After watching the first season of Game of Thrones, I did some screaming and started reading the series the next day. I’m not one to wait. I’m also not one for fantasy, so I don’t know what it was about George R.R. Martin and his world, but it drew me in. Since then, I’ve made attempts at reading other fantasy series, but nothing seemed to click the way A Song of Ice and Fire did. So, what is there to read once you’ve devoured all of the books and happen to be in between seasons? Let’s see what we can dig up based on some of the things that make Game of Thrones so great.
Unlikely Pairs: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
I’d venture that 90% of Game of Thrones fans perk up when Arya and The Hound grace the screen. You’ll be hard pressed to find two characters as wonderful or as weird as they are, but The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving has an unlikely pair almost as charming. A grieving caregiver and his teenage patient make tissues necessary, but laughs are also frequent.
More Odd Duos: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Ladies Ahead of Their Time: I Await the Devil’s Coming by Mary MacLane
Despite a few distressing changes made this season, George R.R. Martin has written some amazingly fierce women (and in the case of Margaery, the show developed her even more). If you dig a woman ahead of her time, Mary MacLane and her 1902 memoir I Await the Devil’s Coming need to go on your list. MacLane’s brilliant, narcissistic honesty will have you continuously checking the date of publication and shaking your head in awe.
More Fierce Ladies: What Is Visible by Kimberly Elkins
Sweet Bromance: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Is there anything better than the insta-bromance between Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones? The only thing capable of coming close is The Goldfinch‘s debauchery-filled friendship between Theo and Boris (Borriiisssss!).
More Dudely Love: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Relentless Violence: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
If you’re already missing your weekly dose of squished eyes and impaling swords, get ready for Donald Ray Pollock. I really mean that – you’ll need to prepare yourself. The Devil All the Time is filled with brutal violence well on par with Mr. Martin’s usual fare, but it’s also one of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read.
More Blood and Gore: The Son by Philipp Meyer
A Serious Fandom: Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe
The Game of Thrones fandom is vast, but so is the secret world behind the fans of Jane Austen. Among the Janeites explores some of the strange, fascinating characters that make up the Jane Austen fandom who just might make you feel completely normal.
What books would you suggest for Game of Thrones fans?