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By Teresa Loeffler

Game of Thrones is almost over…is the world ending?

For fans it may feel like it…I know my cousin is in mourning…but, take heart there really will be life after GoT, and EVPL would like to help guide you to that light with some reads and watches that may help fill the void.  I’m going to start by discussing other books to read and how to find them, then move on to TV series.  Follow the link if you’d rather skip the books and focus on what to watch.

Game of Thrones covers a lot of tastes, so for fun I am sharing some book suggestions based on the Houses.  You’ll find both fiction and non-fiction titles in the lists.

House Lannister

(Image: HBO)

Hear me roar!

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones

(You can dive right into this, but it is actually a follow up to The Plantagenets, which is listed under House Targaryen.)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

(Image: HBO)

House Targaryen

Fire and Blood

Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Kindred by Octavia Butler

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Leaders by Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers and Jay Mangone

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

(Image: HBO)

House Stark

Winter is coming

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

The Common Good by Robert B. Reich

The Call of the Wild & White Fang by Jack London

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

These suggestions are courtesy of Penguin Random House. Visit the link to see additional suggestions for House Greyjoy and the full lists of titles for the other Houses.

Since everyone rightfully has their own opinion, not everyone may think these books best reflect the show or the particular House. Never fear, there are other methods to find books that will remind you of GoT. One of my favorites is the suggestions available in our catalog.

For example, I did a search for the first book in the series, Game of Thrones. Scroll past the More Details and you’ll find the section titled NoveList Results. If the book is part of a series, you’ll first see a handy-dandy list of the books in reading order and sometimes a little about the series or its popularity.

After that come the real gems. First is the Read-alikes section. This is a great place to get suggestions for other books, authors, and series. Occasionally, there may be some overlap in the suggestions. An author in the Author category and one of their books in the Similar Titles category, but even then there is a lot of variety. Note: if you’re wondering why a particular book or author showed up in the list, click the name/picture and you’ll see NoveList’s explanation.

Also, if the title has no clickable link, that means we don’t have that book at EVPL. We have a vast collection but we can’t carry everything, so you will stumble across ‘missing’ books from time to time. Never fear, if the book is more than 6 months old, request it through Interlibrary Loan. Chances are very good we’ll be able to get it for you from another library in the country, and it’s usually ready for you to check out within a week or two at most.

You’re also welcome to suggest we purchase the book, but we can’t guarantee that we will buy it. We get hundreds of requests each month and while we would love to get everything everybody wants, the budget just won’t stretch that far, so we have to make choices of what’s most apt to be helpful for/interesting to the most people. There’s also the sad fact that sometimes an older book just isn’t in print anymore. Your best bet is to try Interlibrary Loan first.

OK, maybe Read-alikes’ suggestions are too general for you and don’t quite focus on what ‘floats your boat’ about GOT. Keep scrolling. Just below Read-alikes is Story elements. Another great tool. Here NoveList gives you a selection of subjects/descriptive words that reflect the GOT story. You can use these to narrow down their suggestions to books that exactly fit what you love about GOT.

Notice the books listed when nothing is selected? Fifty Shades of Grey? Really? Well, maybe. I admit I’ve never read GoT, so I have secondhand impressions. I’m sure I don’t have a full picture of GoT’s story. Still take a look at these two examples of how the suggestions change depending on the elements I select.

Only world-building versus multiple elements. See the difference in the suggestions? How the choices narrow with the number of elements? Pretty cool in my opinion.

 

 

 

The next cool tool I want to mention is GoodReads. This is an amazing website! In my opinion just calling it a website doesn’t do it justice. It is a thriving community of readers and a management tool for tracking your personal reading. I won’t go into detail on all the cool things you can do with GoodReads because that would be a whole separate blog. We’ll just take a quick peek at how it can help you find books similar to GoT.

You can create a free account with GoodReads, but it isn’t necessary for reading reviews, finding series lists or ‘read-alike’ lists. Oh, before we go farther…if all you want to do is see reviews, keep in mind that most of the books in EVPL’s catalog have links to their GoodReads reviews. Just scroll down to Ratings & Reviews to see the link. To see other suggested reads, you’ll need to go to GoodReads’ website.

When not signing into an account, you’ll need to scroll down a little on the main page to see the Search and browse books box. I searched Game of Thrones, and got a list of about 800 titles with my relevant book front and center at number 1.

You can click the title link and be taken to a screen that includes links to, among other things, the series order, other books by Martin, reviews, and a link to a list of other books liked by GOT ‘likers.’

 

If you just want to dive into the ‘read-alike’ lists, you can use the Listopia link on the initial book list page (that had the 800 results). The lists are created by Goodreads members. Any member can add a book to a list, and how high or low a book ranks depends on how many members have voted for it. Some lists are less about read-alikes, like the “Books for Jon Snow.” These are fun lists of books people think Snow and other GOT characters would/should read.

That said, there are lists that will help you find books similar to GOT. There’s one literally named “What to read after George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire)?”

If you’re an avid reader, I highly encourage you to take a little extra time to explore GoodReads beyond GoT. I believe it will be well worth your time.

You can always Google GoT for similar books and see what you get, but that kind of search is just too open for me. I like things narrowed down a little first. My lazy place to get read-alikes is Amazon. I like their “Customers who viewed the item also viewed” lists and “Customers who bought this item also bought” ones.

Amazon offers a good segue into ‘TV series to take the place of GOT.’ You can use the same Amazon lists with the DVDs. Some choices are more relevant than others. Sadly, I don’t know of a Goodreads equivalent for TV shows and movies. And, EVPL’s NoveList doesn’t offer ‘watch-alikes’ either. That means we’re left with good old-fashioned googling. Anyone reading this is certainly capable of googling on their own, but here are the results I got.

I liked this list in particular, because the writer seemed to get the uniqueness of GOT better, in my opinion, than other list makers. EVPL has the entire list with the exception of Black Mirror, and the only reason we don’t have Black Mirror is because it’s not available in a US playable DVD format!

I do disagree with the writer a little. I think series like Vikings, Black Sails, and Last Kingdom also have their places on the list. While they don’t have the high fantasy element – and frankly no other TV series does – they do have the gritty, battle vibe of GoT.

That’s it for me except for one last EVPL plug. Don’t forget that while you’re devouring some of the book suggestions you found, you can pamper yourself with the music of Game of Thrones.

My sympathies go with all of you!

Teresa Loeffler
Collections Librarian

Teresa Loeffler


Teresa loves helping people with their information needs. She is also a tennis fanatic, a pop culture lover, and a genealogist at heart.

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