We’re nearing the end of the summer season, and in light of today being National Book Lovers Day (yes, this is a real thing—are you truly surprised?), we’re letting you know that there’s still time to tick off ‘Read a book’ on your summer bucket list. Now the resounding question of what to read… Since there’s arguably nothing worse than an impulsive and panic-induced purchase, we’re here to help you out. We’ve catered a list of what books to read based on what song you just can’t get enough of. Think of it as your very own, hand-selected, personalized playlist—but for books.
Anyone hooked to the ingenious pop-folk stylings of Maggie Rogers will want to grab a copy of Where the Crawdads Sing. If you love Rogers’ use of nature-inspired samples or elements, you’ll have an appreciation for books setting, and for the protagonist, Kya Clark, a reclusive and so-called ‘Marsh Girl’, who befriends gulls and learns lessons through her environment.
If you’ve been bopping to Lizzo, you probably don’t let anyone rain on your parade, and likely seek out content that makes you feel unapologetically good about yourself. City of Girls not only provides the glamorous and adventurous narrative one would hope to expect with 1940s New York, but explores a young woman’s discovery that you don’t have to be a socially-considered “good girl” to be a good person. Preach.
Communication issues are always the downfall to any kind of relationship. So, if you’ve been vibing to “Talk” to get you through your relationship woes, we recommend picking up a copy of Normal People as your next cathartic step. This novel follows the role-reversing, roller-coaster ride that is Connell and Marianne’s magnetic albeit tumultuous relationship.
If you can’t get over the impeccably on-brand, true-to-the-times soundtrack of Tarantino’s latest flick, or if you have a renewed interest (or just morbidly curious) with the Manson family, then you owe it to yourself to read The Girls by Emma Cline. Written from the perspective of a fictional Manson cult member, Evie Boyd, you’ll be taken through the eerie yet captivating narrative of one of the most feared cults in American history.
Girl in red’s, “i need to be alone,” swirls around the topic of wasting one’s life in trivial pursuits and conversations, leading to the desire of being left alone. If you consider trivial things to be over-the-counter pills and an unconditional love for a “good strong American sleep,” then My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh is the book for you With her outwardly perfect life, one would think the unnamed heroine of this book, would revel in all that lie within her fingertips. But like girl in red, the narrator can’t seem to fill the hole that’s in her heart.