Excited for the Barbie Movie? Read these.

It’s been months since I’ve been scouring the trailers for Barbie for everything I remember about playing Barbies when I was a kid. So far, I’ve checked off rollerblades, a pink convertible, the splits, toes that won’t not point, and floating down out of the dream house as if by magic.

But that’s not enough. I am a Barbie girl. I need it all. So until that film releases on July 21, I’ll be reading these books to tide me over. If you’re as impatient as I am, then come on, Barbie, let’s go party.

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.