Finding the perfect, five-star read can be difficult, especially when you find yourself choosing from an overwhelming selection of authors and genres. It can be even harder to feel motivated to pick up a book when you can’t stop thinking about getting in bed at the end of a long day and binging the latest Netflix or Hulu original. We’ve all been there, our mind telling us to “pick up a book” while our heart assures us it’s “just one more episode.” But what if I told you there was a way to have both? Do you long for the feeling of having a book in hand but also crave that “just one more episode” thrill that binging a show brings? These recommendations are sure to keep you hooked, wide awake, and reading “just one more chapter” well into the night.

If you liked You on Netflix…

Read: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Loved the suspense-filled, heart-pumping scenes featured in You? Then Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the perfect recommendation. In this fast-paced and devilishly dark thriller, Nick Dunne’s beautiful wife, Amy, disappears from their mansion on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. Soon, neighbors and loved ones suspect Nick’s involvement, but while he denies the accusations, he isn’t doing himself any favors by daydreaming about the slope and shape of his wife’s head. Under mounting pressure from the police, media, and Amy’s fiercely doting parents, the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick may be oddly evasive, angry, and bitter—but could he be a killer?

If you liked The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix…

Read: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager.

Addicted to the creepy, eerie, and all things supernatural? Then you’ll probably have a blast reading Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. This 2020 new release features ghosts and plenty of spine-chilling moments. 25 years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents moved into Baneberry Hall, a glorious Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. The family spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an experience Maggie’s father recounts in his nonfiction book titled House of Horrors. Now, years later, Maggie has inherited Baneberry Hall and has no choice but to return and renovate the home for its upcoming sale. At first, she’s certain ghosts are fiction, but as her time at Baneberry Hall takes a turn for the worse, Maggie can’t help but think her father might have been telling the truth after all.

If you liked Shrill on Hulu…

Read: Wow. No, Thank You. by Samantha Irby.

Are you looking for something smart, funny, and charming like Shrill on Hulu? Samantha Irby’s essay collection Wow, No Thank You. is a great place to start. Irby is turning forty and is increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin. She has quit her job as a receptionist, published successful books, left Chicago, and moved into a house with her wife and stepchildren. They now live in a small white, Republican town in Michigan where Irby hosts book clubs. She goes on bad dates with new friends and spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “skinny, luminous people” despite being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person.” Wow, No Thank You. will make you smile and laugh uncontrollably as Irby chats about life and what it’s like to hide cookies under her bed.

If you liked Black Mirror on Netflix…

Read: Followers by Megan Angelo.

Enjoy sci-fi, dystopia, and out of the ordinary entertainment like Black Mirror? Look no further than Followers by Megan Angelo. Orla Cadden is an aspiring novelist stuck in a dead-end job until she meets Floss―a striving wannabe A-lister―who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream of. Their methods may be shady and dangerous, but their legions of followers can’t be wrong. 35 years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret. Despite her twelve million loyal followers, she dreams of fleeing the corporate robots who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns the secret that can set her free, Marlow summons the courage to run away, no matter the risks. As Orla, Floss and Marlow’s lives intermingle, a cataclysmic event sends their world into upheaval. This darkly funny story reminds readers that not everything is what it seems and that what we really crave is genuine human connection.

If you liked Hart of Dixie on Netflix…

Read: Springtime at Hope Cottage by Annie Rain.

If small towns and romance is more of your thing, pick up a copy of Annie Rains’ Springtime at Hope Cottage. Like Hart of Dixie, this novel features a southern, small town community dynamic that’s heartfelt and welcoming. As editor of a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go… that is until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife’s death. While he can’t deny his attraction to Josie Kellum, he won’t risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he’ll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.

If you liked Castle Rock on Hulu…

Read: Night Shift by Stephen King.

Can’t get enough of Castle Rock’s dark and gritty storyline? Stephen King’s Night Shift is the short story collection you never knew you needed. From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into a labyrinth of hair-raising tales.

If you liked New Girl on Netflix…

Read: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren.

Do you love friendship, romance, comedy, and a quirky heroine? Look no further than Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. This book is perfect for fans who swoon at the sight of Nick and Jess from New Girl. It’ll make you smile, laugh, and maybe even cry. Hazel Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her thrill for the absurd doesn’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on terrible double, blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

If you liked The 100 on Netflix…

Read: Wool by Hugh Howey.

Enjoy sci-fi, dystopia, and apocalyptic entertainment like The 100? Pick up Wool by Hugh Howey. This novel follows the story of a group of survivors—thousands who have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. But such a life requires rules. Strict rules. And there are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside, for example. Never mention you might like going outside or you might get what you wished for.

If you liked Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix…

Read: A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie.

Crazy about an old-school, detective murder mystery?  With a woman detective at that? Pick up Agatha Christie’s A Caribbean Mystery for all the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries vibes. As Jane Marple sits basking in the tropical sunshine she feels mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eases her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happens. Then a question is put to her by a stranger: “Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?” Before she has a chance to answer, the man vanishes, only to be found dead the next day. Now, Miss Marple is left with questions and no answers. Where is the picture? Why was the guest killed? And why is she so scared for her life?

If you liked The Vampire Diaries on Netflix…

Read: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Can’t get enough of fantasy, vampires, and romance? Are you a fan of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals? Buy a copy of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy for your next binge. Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires. Meanwhile, the powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them. After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger and the Strigoi are always close by.


Erika Semprun is a reader, writer, creator, and bookstagrammer. She’s passionate about media and literature, and loves plants, chocolate, and all things Harry Potter. Her favorite genres are mystery and romance, and her go-to author is Agatha Christie. When she’s not reading or thinking about books, you can probably find her creating designs for her online shop (The AZE Bookshop), listening to true crime podcasts, or binge-watching sitcoms.