoon with its poetic splendor. Perfect for fans of The Last Magician or The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.


7. Fairycore TikTok — Tithe by Holly Black

This aesthetic is all about whimsy, nature, fairies (or faeries). Fairycore is delicate, light, and one ethereal step away from Cottagecore. But, not all touches of shimmer and glitter exist in this contemporary fantasy following sixteen-year old Kaye. With her new skin and a young Fey Knight, Kaye must keep the peace between rival Fey kingdoms.


8. Cottagecore TikTok — What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

This aesthetic is all about escape toward a simple life. Whether you romanticize everything or bake as therapy, Cottagecore is the aesthetic of your dreams. Bookstagrammer Halle Levitt has an online persona that rivals her IRL awkwardness. Her escape into the well-curated persona of “Kels” helps Halle remain unassuming. With each book review paired with cupcakes decorated to match their covers, Halle soon realizes the being her true self is the most romantic of all.


9. E-girl/E-boy TikTok — Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

This aesthetic is a combination of soft and grunge. Whether one partakes in gaming culture or not, being trapped in the digital world or waiting to be brought out is never easy. For Penny Lee, though she cannot be entirely honest in the her real life, her digital communication with older, tattooed Sam is her most authentic friendship…and more. Every text, every call gives them each the motivation to reveal their true self to everyone – not just each other. Pulling off the extremely online vibe is harder than it looks.

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Romance is blossoming on TV with summer’s arrival. Every week, we watch for the “right reasons”. Couples form and reform amidst the blue skies and turquoise seas of an isolated location. We know the perfect reads to go with your favorite show.

Your Favorite Love Reality TV Show Will Choose Your Next Read

1. 90 Day FiancéA Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England is drastically different from her Cuban American upbringing in Miami. Initially, her unhappiness on the foreign island is overbearing. But a chance to attend the Cordon Bleu school, as well as a prospective new love interest give her more than enough reason to stay. For fans of 90 Day Fiancé, this delicious read brings Cuban flair, poetic language, a slow-burn romance, and plenty of emotional layers to a quaint English town.


2. Love is BlindSerious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. She also has her own history that she is hesitant to share right away. Enter Daniel Aoki who shares her appetite for the unknown. The pair find a true connection from deep down on the inside. For fans of Love is Blind, it takes time to lower their defenses and open up to one another. This young couple take a leap of faith to pursue the mystery and to become more than friends.


3. Love IslandMade in Korea by Sarah Suk

Like Love Island, being ambitious and cutthroat to get what and who you want will always bring drama. Senior Valerie Kwon is talented & accomplished in her own right, as well as has her own student-run business V&C K-BEAUTY. When new kid Wes Jung arrives, he competes by selling is own K-pop branded beauty products. As their business rivalry escalates, it becomes more personal – and soon, feelings are growing in addition to their competition.


4. Are You the One?We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it? How many chances would it take for you to realize unrequited love isn’t so permanent? With awkward moments and hilarious banter, this novel is perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of Are You the One? The Seattle wedding business is insular as it is frequent. In the case of Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour, they keep running into each other with each bridal meltdown or catering snafu that arises. Wedding after wedding, the pair grow closer. With a little mental health assistance, Quinn is opening herself to love more than ever before. Are You the One? uses every compatibility test to ensure love all the same.


5. 12 Dates of ChristmasSky Blues by Robbie Couch

Despite a heartbreaking, homophobic email spreading in his small, insular town, Sky Baker is determined to create the most swoon-worthy, gayest prom-posal for his crush. With help from unexpected friends, Sky has thirty days to make a splash! Just like 12 Dates of Christmas, finding a date before a major event is nerve-wracking but exciting. Sky Baker is just as eager and full of love to give.


6. The CircleAll Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

Try being catfished and stalked at the same time. For The Circle participants, every move is watched as they hide their real identities. Amanda Kelly and Rosalie Bell are both Carter Shaw’s girlfriends. For Rosalie, hiding her homosexuality from her parents will provide some reprieve. For Amanda, her entire identity and states in her town is tied to being Carter’s girlfriend. It is EVERYTHING. Soon, both girls need to break away from the expectations because no one is ever truly who she says she is.


7. The Bachelor or The BacheloretteBetter Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

If you are a sucker for rom-coms, witty banter, or poignant emotional moments, join Liz Buxbaum’s journey as she schemes to get her crush. For fans of the Bachelor/ Bachelorette franchise, the hope and awkwardness to find a movie-worthy romance is on full display. Tinged with moments of grief and lots of romcom tropes, this is worth the read as Liz discovers if who and what she wants is for the “right reasons”.


8. Indian MatchmakingWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

How can two people consent to marry someone chosen for them by others? In India, it’s estimated that 90% of all marriages are still arranged as family elders find a ‘suitable’ match for their descendants. For Dimple Shah, the notion of an ‘arranged marriage’ is horrifying. Finding the “Ideal Indian Husband” is very low on her priority list. This aspiring female coder would never trade her dreams for a potentially ideal partner…Yet, somehow, the stars will align when Rishi Patel meets his future spouse at the same summer program. Indian Matchmaking embraces the uncertainty or skepticism common in love matches. Things may start off bumpy but fate works to get these intelligent, ambitious teens to fall hopelessly in love.


9. Bachelor in ParadiseA Pho Love Story by Loan Le

For fans of Bachelor in Paradise, two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants. Linh Mai and Bao Nguyen’s unexpected romance requires secret meetings and stolen kisses. They have individual concerns about their career interests (or lack thereof in Bao’s case), as well as how they approach that with their parents. Every stolen moment is precious time until secrets are finally revealed.


10. Too Hot to HandleFive Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott and Mikki Daughtry

Can you love someone you can never touch? If Stella Grant or Will Newman breathes less than five feet from each other, ether one of them could die. Just like Too Hot to Handle, touch is sacred and bittersweet. A yearning builds over time that grow beyond mere physical pleasure. In both instances, participants must be aggressively honest about their intentions. Just a little bit of the space can make or break their fate. The stakes are high for everyone. Like Too Hot to Handle, the award Stella & Will get for staying away from each other can change their lives dramatically.


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