If you’re like me, then you’ve banked at least 200 hours on Animal Crossing New Horizon BEFORE the recent update and DLC drop. There are so many Animal Crossing villagers – 397 villagers, to be exact, and the new update gave us 24 new ones for us to invite to our islands. So, pick your favorite AC villager, and add these books to your TBR!
All villager images from animalcrossing.fandom.com.
Pick Your Fave Animal Crossing Villager and Get a Book Rec
1. Lucky – Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
Lucky is a mummified, undead dog with the lazy personality. I like to think if the Revenant, the sassy spirit that Artemisia wields in Vespertine, were a villager, it would look something like Lucky. Much like the mystery of Lucky’s true appearance beneath the bandages, we don’t know much about the Revenant, including what it looks like or how it came to be.
2. Coco – Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Such a unique villager, Coco is a normal bunny made of clay, with two large black holes for eyes. Sia’s story begins when she decides to go into the desert to light San Anthony and la Guadalupe candles to guide her mom home, whom she believes to be dead. But then, a blue-lit spacecraft lands in front of her, carrying her mom, who is very much alive.
3. Sasha – Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Sasha is a very new villager to the Animal Crossing world, and his reveal blew every fan’s mind when Sasha, a very feminine-facing villager, turned out to be a boy! Sasha is too cute, and if you love his gender-breaking features, you’ll love Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens.
4. Walt – Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
Walt is a badass looking Kangaroo with the cranky personality. He looks like he’s always ready for a fight, and with his white scar, I’m sure he’d win! He would be a great addition to the Scarlet Gang as Juliette’s righthand man in Our Violent Ends. In the sequel to These Violent Delights, Juliette and Roma fight to regain their city from the monsters holding it captive.
5. Zucker – Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Zucker is definitely one of my favorite villagers. Modeled after the Japanese snack, Takoyaki (a fried ball of dough commonly filled with minced octopus), Zucker is adorably unique. If you love Zucker as much as I do, you’ll need to read Starfish. This book follows Kiko, who feels as though she does not quite understand her Japanese heritage, as she leaves her small town to tour art schools on the west coast.
6. Fauna – Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Fauna is the cutest normal deer there is in Animal Crossing, and she is a huge fan-favorite. She is also a villager all booklovers could relate to, as she can be found wandering around always with a book. Fauna gives me major Tessa Gray vibes, the book-loving heroine in Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel.
7. Shino – Shine by Jessica Jung
Shino is another completely new deer villager to Animal Crossing, and she is ADORABLE. With a peppy personality, Shino’s dream is to be a pop-star, much like Rachel Kim in Shine. Rachel is willing to give everything to be a K-Pop star, and she wonders if she’s strong enough to make it.
8. Tia – A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
Tia is a normal elephant whose head is in the shape of a tea kettle. Can that be any cuter?? What better book to pair than Laura Taylor Namey’s A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. Lila is a coffee-drinking Cuban American who is forced to spend the summer in England. But when she meets Orion, she realizes England has more to offer than she imagined: the tea, the food…and the boy.
9. Marshal – Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Marshal is a squirrel with the smug personality. This means he’s polite and gentleman-like. He would love to live in Edwardian London and would fit in well in Chain of Gold.
10. Ione – Starling by Isabel
Ione is yet another new villager to Animal Crossing, and she is giving me major galaxy vibes. Ione is literally made of stars, just like Starling Rust. Starling is not of this world, and Delta and Bee go to incredible lengths to protect their mystical visitor.
11. Raymond – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Raymond has a huge fanbase in the Animal Crossing community, and I can see why. Dapper in his suit and glasses, Raymond is a smug villager who values politeness and preciseness. If Silas in the Sorcery of Thorns was a villager, he would definitely be Raymond. Always polite and put together, Silas is Nathaniel Thorn’s demon-servant who the reader can’t help but love.
12. Stitches – Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza
Stitches is an adorable stuffed cub villager – his colorful limbs are all sewn together with stitches, making him a walking talking teddy. Too cute! He gives me major Blob Ghost vibes from Beetle and the Hollowbones. Beetle fights to protect Blob Ghost’s home in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel.
13. Judy – Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Looking at Judy’s eyes, you’ll understand why I’m recommending Starry Eyes if you love this villager. Judy is a cub with a snooty personality, and she literally has stars in her eyes. Starry Eyes is an enemies-to-lovers that will have you swooning.
14. Ribbot – The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Ribbot is one of 3 robotic villagers. Obviously designed after a robot, Ribbot is a frog villager with the jock personality. If you love Ribbot or any of the other robot villagers, you’ll love The Infinity Courts. When Nami dies, she awakens in the afterlife to find it has been taken over by an evil AI queen. Interacting with a ton of AI-individuals, Nami fights so that humanity has a chance of an afterlife.
15. Rocket – Cursed by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler
Rocket is part of the team of super hero villagers. A gorilla with the sisterly personality, Rocket is tough and has a caring, protective nature. If you love Rocket, you’ll love Cursed. Just like Rocket, Nimue is tough as she wields a sword meant for the true king, battles paladins, and struggles to unite her people.
16. Clay – Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Clay is another super unique villager. Modelled on Japanese dogu (small figurines made of clay), Clay is a hamster with the lazy personality. Theodora in Lady Rogue would love to acquire a relic like Clay; after all, she’s always dreamed of being a treasure-hunter just like her father. And when her dad disappears, she must journey into Romania to rescue him.
17. Petri – Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
Petri is yet another new villager to Animal Crossing (they really outdid themselves with these new releases!) Named after a petri dish in the lab, Petri is a mouse with the snooty personality. Blood Like Magic is a unique blend of fantasy and sci-fi—it blends magic with science and technology in such an interesting way.
18. Whitney – Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
Whitney is a longtime favorite villager. A snooty wolf villager, she appeared in the Animal Crossing movie, Dobutsu no Mori. If you love this classic villager, you’ll love the book, Better Than the Movies, a book that combines classic rom-coms into a unique, fun romance.