What Books Would the Characters From “The Office” Be Reading?

What Books Would the Characters From “The Office” Be Reading?

As I’m working my way towards my goal of reading 100 books this year, I’ve been reading a wide array of books. Nonfiction, chick lit, literary fiction, young adult, it’s been all over the spectrum. I started thinking of the books I’ve read, and who else would enjoy them in my life.

And as most things in my mind, my thoughts eventually meandered their way onto what TV show I should watch when I’m home. Meld these two different thoughts together and I started wondering what books the characters on The Office would read.

So I put together a list of the books I think the workers at Dunder Mifflin would read on their lunch breaks, while taking some time away from selling paper.

Michael

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How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Of course Michael would be reading this book. If there’s anyone who could use this advice badly, it’s Michael.

Jim

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Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

For some reason, I don’t picture Jim reading a lot of fiction. He’s a sports fan, while also being a bit of a softie, which makes Friday Night Lights a perfect choice for him.

Pam

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The Rosie Projct by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Projct by Graeme Simsion

I see Pam as keeping up with more current fiction, but still being behind the curve a little bit because of her two kids. The love story in it will really resonate with her, so I’m sure she would have picked up this book.

Dwight

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

It was a toss-up between this and The Hunger Games (because we all know that Dwight would have loved to read about young kids hunting each other and advanced technology aiding this horror in the dystopian future). Ultimately, I think Dwight would have been an avid fan of the Game of Thrones books and television show.

Andy

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The only reason Andy would have read this book is because Kurt Vonnegut is a Cornell alum. But that would be reason enough for him.

Ryan

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The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Ryan’s insatiable appetite for the lavish and large, while being selfish and totally un-self-aware makes this book his go to when he is busy distracting himself at work.

Kelly

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Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Kelly is a total chick lit kind of girl. And the constant parade of name-brand designers would leave her salivating for more of these books in the series.

Phyllis

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Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Phyllis basically pleasured herself to the audio version of 50 Shades of Grey in the office, so it makes sense she would love a camp classic like Valley of the Dolls.

Stanley

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The Million Word Crossword Dictionary by Stanley Newman and Daniel Stark

The Million Word Crossword Dictionary by Stanley Newman and Daniel Stark

Stanley loves his crossword puzzles. He would automatically gravitate towards a book like this to keep him preoccupied at work.

Oscar

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Oscar is known for interrupting his other coworker’s conversations with, “Actually,” so that he can let them know the facts about current events. He would be packing this book so he could keep up his title as office know-it-all.

Angela

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90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

Angela is the most outspoken Christian in the office (though her actions speak differently), so she would definitely have this book on her bedside table. As we know, Angela would never read thriller, she hates to be titillated.

Darryl

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Do Over: Everything You Need to Get Unstuck at Work by Jon Acuff

Do Over: Everything You Need to Get Unstuck at Work by Jon Acuff

Darryl is all about moving to the next level, from the warehouse to the office to Philly. He was a fan of The 4-Hour Workweek, so he would pick up this book that pairs well with his motivation.

Meredith

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Ever the unsuccessful sober woman, Meredith would have this on her bookshelf, probably gathering dust.

Creed

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Physicians’ Desk Reference

Physicians’ Desk Reference

Cult leader, cult member, fake ID-maker for underage kids, Creed would always keep an up-to-date copy of the Physicians’ Desk Reference.

Toby

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Oh Toby, Toby, Toby…the little ol’ HR rep. At best he manages a feeling of apathy from his coworkers, and at his worst he receives full-on hatred. Toby is tirelessly working on his Chad Flenderson detective novels, and he would keep a copy of this Agatha Christie novel hoping and praying that one day he will be on people’s bookshelves.

Gabe

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Gabe is a horror freak and he would be all over this novel. And he’d probably make Erin read it as well, when all she wants is to read Wall-E.

Erin

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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Erin, who grew up as an orphan in a foster home, would be all over this book. It’s for younger reading level (I don’t picture Erin being a savant with the words), it features an orphan, and it has a happy ever after, which is all she wants.

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