The Books on the Nightstands of Your Favorite Characters from Glee

Posted by Maria Vicente

It’s almost time to say goodbye (forever—I’m not ready) to Glee, the show we all love (or, as is probably more appropriate, love to hate). I’ve spent too much time thinking about the literary preferences of our favorite Glee characters, and below I’m sharing what books I think rest on the nightstands of the singing misfits. 

Finn Hudson | The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: I don’t think Finn owned many books in his younger days, but he most likely took this one out of the library once (he was grounded and the Lima Public Library was the only place he was allowed to go) and never returned it. 

Rachel Berry | Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: Tired of being an outcast, Rachel discovered this book in middle school and has kept it close to her heart ever since.

Kurt Hummel | Studio Saint-Ex by Ania Szado: This book has all of Kurt’s favorite things—the fashion industry, the French language, and romantic love affairs.

Santana Lopez | Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe: There is no way Santana doesn’t own a volume called Sass & Sorcery. She is absolutely interested in unapologetically badass women.

Sam Evans | The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith: Sam’s adorable and all, but he really needs some help when it comes to relationships. This book is his bible.

Tina Cohen-Chang | Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: I firmly believe that Tina’s goth phase was a sign that she loves everything horror. Tina also has difficulty dealing with reality, so this collection of stories is her perfect escape.

Noah Puckerman (aka Puck) | The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs: So this book was probably given to Puck by a really cool, hip, and intelligent English teacher. He read it. He liked it. He went out and secretly bought himself a copy so he could read it again.

Sue Sylvester | The Soul of It All by Michael Bolton: For some reason, Sue is completely obsessed with Bolton and has told the entire world that he’s the father of her baby. There’s no doubt in my mind that she has memorized every word of this book.

Brittany S. Pierce | The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman: Like many, Brittany read this when she was a child. Unlike many, Brittany’s super intelligence allowed her to understand even the most complicated concepts in the book. She loves the adventure, but she also loves how much the book makes her think.

Blaine Anderson | The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon: Dalton Academy expects a lot from its students, so there’s no doubt in my mind that Blaine was raised on literary fiction. He likes this one because he sort of has a thing for superheroes (see photo above).

Will Schuester | If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura J Numeroff: There was a time when Will ate a cookie every lunch hour. Now that he has a kid at home, this is his picture book of choice.

Quinn Fabray | How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran: Remember when Quinn went through her punk phase? She’d definitely love this book.

Mike Chang | The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This book is shy and philosophical, just like Mike.

Mercedes Jones | Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling: Mercedes most likely adores Mindy Kaling and has highlighted every second sentence in this book. She can’t wait for Kaling’s next book to come out this year.

Emma Pillsbury (or maybe Schuester… did she change her name?) | The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: Emma is 100% the type to read this book. You know it.

Artie Abrams | Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: The humor in this comic is the perfect fit for Artie.

Kitty Wilde | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: Kitty is definitely that cool girl at school that goes home and updates her YA book blog. Jenny Han is probably her favorite author.

Do you agree or disagree with my headcanon? Do you have any recommendations for characters I’ve missed (solely for time constraints, by the way—there are many characters I love not on this list)? Let me know in the comments!