Share 14 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

14 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

Tolani Osan joined Simon & Schuster’s Associate’s Program in 2015 where she spent her first rotation in S&S publicity. She recently earned a Master’s in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. She also founded and runs women’s interest blog,, and writes on topics such as fashion, food, perpetual “singledom”, and feminism. You can enjoy her musings about pop culture, fashion, and literature on twitter @dresscapades  

For every scandalous, heartrending, on-the-edge-of-your-seat-thrilling television show, there’s a fantastic book that’s sure to please fans while they await a new episode or season. Book lovers and shameless TV bingers can unite with this list of book recommendations inspired by some of the best shows on TV.

Madam President
by Nicolle Wallace

For fans of “Scandal”

Charlotte Kramer, the 45th President of the United States, has all the zeal, exploit, and secrets of “Scandal's” Olivia Pope. On the very day a network news is invited to document a day the life of President Kramer, five major attacks are leveled on US soil. Will the president’s secrets remain hidden in the face of the country’s possible downfall?

Little Green
by Walter Mosley

For fans of “Luke Cage”

If you’ve managed to binge Netflix’s “Luke Cage” already, you may have glimpsed Luke reading Walter Mosley’s LITTLE GREEN in Pop's Harlem barbershop. Luke and LITTLE GREEN’s Detective Easy Rawlins have a lot in common. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection and returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of the Sunset Strip.

King Lear
by William Shakespeare

For fans of “Empire”

The phenomenal reception of “Empire ” is proof that all the elements of a William Shakespeare tragedy—greed, betrayal, scandal—still win with audiences today. Shakespeare’s enduring play KING LEAR depicts the king’s descent into madness after foolishly bequeathing his estate to two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all.

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

For fans of “The Walking Dead”

While “The Walking Dead” hero Rick Grimes and his gang are keeping hope alive but losing their grip fast after a zombie apocalypse, STATION ELEVEN’s Kirsten Raymonde and her band, the Symphony, have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive after a mysterious pandemic has ravaged civilization.

Of Love and Shadows
by Isabel Allende

For fans of “Jane the Virgin”

With love triangles, crime lords, and baby mama drama, “Jane the Virgin” is a fount of jaw-dropping twists and turns—and Isabel Allende’s OF LOVE AND SHADOWS is the perfect companion read. Irene, a journalist, and her partner, Francisco, are an unshakeable team on the brink of uncovering an unspeakable crime—and they will risk everything for justice and, ultimately, embrace the passion that binds them.

Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

For fans of “The Affair”

There are two sides to every story—and the psychological drama “The Affair” explores that quite creatively. FATES AND FURIES is perfect for fans of dramatic romances told from alternating perspectives. At the core of this expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents a dazzling examination of a marriage over the course of 24 years.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
by Issa Rae

For fans of “Insecure”

Issa Rae is awkward . . . and black, which is, in the opinion of her peers, a very unfortunate combination. This is made plain in her new TV show “Insecure ” and her New York Times bestseller THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL. In this memoir-guide hybrid, Issa humorously illuminates what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson

For fans of “American Horror Story”

Though visually stunning, “American Horror Story” is pure nightmare fuel. Borrowing from the classic horror tropes that precede it, AHS is comparable to Shirley Jackson’s classic supernatural thriller THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. Four seekers arrive at the notoriously unfriendly Hill House, where they experience powerful encounters with inexplicable phenomena. (shudders)

The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey

For fans of “Once Upon a Time”

If you’re over the age of 11 and still obsess over fairy tales, odds are you’re a loyal viewer of “Once Upon a Time.” In between episodes, you’ll love Eowyn Ivey’s retelling of a classic Russian fairy tale. During the season’s first snowfall, a childless couple builds a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone—and they glimpse a young girl running through the trees. As with all fairy tales, however, things aren’t always what they appear.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
by Carrie Brownstein

For fans of “Portlandia”

Carrie Brownstein, who produces, writes, and stars in the sketch comedy series “Portlandia,” proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the 1990s punk rock era’s flourishing music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series years later.

The Girl in the Spider's Web
by David Lagercrantz

For fans of “Mr. Robot”

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, and Elliot Alderson, vigilante hacker of “Mr. Robot,” would make the ultimate hacker dream team. Both genius hackers are forced to face a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives. While you wait for season three of “Mr. Robot,” revisit Stieg Larsson’s gripping Millennium series.

by Stephen King

For fans of “Stranger Things”

Teeming with the best kind of ‘80s nostalgia, the perfect follow-up read to this summer’s Netflix hit “Stranger Things” is Stephen King’s classic thriller IT. Seven adults are forced to revisit the horrors they once experienced when they were teens, battling an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. With the town’s terrible history repeating, they must once again face the evil monster.

You'll Grow Out of It
by Jessi Klein

For fans of “Inside Amy Schumer”

Jessi Klein is one of the geniuses behind the sidesplitting sketches on “Inside Amy Schumer.” Before all her television success, she grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity. In her memoir, Klein offers a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on her journey to womanhood and beyond.

The Children's Crusade
by Ann Packer

For fans of “This Is Us”

The "This Is Us" craze won't soon die down as the new hit drama continues to deliver twist after mind-blowing twist. If you're looking for a family saga companion read, Ann Packer's THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE, like “This Is Us,” is of the "tour de force" variety. This deeply affecting novel explores the secrets and desires of one California family over the course of five decades.

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