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21 Books Your Favorite TV Characters Would Read

Frank Underwood's bedtime stories.

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1. Mindy Lahiri: Save the Date by Jen Doll

Given her own trials and tribulations at weddings on The Mindy Project, Dr. Lahiri would get a kick out of Jen Doll's fast, fun memoir about love and singledom.

2. Frank Underwood: The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Some people keep Chicken Soup for the Soul or the Bible on their nightstands. House of Cards' Frank and Claire definitely keep The Art of War, wrapped in a Bible cover cloth, on theirs. You know, just in case.

3. Nick Miller, Drinking With Men by Rosie Schaap

Nick Miller — New Girl's resident bartender, writer, and love-goof — would find drinks columnist Rosie Schaap's fabulous collection of tales in Drinking With Men impossible to put down.

4. Olivia Pope: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

On Scandal, Olivia Pope makes it clear she's a self-identified feminist. On the rare occasion Pope has a moment to spare, we think she'd curl up with Roxane Gay's best-selling collection of badass essays, Bad Feminist.

5. Sheldon Cooper: The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman

OK, so Big Bang Theory's Sheldon would probably start reading this book just for the pleasure of poking holes in Lightman's theories — because that's what Sheldon does — but though he'd never admit it, he'd totally love The Accidental Universe.

6. Hannah Horvath: I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley writes the kind of essays we imagine Hannah aspires to write on Girls, and though she'd have to bite back some serious Crosley envy (remember how crazy she went at her classmate's book party?!), Hannah would devour I Was Told There'd Be Cake.

7. Ted Mosby: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Oh, Ted Mosby, our favorite lovesick architect. We figure Teddy's a big Eugenides fan — he probably read The Virgin Suicides in college and felt like it really spoke to him. The Marriage Plot is right up HIMYM's alley: a great story with an unsatisfying ending.

8. Dexter Morgan: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

OK, this one is pretty self-explanatory. In Cold Blood is a compulsively readable literary murder mystery, Dexter is a compulsive murderer, and Truman Capote is a national treasure.

9. Joan Watson, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Too clever for her own show, Joan Watson would find it easy to empathize with the beautiful, winding writing of Rebecca Solnit in the book that coined the term "mansplaining."

10. Rick Grimes: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

After a day of kicking zombie ass and taking zombie names, Walking Dead hero Rick probably turns to Cormac McCarthy for a bit of respite. We're guessing violent, gorgeous Blood Meridian is his personal fave.

11. Alicia Florrick: The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Though set in New York rather than The Good Wife's Chicago, Tom Wolfe's epic of 1980s greed, ambition, and trickery would speak to Mrs. Florrick's own experiences as a high-powered city attorney.

12. Lady Mary Crawley: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

Published in 1902, Henry James' beautiful novel The Wings of the Dove would have been a favorite of early 20th century readers — and certainly a must-read for clever, romantic, half-American Lady Mary on Downton Abbey.

13. Leslie Knope: Madam Secretary: A Memoir by Madeleine Albright

See that smiling face? No, not Leslie's — the one framed on her bookshelf. That's Madeleine Albright, and we're willing to put money on the fact that Leslie's read her memoir Madam Secretary at least thrice.

14. Sherlock Holmes: Confessions of a Sociopath by M. E. Thomas

Our favorite high-functioning sociopath probably spends his days tearing through books on logic and law, but when he tucks himself into bed at night we imagine Sherlock reaches for M. E. Thomas' chilling account of her life as a sociopath.

15. Piper Chapman: The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm

Having dealt with the flawed American justice system firsthand on Orange Is the New Black, Piper would get engrossed in Janet Malcolm's fantastic The Journalist and The Murderer, which has recently regained attention from fans of the Serial podcast.

16. Hank Moody: Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

While the more obvious pick might be Hunter S. Thompson, we like to think Hank had a taste for a more Californian icon: Joan Didion. Following the life of a woman stranded by the film industry, Play It As It Lays would reassure Californication's Moody that great literature can be written outside of NYC.

17. Liz Lemon: Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by James Miller and Tom Shales

All right, so Liz would probbbbably be reading Tina Fey's own killer memoir, Bossypants. But we think the writer and producer of The Girly Show on 30 Rock would find a lot to love in this uncensored oral history of SNL.

18. The Doctor: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Doctor Who and his fans alike would do well to pick up some Vonnegut at the library. While Slaughterhouse-Five deals more directly with time travel, we think the Doctor would enjoy the explorations of science, technology, and philosophy in Vonnegut's fourth novel, Cat's Cradle.

19. Manny Delgado: The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

Modern Family's precocious and precious hopeless romantic, Manny Delgado, probably leafs through Neruda's love poems while waiting to be picked up from school.

20. Carrie Bradshaw: The Group by Mary McCarthy

Given that Carrie's creator, Candace Bushnell, is a fan, Carrie would adore Mary McCarthy's instant classic The Group, which follows the experiences of a posse of ambitious, sexually liberated young women in the city.

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