How To Satisfy Your Addiction To Westeros

06/30/2014 03:00 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2014

It's been a week and winter is no longer coming. Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones or are sick of hearing everyone talk about it, the fact remains that the ubiquitous cultural phenomenon is going dormant for the next ten months.

My mother, who also watches the show, calls it Breasts and Beheadings. Maybe that's why you watch it, or maybe you watch it for the gritty medieval setting, or the political intrigue, or the morally ambiguous characters. There are a multitude of reasons why the narrative has captivated millions of people.

And so, if you're going into withdrawal, here are some narratives that might tide you over and push some of the same buttons for you until winter comes again:

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

This one is almost cheating, but I felt obligated to start the list out with it. From the R.R in Martin's own name to his choice of sidekick characters (a chubby companion named Samwise turned into a fat friend named Samwell...) the story isn't exactly subtle in its source material.

The Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon

Which GOT buttons it will push: historical intrigue, devious characters, sex, warfare, landscapes of the UK, and books that goes on for hundreds of pages with no end in sight. As a bonus, this one also has a TV series, coming out later in the summer!

Graceling and Fire by Kristen Cashore

Which GOT buttons it will push: these books, which are loosely connected but can be read as standalones, are GOT if Arya was the sole protagonist and had been old enough to notice Gendry. Fire, in particular, captures the feeling of a kingdom in upheaval with a rich, tragic back-story. There is a third book, Bitterblue, that doesn't quite possess the magic of the first two, but I should mention that it exists. If you're going to read only one, read Graceling or Fire.

The President's Vampire series by Christopher Farnsworth

Which GOT buttons it will push: the breakneck action, the whimsy, the occasional camp. This Regular-Joe-Rises-To-The-Occasion narrative is simultaneously as silly as it sounds and surprisingly better than it sounds. Set in modern day, with the White House as its base, it will appease both the side of you that follows GOT for the political intrigue and the side that just wants to see something crazy happen.