I love Netflix. Netflix has saved me from many a hangover, picked me up when the Sunday blues have gotten a bit too much (real talk: this happens virtually every Sunday) and kept me company on many a quiet Friday night. If there’s anything I love more than Netflix, it’s book recommendations based on Netflix binges.
If you’ve ever watched a Netflix series and then thought “damn, I wish a blogger would create a list of books similar to this series so that I can binge those too” then you’re in the right place.
I got ya, boo.
Stranger things is a gloriously eighties ode to classic Sci-Fi, male friendship, fantastically bouffant-y hair and being the biggest geek you can possibly be. If Barb is your gal or Eleven is your superhero spirit animal or even if you just really, really like Dungeons & Dragons, then you’re bound to like these Sci-Fi supernovas.
- The Next Together by Lauren James
- Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
- Railhead by Philip Reeve
Skins basically puts every parents’ worst nightmare on screen. Unfortunately, it remains the pinnacle of unachievable cool for most teenagers, myself included. In fact, myself most of all because I am decidedly not cool. If you like your TV shows dark and gutsy with a healthy helping of hormones, British humour, growing pains and complex relationships (platonic and romantic), then I’m pretty sure you’ll devour these UKYA gems.
When history and Gossip Girl collide, you get Reign. Charting the rise and fall of Mary Queen of Scots and her complicated love life, there’s political intrigue, gossiping court ladies, sword fights, men in billowing white shirts and a love triangle to die for. Whether you’re a fan of Bash or Francis, these romantic, fantastical tomes will satisfy your desire to go back in time.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
- Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Hubble, bubble toil and trouble. Enter Charmed, Sabrina The Teenage Witch’s much cooler, more Gothic older sister. If you want a book that chucks magic, mystery and family drama into the cauldron, look no further.
- The Graces (The Graces #1) by Lauren Eve
- Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1) by Sally Green
- The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Black Mirror is infamous for asking questions that lesser TV shows shy away from and audiences certainly don’t want to answer. If pondering the fate of society, insidious future technology and the sharpest of satire gets your brain into gear, then check out these three reads. They, like Charlie Brooker, certainly don’t shy away from asking the big questions.
Pretty Little Liars
Has there ever been a series as convoluted as PLL (LOST not included)? Probably not, but that doesn’t make it any less addictive. If you’ve been looking for a thriller that puts complex female friendships, dark mysteries and unreliable narrators centre stage then I can confirm that here you’ll find what you’ve been looking for. You probably won’t find A, though.
American Horror Story
Who really knows what’s going on in American Horror Story? Definitely not me. Doesn’t make it any less compelling though. If you’re looking for badass (sometimes too badass) women, action that makes you squirm and spiralling plot lines that leave you wondering what’s real and what’s fantasy, you can stop searching now.
- The Merciless by Danielle Vega
- The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
- I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
I’m currently addicted to Game of Thrones (disclaimer: Not on Netflix, sadly). What’s your favourite series to #netflixandchill with?
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