The Amy Santiago Reading Challenge: Every Book Mentioned in Brooklyn Nine Nine

I am a HUGE fan of Brooklyn Nine Nine. I have re-watched over and over and over, and am currently watching it again. When I first got Netflix, it only had season one at the time, I watched that on repeat until season two came out, then watched both of them on repeat, and so on.

It is easily my favourite show as it just brings me SO MUCH joy. I could never get sick of it. I’ve already watched nearly all five seasons that are currently on Netflix just this month, as it’s a fool-proof way to lift my spirits when certain health issues get me down.

A couple of months ago – whilst in the middle of yet another watch-through – I decided to write my own reading challenge based on it. For those who aren’t familiar with Gilmore Girls, there’s something called the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, which is a very long list of all the books mentioned and/or seen within the TV show Gilmore Girls.

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Whilst the challenge is named after Rory Gilmore – as she is the character that reads the most – it doesn’t matter who mentions the books themselves. If it’s in the show, it’s on the list. So, I decided to do the same with Brooklyn Nine Nine!

I’ve been paying close attention to the dialogue throughout my last few watch-throughs and noting down any references to books, or possible references to books, to include in this list. As I am always watching this show, I’ll be sure to come back and update this list as I notice more, and/or as more episodes get released.

I decided to write the list in alphabetical order – rather than the order that they’re mentioned in – as that is much more pleasing to me. Also, I need to point out that since season six isn’t available in Australia yet, any books mentioned in that season will not be on this list until it is available. Now, onto the list!


  1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  3. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  4. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  5. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  6. The Baby-Sitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
  7. Batman comics by DC Comics
  8. Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  9. Beowulf by Unknown
  10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  11. The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia by Guy Lawson and William Oldham
  12. Calvin and Hobbes comics by Bill Watterson
  13. Cujo by Stephen King
  14. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  15. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  16. Dick Tracy comics by Chester Gould / Mike Curtis
  17. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  18. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  19. Garfield comics by Jim Davis
  20. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  21. Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
  22. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  23. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  25. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  26. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  27. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  28. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  29. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  30. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe comics by DC Comics
  31. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  32. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
  33. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  34. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  35. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  36. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  37. Murder On Ice (Nancy Drew Files #3) by Carolyn Keene
  38. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  39. Othello by William Shakespeare
  40. The Odyssey by Homer
  41. Popeye the Sailor comic by E. C. Segar
  42. Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
  43. Recipe For Murder (Nancy Drew Files #21) by Carolyn Keene
  44. Ship: The Epic Story of Maritime Adventure by Brian Lavery
  45. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  46. Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal
  47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  48. Thor comics by Marvel
  49. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
  50. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

There you have it: all the books that I have noticed being referenced to in Brooklyn Nine Nine! Unlike the Rory Gilmore Challenge – which is over 300 books long – this challenge seems totally doable.


Before you all go, I feel the need to explain why I only included two George R. R. Martin books, and perhaps get some input on whether I should include the others as well.

I included “Game of Thrones” as that name is actually said many times throughout the show, and I included “A Storm of Swords” as Jake mentions the Red Wedding, which happens in that book. On both occasions they were most likely talking about the show, but I still wanted to include them in the list as I’ve heard they’re great books.

Also, not every single Harry Potter is mention by name in the show, but both Amy and Jake say that they’ve read the entire series, so I decided to include them all in the list. I’ve only read the first few myself, but I really enjoyed them and hope to finish the series soon!

My personal favourite book mentions often come from the loveable Charles Boyle. Quotes such as “Thor would never wager his hammer” and his response when Jake asks if Nancy Drew solved a lot of murders: “Murder on Ice, Recipe for Murder. Nancy was a wonderful detective. I wanted to be her when I grew up.” Oh, Boyle! 🙊

Now, tell me: what books have YOU read from the Amy Santiago Challenge? What ones did you love or hate? Let me know in the comments! 👇

Until next time,
Indya xx

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10 thoughts on “The Amy Santiago Reading Challenge: Every Book Mentioned in Brooklyn Nine Nine

  1. I am currently reading The Adventures of Pinocchio with my kiddos. Looking forward to reading several others on this list.


  2. Nice books, all of them seem very interesting! I would love to read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, my mom loves this book so much, she has been recommending me it a long time ago.


    • Me too! I’m always interested in books that are referenced in other books and/or TV shows, as I think they must be worth talking about for a reason! I actually haven’t read a lot of these books, so I need to get cracking 🙌


  3. This challenge is amazing! I’m a huge fan of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and love the idea behind this, and the fact that you named it after mega-bookworm, Amy! I’ve actually read a decent amount of these books, but love that the list combines classics with cult pop culture favorites!


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