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Take a Break from Your Netflix Queue!

TV Read-Alikes

We all want to read more, but let's face it: Sometimes it seems easier to watch your favorite TV show than it is to pick up a good book. When your favorite shows are on hiatus or your Netflix queue has been exhausted, check out a book with a similar theme to tide you over.


Revenge's Emily VanCampStarring Emily VanCamp as a daughter out to take revenge on the people who framed her father for a heinous crime.
You should try ...The Eight ConfessionV is for Vengeance
The 8th Confession
The murder of a wealthy and glamorous San Francisco couple is the center of this mystery by James Patterson.
V is for Vengeance 
Mysterious pasts, secrets, dirty cops and more all intertwine in Sue Grafton’s 22nd book in her Alphabet Series.


Scandal's Kerry WashingtonStarring Kerry Washington as a Washington lawyer who helps the rich and powerful cover up political indiscretions and secrets that could ruin their careers and send the nation into turmoil.
You should try ... An American KillingThe Confirmation
An American Killing
by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
When her lover urges Denise to look into an old murder in his district -- and then just as urgently begs her to drop the whole thing, her stubborn streak kicks in. And when he dies in flagrante with a D.C. call girl, a series of deadly situations is set in motion.
The Confirmation
by Thomas Powers This book centers around the confirmation of a possible CIA director and those who wish to expose his secrets.

American Horror Story

AHSAn anthology series starring Jessica Lange. The first season involves a haunted house, whereas the second season involves a sinister asylum.
You should try ...Jade GreenShutter Island
Jade Green
In this novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, a 15-year-old moves to her uncle's house in South Carolina and has two secrets: one, that her mother died in a madhouse, the other that she has disobeyed the only condition to living in her uncle's home -- nothing green is allowed in the house.
Shutter Island
by Denis Lehane
A sinister asylum for the criminally insane is the subject of this novel set in 1954 New England. A patient has disappeared, and when a U.S. Marshall and his partner investigate, they get more than they find more than they bargained for.

Downton Abbey

Downton AbbeyA British series following the perils of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them. The many social changes that occurred in the early years of the 20th century help enrich the plot of this series.
You should try ...Fall of GiantsAn American Heiress
Fall of Giants
Set during the same period as Downton Abbey, this novel by Ken Follett centers around five families of different social and financial means as they live through, World War I, the Russian Revolution and the fight for women’s suffrage.
The American Heiress
Much like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the novel’s main character is an American heiress who marries into the English aristocracy at the turn of the 20th century. The story follows her as she maneuvers her way through English high society and a troubled marriage.

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