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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.