10 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

03/05/2014 11:27 am ET | Updated Mar 05, 2014

Have you ever caught yourself sitting in front of the television for hours on end thinking, "Okay, it's really time for me to read a book"? Of course; everyone's done it.

Choosing a book can be hard though. There are just so many out there. Things are about to get a whole lot easier though. Choose your next read based on your favorite TV show. Stories are stories, no matter what medium they're displayed in.

If you watch: "The Big Bang Theory"...


You should read: "The Rosie Project," by Graeme Simsion.

Both are: Stories about intelligent, yet socially-challenged academics who are looking for love.

If you watch: "Sherlock"...


You should read: "The Cuckoo's Calling," by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling.

Both are: Endlessly exciting detective stories that stay mysterious until the very end.

If you watch: "Game of Thrones"...


You should read: "The Name of the Wind," by Patrick Rothfuss (assuming you've already read "A Game of Thrones").

Both are: Tales of incredibly detailed fictional worlds full of heroes, villains and a healthy dose of magic.

If you watch(ed): "Desperate Housewives"...


You should read: "The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, by Duncan Whitehead."

Both are: Chatty, gossipy tales of suburban communities that are far more dysfunctional than they seem at first glance.

If you watch(ed): "LOST"...


You should read: "The Lord of the Flies," by William Golding.

Both are: Suspenseful, allusion-filled tales of what happens when strangers find themselves stranded on an island.

If you watch(ed): "Dexter"... dexterstiff

You should read: "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers," by Mary Roach.

Both are: Stories about death that are quite often funny, in a dark sort of way.

If you watch: "Orange is the New Black"...


You should read: "Bitter is the New Black," by Jen Lancaster.

Both are: Humorous accounts of women who are ripped from their cushy lifestyles and forced to reinvent themselves in less hospitable environments.

If you watch(ed): "Breaking Bad"...


You should read: "Crank," by Ellen Hopkins.

Both are: Proof that meth is not to be toyed with.

If you watch(ed): "American Horror Story: Coven"...


You should read: "The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black," by E.B. Hudspeth.

Both are: Horrifyingly entertaining tales of madmen and beasts, complete with appropriately gruesome imagery.

If you watch: "Downton Abbey" and "The Walking Dead"...


Then you should read: "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

All three are: Deliciously over-dramatic. If you happen to have diverse enough interests to enjoy both "Downton Abbey" and "The Walking Dead," there's really no better choice.

So there you have it; no matter what your television preference is, there's a book out there for you. Put down the remote control and crack open a novel. You'll feel better for it.

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