Books to read in quarantine based on your favourite TV series!

5 May 2020

Who says watching a series teaches you nothing? The motifs in all of your favourite series are timeless — they seep into literary fields too. Read a book in the same vein as your treasured binge-worthy show to inspire you!

Pile of assorted books on window sill

Here are some recommendations picked by BA English Language and Literature student, Julie Colonna.


If you watched: Peaky Blinders

You’ll like: Zadie Smith


If you watched: Atypical

You’ll like: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon


If you watched: Ru Paul’s Drag Race; Queer Eye

You’ll like: Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; Oscar Wilde


If you watched: 13 Reasons Why

You’ll like: Sylvia Plath’s Ariel


If you watched: Narcos; Money Heist

You’ll like: Oliver Bullough’s Money Land


If you watched: Outlander

You’ll like: Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley


If you watched: Downtown Abbey or Desperate Housewives

You’ll like: Jane Austen; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; Jo Shapcott

(watch the Pride and Prejudice BBC series on Netflix or watch the 2019 film rendition of Little Women)


If you watched: Roots

You’ll like: Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; Toni Morrison


If you watched: Orange is the New Black

You’ll like: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale


If you watched: Lost, Black Mirror

Youll like: William Golding’s Lord of the Flies; J.M. Coetzee’s Foe


If you watched: Revenge; Dynasty

You’ll like: Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Christo


If you watched: The Good Place

You’ll like: Nigel Warburton’s A Little History of Philosophy; Pamela Hieronymi’s What We Owe To Each Other; Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals


If you watched: Jane the Virgin

Youll like: Isabel Allende; Gabriel Garcia Marquez


If you watched: Game of Thrones

You’ll like: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings; Hillary Mantel’s trilogy starting with Wolf Hall


If you watched: You or Dexter

You’ll like: Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment


If you like: Tidying up with Marie Kondo

You’ll like: Beth Kempton’s Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

If you like: Lucifer

You’ll like: Milton’s Paradise Lost


If you like: The Great British Bake-Off

You’ll like: Jill Colonna’s Teatime in Paris


If you like: Mad Men

You’ll like: Richard Yates Revolutionary Road; Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique and Virginia Woolf


If you like: Love is Blind; Love Island; Too Hot to Handle; Sex Education

You’ll like: Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey; D.H. Lawrence; Gustave Falubert’s Madame de Bovary; Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd

Julie Colonna, English Language and Literature student