Books You Should Read Based On Your Favorite TV Show

We all have our favorite TV shows. The shows we cancel plans for when there’s a new episode, the shows we binge watch old seasons of on lazy Friday nights with a pint of ice cream. Unfortunately, all good things must end. If you find yourself mourning the finale of your favorite TV show or simply desperate for a fix in between seasons, check out the list below for books that you’re sure to love based on your taste in TV. While they’re no substitute for the real deal, they’re a close second.

If you like The Walking Dead…

You’re into: zombies, end-of-the-world, a little bit of gore, heroes who save the day

You’re looking for: something with a good cliff hanger and plenty of death and destruction

You should try: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion or World War Z by Max Brooks

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If you like The Bachelor…

You’re into: romance, feel-good vibes, cheesy love stories.

You’re looking for: something cliche that probably involves a handsome bachelor and lots of drama

You should try: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin or Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner.


If you like The Big Bang Theory…

You’re into: socially awkward guys, nerds, easy humor

You’re looking for: something to make you laugh and feel better about your own terribly awkward life

You should try: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky or The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.


If you like Scandal….

You’re into: political backstabbing, steamy love affairs, strong female lead characters.

You’re looking for: something serious and grown up with a romantic side story

You should try: The Affair by Colette Freedman or Tell No Lies by Julie Compton.

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If you like Grey’s Anatomy…

You’re into: complicated relationships, hot sex, girlfriends who drink a lot of wine, medical drama

You’re looking for: either something about best friends getting involved with all the wrong (and eventually the right) men OR something about a tragic accident mixed with a love story that makes you cry

You should try: Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger or If I Stay by Gayle Forman.


If you like NCIS or CSI…

You’re into: crime scenes, murder mysteries, suspense

You’re looking for: something with a plot that makes you think and keeps you on the edge of your seat

You should try: Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser or Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.

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Amanda Tarlton
Amanda is a writer and designer who loves helping people tell their stories and who believes life is better on a yoga mat. She currently works for a tech startup in Baltimore, MD while she pursues her writing dreams on the side and can often be found binge watching The Mindy Project and eating Cheez-its.