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You introduced us to the book-loving serial killer Joe Goldberg who we’ve all come to know through two seasons of the Netflix series. Based on the Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name, Goldberg made his debut in 2014. 

When he’s not busy spying on women he hasn’t actually met yet, Goldberg can be found with his nose deep into one of the many books he references throughout the series. We’ve compiled some of our favorite books that Goldberg loves as well. You can check out the full list below.

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On The Road – Jack Kerouac 

On The Road is the most famous novel by the Beat generation pioneer Jack Kerouac. The story follows the narrator, who is based on Kerouac, and his friend Dean Moriarty through five parts of the novel, three of which are about road trips with the two young men. Goldberg references the classic novel when questioning Benji, Beck’s semi-boyfriend, while he has him locked in the bookstore basement.

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
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Another dystopian goodie, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley introduces us to a world in where human beings are created in vitro and gestation is completed in artificial wombs. A caste system is in place, and work and lifestyle are assigned to each individual based on this system. Indoctrination begins at birth and hypnopedia (sleep-learning) is used as a tool to ingrain this society’s belief in its citizen’s minds. 📖 Of course, as is the theme of every dystopian novel, not everyone fully believes in this system and when people start asking questions, trouble ensues. This book was extremely thought provoking and made me consider the ethics of some of the practices in our current society. 📖 Have you read Brave New World or is it on your TBR list? #bibiliophiliac #bibliophile #bookofthemonth #bookreview #bookrecommendation #bookcommunity #booklovers #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #booksofinsta #amreading #goodreads #bookflatlay #totalbooknerd #booknerd l#booknerdigans #bookaholic #instabook #bookphotography #epicreads #igreads #bookworms #bookoftheday #ilovebooks #booksbooksbooks #dystopia #dystopian #aldoushuxley #bravenewworld

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Brave New World is a dystopian novel that takes place in a futuristic world colonized by genetically created humans and focuses on the consequences of government overreach. The Huxley novel is often compared to George Orwell’s work, 1984, another dystopian novel set in a futuristic world with a focus on Big Brother. We can also see the book sitting in the pile of selections Goldberg’s new “you” has poolside as the final episode comes to a close.

The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger

The Catcher In The Rye follows the angst, innocence and alienation of teenage protagonist Holden Caulfield. The J.D. Salinger novel is one of the most famous young-adult works of all time. In the second episode of season 1, we learn that Beck’s best friend Peach Salinger is a distant cousin to the author of one of the most classic works of literature. 

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Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This Russian novel plays a large role in Goldberg getting hired at his new job at Anavrin in season 2, and Goldberg can be seen reading it throughout, including the final scene. The novel follows Rodion Raskolnikov, a former student in Saint Petersburg who compiles a plan to kill a woman for her money.

Desperate Characters – Paula Fox
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"The first time I read Desperate Characters, in 1991, I fell in love with it. It seemed to me obviously superior to any novel by Fox's contemporaries John Updike, Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. It seemed inarguably great. And because I'd recognized my own troubled marriage in the Bentwoods', and because the novel had appeared to suggest that the fear of pain is more destructive than pain itself, and because I wanted very much to believe this, I reread it almost immediately. I hoped that the book, on a second reading, might actually tell me how to live." Jonathan Franzen, in his Introduction to Desperate Characters. * Published in 1970, Desperate Characters is clearly not an unsung masterpiece . . . but I will confess that I hadn't heard of it until I read Baz's @bazfiction review of it recently. (You will find the review under the photo of Edna O'Brien's A Pagan Place.) For me, the best sort of reviews describe not just the book itself – but how the book makes one feel. Although Baz's review is peerless, and I urge you to read it, I have offered up a few of my own thoughts on Goodreads. * In some ways, this book cover (featuring a Cartier-Bresson photograph) is so wrong – suggesting, as it does, the cocktail era of the 1950s complete with a dash of poison pink. And yet, Sophie and Otto Bentwood are in many ways exemplars of that consumerist decade. All of their fine intellectual attitudes, and their various luxuries, small and large, cannot protect them from the social upheaval of the late 1960s – the era in which the book is actually set. It's a jarring reading experience; it's meant to be that, I suspect. * #desperatecharacters #paulafox #jonathanfranzen #20thcenturyamericanliterature #pinkroses #booksandflowers #badmarriages #reading #readeveryday #bookworm #bookstagramfeature

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Desperate Characters is the book Beck buys from Goldberg in the very first episode of You. The novel follows a middle-aged couple who are trapped in a loveless marriage, showing their fragile emotional states as they go about their lives together and with close friends.  

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Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes 

This 1605 novel follows the adventures of a hidalgo, Alonso Quixano. He loses his mind after reading so many romance pieces. The novel influenced The Three Musketeers and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn to name a couple. Many now view the novel as a tragedy, with his idea on nobility being possibly insane. Goldberg gives a copy to his neighbor Paco in the first season, but his mother’s boyfriend, Ron, tears the book to pieces.

The Old Man And The Sea – Ernest Hemingway 

Although this 1952 title is never mentioned, Goldberg references Hemingway in the second season and multiple times throughout the series. The Old Man And The Sea was the last major fiction work by Hemingway, and it went on to be one of his most famous works of all time. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and contributed to his winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. 

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Ozma Of Oz – L. Frank Baum
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I have been reading through the Oz series this year. They are all so strange and more than a little odd. I don’t think Baum really had a clear plan or idea of where he was going with the series. There is very little continuity. He admitted he only wrote more books due to the demands of fans and even took some of their suggestions for plots. The Emerald City of Oz was written like it was intended to be the last book but there are several more to come. I am looking forward to seeing where these crazy stories and characters go. • These are my daughter’s books. The Oz series are some of her favorite books. She loves the Hesperus Press editions but I don’t think they published the whole series so we are filling in the gaps with whatever editions we can find. Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz belongs between The Road to Oz and The Emerald City of Oz but I just couldn’t get it to fit in for the purpose of this picture. 😆 —————————— #thewizardofoz #lfrankbaum #themarvelouslandofoz #ozmaofoz #theroadtooz #dorothyandthewizardofoz #theemeraldcityofoz #hesperuspress #childrensbooks #raisingreaders #bookstagram #lovetoread #avidreader #bookworm #booklove #readersofinstagram #reader #readmorebooks

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Ozma Of Oz is the third book in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series, and it’s the book Goldberg stole from Salinger in the first season. The novel is illustrated in color throughout, and although it’s an Oz book, the Land of Oz doesn’t appear until the end of the story.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë 
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Wuthering Heights was Emily Brontë’s only finished novel, and she is the sister to Charlotte Bontë, who wrote Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights is the ancient manor that the main character, Lockwood, is now living in. Lockwood asks his housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell him stories from Wuthering Heights, which she does beginning with her childhood. Goldberg can be heard referencing this famous novel in episode five of the first season. It’s also seen when Joe gifts the book to his ex-girlfriend Candace, and it’s later ripped up. 

The Count Of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas


This adventure novel takes place just before the Hundred Days period (after Napoleon returned to power) and follows a wrongfully imprisoned man who escapes and sets out to seek revenge on those responsible for his wrongful sentence. Goldberg suggests the book to Paco (as well as Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers) in season 1. Paco gets mad at the plot because the man waits 24 years for justice, in which Goldberg replies, “It’s all about the long game.” 

What’s your favorite book that Joe Goldberg loves? Let us know in the comments below!