If you’re as obsessed with K-pop as we are and listen to your fave songs on repeat all day, every day, we’ve got the perfect book rec to match your top group’s vibe. Check out these six books that totally fit your fave group, and then let us know what you think!

6 Book Recs Based on Your Fave K-Pop Group

1. Girls Generation — Shine by Jessica Jung

It goes without saying that we would pair Shine with Girls Generartion since it is written by none other than Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Korea’s most famous girl group, Girls Generation. Get ready as she takes us inside the luxe, hyper-color world of K-pop, where the stakes are high, but for one girl, the cost of success—and love—might be even higher. It’s time for the world to see: this is what it takes to SHINE. Once you’ve read Shine, check out the sequel, Bright!


2. BTS – What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

ARMY have been on a journey with BTS over the past year, through heartbreak and hardship, to find the light in their lives and learn to love themselves.

When Will’s dad loses a battle with depression, he doesn’t go looking for the light. Instead, he starts going for long walks. There are some places Will can’t walk by: The blessings store with the chest of 100 Chinese blessings in the back, the bridge on Fourth Street where his father died, and his former friend Playa’s house.

But when he finds out that he could’ve done something to stop a terrible thing from happening to Playa, he decides to stop being complacent in his own sadness and do some good in the world. He begins to leave small gifts for everyone in his life, and it is through those acts of kindness that Will is finally able to push past his own trauma and truly begin to live his life again. 


3. Red Velvet — The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Red Velvet aren’t the only girls who know how to shoot a bad boy down.

Lucy Moynihan was chased out of town for accusing the It Boys at her school of rape. When justice slips through her fingers, Grace, Rosina, and Erin decide to take into their own hands and make the devils roaming their school pay.

Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re everygirl. They won’t stay silent or look the other way anymore. And, until the boys (and young men) at Prescott High follow suit, their bodies are officially off limits.


4. TWICE — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

If you love bubblegum bops and sugar-sweet looks, this book is a must

Lara Jean is as ridiculously adorable as she is hopelessly romantic. She has a lucky scrunchie, she can bake a killer snickerdoodle, and there’s a hat box full in her closet of unsent love letters to the boys she’s fallen in (and out of) love with throughout her life. But her five unrequited loves might not stay unrequited after her little sister drops her detailed, swooning odes in the mail to her former crushes. 

Emphasis on former.


5. BlackPink — Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

Babes as badass as the gals of BlackPink are hard to come by. But Las Mal Criadas might just give them a run for their money.

Sixteen-year-old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. Her life is a rinse-repeat cycle of violent throwdowns and late nights at the hottest boydega clubs. But she’s grown tired of the cheap thrills. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To get there, she’ll have to choose whether or not she’s willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants. Can she discover that home is not where you live but whom you chose to protect before she loses the family she’s created for good?


6. ITZY – When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

ITZY is a powerhouse girl group, just like the epic friend group in When We Were Magic!

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.


Don’t stop there! Find out which book pairs best with your fave reality TV show!

There’s nothing like getting so absorbed in a good book that you lose track of time. BUT, if you’re on TikTok, you may have also experienced that quick just-watching-for-a-minute-oh-wait-this-is-so-funny-oh-no-it’s-been-an-hour app check. Friends, allow us to bring your two favorite worlds together—books and hilarious TikToks—with these book recommendations   based on some of the top TikTok trends of this year.

What Book Should You Read Based on Your Favorite TikTok Trend?

1. #YourType – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Your Type trend is fun because you never know fully who or what is being revealed as “Your Type” until the end. Sometimes they’re straightforward or flirty, and sometimes they’re funny—like ones describing a puppy or a pizza.


But if there was one book character who would be all over this trend, it’s Lara Jean Covey from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Lara Jean is a hopeless romantic who writes unsent love letters to all her crushes describing why they’d be perfect together. Let’s face it, Lara Jean basically invented the Your Type trend. She walked so this trend could run. If you haven’t read her story yet (where have you been?!), trust us, it’s your type.


2. #POV – All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick


Can’t get enough of the low-key chilling twists and turns of the ever-expanding Emily universe? Meet Amanda Kelly and Rosalie Bell. Their math teacher isn’t trying to make any moves on them (fortunately), but they are both receiving anonymous texts from a private number who wants to take down real estate heir Carter Shaw. AKA the boy they’ve both been dating without knowing the other girl exists. But being cheated on shapes up to be the least of their worries when their stalker, Private, threatens to turn their lives upside down.


Would come back tomorrow for another part of those #POVs.


3. #IDidABadThing – Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi


If you’ve ever assessed your life choices with a mild sense of hysteria, set to the tune of a jazzy audio meme and adorned with a shameless slew of hashtags (#fyp #foryou #foryoupage #trends #REGRET), do yourself a favor and read Mary H.K. Choi’s Permanent Record

Pablo Rind has done more than just one #BadThing. He has done a seemingly un-get-over-able string of #BadThings, including but not limited to: enrolling at a college he could not pay for, dropping out of said college, buying turntables on a Guitar Center credit card that are now collecting dust under his bed while he dodges calls from a debt collector because he never paid them off, and engaging in an unfathomable flirtation with a world-famous pop star he met while working the graveyard shift at a bodega. But maybe that last one isn’t so bad. Maybe that last one is a good thing and his life is finally turning around?

(We promise that both you and Pablo will feel infinitely better about your life choices by the time you hit the last page).


4. #WhatWouldYouDo – This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher


If you’re on Tik Tok, you may never have seen the TV show “What Would You Do?” but you will recognize the gentle “Excuse me Ma’am, I’m John Quiñones from the TV show What Would You Do?” with your ears plugged. This trend strikes fear into our hearts and makes us paranoid that John Q. could show up anywhere at any time and shine a televised light on any questionable choices. 


In the thriller This Lie Will Kill You, five teens receive an invitation to a mysterious contest in a mansion in the hills, and they realize the secrets of their past won’t stay hidden. I’m not saying John Q. invited them, but if this was a Tik Tok, he would definitely be popping in with an “Excuse me Ma’am” to all the characters throughout this twisty story.


5. #Area51 – Exile from Eden by Andrew Smith


Already nostalgic for the future that never came to pass because the promised hordes didn’t descend upon Area 51 to spring our could’ve-been alien besties from government captivity? First of all, SAME.

But it’s probably for the best given that the aliens most definitely would’ve usurped control of our planet and, if Andrew Smith’s Exile from Eden is any indication, sent us all scampering underground in a desperate play for survival where we would be forced to make our home until it was safe to emerge 16 years later. Granted, the unsuspecting humans in this delightfully bizarre post-apocalyptic romp were contending with horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises instead of aliens, but… same vibe, right?

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If, like me, you became kinda a little obsessed with cults after ripping through Wild, Wild Country last year (seriously how fascinating was Sheela, am I right?!) and you’ve run out of podcasts about mind-blowing blind worship, don’t worry – we have got a cult for you! Check out these four books about escaping cults, teenage girls who could totally grow up to be cult leaders, and realizing you might actually be the thing your cult worships:

4 Books to Read If You’re Kinda Sorta Totally Obsessed with Cults

1. The Sisterhood by A. J. Grainger


Lil is looking for her sister, who vanished without a trace. What she finds is a girl lying in the road near her house. The girl is injured, disoriented, and her arms are covered in strange markings. She claims she’s from a peaceful community called The Sisterhood of Light. But I think we all know that communities with Proper Noun Names are never quite as peaceful as they claim to be…

So, what is she running from? If Lil runs in the opposite direction, will she find her sister? And if she finds her sister, will Mella even want to be un-vanished?


2. The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee


Let’s be real: any town with a local hippie commune – no matter how small it is or how little seems to happen there – is bound to be in for some trouble. But weeks of pink lightning, downpours of bloodred rain, and a countdown clock mysteriously appearing above town hall are definitely outside the usual tensions-with-the-local-cult-reach-a-boiling-point variety of trouble.

It all begins the day Stella and Galliard meet. She’s an aspiring space engineer. He’s an artist who grew up inside of Red Sun. They have one thing in common: their lives are ticking down to some great unknowable end and they have to choose who they want to be when they face it.

And, you know, if they live to tell the tale, they’re gonna have a totally amazing meet cute.


3. Light As A Feather by Zoe Aarsen


Looking for the perfect game for your Sweet Sixteen? Violet’s got you covered: Make up elaborate, creepily specific stories about the totally violent ways in which each of your friends will bite the dust!

Okay, yeah, that sounded just as freaky to McKenna. And it only gets worse when the birthday girl, Olivia, dies a week later… exactly the way Violet predicted she would. If that weren’t suspicious enough, Violet effortlessly claims Olivia’s crown as most popular girl in school even though she’s new in town. It’s up to McKenna to expose the truth about Weeping Willow High’s new It Girl before anyone else meets their predestined end. Shouldn’t be too hard… right?

4. The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale


Craving a little something to feed your cult obsession that doesn’t center around a mysterious, ultra-charismatic egomaniac? Perhaps… a pair of twin sisters abandoned by their father who slowly grew into something not quite human and now feed off of human souls?

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters. When they attacked her home, she was spared and sent to a neighboring village where fear of the soul eaters and the Beast believed to be their master has turned into a kind of worship. Now, she is drawn to the forest where the twins live and can’t fight the feeling that she’s somehow connected to them. (She also, on the DL, has a gift she is keeping all the way under wraps so people don’t think she’s a witch). (So, you know none of this is a coincidence).


Want something a bit more supernatural? Check out these four books with mysterious family curses!


Whether you’re sticking with the survivors you still hold dear until the bitter end or you tapped out with the unceremonious departure of the one you held dearest (?Glenn?), we’ve got just the gritty tale of survival for you. Check out these five books that are sure to grip you by the zombie-loving heart:

5 Books to Read If You Love The Walking Dead

1. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Whacking walkers isn’t exactly a matter of survival for Benny Imura. Since his totally boring brother Tom is already in the business, it’s the easiest gig he can snag now that he’s fifteen and has to hustle for his food rations. But what begins as a yawn-worthy way to earn his keep obviously lands him smack dab in the middle of an apocalyptic nightmarescape that will force him to face an all-too-familiar truth: Sometimes the most terrible monsters are human.


2. Broken Lands by Jonathan Maberry

Are you still looking for something to fill the Carl-shaped hole in your heart? Are you a sucker for a good ‘mom rose from the dead and I had no choice but to put her back in the ground’ storyline? Meet Gabriela “Gutsy” Gomez. She really did try to fly under the radar after burying her mom (the first time), but zombie outbreaks always do come knocking in the end. Or, you know, banging down your door completely.


3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Not all zombies limp and look as though they’ve just crawled out of the ground. The most frightening ones are the ones who don’t have a scratch on them… days after you watch them die. And zombies aren’t the only strange things that come from the woods in Emily Carroll’s bite-sized and hauntingly beautiful graphic stories. If your love for chill-inducing horrors stretches beyond the flesh-eating variety, Through the Woods is a must. The twisty, lovely spooks will give you goosebumps and the art is – excuse the pun – to die for.


4.The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Sometimes there isn’t a whole entire apocalypse when someone comes back from the dead. Sometimes your ex-best friend bites it, suddenly, and then comes back to life… sort of. Dino isn’t totally sure if July is alive, but she definitely isn’t dead anymore. Nothing like a second chance to figure out why your friendship fell apart, right? What could possibly go wrong?


 5.Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

If you, like me, discovered while watching TWD that it isn’t the zombies that make you tune in every week but the way people are tested and reshaped when they find themselves in dire straits, boy, do I have a dystopia for you! It doesn’t always take a monster to bring civilized society to its knees. When a drought takes a turn for the absolute worst, leaving California without a drop of water, Alyssa learns just how quickly, suburban street can turn into a warzone. And, when her parents never return from their hunt to find water, just how far she’s willing to go to protect the family she has left.


Are your survival instincts kicking in yet? If so, check out these awesome books!

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