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

Posted by Hayley on July 14, 2017
"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!


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And for fans of the television adaptation, Game of Thrones returns this Sunday on HBO! What are you looking forward to in the new season?

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message 1: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey lol Jon Snow would have existed before aANY of these were published [medieval ages and all. Fictional, but still.]


message 2: by Mei (new)

Mei Hahaha!!! So appropriate!!! LOL


message 3: by Anshita (new)

Anshita Makwana This is the ultimate post! I'm adding my recommendations for all of them.


message 4: by Holly (last edited Jul 14, 2017 09:04AM) (new)

Holly I'm not going to pick out clever titles that have some connection to the characters; I am going to pick out books that I think the particular character would enjoy, based on what I know about them.

Arya Stark would enjoy stories of ass-kicking women. For her:
Maia (Beklan Empire #2) by Richard Adams The Rebel Countess (Women in History) by Anne Marreco The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline Gedge

GRRM has stated that Sansa enjoys romances; (and since he created this character I think HE would know her better than anyone else) I think she would identify with the MC's in these books:
The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell I Am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto
and because she loves clothes: Fashion The Definitive History of Costume and Style by Susan Brown

Sandor "the Hound" Clegane is a complicated and misunderstood character, but from what I know about him I think he would like these books:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck (the Cain/Abel brother theme in this book would be fascinating to him)
Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley (as an expert horseman I think he would really enjoy this one)
J.W. Waterhouse by Anthony Hobson (a coffee table book full of lovely ladies with red hair)
Rotten No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs by John Lydon (because he and John Lydon are so much alike.....the Hound would have made an awesome member of the Sex Pistols)


message 5: by Andreas (last edited Jul 14, 2017 08:17AM) (new)

Andreas I think Tyrion would be reading something by Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams. His wit/humour would fit right in with their material. Throw in some George Carlin for good measure.


message 6: by Toni (new)

Toni Iguain Jeffrey wrote: "lol Jon Snow would have existed before aANY of these were published [medieval ages and all. Fictional, but still.]"

Well he's not on Earth so I don't think he was in the Middle Ages either.


message 7: by Andreas (new)

Andreas ' Hound would have made an awesome member of the Sex Pistols'

Haha; good call Holly.


message 8: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Campbell hahaha this is great


message 9: by Samhain (last edited Jul 14, 2017 08:29AM) (new)

Samhain Those are spot on, especially Dany's "Men Explain Things To Me"! I was prepared to riot about Sansa's selection, but turns out whoever did this list has read the books and knows Sansa is so much more than what people paint her as. The Maya Angelou novel fits her so well, and not because of the funny title nod. If she lived nowadays, she would totally be the kind of young woman who's just learned that "feminism" isn't a bad word and is now truly invested in learning and growing, kuddos to whoever suggested this one for her instead of sticking to romance novels! Tyrion would read more adventure books, though. After all, it's what made him survive his childhood at the Rock, and I agree with Andreas' suggestion of Pratchett :)


message 10: by Carrie (new)

Carrie LOL!!! "All My Friends Are Dead". LOVE it!


message 11: by Samantha (new)

Samantha I want to know who's favorite character could possibly be Littlefinger...


message 12: by Meredith (new)

Meredith The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”


message 13: by Ghidaa (new)

Ghidaa Hehehehehehehehe This has become one of my favorite Goodreads blogs ever !


message 14: by Evan (new)

Evan Lien Jeffrey wrote: "lol Jon Snow would have existed before aANY of these were published [medieval ages and all. Fictional, but still.]"

wow way to take the fun out of everything


message 15: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Holly wrote: "I'm not going to pick out clever titles that have some connection to the characters; I am going to pick out books that I think the particular character would enjoy, based on what I know about them...."

Who WOULDN'T connect with Scarlett O'Hara?! Okay, probably some people, but GWTW is truly perfect for Sansa (and my fav).


message 16: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Andreas wrote: "I think Tyrion would be reading something by Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams. His wit/humour would fit right in with their material. Throw in some George Carlin for good measure."

I think Tyrion might like the Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold


message 17: by False (new)

False History scrolls, how to manuals and books on dysfunctional families and how to survive them.


message 18: by Angie (new)

Angie I truly LOL'd! Very witty!


message 19: by Anna Lynn (new)

Anna Lynn Portwood I see Jon as a Lord of the Rings kind of guy....... especially Lord of the Rings The Return of the King.....


message 20: by Evan (new)

Evan Lien Anna Lynn wrote: "I see Jon as a Lord of the Rings kind of guy....... especially Lord of the Rings The Return of the King....."

he's even got his own sam


message 21: by Anna Lynn (new)

Anna Lynn Portwood Evan wrote: "Anna Lynn wrote: "I see Jon as a Lord of the Rings kind of guy....... especially Lord of the Rings The Return of the King....."

he's even got his own sam"


Hahaha..... I know right? too great! I can't wait for Sunday! ;)


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Evan wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "lol Jon Snow would have existed before aANY of these were published [medieval ages and all. Fictional, but still.]"

wow way to take the fun out of everything"


Lol


message 23: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Elizabeth LOL. This is perfection. Jon Snow's was my by far my favorite


message 24: by Anna Lynn (new)

Anna Lynn Portwood Anna Lynn wrote: "Evan wrote: "Anna Lynn wrote: "I see Jon as a Lord of the Rings kind of guy....... especially Lord of the Rings The Return of the King....."

he's even got his own sam"

Hahaha..... I know right? t..."


Wonder what his fav rock bank would be.... Gotta choose Seether. They're my fav!


message 25: by Selena (new)

Selena XD "All my friends are dead."


message 26: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Where is Cersei's list?


Holly (Holly Hearts Books) He would read a book from the "for dummies" series because he knows nothing..


message 28: by Cherisee (new)


message 29: by Kristen (new)

Kristen lol


message 31: by - Alfeim (new)

- Alfeim that's not serious xD !


message 32: by Rahul (new)

Rahul Mitra For Jon Snow I'd definitely add:

Return of a King: The battle for Afghanistan by william dalrymple
Iron in the soul by sartre
Men without women by Hemingway
Wind, sand and stars by Jean Paul Sartre
Whats eating Gilbert Grape
The Mahabharata

For Arya Stark (My favourite character):
Iron in the soul by sartre
The road less travelled by M. Scott Peck
Man's search for meaning by Victor Frankl

For Sansa:
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

For Jaime Lannister:
Whats eating Gilbert Grape


message 33: by Martha (new)

Martha Forsyth I laughed out loud when I read "All My Friends Are Dead" for Jon Snow. Loved it


message 34: by Clara (new)

Clara Ivemyr Strömberg Samantha wrote: "I want to know who's favorite character could possibly be Littlefinger..."

Oh lord, mine. Absolutely mine. Littlefinger will rule Westeros one day. One day 3


message 35: by Mai-Anh (new)

Mai-Anh Arya:
Graceling
Throne of Glass


message 36: by Ben (new)

Ben Well he's probably already read "Cunnilingus for Dummies"...


message 37: by Joe (new)

Joe Toni wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "lol Jon Snow would have existed before aANY of these were published [medieval ages and all. Fictional, but still.]"

Well he's not on Earth so I don't think he was in the Middle Age..."


he's not even on a planet as we understand it. GRRM wrote the saga in a universe consisting of a 'flat earth' like the folks here on Earth in the Middle Ages believed it to be.


message 38: by Joe (new)

Joe Holly wrote: "I'm not going to pick out clever titles that have some connection to the characters; I am going to pick out books that I think the particular character would enjoy, based on what I know about them...."

superb job on The Hound's recs!! spot on!! 100% with you on the Sex Pistols connection for Sandor!!


message 39: by Maura (new)

Maura I chuckled over Jon Snow's list. Then I saw "Men Explain Things To Me" and I laughed loud enough that I'm pretty sure everyone in the apartments around mine must have heard me.


message 40: by LaZia (new)

LaZia LOL!!!!!!!


message 41: by HeatherJay (new)

HeatherJay "Are You My Mother?"......LMAO!!!!!! That is awesome.


TheBohemianBookworm All of these are spot on!


message 43: by Bara (new)

Bara Joe wrote: "Toni wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "lol Jon Snow would have existed before aANY of these were published [medieval ages and all. Fictional, but still.]"

Well he's not on Earth so I don't think he was in t..."


So Westeros is a darker Discworld? O.o


message 44: by Lu (new)

Lu Someone should make lists like this for other fictional characters!


message 45: by Mareli (new)

Mareli Thalwitzer Wa ha ha!! This is great!!! Going to forward it to my husband immediately. He doesn't read book blogs, but this one he would enjoy!


message 46: by S.N. (new)

S.N. Lemoing Great!


message 47: by Hella (new)

Hella Jenna wrote: "Where is Cersei's list?"

Waiting for her list too, she is my favourite character...
Long Live Queen Cersei!!!


message 48: by Anne (new)

Anne Ecobichon Good job on all accounts. That was my morning laugh.


message 49: by Zuzanna (new)

Zuzanna Gawda I laughed so hard at the 'Know-It-All' for John Snow


message 50: by Zuzanna (new)

Zuzanna Gawda Anne wrote: "Good job on all accounts. That was my morning laugh."
HAhah, same


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