I love living vicariously through my favorite celebrity couples – movie premieres, world tours, vacations in the south of France. You name it, I’ve (fake) done it! Following their glamorous lives allows me an escape from my slightly less glamorous one, similar to the ways in which books let me romp through new and exciting worlds of romance, intrigue and anything else I can imagine. So it only seems logical that our favorite celebrity couples reveal some insight into our literary tastes, right? With that thought, read on to find out what bookish world you should dive into based on the celebrity couples you love to love.
If you love Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn, read The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
You probably know Ed Sheeran, but you might not know his wife, Cherry Seaborn. Ed and Cherry met in high school. But it wasn’t until he returned home to England to reconnect with his roots that the two fell in love. The tender love story between Annika and Jonathan in The Girl He Used to Know reminds me of this real-life couple. After their college romance falls apart following a tragedy, Annika and Jonathan lose touch, but never forget one another. When their paths cross 10 years later, Annika sets out to prove to Jonathan that the mistakes she made in the past aren’t who she is today and that if he’ll let her, she’ll spend the rest of her life showing him that she never stopped – and never will stop – loving him. Cue Perfect by Ed Sheeran.
If you love Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, read Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This legendary rock ‘n’ roll couple deserves only the buzziest, juiciest rock ‘n’ roll epic of the year, Daisy Jones & The Six. Written as an oral history, this headbanging story takes us through the supersonic rise and fall of the titular band, Daisy Jones & The Six. It’s rife with everything we love about the ’60s — sex, drugs, drama, and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll. You won’t be able to put down this compulsive read, and I don’t think Lindsey and Stevie would want you to either.
If you love Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, read A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
If you love this couple, you should definitely dive into the sweeping world of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. Martin’s characters jump off the page, and his ability to craft an epic high fantasy is mind-blowing. Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark on the HBO adaptation, has openly expressed her love for Martin’s series. But no one loves A Game of Thrones as much as her husband, Joe Jonas, who signed a waiver just to get on set to witness the filming of the final season. He even dressed up as Sansa for Halloween – now that’s dedication.
If you love Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I know what you’re thinking: “An epic fantasy series for Kim and Kanye? That’s so not Kim and Kanye.” Hear me out: This is the most extra book series of all time, much like Kim and Kanye are the most extra couple of all time. Sarah J. Maas, much like Kim and Kanye, has built an empire in her series that follows the fierce assassin Celeana through seven books, dozens of characters, a collection of novellas, a coloring book and a pronunciation guide. But you’ll want to savor every last bit of the Throne of Glass series once you delve into Celeana’s story, wherein she takes on the battle to become the King’s personal assassin… but learns some dark secrets about herself and her enchanted homeland along the way.
If you love Chip and Joanna Gaines, read 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
How could I not choose a rom-com about home repair for the king and queen of HGTV? Darcy has always had a forbidden crush on her twin brother’s best friend, Tom. Even after traveling the world and surveying the many fish in the sea, she still dreams of Tom. Luckily, when Darcy and her brother inherit their grandmother’s ramshackle cottage, they have to enlist the help of their local house-flipper (Tom!) to get it back in shape. As the two spend time together – painting, welding, all that romantic stuff – sparks begin to fly, and Darcy decides it’s time to make Tom hers.
If you love Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, read The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Gisele and Tom are an iconic NFL couple. Gisele attends almost all of Tom’s games, has matching T-shirts for their entire family and is pretty much my life goal. She’s his good luck charm – just like Lilah is for Ethan in The Good Luck Charm. Lilah and Ethan were high school sweethearts, but when he got drafted into the NHL his career took over and the two parted ways. Years later, Ethan has been traded to his home team, which means he’s back in town… and wants Lilah back. But when the two come together again, Lilah can’t help but wonder if Ethan wants to be with her because he loves her or because she’s his good luck charm.
If you love George and Amal Clooney, read The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
There’s only one person who can outshine American movie star George Clooney, and it’s Amal. She is possibly one of the most empowering, ambitious and elegant women in popular culture at this moment, so it’s only fitting that the book to represent her partnership be just as strong as she is – and I’m sure George would agree. The Female Persuasion follows the story of college student Greer and her unlikely bond with 63-year-old Faith. Struggling to balance her education, her boyfriend and her ambitions, Faith helps Greer carve her own path and reminds her that it’s possible to be many things at once.
If you love Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi, read Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
I am a devoted fan of The Ellen Show and have heard Ellen refer to Portia many a time as her princess. Portia is, of course, not actually a princess – but Millie’s university roommate Flora is! In fact, she’s the princess of Scotland. At first, Millie can’t stand Her Royal Highness, but their quippy banter quickly turns into steamy flirtation. And soon Millie is wondering: With a princess by her side, could a fairy tale ending be far behind?
If you love John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, read Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend want you to live your best life, and living your best life involves eating the best food. Thankfully, Chrissy has you covered with her very own cookbook that boasts a delightful array of recipes ranging from down-home comfort foods like blueberry pie to brighter, veggie-filled dishes like Chrissy’s very own Pad Thai carbonara. After you chef it up in the kitchen, you’ll be wishing you could invite this lively couple over to enjoy dinner with you!
If you love Nicola and David Yoon, read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Frankly in Love by David Yoon
You might not know this literary couple, but you should. They are absolutely, positively, heart-burstingly adorable. Both of their books, The Sun is Also a Star and Frankly in Love, are based on their own relationship and their experience as a multiracial couple. Their tender love stories highlight important themes of self-acceptance, facing racism and the universal desire to love who you want to love. After you finish these books, be sure to read their acknowledgments and feel your heart swell.
If you love Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, read The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Meghan Markle is pretty much the Mia Thermopolis of the modern age, so if you have an obsession with this royal couple (like I do) it’s almost required that you read The Princess Diaries. You may have seen the delightful Anne Hathaway movie, but there is so much more of regular-teenager-turned-stunning-princess Mia to love in Meg Cabot’s series. You’ll be jealous of Mia’s glamorous royal life with her charming prince and feisty grandma, so much so that you might just book a flight to England to see if you can nab a prince yourself.
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