What Would Jon Snow Read? Book Recs for Your Favorite Game of Thrones Characters

Posted by Hayley on April 9, 2015
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge," Tyrion Lannister told Jon Snow in A Game of Thrones. "That's why I read so much."

Unfortunately for Tyrion—and for all the characters in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series—the publishing industry in the fantasy land of Westeros leaves a little to be desired. (Unless, of course, you're mostly into historical nonfiction and songs about maidens and/or bears). But what if Game of Thrones characters were on Goodreads today? Which books would they add to their to-read shelves?

Below we've gathered some book recommendation for Tyrion, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and more. Now it's your turn!

Book Recommendations for Jon SnowAdd your own to our Listopia!

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Book Recommendations for Daenerys TargaryenAdd your own to our Listopia!

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Book Recommendations for Tyrion LannisterAdd your own to our Listopia!

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Book Recommendations for Sansa StarkAdd your own to our Listopia!

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Book Recommendations for Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger)—Add your own to our Listopia!

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Have reading suggestions for more Game of Thrones characters? (The Left Hand of Darkness or Flowers in the Attic for Jaime Lannister, perhaps?) Create your own Listopias and share your favorite recommendations in the comments.

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message 1: by Richa (new)

Richa This is a brilliant composition! Really entertaining!


message 2: by Eli (new)

Eli Sansa needs "To kill a mockingbird". :p
I'd suggest the Dangerous Liaisons for Cersei, Merteuil reminds me of her like way too much.


message 3: by Shima (new)

Shima It seems fitting that the only books on that list that I've read are from Arya, Tyrion and Dany's shelves! They're my favorite characters and now that I know we share the same taste in books, I know why!


message 4: by Mary Caserta (new)

Mary Caserta Excellent choices and a really fun post!


message 5: by Vonze (new)

Vonze Ha! Please make books recs for more literary characters! This is too awesome.


message 6: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Dreier Jon Snow might enjoy: "Little Red Riding Hood" He'd adore "Unbroken" and might fall for "Grimm's Fairy Tales"


message 7: by Christine (new)

Christine Knight Jon would read 'Song Bird' by Christine M Knight. Life is bleak in his world; he needs to return to the summer. Winter needs to be left behind.


Kagama-the Literaturevixen I suggested The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids for Arya because I Think she would find a lot in common with the heroine.


message 9: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart We need one for Brienne of Tarth!


message 10: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Dreier Brienne? "The Book of Strange New Things"


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* A great idea for a post, I may even participate in the listopia.


message 12: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Barbara wrote: "Brienne? "The Book of Strange New Things""

My first thought was The Woman Who Rides Like a Man.


message 13: by TheWellReadLady (new)

TheWellReadLady Hilarious! More literary recs please :)


message 14: by Sheree (new)

Sheree Haha! Definitely do more of these! Very entertaining!


message 15: by Utkarsh (new)

Utkarsh Jon really need to read know-it-all.


message 16: by Penny (last edited Apr 10, 2015 07:28PM) (new)

Penny Igarashi Brienne of Tarth? "Till We Have Faces" by C.S. Lewis.


message 17: by Forrest (new)

Forrest OK, that is funny. Love the choice of "Brothers Karamazov" for Tyrion.


message 18: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Great blog post.....again, but I haven't read this series so I can't add anything for this blog post except that a few books above I have shelved and others I oac, but haven't scanned into the system yet. *runs and hides in shame from die hard fans*. Haven't read......Yet.......I will someday :)

Enjoy the thread everyone :)


message 19: by Leydy (new)

Leydy Brilliant


message 20: by Becky (new)

Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) This is pure brilliance!


message 21: by Robert (new)

Robert Good one! :D


message 22: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Vonze (Yvonne) wrote: "Ha! Please make books recs for more literary characters! This is too awesome."

Yeah. Recommend some for classic characters like Sherlock Holmes, Elijah Bayley or Brother Cadfael!


message 23: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Fun list!


message 24: by Vera (last edited Apr 11, 2015 02:09PM) (new)

Vera Jaime should read the portuguese novel Os Maias (Eça de Queirós). He'll be a kindred spirit to the main character.


message 25: by Greg (new)

Greg Ned stark- the headless horseman and Stuart Little for Tyrion. Khaleesi needs to read how to train your dragon.


message 26: by Alexandra1294 (new)

Alexandra1294 What about Cercei Lannister? We need one for her too :)


message 27: by Andy (last edited Apr 11, 2015 07:29PM) (new)

Andy I don't know about Cersei, but Joffrey should read The Color Purple.

Actually, I'm pretty sure Cersei has been reading the Eloise series. Also, someone get Samwell Tarly to read some Brene Brown for pete's sake.


message 28: by Bridget (new)

Bridget He would read OUTLANDERS strictly for the laughs.


Bay Area Book Festival Love this.
Littlefinger would read Lolita.
Cersei would read Gone Girl, because she's crazy and she would get Amy.


message 30: by Emily (new)

Emily A. I'd love to recommend books for more ASOIAF characters.


message 31: by Emily (new)

Emily A. Bay Area Book Festival wrote: "Love this.
Littlefinger would read Lolita.
Cersei would read Gone Girl, because she's crazy and she would get Amy."


Or Sansa would and be inspired.


message 32: by Emily (new)

Emily A. Jon Snow should read The Once and Future King.


message 33: by Chili (new)

Chili Bibi Jon Snow would read any encyclopedia, so at least he'd know something. :)


message 34: by Mahdi (new)

Mahdi Qorbani Awesome!


message 35: by anzilla (new)

anzilla reads books hahahaha, this list is awesome


message 36: by Ananya (new)

Ananya I love this!


message 37: by Mayra (new)

Mayra Sigwalt The Winter King!! The Winter King


message 39: by Emily (new)

Emily A. Would love to see a list for Shireen Baratheon.


message 40: by R.H. (new)

R.H. Dickinson Jon Snow should read KIDON by RH Dickinson


message 41: by Arianna (new)

Arianna Martin Hmmmm... This here list gets ya thinking... I'd have to say anything written by Shakespeare. :D


message 42: by Emily (new)

Emily A. Arianna wrote: "Hmmmm... This here list gets ya thinking... I'd have to say anything written by Shakespeare. :D"

Like Richard III definitely for Tywin or Tyrion.


message 43: by Arianna (new)

Arianna Martin Emily wrote: "Arianna wrote: "Hmmmm... This here list gets ya thinking... I'd have to say anything written by Shakespeare. :D"

Like Richard III definitely for Tywin or Tyrion."


I do not Tyrion would take the time to sit down and even read a book.


message 44: by Emily (new)

Emily A. Arianna wrote: "Emily wrote: "Arianna wrote: "Hmmmm... This here list gets ya thinking... I'd have to say anything written by Shakespeare. :D"

Like Richard III definitely for Tywin or Tyrion."

I do not Tyrion wo..."


Tyrion is the greatest reader of the series (books/show).

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge," Tyrion Lannister told Jon Snow in A Game of Thrones. "That's why I read so much."


message 45: by Valeria (new)

Valeria I share a reading taste with Tyrion (yay!) and Littlefinger (uh-oh). But I think Arya should definitely Gone with the Wind. She is a Scarlett kind of gal - do what it takes to survive.


message 46: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee Bay Area Book Festival wrote: "Cersei would read Gone Girl, because she's crazy and she would get Amy."

YES!!!


message 47: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee Chili wrote: "Jon Snow would read any encyclopedia, so at least he'd know something. :)"

yeah and The Foxfire Book, Foxfire 2-3 books so he could know how to survive anything.


message 48: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee Rainbowheart wrote: "Some new lists....

Book Recommendations for Brienne of Tarth

Book Recommendations for Tywin Lannister

Book Recommendations for Bran Stark"


love that!


message 49: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Keatley This gave me a much needed mid-day chuckle!


message 50: by Zoe (new)

Zoe I love this.


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