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Best Books to Read Based on Your Favorite Beyoncé Era

May 17, 2021
Amelia Ali

It’s been almost 20 years since Queen Bey came on the music scene. Obviously, with each album came a new era defining moment that just so happen to pair perfectly with some must-read books.

Best Books to Read Based on Your Favorite Beyoncé Era

1. Destiny’s Child (back when there four women) — Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather

Facing the Sun demonstrates the highs and lows of friendship. You and your friend group coordinate outfits before you hang in public. Or, you get into a very public friend breakup where you later reconcile and realize you were both foolish. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets The Education of Margot Sanchez in this Caribbean-set story about four friends who experience unexpected changes in their lives during the summer when a hotel developer purchases their community’s beloved beach.


2. The Second Coming of Destiny’s Child — When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

You may have friendships that have since ended. This hurts your heart and you constantly reminisce looking through old photos. Nevertheless, you know how to pick yourself up and bounce back. When We Were Infinite embraces new friendships just like Bey (hello Michelle).


3. The Dangerously in Love Era — These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Are you crazy in love? All the new relationship feelings are in this album. These Violent Delights is just as captivating. A time to fall head over heels in love. Teamwork with your significant other. It’s obviously you both against the world.


4. The B Day Era — SLAY by Brittney Morris

The Latin flair of “Beautiful Liar’ is reminiscent of Kiera Johnson in SLAY embracing herself above all else – especially telling someone “everything you own in a box to the left.”


5. I am… Sasha Fierce Era — Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce era is the most divisive time with proud and intimate reflective moments in equal measure. Legendborn encapsulates the same daring behavior as sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews completely breaks from the previous mold in this twist on the Arthurian classic.


6. 4 Era — Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

Wings of Ebony highlights the artistry of Afroism – both deeply rich and precarious but always energetic. Whether your favorite song is “Run The World (Girls)” or “Love on Top”, Wings of Ebony showcases all the feelings for more growth similar to this era of Beyoncé.


7. Beyonce, the Visual Album Era — Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Do you play by your own rules? Bones of Ruin exemplifies the twists and turns and deeper insight of self. Bones of Ruin centers Gladiator Iris embracing self-love in an unapologetic light. An icy and dark aesthetic all around. Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and The Gilded Wolves.


8. Lemonade, the Empowerment Era — The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

Time to have your heart broken and learn about relationships. The Cost of Knowing highlights the importance of love, family, and legacy and if you want the rollercoaster of emotions reminiscent of Beyoncé’s Lemonade era, this is definitely the book for you. The Cost of Knowing also highlights the artistry emerging from the Black Lives Matter as well.


9. Beychella, the Homecoming Era — Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is perfect for everyone’s inner dancer. A pep rally, a block party, or a homecoming, like this album, Nima Kumara-Clark learns to accept herself and her eccentricities to the fullest.


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