Fans of Popular TV and Film Are Sure to Like These Novels

Reading recommendations based on the genres you love


Katie Boyd

Finding a good book to read can often be a challenge. You always have to wonder if you have time to read it and if you’ll even enjoy it. You may want to find a book that’s similar to your favorite show or movie. That’s why this list is here! This list recommends books that are similar to popular shows and movies. Below are recommendations based on The Avengers, Stranger Things, Gilmore Girls, The Umbrella Academy, and Star Wars.

The Avengers

The Disasters by M.K. England is a story of four space academy rejects, running for their lives in a rogue spaceship and wanted for crimes they did not commit. The Disasters is great for Avengers fans because of the brilliant minds coming together to overcome a force that they seemingly have no chance against. Also because of its science fiction genre and heroic aspects, this is a good read for Marvel fans.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo follows a young con artist and his friends, a sharpshooter, a chemist, a witch, a spy, and a soldier, as they take on an impossible heist. Perfect for Avengers fans, Six of Crows holds a diverse cast using their gifts to make possible what seemed unimaginable. With full characters, rich fantasy worldbuilding, and an addictive plot, Six of Crows, much like The Avengers, features complicated characters coming together to pull off the impossible.

Stranger Things

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia follows the story of a girl framed for arson, and how she and her cousin team up to prove that she is not guilty, but that an evil fire spirit is. Set in a small town in Indiana, with significant paranormal aspects, Now Entering Addamsville is a great read for Stranger Things fans.

Even as adults, the main characters of It by Stephen King still feel the sinister pull of their hometown in Maine. Haunted by an evil that will not rest, these people must face their pasts- or let it consume them. It is great for Stranger Things fans because of its small-town setting and its horror.

Gilmore Girls

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo is about a teenage mother trying to make ends meet for her family while pursuing her dream of becoming a chef. With emphasis on family and working hard to achieve dreams, With the Fire On High is a wonderful read for Gilmore Girls fans.

in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, a teenage girl struggles with the loss of her mother and separation from her sister. To top it off, secret letters she’s written to all of her past crushes are somehow sent out. Because of theisbook’s sweet romance, close familial relationships, and topics of family and friendship, fans of Gilmore Girls will surely enjoy this read.

The Umbrella Academy

The House In the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune follows an authority of a magical foster care system sent to evaluate the safety of six unusual children and their caretaker. Even though the very existence of these kids threatens the universe, the evaluator is torn between letting them live and destroying them. The House In the Cerulean Sea contains a found family of people with peculiar abilities and traits, much like The Umbrella Academy. This is sure to be a good read for fans of the show.

Vicious by V.E. Schwabb is a story of two unfortunate men who gained powers and lost each other as friends in the same year. Torn between two very different moral viewpoints, the book tells the story of the aftermath and the vengefulness born from it. Centered around characters with superhuman abilities, espionage, and betrayal, Vicious offers much of the same drama and action as The Umbrella Academy fans may be looking for.

Star Wars

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell is an amazing science-fiction retelling of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This book shares topics of war, interplanetary travel, and rebellion with the Star Wars movies, so it is sure to interest any fans.

What better way to find a book similar to a movie than find a book adaptation of a movie? A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken is the first installment of a series of Star Wars novelizations, and her writing brings the Star Wars world to life.

Happy reading, Saint Joe!