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Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Hereditary, Cloak and Dagger, & More!
Summer’s just around the corner, and that means spending days at the park with a book and nights binging shows in air conditioned comfort. Or vice versa. Really, either way works, and because there are so many amazing books, TV shows, and movies coming out this month, we recommend both. And you can update your playlists at the same time! From Cloak and Dagger to Carry On, and Ocean’s 8 to Degrassi, we’ve got recs for you.
If you’re checking in for the first time, every month we’ll be coming back with new of-the-moment shows, movies, and more, and pairing them with the books we think are perfect for their fans. You can check out the lists for March, April, and May—or just scroll down!

Pop Culture Book Recs: June 2018

Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Hereditary, Cloak and Dagger, & More!

Cloak and Dagger (Freeform)

Two teenagers from very different backgrounds find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love.
Fans of Cloak and Dagger should read Shadow and Bone and This Savage Song!
SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo
An epic conflict between light and dark forces with wicked romantic tension
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha…
THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab
Kate and August struggle, torn between their pasts, futures, and sins
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters…

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.
Fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt should read Notes From My Captivity and The Rest of Us Just Live Here!
NOTES FROM MY CAPTIVITY by Kathy Parks
A one-of-a-kind, quirky story that deals with identity, friendships, and survival
Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college; becoming a revered journalist like her idol, Sydney Declay; and making her late father proud of her. So when Adrienne is offered the chance to write an article that will get her into her dream school about a family of hermits living in the Siberian wilderness, there’s no question that she’s going to fly across the world. Only… she isn’t prepared to find them—and be taken captive…

THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness
Tropes flipped upside-down, bonkers situations, and an extremely lovable cast
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? Sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life…

Timeless (NBC)

An unlikely trio travel through time in order to battle unknown criminals and protect history as we know it.
Fans of Timeless should read Invictus and The Diviners!
INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin
Humor and heart follow a team as they plunder history and protect time
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past…
THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray
A historical setting, murder, conspiracies, and unforgettable characters
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult…

Lucifer (FOX/Netflix)

Lucifer Morningstar has decided he’s had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles—the City of Angels.
Fans of Lucifer should read A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns!
A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES by Krystal Sutherland
Esther’s family’s fate is tied to Death itself, which leads to an emotional journey of self-discovery and finding what it means to really live
Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse so far. But reuniting with an old classmate—and first crush—sparks a journey of self-discovery…

FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao
A villain you want to root for, expansive mythology, clever humor to keep things from getting too dark, and amazing character arcs
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Degrassi (Netflix)

The lives of the kids at Degrassi Community School dealing with the serious and sometimes taboo issues that plague teenagers.
Fans of Degrassi should read Things I'm Seeing Without You and From Twinkle, with Love!
THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU by Peter Bognanni
ALL THE FEELS, love, life, loss, and characters so real they almost hurt
Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails. Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back. Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming…

FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE by Sandhya Menon
A super sweet romance, friendships, film, and the very best kind of drama
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2…

The Bold Type (Freeform)

Jane, Kat, and Sutton work for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. The show explores their outrageous lives in New York City as they learn to find their own voices and explore their sexuality, identity, love, and fashion.
Fans of The Bold Type should read 9 Days and 9 Nights and The Carrie Diaries!
9 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS by Katie Cotugno
A whip-smart contemporary dashed with romance, this book on the older side of YA tackles serious themes with care and a light-hearted tone
Molly Barlow isn’t that girl anymore. A business major at her college in Boston, she’s reinvented herself after everything that went down a year ago… After all the people she hurt and the family she tore apart. In fact, she and her new boyfriend are off on a romantic European vacation together. But there on a tube platform, the past catches up to her in the form of Gabe, her ex, traveling on his own vacation—with his new girlfriend…

THE CARRIE DIARIES by Candice Bushnell
Fashion! Writing! Carrie’s exploring her love life, future career, and more, all set against the drama-filled backdrop of high school
Carrie Bradshaw is a small-town girl who knows she wants more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything…

 

Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Hereditary, Cloak and Dagger, & More!

The Incredibles 2

Mr. Incredible is left to care for the kids while Elastigirl is out saving the world.
Fans of The Incredibles 2 should read Nimona and Carry On!
NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson
Heroes and villains, science and symbolism, a graphic novel with beautiful art
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are…

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
Much like The Incredibles is a tongue-in-cheek break from Marvel & DC angst, this tale of the Chosen One is a breath of self-aware air for any YA fantasy fans
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face…

Hereditary

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.
Fans of Hereditary should read House of Furies and Little Monsters!
HOUSE OF FURIES by Madeleine Roux
A terrifying gothic fantasy with something darker lurking below the surface
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find her way to Coldthistle House. But Mr. Morningside, the house’s mysterious owner, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment…

LITTLE MONSTERS by Kara Thomas
Mysteries, twists, and turns that get more shocking with every page
Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of her old one. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when Kacey’s friend, Bailey, never makes it home from a party…

Ocean’s 8

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.
Fans of Ocean's 8 should read Girls Made of Snow and Glass and Undead Girl Gang!
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
A retelling with a feminist new angle and a large cast of female characters with questionable intentions and impressive depth
At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart…

UNDEAD GIRL GANG by Lily Anderson
Forbidden love in the thralls of a darker world and the weight of sacrifice
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft. So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, she does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life…

Adrift

A young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.
Fans of Adrift should read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and Salt to the Sea!
THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE by Lauren James
A fierce protag’s struggle to survive in the face of isolation and a terrifying setting
The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth. Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing…
SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys
A story that will make you ugly cry with characters you can’t help but love
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety…

Get Pop Cultured With Book Recs for Hereditary, Cloak and Dagger, & More!

APES**T – The Carters

All of my people are free no more
Hop in the whip, wanna see the stars
Sendin’ the missiles off, trickin’ my inhibitions off
Fans of APESHIT should read The Poet X and Anger Is a Gift!
THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about…
ANGER IS A GIFT by Mark Oshiro
Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back…

Dance To This – Troye Sivan feat. Ariana Grande

You know we’ve already seen all of the parties
We can just dance to this
We can just, we can just dance to this
Fans of Dance To This should read If We Were Villains and Places No One Knows!
IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L. Rio
Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night…

PLACES NO ONE KNOWS by Brenna Yovanoff
Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly dull routine. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one.But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life is the same…

King of the Clouds – Panic! at the Disco

I don’t trust anything or anyone, below the sun
And I don’t feel anything at all
I’m King of the clouds, of the clouds

Fans of King of the Clouds should read Dividing Eden and The Cruel Prince!
DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom…
THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King….

In My Blood – Shawn Mendes

Help me, it’s like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can’t, it isn’t in my blood
Fans of In My Blood should read Picture Us in the Light and A Lite Too Bright!
PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core…
A LITE TOO BRIGHT by Samuel Miller
Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle. It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week remains a mystery…

Growing Pains – Alessia Cara

And I guess the bad can get better
Gotta be wrong before it’s right
Every happy phrase engraved in my mind
Fans of Growing Pains should read Girl Made of Stars and The Girl and the Grove!
GIRL MADE OF STARS by Ashley Herring Blake
Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie…
THE GIRL AND THE GROVE by Eric Smith
Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve…

Born to Be Yours – Kygo & Imagine Dragons

I never knew anybody till I knew you
And I know when it rains, oh, it pours
And I know I was born to be yours
Fans of Born to Be Yours should read Wild Beauty and Beautiful Creatures!
WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens…
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. In a town with no surprises, one secret between them could change everything…

The Light Is Coming – Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj

The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
Fans of The Light Is Coming should read The Queen's Rising and Frostblood!
THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross
Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. But her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot brewing…
FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge…


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