It’s unlikely that Beyonce has a ton of time to read between promoting her new album, chasing that little kid around, and managing her various endorsements, appearances, and fabulous projects. But at the end of the day, we figure even Queen Bey needs to unwind. Here are seven books we bet you’d find on her bookshelf:
Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
Obviously Blue Ivy needs something to read! This beautiful board book is a hit at my house, and undoubtedly is just as popular at the Knowles/Carter residence. It features a many incarnations of the modern family, with lots of great details for little ones to point out. Rumors are always swirling that Beyoncé is contemplating giving a Blue a brother or sister, and this would be perfect for getting her into the spirit.
Fosse, by Sam Wasson
Can you imagine the “Single Ladies” or “Countdown” videos without their iconic choreography? Beyoncé would not be who she is without her signature moves, which frequently pay homage to famous dancers and choreographers from past eras. Undoubtedly she’d love to learn about the life of the man behind the moves in “Chicago,” “Sweet Charity,” and “Cabaret.”
Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman
Already known for her enviable physique (those thighs!), Beyoncé famously went on a brief sojourn into veganism late last year. How successful her experiment was isn’t clear, but apparently she wore leather pants and cow-print shirts on some of her dinner dates to vegan restaurants. As Bey keeps an eye on her figure and contemplates ditching dairy, meat, and everything else delicious, it’s possible that Skinny Bitch, a vegan-centric guide to looking and being fabulous, may serve as a resource.
Feminism is for Everybody, by bell hooks
Since Beyoncé’s “secret” album dropped, think pieces have been published on Beyoncé’s angle on feminism. Mrs. Carter’s a smartie: regardless of what she sings about or does in her videos, offscreen she’s probably brushing up on feminist thought, especially as it pertains to modern women and women of color. bell hooks (an author with a name as distinctive as Beyoncé’s) brings feminism into the present, aiming to break down barriers within the movement and find alternatives to patriarchal, racist, and homophobic culture.
In Her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner
With a famous sibling known for being a fashion maverick, Beyoncé might enjoy a novel that explores the lives of two very different sisters—with a fashion angle. In this novel, slightly-less-beautiful but much more successful Rose is driven batty by her inconsiderate, flaky, unsuccessful sister, Maggie. Which will everyone’s favorite diva identify with? Neither, of course, because she doesn’t know what it’s like to not be gorgeous and successful. But we bet she still gets it when it comes to sibling relationships: they’re complicated.
Diana Ross: Going Back, by Diana Ross
The hair. The voice. The dresses. The LEGEND. A lot of divas paved the way for Beyoncé, but few seem to play the role of fairy godmother like Ross. When Bey is feeling low, it’s easy to imagine her picking up this colorful scrapbook from Ross’s life and feeling perked up and inspired by her storied career.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die, by Patricia Schultz
Anyone who has seen Beyoncé’s vacation pictures knows that the lady likes to travel, and to do it in style. Next time she’s hankering to get on the private jet and get out of town, she may peruse this best-seller for some ideas.