Summer is well underway but it’s never too late to plan a trip and enjoy the season. From the beach to international travel we have all the recommendations you need while you enjoy a well-deserved break. Pick your ideal summer getaway and we’ll give you a book rec to match!
Ever since the release of Harry Styles’ third solo album, Harry’s House, we’ve had it on repeat. This new work mixes elements of old 70s music with funk and pop, a unique direction for Harry, but nevertheless another AMAZING album from him. To celebrate this instantly iconic album we’ve matched books to each of the tracks! Which pairing is your fave?
Books to Read if You Never Want to Leave (or Stop Listening to) Harry’s House
1. “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” – A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Probably one of the best opening tracks to an album I’ve heard, this jazzy, funky song lays out music to listen to while at a restaurant. Harry sings about the love in a relationship with the background of a sushi restaurant. What better book to pair with this song than a fresh take on Romeo and Juliet about two teens who fall in love even though their families own competing pho restaurants.
2. “Late Night Talking” – Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Harry first debuted this incredible song during his headlining show at Coachella which talks all about being so into your partner that you can’t stop thinking about them. The song is about being in constant contact with “your person” and being happier when you’re with them. Penny and Sam’s chance encounter in Emergency Contact is more awkward than a normal meet cute but they exchange numbers and become inseparable via text. Mary H. K. Choi’s debut novel definitely gives off all the vibes you get from “Late Night Talking.”
3. “Grapejuice” – See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon
“Grapejuice” is one of the slower songs on the album, and in it Harry sings about how he loves being with his partner and does not want to go through life without them. In See You Yesterday after Barrett gets stuck in a time loop after a horrific first day of college her only hope is Miles, a guy from her physics class. She realizes that She and Miles have to team up if they want a chance at getting out of the loop, and as they work to figure out a plan they start to fall for each other along the way.
4. “As It Was” – Turning by Joy L. Smith
Even though this track has an upbeat sound, it’s pretty sad when you truly listen to the lyrics as Harry talks about reminiscing and not doing well with change. Genie from Turning can relate to this song because she used to be the star student at an exclusive dance school until a tragic accident confined her to a wheelchair. The future she planned for was taken away leading her to struggle with the drastic changes in her life.
5. “Daylight” – Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
This song very universal all about unrequited love or how someone might push a person despite having feelings for them. A classic trope that is chock full of in Clockwork Angel where Tessa takes shelter at the London Institute and is drawn to Will Herondale. Will holds everyone at arm’s length but Tess can’t help but fall for him anyway.
6. Little Freak – P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Those who love a good ballad the track reflects on a relationship with “the one who got away” and how the relationship was good but slipped through the cracks. The sequel to All The Boys has John Ambrose back in the picture and Lara Jean is not sure if she should let him go again or stay with Peter.
7. Matilda – Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti
This is such a sad but beautiful song inspired by the Roald Dahl character about how complicated family relationships can be. Sydney Reilly has a famous mother who always put her career above her own daughter which makes her hesitant to move back home to San Francisco. She’s trying to rebuild her relationship with her mother but wants to make sure she won’t regret letting it go.
8. Cinema – Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
The whole album has major 70s vibes going on and this song is no exception and talks yearning for someone and asking for anything in return. With a title like Cinema what better book to pair the song than another swoony read from Lynn Painter. Liz is obsessed with romantic comedies and wants her perfect moment with her aloof crush Michael. However when her neighbor Wes helps her get Michael’s attention she discovers how much she likes to be around Wes.
9. Daydreaming – Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle
Prince has always had a crush on Dani so when she agrees to three dates after a not so great first encounter he has until then to make her fall in love with him. This upbeat song would be playing during his head while on the dates with Dani.
10. Keep Driving – How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Everyone loves a good driving tune and while the lyrics are basically nonsense (sorry Harry but at least it’s catchy!) it makes you forget about the world and just focus on what’s in front of you. Moon Fuentez follows her influencer sister on a tour bus traveling across the country. Even though she expects to just be in the background her perspective shift during this trip.
11. Satellite – A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
Arguably the best song on the album is about wanting to be a support system and being loyal even when someone keeps you at a distance. Sticking to the space theme, A Complicated Love Story Set in Space follows Noa as he wakes up on a spaceship with no clue how he got there and encounters DJ and Jenny as they try to figure out what happened. Noa develops feelings for DJ while facing all kinds of dangers and staying alive.
12. Boyfriends – Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch
Even though most songs with “boyfriend” in the title are all about finding one, loving one, or losing one this song speaks about how toxic they can be and his first ever live performance of this track will forever be iconic. Blaine thought he had it all: the perfect boyfriend, great family, and friends but is blindsided when he gets dumped on their year anniversary. In order to get him back, Blaine runs for president to prove he can be the guy Joey wants.
13. Love of My Life – A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
The final track rounds out the album talking not only romantic love but the love of being back at home and while even though you might not be there or visit often it’ll always be there. In A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow Lila plans to stick to her Miami roots but when her life is turned upside down her parents send her off to England for three months.
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We don’t know about you, but we LOVE the action, romance, and magic that goes hand-in-hand with our favorite Marvel TV shows. From the romance and heartbreak of WandaVision to the intense action of Daredevil and The Punisher, there’s something everyone will love in these shows! If you’re as much of a fan as we are, read on and let your favorite show decide which must-read book you should pick up next.
Let Your Favorite Marvel TV Show Pick Your Next Read!
Moon Knight – In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
If you’re longing for more of the Egyptian mythology and culture from Moon Knight, this read is perfect for you! In a Perfect World has the same Egyptian backdrop as the Marvel show, and when main character Caroline Kelly has to spend her senior year there after her mom finds a new job, she’s launched headfirst into this amazing culture.
Ms. Marvel – Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
Just like Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, Queen of the Tiles‘s Najwa is a strong and smart character determined save not only herself, but the people around her, too. While you’re waiting for Ms. Marvel to be released don’t want to miss this amazing book!
Loki – Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Set after Loki escapes the Avengers and encounters different variants of himself, the Loki series is filled with the consequences of Loki’s actions and follows him as he tries to create a better reality. The authority figures in this Marvel series, the TVA, try to maintain the multiverse and keep it under control, just like Scythes control the population in Scythe. While we still have a little waiting to do for the next season of Loki, you can read the rest of the Arc of a Scythe series, Thunderhead and The Toll, right now!
WandaVision – For All Time by Shanna Miles
In WandaVision Wanda recreates the different decades of television in an attempt to stay with Vision, the love of her life. In For All Time, Tamar and Fayard also fight for their love as they live through a thousand lives together. This book will give you the same taste of grief and love as WandaVision does.
Hawkeye – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
If you want a book that gives you the same lovable, superhero duo feels (with a side of angst) that Clint and Kate Bishop created in in Hawkeye, look no further than The Dark Artifices series. In Lady Midnight Emma and Julian fight together as parabatai, much like Clint and Kate fighting crime in New York City.
The Punisher – Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong
Chloe Gong is no stranger to a well-written fight (and a little gore) and her third book, Foul Lady Fortune, has plenty of action! Just like The Punisher‘s Frank Castle becomes a vigilante after seeking revenge for his family, Rosalind has the same energy as she becomes an assassin and works undercover to expose a conspiracy.
Daredevil – A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
If you love the grittiness of Daredevil as he takes on the crime in his city, A Dark and Hollow Star has that same energy in spades! In this thrilling fantasy novel four teens race against time to stop a serial killer in the magical underworld of Toronto.
Jessica Jones – Bruised by Tanya Boteju
Jessica Jones and Daya Wijesinghe both survive an accident that their parents don’t, but Daya uses roller derby for comfort and control while Jessica turns to her job as a private investigator. Bruised gives off the same themes of healing and teamwork as Jessica Jones, but with superheroes as an added bonus!
Luke Cage – Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
Luke Cage fights for his neighborhood, Harlem, by using his secret power: impenetrable skin. Like Luke, Wings of Ebony‘s Rue fights for her hometown of Houston when an unimaginable evil threatens the people she loves. This book is a perfect blend of superheroes and crime, just like the Luke Cage series. Once you’ve read Wings of Ebony, check out the sequel: Ashes of Gold!
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Spring break season is here, and what better way to take advantage of well-deserved time off than with a good book! We’ve created a list of perfect spring break books, whether you are reading by the beach or relaxing on the couch. From fun, light-hearted romances to spine-chilling thrillers these books are the best way to celebrate spring break!
8 Must-Read Books to Bring on Spring Break
All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle
Calling all Bachelor Nation fans! If you love the classic dating show, the new release is a perfect mix of The Bachelorette and Gilmore Girls with a fun YA twist. This laugh-out-loud young adult romance is about a girl who joins her mother on a reality dating show for single parents—only to fall for a contestant’s son. This book is great one to read by the beach while getting a tan!
Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch
After being dumped so his boyfriend can pursue more “serious” guys, a teen boy decides to prove he can be serious, too, by running for senior class president in this joyful romp from the author of The Sky Blues. With the book giving off some serious Legally Blonde meets The Politician vibes it is the perfect choice to read for some witty dialogue while also dealing with serious topics.
So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens
Coming from the same author of In Deeper Waters comes a new novel where Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this funny, subversive young adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive. This book is a great choice for those who love fantasy and still want some romcom energy for spring break season.
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
For those who want to get their heart pumping this thriller is a prime pick! I Killed Zoe Spanos follows a pair of teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost. Crime fans will be left on the edge of their seats until the very last page!
Always Jane by Jenn Bennett
If you’re in the mood for a romantic read, this swoony book from Jenn Bennett is a must-read! A chauffer’s daughter finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the sons of her boss’s wealthy next-door neighbors. With a case of mistaken identity and a love triangle between two brothers Jenn Bennett once again gives us a fun, romantic story while simultaneously tackling important issues.
She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
For fans of college romances, this slow burn, hate-to-love, ADORABLE romcom from Rachael Lippincott and her wife Alyson Derrick is a great choice for spring! Their book follows Alex, a charming flirt, who makes it her mission to help Molly, an awkward homebody, escape her shell and fall in love.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Get a taste of summer with Jenny Han’s iconic Summer I Turned Pretty series especially with the new TV series adaptation coming out this year! Belly has spent every one of her summers at the beach house with her mother, brother, her mom’s best friend Beck, and Beck’s two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, everything changes.
Between You, Me, and the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs
This romantic read follows a teen girl during her California summer of beekeeping, secrets, and stolen kisses. In the summer before college Josie does her best to avoid telling her mom she isn’t going while simultaneously falling for her family’s sworn enemy. This book offers classic Romeo and Juliet vibes, but with the unique addition of beekeeping!
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