Sometimes it’s hard to transition from TV shows to books, especially if you’re not exactly a “reading” type of person. However, there is a whole world of content hidden within the covers of new releases. Therefore, I made a list of book recommendations based on TV shows and movies you can find on Netflix or Hulu. Enjoy!
1. La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) and Peaky Blinders –> SIX OF CROWS BY Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows is my favorite book series, with fascinating three-dimensional characters, a unique and grungy setting, and a fast-paced heist. The book, like La Casa de Papel, features a heist as six fantasy teenagers attempt to break into their world’s version of the Pentagon: The Ice Court. By all accounts, this is an impossible heist, but led by the vengeful and strategic thief Kaz Brekker, the gang of teenagers might just have the chops to make the heist happen without getting themselves killed. The book has similar vibes to Peaky Blinders since the fantasy world in which it takes place seems to be influenced by Gilded Age New York, Amsterdam, and London. Truly, I cannot recommend this book series enough.
2. SHERLOCK –> TRULY DEVIOUS BY MAUREEN JOHNSON
Truly Devious and its follow up books (The Vanishing Stair and The Hand on the Wall) are a fantastic mystery/dark academia series that always left me guessing. This classic mystery follows a girl named Stevie as she begins at a boarding school named Ellingham Academy. The school is for teenagers that are extremely skilled in one trade or another and Stevie is a detective. At the school, she attempts to solve the greatest murder and kidnapping of the 20th century, following a track of clues as the murders begin again. With two mysteries paralleling each other throughout the series, I was always left guessing and wanting more. Trust me, if you want a solid mystery series, Truly Devious is definitely the book you should pick up.
3. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER –> A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC BY VE SCHWAB
While the stories of these two masterpieces aren’t the same, the magic systems are similar, with magic separated into elements: fire, water, earth, air, and (unlike ATLA) blood. While most in the universe of A Darker Shade of Magic can only control one or two of these elements, Kell, the main character of the series, is something called an Antari, able to manipulate all of the above. Kell, as an Antari, travels between three Londons in three different universes: Gray London (our London), Red London (his London), and White London (a London starved and hungry for magic). This book series is fantastic if you like intricately woven, aesthetically pleasing worlds, fiery characters, and a plot that threatens the very fabric of the world.
4. Once Upon a Time –> The Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer
Both of these series are built on fairytale adaptations, The Lunar Chronicles adapting Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. While both series are fairy tale adaptations, The Lunar Chronicles takes a different turn by also melding elements of sci-fi into the story. I highly recommend it if you like classic romances, cool space battles, and moon imagery.
5. Ouran High School Host Club –> The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This four-book series is by far one of my favorites, with a summery, small-town vibe, lovable cast of characters, and beautiful storytelling with loads of vivid imagery. The book series reminds me of the host club because it essentially starts with this girl named Blue Sargent, a daughter in a family of psychics (who is not a psychic), meeting a group of boys known as Raven Boys, a nickname for the kids who attend a private school in town. Blue has always been followed by a prophecy claiming that when she kisses her true love, he will die, but when she discovers that her true love is meant to be this Raven boy named Gansey and when she slowly grows fond of him and his loyal group of friends, adventure ensues. I recommend this series if you enjoy summery vibes, dead welsh kings, and stories of unbreakable groups of friends.
6. Supernatural and The Great Gatsby –> The Diviners by Libba Bray
I couldn’t choose one TV show for this series because there is nothing quite like it on TV. The series follows a dramatic, obscenely extroverted girl named Evie O’Neill in 1920s New York as ghosts haunt the streets. I love this series for too many reasons to count, but I particularly enjoy the diverse cast of characters and perspectives within the series since 1920s New York, as glamourized as it is, was an especially conservative and isolationist period of US history. I highly recommend this series if you like realistic portrayals of the 1920s, terrifying ghosts, and a diverse cast of characters.
7. Game of Thrones –> Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Nevernight is an adult fantasy series following a girl named Mia Corvere on her climb to becoming a renowned assassin and avenging her family. This book series is gritty and (at times) explicit. Mia has the mouth of a sailor and has been called a variety of ugly names due to her boisterous personality and murderous disposition. Personally, I can’t help but love her. With a world inspired by the Roman Republic and magic that seems to be borne of the deepest of darkness, I cannot recommend Nevernight enough. It reminds me of Game of Thrones more due to its vibes and adult nature than its plot, but I am positive that Game of Thrones fans will fall in love with this wonderful fantasy series!
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower –> The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Excluding the actual book for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I also recommend to fans of the movie, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is similar in the sense that the main character prefers to observe rather than actually participate in its surroundings. The main character of the book, a Canadian teen that is forced to move to Austin, Texas, is hilariously sarcastic and snarky, jotting down ideas and observations on the rest of the teenagers surrounding him. However, as he gets to know these teenagers, he starts growing attached. I recommend this series if you want a light, contemporary high school series with characters that are more than their usual high school stereotypes.