5 Books to Read If You Like TWIN PEAKS

Recently I finished watching Twin Peaks, the American drama TV series that ran from 1990-91. Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, Twin Peaks follows the mysterious events transpire in this small town after the murder of Laura Palmer, a local high school student. The best way I can describe this show is that it’s charmingly bizarre (meaning that it’s incredibly weird but in a good way). I loved this show (except for the horrible ending, which I just won’t talk about because AGH) and since I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it I thought I would turn my enthusiasm into a bookish post.

If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks, then you’ve come to the right place for some book recommendations! Here are five books I think you’ll enjoy if you like Twin Peaks (and vice versa):

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

If it’s the unexpectedly bizarre parts of Twin Peaks that you enjoyed most, then Far Far Away is the book for you. What’s more weird than a protagonist named Jeremy Johnson Johnson who can hear more voices than the average person, a talking ghost of Jacob Grimm, and a suspicious baker? It’s safe to say that I’ve never read anything quite like this entertaining, slightly twisted fairy tale retelling.

The Shining by Stephen King

I don’t think it’ll be a surprise to anyone that I’ve decided to include a Stephen King book in this list of recommendations. Not only are his books suspenseful and creepy like Twin Peaks, but they also tend to have a supernatural twist to them. It’s difficult to explain the kind of “otherworldly” elements in both Twin Peaks and The Shining (Is Jack Torrance being possessed by the hotel or is he just going insane?) which makes them a perfect pair.

The Woods by Harlan Coben

This murder mystery shares many parallels with Twin Peaks: the murders of teenagers, a woodsy setting, a protagonist called Cope (similar to Agent Cooper?), and a tangled web of characters that all have secrets of their own to look after. I read this while on a camping trip a few summers ago after my mom read it and absolutely loved it (on second thought, maybe a camping trip wasn’t the best place to read a murder mystery called The Woods…)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Although this young adult fantasy book might seem out-of-place on this list at a first glance, in actuality it is more similar to Twin Peaks than it seems on the surface. Like Twin Peaks, The Raven Boys takes place in a small town where most people know each other, involves people with “otherworldly” powers, and focuses on the stories of both high schoolers and adults. (Also, Ronan sort of reminds me of the moody James who always rides a motorcycle on Twin Peaks, although I definitely like Ronan more.)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

When I think about how I often describe Twin Peaks as being “charmingly bizarre,” the first book that comes to mind is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Everything in this short novel is incredibly unexpected and told in a way that will keep you entranced until the very last page has been turned, similar to the captivating suspense of Twin Peaks.

I hope these recommendations are helpful! Are you a fan of Twin Peaks? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!



17 responses to “5 Books to Read If You Like TWIN PEAKS”

  1. “What’s more weird than a protagonist named Jeremy Johnson Johnson who can hear more voices than the average person” – A man called Humbert Humbert who’s attracted to children? Lol!

    Love this post, I haven’t watched Twin Peaks yet (I know I know!! 🙄) I like the sound of Far, Far Away and already have The Shining on my TBR 😀

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    1. haha very true, Humbert Humbert is the worst!

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  2. Good calls on The Shining and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Far, Far Away looks very tempting. I still haven’t seen the new Twin Peaks, but I loved 90-91 series.

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    1. Far Far Away is so good! I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it 🙂

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  3. Elliot Hyland Avatar
    Elliot Hyland

    I haven’t seen Twin Peaks, but judging from the books you compare it too, it must be pretty cool.

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    1. It’s so good– really bizarre, but in a great way!

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  4. I’ve only seen The Shining, but everything on this list looks delicious. Twin Peaks is on hold, so hopefully I’ll get to see some of it before school starts.

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    1. I hope so, too! Twin Peaks is amazing!


  5. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom Avatar
    Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

    I love Twin Peaks! And this list is pretty perfect. I’ve read 3 out of the 5 so I’ll add the other 2 to my tbr list immediately.

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    1. Yes!! Hope you enjoy them 🙂


  6. I have issues with Stephen King… but I want to read The Shining so bad! I think that is one of the ones that I must read. I have another one, but there is something on this “fantastical” twist that really turn me off… I started reading The Shining, but I did not get too far with it, so I think I will take your recommendation on this. 😀

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    1. I really liked The Shining, but I think I love the movie adaptation even more. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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      1. I will let you know if I ever start it again and finish it haha

        I have not watched the movie for the same reason, I want to read first the book and then judge horrible the movie haha (not really)

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  8. I’m not a fan of Twin Peaks but I’ll still check out some of these 🙂 Thanks for the recs!


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