Books to Read If You Loved ‘Better Call Saul’

Better Call Saul Books to ReadWhen I tell you I loved Breaking Bad, I need you to know that I don’t just love Breaking Bad the way people “love mac and cheese” or “love that color on you.” I love it so much that it’s my BFF tattoo.

When Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff was announced, I was only skeptical until I heard that it was a prequel and that there would be more Mike (Jonathan Banks). You know, Mike, the fixer. The big, bald, scary, white dude without whom everyone’s everything would fall apart. Mike is my jam—second favorite only to Tío Hector (Mark Margolis). Our BFF tattoo comes from Mike’s monologue to Walt in Season 3’s penultimate episode. In that episode, Walt tries to band-aid the problem of Jesse’s hot head by sending him to jail to cool off, which actually will exacerbate the problem. The thesis of that talk is the subject of that tattoo: No half measures.

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.