Ever since the release of Harry Styles’ third solo album, Harry’s House, we’ve had it on repeat. This new work mixes elements of old 70s music with funk and pop, a unique direction for Harry, but nevertheless another AMAZING album from him. To celebrate this instantly iconic album we’ve matched books to each of the tracks! Which pairing is your fave?
Books to Read if You Never Want to Leave (or Stop Listening to) Harry’s House
1. “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” – A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Probably one of the best opening tracks to an album I’ve heard, this jazzy, funky song lays out music to listen to while at a restaurant. Harry sings about the love in a relationship with the background of a sushi restaurant. What better book to pair with this song than a fresh take on Romeo and Juliet about two teens who fall in love even though their families own competing pho restaurants.
2. “Late Night Talking” – Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Harry first debuted this incredible song during his headlining show at Coachella which talks all about being so into your partner that you can’t stop thinking about them. The song is about being in constant contact with “your person” and being happier when you’re with them. Penny and Sam’s chance encounter in Emergency Contact is more awkward than a normal meet cute but they exchange numbers and become inseparable via text. Mary H. K. Choi’s debut novel definitely gives off all the vibes you get from “Late Night Talking.”
3. “Grapejuice” – See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon
“Grapejuice” is one of the slower songs on the album, and in it Harry sings about how he loves being with his partner and does not want to go through life without them. In See You Yesterday after Barrett gets stuck in a time loop after a horrific first day of college her only hope is Miles, a guy from her physics class. She realizes that She and Miles have to team up if they want a chance at getting out of the loop, and as they work to figure out a plan they start to fall for each other along the way.
4. “As It Was” – Turning by Joy L. Smith
Even though this track has an upbeat sound, it’s pretty sad when you truly listen to the lyrics as Harry talks about reminiscing and not doing well with change. Genie from Turning can relate to this song because she used to be the star student at an exclusive dance school until a tragic accident confined her to a wheelchair. The future she planned for was taken away leading her to struggle with the drastic changes in her life.
5. “Daylight” – Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
This song very universal all about unrequited love or how someone might push a person despite having feelings for them. A classic trope that is chock full of in Clockwork Angel where Tessa takes shelter at the London Institute and is drawn to Will Herondale. Will holds everyone at arm’s length but Tess can’t help but fall for him anyway.
6. Little Freak – P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Those who love a good ballad the track reflects on a relationship with “the one who got away” and how the relationship was good but slipped through the cracks. The sequel to All The Boys has John Ambrose back in the picture and Lara Jean is not sure if she should let him go again or stay with Peter.
7. Matilda – Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti
This is such a sad but beautiful song inspired by the Roald Dahl character about how complicated family relationships can be. Sydney Reilly has a famous mother who always put her career above her own daughter which makes her hesitant to move back home to San Francisco. She’s trying to rebuild her relationship with her mother but wants to make sure she won’t regret letting it go.
8. Cinema – Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
The whole album has major 70s vibes going on and this song is no exception and talks yearning for someone and asking for anything in return. With a title like Cinema what better book to pair the song than another swoony read from Lynn Painter. Liz is obsessed with romantic comedies and wants her perfect moment with her aloof crush Michael. However when her neighbor Wes helps her get Michael’s attention she discovers how much she likes to be around Wes.
9. Daydreaming – Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle
Prince has always had a crush on Dani so when she agrees to three dates after a not so great first encounter he has until then to make her fall in love with him. This upbeat song would be playing during his head while on the dates with Dani.
10. Keep Driving – How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Everyone loves a good driving tune and while the lyrics are basically nonsense (sorry Harry but at least it’s catchy!) it makes you forget about the world and just focus on what’s in front of you. Moon Fuentez follows her influencer sister on a tour bus traveling across the country. Even though she expects to just be in the background her perspective shift during this trip.
11. Satellite – A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
Arguably the best song on the album is about wanting to be a support system and being loyal even when someone keeps you at a distance. Sticking to the space theme, A Complicated Love Story Set in Space follows Noa as he wakes up on a spaceship with no clue how he got there and encounters DJ and Jenny as they try to figure out what happened. Noa develops feelings for DJ while facing all kinds of dangers and staying alive.
12. Boyfriends – Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch
Even though most songs with “boyfriend” in the title are all about finding one, loving one, or losing one this song speaks about how toxic they can be and his first ever live performance of this track will forever be iconic. Blaine thought he had it all: the perfect boyfriend, great family, and friends but is blindsided when he gets dumped on their year anniversary. In order to get him back, Blaine runs for president to prove he can be the guy Joey wants.
13. Love of My Life – A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
The final track rounds out the album talking not only romantic love but the love of being back at home and while even though you might not be there or visit often it’ll always be there. In A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow Lila plans to stick to her Miami roots but when her life is turned upside down her parents send her off to England for three months.