10 Best Books To Read Based On TV Shows You Like Update 07/2024

Books To Read Based On TV Shows You Like

1. If you loved Mad Men, you should read Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road.

Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road

Frank and April Wheeler from Revolutionary Road are eerily similar to Don Draper and Betty Draper from Mad Men: both are secretly unhappy suburban couples in the 1960s. Like Mad Men, Revolutionary Road captures the era’s booze and sexual politics in stunning detail.

2. If you loved Doctor Who, you should read Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Aliens, space travel, and witty, charming Englishmen are all present in both Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas Adams wrote scripts for Doctor Who and even made references to HHGTTG in the show. If that’s not enough for you.

3. If you loved The Office, you should read Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End.

Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, like The Office, captures the banality of office life while being hysterically funny. Fans of the show will enjoy the office romances, pranks, and offbeat characters found in the book.

4. If you loved Seinfeld, you should read Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint.

You’ll love Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth if you like Seinfeld’s gleeful mining of its characters’ neuroses for comedy gold. Jerry and George’s problems with sexuality and their mother are nothing like Portnoy’s Complaint’s protagonist’s. Raymond Sultan, the author.

5. If you loved Gossip Girl, you should read Zoey Dean’s The A-List. *

Zoey Dean’s The A-List

This world of privilege and drama will be a hit with Gossip Girl fans. Anna, the main character in The A-List, stays true to her Upper East Side roots despite moving to glitzy Beverly Hills.

6. If you loved The Walking Dead, you should read Max Brooks’ World War Z. *

This zombie apocalypse film, like The Walking Dead, is dreadfully grim and grimy. Brooks’ book, like the show, focuses on survivors who, despite all odds, continue to fight for their right to reclaim their world.

7. If you loved Orange Is the New Black, you should read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. *

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

But while both feature strong women who are imprisoned or otherwise thrown into an unfamiliar environment, only one of them is set in a dystopian future. There are real issues that women face both inside and outside of prison, but Orange Is the New Black explores them in a fictional, anti-woman society that will make your blood boil. The Handmaid’s Tale does the same thing but magnifies it. Julia Pugachevsky, author

8. If you loved Game of Thrones, you should read Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. *

The Name of the Wind takes place in a world similar to Westeros, but with a greater emphasis on magic. Rothfuss’ book, like Game of Thrones, features a large cast of likable characters and a compelling plot that will captivate GOT fans. Bonus: You won’t have to watch as many of your favorite characters perish.

9. If you loved Breaking Bad, you should read William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

When Walt spiraled into Heisenberg on Breaking Bad, we were watching a man become a monster, and nothing could stop it from happening. It was inevitable, and that’s what made it so compelling. Another gut-wrenching portrayal of a man who gets more and more blood on his hands while striving for greatness can be found in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. —Raymond Sultan

10. If you loved Sex and the City, you should read Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed. *

Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed

Instead of New York, it’s Philadelphia, and Cannie replaces Carrie, but fans of Sex and the City will recognize the themes and tone of Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed. After learning that her ex wrote an essay about “Loving Larger Women,” Cannie, an astute and sarcastic entertainment reporter, is in a state of shock. Following her ups and downs on all three fronts — emotionally, professionally and romantically — the aftermath is heartwarming and hilarious. It’s an arianna rebatelini

11. If you loved Supernatural, you should read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

American Gods will take readers on a dark and full of pagan gods journey across the United States, similar to that of Supernatural. When Shadow meets creatures who seem to know more about him than he does, much like Sam Winchester did, he learns that his deceased loved ones were hiding dangerous secrets.

12. If you loved Lost, you should read William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

Plane crashes in both Lost and Lord of the Flies leave survivors stranded on an island in the Pacific Ocean. When left to our own devices far from civilization, what happens to our humanity when we are only young British boys is explored in both the book and television series, “Lord of the Flies”.

13. If you loved Pretty Little Liars, you should read Sara Shepard’s The Lying Game. *

Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard wrote The Lying Game, so it should be just as exciting as the PLL television show. PLL fans looking for a new A-like mystery will enjoy The Lying Game’s unexpected plot twists and secrets aplenty.

14. If you loved The Sopranos, you should read Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.

Philip Roth’s American Pastoral and David Chase’s Sopranos, while focusing on a single wealthy New Jersey businessman, are both attempts to tell the story of the country in the 1970s and 1990s through an elegiac and unstintingly close examination. The writer, Matthew Zeitlin, said

15. If you loved The Vampire Diaries, you should read Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods. *

With a similar vampire love triangle and mythology to The Vampire Diaries, Blue Bloods will bring back memories of all the doppelgänger and Original family drama. Because it takes place in Manhattan, it may be even more exciting and fast-paced than the show itself.

16. If you loved Sherlock, you should read Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling. *

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a crime fiction novel about a private investigator who solves a murder in London, much like Sherlock, a crime drama. Does this sound familiar to you? What’s more, Strike, the detective in The Cuckoo’s Calling, has a secretary who’ll remind Sherlock fans of Watson.

17. If you loved House of Cards, you should read William Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Richard III and Macbeth, two of Shakespeare’s plays, were major influences on the show’s original British version. Certainly, Francis Underwood has the makings of a Shakespearean antagonist, and Kevin Spacey has previously been lauded onstage in Richard III, where he no doubt got some practice in before his House of Cards debut. The author’s own words

18. If you loved Girls, you should read Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist.

There will be a lot of discussion about feminism, class and race after reading Girls, and Bad Feminist is a fantastic collection of essays that covers a wide range of those subjects. There’s also an essay about Girls in there. And let’s be honest, this book would be a huge hit with Hannah Horvath. The author’s own words

19. If you loved The Big Bang Theory, you should read Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project.

These two shows are about socially awkward scientists trying to find love, and the hilarious situations that arise as a result of their efforts. Fans of The Big Bang Theory will enjoy The Rosie Project’s nerdy humor.

20. If you loved Downton Abbey, you should read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. *

Jane Eyre is a no-brainer if you enjoy historical fiction with strong romantic undertones and plenty of juicy, dark secrets. It’s ominous, evocative, and ends with a shocking twist. There are also a zillion BBC adaptations to choose from once you’re done. The author’s own words

21. If you loved Once Upon a Time, you should read Enchanted by Alethea Kontis.

As with Once Upon a Time, Enchanted weaves together classic fairy tales to tell a complex single story. Enchanted, on the other hand, features a similar cast of magical characters, making it a no-brainer for Once fans.

22. If you loved American Horror Story: Freak Show, you should read Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love.

Geek Love, a novel about a couple who decide to use drugs and radioactive material to turn their own children into a freak show, will probably appeal to fans of American Horror Story’s storyline following one of the last remaining freak shows in the United States.

23. If you loved Revenge, you should read Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

A classic revenge story, The Count of Monte Cristo served as an inspiration for the film Revenge. In Dumas’ story of a man seeking vengeance for his wrongful imprisonment, fans will recognize Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne’s complex scheme.

24. If you loved Twin Peaks, you should read Tom Robbins’ Still Life With Woodpecker.

For the most part, both Twin Peaks and Still Life take place in wacky, surreal worlds filled with bizarre characters. This film tells a love story between an idealistic environmentalist princess and an outlaw bomber known as the Woodpecker, but it’s one that’s also fraught with peril, intrigue, and a vast international conspiracy. Adrianna Rebolini, the author