Like that Netflix show? You’ll love this book…

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


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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.



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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.



Hubble, bubble toil and trouble. Enter CharmedSabrina 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.

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Black Mirror.


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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


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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.

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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76 thoughts on “Like that Netflix show? You’ll love this book…

    • Ahhh thank you so much, Marie! 🙂 You’re very, very welcome. I’ve only read the first one, but I intend to finish the trilogy at some point! I really like Sally Green’s writing style and the magic systems in Half Bad, but it is a little light on action. I’ve heard that element improves as the series goes on, though. 🙂 Hope you like them if you decide to read them!

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    • I ADORE Stranger Things! If you like sci-fi, then it’ll be right up your street. It’s scary-ish, but not in a horror kind of way. There are a few jumpy moments here and there, but nothing too traumatic. There’s quite a lot of humour in it and a bit of romance too, so I think there’s a good balance. 🙂 If you do watch it I hope you enjoy!

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  1. Reblogged this on Serenity and commented:
    With everything happening in the world – and for all the people (including myself) that are incredibly stressed about the election results – here are some books. It looks like a great list, and reading releases tension for me. Perhaps it’ll do the same for you 🙂

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  2. I love this idea for a post Sammie, I haven’t seen many of these shows, only American Horror Story and Charmed, though Black Mirror and Stranger Things are both on my list of TV shows I want to watch, but I’ve definitely read more of the books you’ve recommended.
    Maybe I can do it the other way, given I enjoyed Throne of Glass and I have The Sin-Eater’s Daughter and Clockwork Angel on my to-read list I should start watching Reign.
    Either way you’ve definitely given me some more books to read and more TV shows to watch! 😀


  3. Oh this post was actually super helpful and awesome!!!
    Brilliant idea!!!
    I am TBRing the majority of these books and adding some of these shows to my watch list lol.

    On Netflix: I LOVE! Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Such a hilarious show! Sadly I have watched all the episodes.
    I am also addicted to AHS, PLL, GG, Supernatural and Hemlock Grove!
    I plan to binge watch Gilmore Girls. I didn’t know Charmed was on Netflix but I am now planning on binge watching that as well lol. Plus I have a million other shows I want to watch on my list lol.
    Skins is such an amazing show!! The US is just terrible compared to the UK version (sorry! lol)

    Have you watched Hemlock Grove? I have the last episode left to watch and I have absolutely no idea TF is going on lol.

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    • Thank you so much, that’s really kind of you to say! 🙂 Haha – that’s what I like to hear. I hope you enjoy! I LOVE GG too, but I didn’t include it in this because the series is based on books anyway haha. Charmed is on the UK version at the moment, I’m not sure if it’s on the US one but considering it’s an American series I would have thought it is! No, no I totally agree – US Skins is rubbish in comparison to the original (but I would say this because I am a Brit haha)! I haven’t watched Hemlock Grove but I’ve heard it’s good. It’s definitely on my list of shows to check out anyway! 🙂

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      • I’m in AUS so I will definitely have to check it out.

        You guys have some great shows over there! I love the inbetweeners!!!!! lol.
        I’m not sure why the American Skins had to do pretty much the exact same plot line as the UK Skins. I think it probably would have been better if they started fresh.

        Hemlock Grove is really good and extremely odd haha. I don’t know if I have missed something major but I feel like I have no idea wtf is going on lol.


  4. This is such a great idea 😊! Several of these shows, AHS, Black Mirror, and Stranger Things, are some of my favorite shows so I’m definitely going to check out your recommendations. And although I never finished Reign I did love what I saw of it and Throne of Glass has been on my TBR for so long lol.


  5. Omg, I love all of these shows except Reign, because I haven’t watched it.
    My favorite is, of course, Stranger Things so I’ll check out your recommendations.
    And this new season of AHS has been excellent, in my opinion. It’s my favorite one in three years!


  6. You made this for people who like shows and want more books to read. Instead, I found the books I liked and matched them to the shows you mentioned. 😛 I’ll definitely be checking out Reign and Charmed!

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  7. I love stranger things. Thank you so much for the recommendations. I have so many favorites. Orange is the New Black was another of my much loved series and obviously GOT. 😍 I am crazy about it.

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  8. Of al the series on the list, I’ve only watched Pretty Little Liars and Stranger Things but I love them!! PLL was addictive and I didn’t even know I like sci-fi horror until I watched Stranger Things. I love how nerdy and geeky the characters are! ❤ And I'm definitely gonna check out some of these recommendations! 😀

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    • PLL is really addictive! I gave up on it a few series ago but I might start watching it again when I have some time to spare. 🙂 I think that’s the case for a lot of people, actually! They made the sci-fi elements really accessible and friendly to people who might not have thought they liked the genre beforehand, which is awesome. 😀 I just love the kids and the way their friendship is portrayed, and how geeky they are like you said! Yay! I hope you find something you enjoy. ❤

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