BooksBooks28 Books To Read Based On The Shows You Binge-Watched This YearIt's always "Netflix and chill" and never "crack open a book and chill."By by Kirby BeatonBuzzFeed Staff and by Arianna ReboliniBuzzFeed News ReporterPosted on December 14, 2020, 8:07 pmTwitterFacebookLink 1. You watched: Schitt's Creek CBC / Via everettcollection.com, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt You should read: The Wangs vs. the World by Jade ChangWhat it's about: Charles Wang, a Chinese immigrant with a cosmetics empire, suddenly finds himself bankrupt and carting his kids — amateur comedian Andrew and fashionista Grace — and their stepmother to his eldest daughter's hideout in New York. Along the way, he'll have to figure out what's more important — keeping his fractured family together or reclaiming his pride back home in China?Similarities: Riches to rags, dysfunctional family, heartfelt humor 2. You watched: The Umbrella Academy Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Doubleday Books You should read: Meddling Kids by Edgar CanteroWhat it's about: The year is 1990 and the Blyton Summer Detective Club (the best teen detectives in their small town) haven't seen each other since their last case in 1977. Now all grown up and dealing with (or, in some cases, not) their individual issues, the gang heads back to Blyton Hills to face the nightmares from their past. But this time, it might not be just a guy in a mask.Similarities: Dysfunctional gang, ghost friends, supernatural forces 3. You watched: The Boys Amazon / Via everettcollection.com, Tor Books You should read: Vicious by V.E. SchwabWhat it's about: College roommates Eli and Victor share an interest in artificial superpowers and when these brilliant minds turn their theory into reality, things don't go as planned. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison to find his friend-turned-foe, who has dedicated his life to eradicated all of the superpowered people he created. A story of two powerful men fueled by betrayal and revenge — with a little comic-book action thrown in.Similarities: Superheroes gone bad, revenge, betrayed friendships 4. You watched: The Undoing HBO, Crown Publishing You should read: Lost You by Haylen BeckWhat it's about: For the first time since her husband's split, Libby decides to take her young son Ethan on vacation. When Ethan wanders out of view in the large resort, Libby panics, frenzied, because she hasn't told anyone the full story of what happened when Ethan was born. Hotel security discovers Ethan holding the hand of a woman, and when the police questions who she is and why she has Ethan, the woman claims to be his mother. The problem? Each woman claims she is the rightful mother.Similarities: Whodunit, unreliable narrator, motherhoodMore reading: 15 Thrillers To Read If You Breezed Right Through The Undoing 5. You watched: The Haunting of Bly Manor Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Del Rey You should read: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-GarciaWhat it's about: Set in 1950s Mexico, glamorous debutante Noemí sets off for the countryside house of High Place, where her cousin has just married a mysterious Englishman and is convinced her new home will be her doom. Noemí finds High Place both terrifying and alluring and with the help of the family's youngest son, she sets about unearthing the home's dark secrets.Similarities: Different time period, spooky house, creepy mystery 6. You watched: Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon / Via everettcollection.com, Henry Holt Company You should read: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiWhat it's about: Magic in Orïsha has been wiped out, but Zélie still remembers when people could control fire, water, and even bone. With magic gone, the cruel king was able to wipe out the maji, including Zélie's mother. But now Zélie finds herself the only person able to bring magic back to her land, so with the help of her brother and a rebellious princess, she sets off to avenge her mother — and her people.Similarities: Elemental magic, tragic villain, long journeyMore reading: Reveal Your Avatar: The Last Airbender Opinions And Get A YA Book Recommendation 7. You watched: Outer Banks Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Delacorte Press You should read: We Were Liars by E. LockhartWhat it's about: The Sinclair family spends every summer together on their private island, but eldest grandchild Cadence knows this "happy family" is just a facade. When she's fifteen, Cadence suffers a head injury, loses all memories of the summer, and doesn't return to the island for two years. When she does, she finds that her closest cousins — "The Liars" — act strangely around her and a dark family secret looms over her head. But as Cadence regains her memories of that summer, she'll find that they reveal a life-shattering truth.Similarities: Family secrets, close friend group, island setting 8. You watched: The Crown Netflix, Simon & Schuster You should read: Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words by Andrew MortonWhat it's about: Morton's thorough and dishy biography — written with Diana's cooperation and input — was a huge sensation when it came out in 1992, offering an up-close-and-personal account of Diana's life and experience with the royal family. The 25th anniversary edition is updated with new information pulled from Morton's records.Similarities: Princess Diana, scandals and secrets 9. You watched: Dash & Lily Netflix, Roaring Press You should read: Now That I've Found You by Kristina ForestWhat it's about: Evie Jones is Hollywood's next big star at just 18 years old — until she's blacklisted by a close friend. To save her career, Evie plans to make a public appearance with America's most beloved actress: her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. But a huge problem arises: Days before the appearance, Gigi disappears. Evie enlists the help of a cute musician named Milo Williams, and together they venture across New York City in search of Gigi, meeting adventure and romance along the way.Similarities: New York, adventure, mysteryMore reading: 15 Young Adult Rom-Coms Every Dash & Lily Fan Should Check Out 10. You watched: Never Have I Ever Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers You should read: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. PanWhat it's about: When Leigh's mother dies by suicide, her grief over not being there — and instead having her first kiss — convinces her that her mother has come back as a bird. Meanwhile, her father, who is white, takes Leigh to meet her maternal grandparents in Taiwan for the first time to experience her mother's roots. There, Leigh will have to come to terms with her grief, her identity, and her relationships.Similarities: Loss of a parent, racial identity, teen love 11. You watched: Money Heist Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Spectra You should read: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott LynchWhat it's about: Locke has been an orphan since he can remember, but he uses his cleverness, thievery skills, and mastery of disguise to survive on the streets. He soon joins a crew known as "The Gentleman Bastards," and becomes one of the city's most famous (and mysterious) conmen. But when Locke and his gang become tangled up in a plot to overthrow the ruthless leader of Camorr's seedy underworld, he'll have to use all his skills to play the game — or die trying.Similarities: Elaborate heists, lovable criminals, unexpected deaths 12. You watched: The Good Place Colleen Hayes / NBC, Quill Tree Books You should read: They Both Die at the End by Adam SilveraWhat it's about: In a world where you get a call the day you're going to die, Mateo and Rufus have both received their Death-Casts on the same day. Both unsure how to spend their last day, they turn to an app called Last Friend, which matches them together. Although they come from very different backgrounds, they discover that it's possible to live an entire lifetime in just one day with the right person.Similarities Unique take on death, cute romance, whimsical 13. You watched: Selena: The Series Netflix, Celebra You should read: To Selena, With Love by Chris PérezWhat it's about: It is nearly impossible to completely translate the shining star that was Selena onto the screen. She was a phenomenon. She is a legend. But to her husband, Chris Pérez, she was his greatest love and best friend. To Selena, with Love is Pérez’s account of his relationship with the iconic Tejano music superstar. The memoir covers everything from the moment Pérez began working with the Quintanillas on a Coca-Cola jingle to the moment Abraham Quintanilla threatened to disband the group if Pérez and Selena kept dating — and everything in between. These are the moments no biopic can truly capture. (Recommended by Zoraida Córdova)Similarities Selena!More reading: Read These Books After Binging Selena: The Series 14. You watched: Anne With an E Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Europa Editions You should read: My Brilliant Friend by Elena FerranteWhat it's about: This book weaves the beauty of the Italian countryside with the nostalgia of young female friendship. Elena and Lila grow up together in a small village, bonding over their hatred of the rude school bully. As they face challenges like family poverty, access to school, and — of course — crushes on boys, the girls and their love for each other face the many challenges thrown at them by society.Similarities: Small town setting, young feminism, female friendship 15. You watched: Lovecraft Country Eli Joshua Ade / HBO, Orbit You should read: The City We Became by N.K. JemisinWhat it's about: Every city has a soul, and a dark, ancient monster has come to steal New York's. This threat — which naturally takes the form of cops — awakens powers in five different New Yorkers, each from a different borough and background, and they must band together to save their city. But with tensions high, will this group of strangers be able to defeat this evil force before it takes over New York and then the world?Similarities: Racial tension, urban fantasy, supernatural enemyMore reading: 15 Books To Read If You're Already Missing Lovecraft Country 16. You watched: Lucifer Fox / Via everettcollection.com, Skyscape You should read: Angelfall by Susan EeWhat it's about: Penryn and her little sister have survived six weeks of an apocalypse caused by fallen angels, until one night they come and take her sister away. Penryn will do anything to save her sister, even if it means recruiting the enemy itself. Raffe, a warrior angel, finds himself hurt and wingless on the streets of Northern California. When Penryn asks for his help, he realizes it might be the perfect chance to get his wings back. Together, they'll have to fight through hoards of monsters and learn to trust each other along the way.Similarities: Fallen angels, morally gray characters, slow burn romance 17. You watched: Euphoria HBO, Simon Pulse You should read: Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya BotejuWhat it's about: When Nima Kumara-Clark finds herself unexpectedly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town, she doesn't expect to become closer to a self she never knew she could be. This contemporary LGBT YA is about self-discovery, identity, and finding yourself fitting in for the first time.Similarities: Teen drama, LGBTQ characters, unrequited love, self-exploration 18. You watched: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Nicole Rivelli /Amazon / Via everettcollection.com, Atria Books You should read: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidWhat it's about: It's been decades since infamous Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo has given an interview, but when she personally requests unknown journalist Monique to tell her life story, the young reporter can't say no. As Evelyn recounts her tale of rising to stardom in the 50s, her struggles as a woman in Hollywood, and the truth behind each of her seven marriages, Monique will realize that Evelyn's life was so much more than just words in a tabloid...and just how interconnected the two women are.Similarities: 1950s/60s setting, successful female career, messy divorces 19. You watched: Westworld John P. Johnson / HBO, Crown You should read: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah JohnsonWhat it's about: Traveling between universes is finally possible, but there's a catch: you can only visit a world where your counterpart is dead. Luckily for Cara, she has a talent for dying on most worlds, which makes her one of the most successful traversers at her company, the Eldridge Institute. But when one of her other-world selves dies mysteriously, Cara must risk her life — and even more precious job — to find out why. What she discovers will change her whole life and also threaten to reveal a secret of her own.Similarities: Technology gone wrong, wild west setting, plot twists 20. You watched: All American Jesse Giddings/The CW, Scholastic Press You should read: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah JohnsonWhat it's about: Liz has always felt like an outsider in her wealthy and very white small town in Indiana, but she has a plan to escape by heading to an elite college and becoming a doctor — that is, until her financial aid suddenly falls through. Her last resort is to compete for a scholarship offered to the prom king and queen. This is Liz's worst nightmare, but luckily the new girl in school, Mack, makes the experience bearable...until Liz's feelings for her begin to interfere with the competition.Similarities: Racism, income inequality, escaping hometown, high school drama 21. You watched: Gentefied Netflix, Dial Books You should read: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby RiveraWhat it's about: Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. After she outs herself to her parents and takes an internship across the country with her author idol, Harlowe Brisbane, Juliet is ready to learn from someone she admires. The problem is that as woke as Harlowe thinks she is, her experience erases Juliet's existence. The summer introduces her to an exploration of queer and brown love, and a brand of feminism in which she can see herself. (Recommended by Zoraida Córdova.)Similarities: LGBTQ romance, Latinx protagonist, coming of ageMore reading: 13 Books To Read After You Watch Gentefied 22. You watched: Game of Thrones Helen Sloan / HBO, Dey Rel (Random House) You should read: Red Rising by Pierce BrownWhat it's about: Darrow is a member of the lowest caste in his society — a Red — whose survival relies on the work he does to make Mars more habitable for the upper classes. But when he discovers the truth, that other castes live like kings above ground while Reds remain slaves, he joins an uprising as a spy, infiltrating an elite, but brutal, Gold training school where violence means little. Hidden amongst his enemies, Darrow will have to become one of them in order to free his people.Similarities: Epic battles, unexpected deaths, fight for power 23. You watched: Dark Netflix / Via everttcollection.com, Thomas & Mercer You should read: Pines by Blake CrouchWhat it's about: Wayward Pines is your typical small town in Idaho — from the outside. So when Secret Service agent Ethan begins searching the town for missing agents, he's shocked to wake up from an accident with no ID and no phone. Although the people seem friendly, mysterious electric fences surround the town and he finds himself unable to contact anyone back home. As his investigation unearths more questions than answers, Ethan realizes this town is more dangerous than it appeared.Similarities: Complex mystery, spooky town, unsettling vibe 24. You watched: The Great British Baking Show Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Sphere You should read: Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny ColganWhat it's about: Heartbroken, Polly retreats to the sleepy seaside town of Polbearne where she distracts herself with bread baking. But what starts as a hobby becomes something so much more as Polly throws herself, and her emotions, into her recipes, some of which use honey supplied by the local (and cute) beekeeper. Soon Polly has a brand new life — one in which she is truly happy.Similarities: Baking, cozy feelings, British 25. You watched: Emily in Paris Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Balzer + Bray You should read: 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie CotugnoWhat it's about: Molly is finally happy, in love with her new boyfriend, Ian, and setting off a romantic tour of Europe. But at their first stop in London, they run right into Molly's ex, Gabe, and his new girlfriend. When Ian, unbeknownst about the exes' past, invites the couple to Ireland with them, Molly can't bring herself to tell the truth — so she agrees. Now she has to spend nine days and nights with her ex and her boyfriend. What could go wrong?Similarities: Americans abroad, love triangles, light and fun 26. You watched: Élite Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Delacorte Press You should read: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManusWhat it's about: One Monday afternoon at Bayview High, five very different students walk into detention...but only four walk out alive. When it's discovered that the dead student, Simon, was not only murdered, but had planned to release juicy secrets about his fellow detention-mates, they become the prime suspects. But what really happened that fateful day? And how far will they go to protect their secrets?Similarities: Murder mystery, high school drama, deadly secrets 27. You watched: Julie and the Phantoms Netflix / Via everettcollection.com, Swoon Reads You should read: Cemetery Boys by Aiden ThomasWhat it's about: Yadriel's parents refuse to accept his gender identity, so to prove himself to his family, he — and his BFF Maritza — use his brujo magic to summon the ghost of his recently murdered cousin and set him free. But something goes wrong and Yadriel's ghost ends up being Julian, the school's bad boy and freshly-turned-ghostie. Julian wants to find out what happened to him, and Yadriel wants him gone, so they set off to solve the case. But as these two work together, they find that neither of them is ready for Julian to leave this world.Similarities: Family drama, teenage coming-of-age, paranormal romance 28. You watched: The Queen's Gambit Netflix, Vintage You should read: The Girl Who Played Go by Shan SaWhat it's about: In 1930s Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a teenage girl tries to avoid romantic and sexual entanglements by spending her time playing the game of go with strangers in the public park, but one of her frequent opponents can't help being drawn to her — and he happens to be a Japanese soldier in disguise. Similarities: Games of strategy, coming of age, 20th century, strong young women protagonists Topics in this articleBooksKirby BeatonBuzzFeed StaffContact Kirby Beaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.Got a confidential tip? 👉 Submit it hereArianna ReboliniBuzzFeed News ReporterContact Arianna Rebolini at email@example.com.