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What Books Are the Characters from Brooklyn Nine-Nine Reading?

by | September 12
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine dodged a major bullet when the series was let go by Fox and almost immediately picked up by NBC for a sixth season. Within twenty-four hours of learning the show would not return for a new season, the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill, and thousands of fans on Twitter, rallied to overturn the cancellation—and succeeded.

Though we’ll have to wait an undetermined amount of time for a reunion with our favorite NYPD precinct, there are some good reads we can dig into in the meantime. If you’ve ever wondered what the characters of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have on their bookshelves—because who doesn’t?—here are some books they’re likely reading when the cameras aren’t around.

The Woman in the Woods

The Woman in the Woods

by John Connolly

Jake Peralta
Detective Jake Peralta—a wisecracking NYC native and Die Hard stan—loves a good case—and often pursues them relentlessly (and sometimes employs super unorthodox methods in doing so). Surely, Nine-Nine’s best detective would enjoy a good John Connolly mystery, right? In Connolly’s latest novel, PI Charlie Parker must unravel the strange events surrounding the body of a woman who apparently died during childbirth.

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Bonfire

Bonfire

by Krysten Ritter

Rosa Diaz
While there’s still so much we don’t know about Detective Rosa Diaz, I like to imagine she spends her free time cozied up with a good book. Bonfire is the perfect read for someone like Rosa. Featuring a protagonist like Nine-Nine’s resident badass, Bonfire follows Abby Williams, an environmental lawyer with a secret past. When she’s forced to return to her small-town life thanks to a new case, Abby draws some unsettling connections between the place’s most high-profile company and the disappearance of a close friend.

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

by Nova Jacobs

Amy Santiago
Though one might say Amy’s high-strung personality and her hyper-competiveness make her an easy target, you have to admit her painstaking approach to everything in life makes her a damn good detective. That’s why she’d likely love a novel like The Last Equation of Isaac Severy. Teeming with clues, mathematical references, and a literary mystery at its core, this is a novel I’m sure Amy would devour whole—though not before annotating and flagging every single page.

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When's Happy Hour?

When's Happy Hour?

by The Betches

Gina Linetti
Gina Linetti has mastered the art of contributing as little as humanly possible to the precinct and society at large. But to rise up the ranks and to do so effortlessly, she’s going to need the help of the Betches. When's Happy Hour? is a guide to helping you balance your messiness and keeping your glow-up game “toight” (as Jake would say). Gina could learn a thing or two, but then again, she’s fared pretty well so far.

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The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen

by Signe Pike

Terry Jeffords
At odds with Sergeant Terry Jeffords’s stature are so many surprising quirks—like his obsession with yogurt, his propensity to refer to himself in the third person, and his overall…wimpiness. But who would’ve guessed that Jeffords loves an epic fantasy novel? The first installment of Signe Pike’s fantastical historical trilogy, The Lost Queen has everything Jeffords would love—romance, betrayal, and even some magic.  

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Black Klansman

Black Klansman

by Ron Stallworth

Captain Ray Holt
As the only gay black man on the force, Raymond Holt faced a lot of bigotry while serving and protecting in the 70s. In fact, it’s very likely he heard about Ron Stallworth—a Colorado Springs police officer—through the grapevine. Like Holt, Stallworth witnessed racism firsthand and even infiltrated one of the most infamous white supremacist institutions—the KKK. The basis of a certified-fresh movie directed by Spike Lee, Black Klansman is an awe-inspiring story that delves into the darkest corners of our society. 

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The Tucci Table

The Tucci Table

by Stanley Tucci

Charles Boyle
Sure, Detective Charles Boyle doesn’t have a lot going for him but for his covetable palate. Charles is very optimistic, loyal, and lovable, and he takes his foodie passion very seriously. In Stanley Tucci’s The Tucci Table, Boyle would likely find plenty of tasty recipes to pester the precinct with and which would also help inspire his food truck goals.

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Die Laughing

Die Laughing

by William Novak

Hitchcock & Scully
Hitchcock and Scully—partners for more than 30 years—are probably just biding their time until retirement. As the “old folks” of the precinct, they have their own special brand of humor, often steeped in immaturity, laziness, and electronic illiteracy. William Novak’s Die Laughing is a collection of jokes about getting old, which Hitchcock and Scully would no doubt relate to.

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Tolani is a Marketing Associate at Simon & Schuster. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. She also founded and runs her own blog, TolanisLifeLessons.com. Keep up with her current reads and favorite books on Instagram @TolaniHerShelf.