Fandoms are great, as we here at Bookstr have covered before. They’re all about appreciating your personal interests such as a favorite TV series, musician, or video game. Yet, while dedicating yourself to being a fan of such things is nice, we also have to make room for other hobbies like reading.
And if you’re a bookworm who doesn’t know where to start, you don’t have to look far. We’ve created a list of recommendations based on who you’re currently stanning. From Ariana Grande to Resident Evil, you’re sure to add something new to your bookshelf!
Ariana Grande: One Day in December by Josie Silver
Pop princess Ariana Grande truly never misses when it comes to writing songs about love, heartbreak, and everything in between. It’s fitting then that her music pairs perfectly well with Josie Silver’s 2018 romance novel, One Day in December. The story has its heavy moments, such as a dangerous love triangle between the protagonist and her best friend. But, it also has a touch of sweetness as the characters prove that true love conquers all.
Knives Out: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
If you’re a fan of director Rian Johnson’s film Knives Out and its upcoming sequel (which, let’s face it, everyone is), you are clearly into the whole who-dun-it concept. And that’s exactly what you’ll receive through Ware’s thriller novel, The Death of Mrs. Westaway. You follow Hal, who has just received notice that she is to inherit her rich grandmother’s mansion and belongings. The problem? All of Hal’s grandparents have already passed, leaving Hal to wonder if this is true or just a game she’s willing to play with the Westaway family.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
So, you enjoy all the action, emotion, and characters that make up the MCU? I present to you, V.E. Schwab’s 2013 fantasy novel, Vicious. However, it doesn’t exactly have the selfless superheroes you might find with Spiderman or Iron Man. Instead, it centers on Victor and Eli, enemies who are hungry for revenge. Together in battle, they endanger ordinary citizens, realizing that near-death experiences are what brings on the superpowers. With sidekicks and emotional relationships, this book is the perfect MCU antithesis.
Los Angeles Lakers: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
With any sport, comes the rush of roaring crowds and heart-racing moments as your favorite team is playing. You never know what’s going to happen, you just know you’re excited. This is what Haruki Murakami’s memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, is all about. As he trains for a marathon, the legendary author journals every day about his progress, his love for running, and how he entangles himself in writing about it. It’s emotional, euphoric, and everything sports fans experience when watching live games.
Resident Evil: The Stand by Stephen King
The RE franchise has grown expeditiously over the years. And while the conflict with Mother Miranda isn’t the same as it is with Nemesis and his t-virus, the plots for its games are essentially the same thing: fight this bioweapon in a (somewhat) post-apocalyptic world. If these action-packed, but beautifully detailed, games are your thing, might we recommend Stephen King’s The Stand? The fantasy novel is about a superflu that leaves the protection of a government lab and ends 99% of human life. It’s fight or flight and reveals what people will do to escape another day alive.