If You’re Streaming This, Read That! Book Recs Based on What You’re Watching

We’d like to applaud you for staying at home. We know it’s not easy. Chances are you’ve watched every show you can think of in week one of social distancing. But maybe you’d like a break from the TV now? Maybe you’re feeling inspired and want to read?! Yeah? We were hoping you’d say that! Allow us to introduce recommendations inspired by some of your current Netflix faves. Still not over Love Is Blind? We’re not either, but we’ve got a book for that . . . and more!

If you loved Tiger King, read Wilder Girls.

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls

By Rory Power

Tiger King follows Joe Exotic, an exotic animal breeder and farmer who hires a hit man to take out one of his biggest opponents. Entertaining (but heavy) stuff. While Wilder Girls has nothing to do with exotic animals, it does focus on the human heart and the power to persevere, something our protagonist Hetty has in common with Joe Exotic. Wilder Girls follows three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school (also very timely), and the lengths the others will go to to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears.

If you loved Elite, read One of Us Is Next.

One of Us Is Next

One of Us Is Next

By Karen M. McManus

Netflix’s Elite gives Gossip Girl a serious run for its money. Following three public school students who are transferred to a prestigious private academy, Elite is a ticking time bomb that ultimately results in a murder. Need we say more? If the drama and murder mystery on Elite gave you goosebumps and you’re ready for more, may we suggest One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus. In this highly anticipated, #1 New York Times bestselling sequel to One of Us Is Lying, there’s a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there’s a whole new set of rules.

If you loved The Witcher, read Blood Heir.

Blood Heir

Blood Heir

By Amélie Wen Zhao

The Witcher takes place in a world of dragons, witches, faeries, and any other creature you can imagine. The series is centered around a noble monster hunter who’s simply trying to survive in this high-stakes world filled with giant killer spiders. Blood Heir doesn’t hold back either! This fantasy epic is about a princess with supernatural abilities who embarks on a journey to clear her name for her father’s murder.

If you loved Next in Fashion, read Spin the Dawn!

Spin the Dawn

Spin the Dawn

By Elizabeth Lim

Next in Fashion is Netflix’s Project Runway–like competition. Spin the Dawn is a fantasy thriller that has been described as Mulan meets Project Runway. Maia pretends to be a boy to compete against twelve other hopefuls for the role of imperial tailor. Their final challenge is to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars.

If you loved Love Is Blind, read 19 Love Songs!

19 Love Songs

19 Love Songs

By David Levithan

Love Is Blind is undoubtedly one of Netflix’s most relevant reality shows. Multiple men and women are coupled in pods where they can only speak but aren’t able to see each other. 19 Love Songs isn’t a competition, but it includes displays and accounts of love that’ll make you swoon.

If you loved On My Block, read Who Put This Song On?

Who Put This Song On?

Who Put This Song On?

By Morgan Parker

On My Block is a slice-of-life series that follows several black and latinx teenagers growing up in urban LA during the ’90s. Who Put This Song On? follows seventeen-year-old Morgan as she struggles with adolescence, anxiety, and depression in the midst of white suburbia. An honest and earnest account of what it means to be a black teen in a world you barely understand, the two are a perfect match.

If you loved Castlevania, read Vampire High.

Vampire High

Vampire High

By Douglas Rees

Castlevania is Netflix’s breakout anime based on the ’80s video game of the same name. The series follows a ragtag trio on a quest to save the world from the clutches of the blood thirsty Dracula. Vampire High’s central theme is . . . well, survival. Cody Elliot, the new kid in school, can’t quite seem to fit in. Maybe it’s because he’s one of the few humans who walk the halls of Vampire High!

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