Actress Emma Roberts says she became obsessed with Stephen King's novel The Shining while she was working in the TV series American Horror Story.

The 26-year-old actress, who is a self-confessed book lover, says she always prepares for every character she portrays after a thorough book reading, reported Elle.com.

“When I was doing American Horror Story, I was reading a lot of Stephen King and became obsessed with The Shining. And then I also read Shutter Island. Books are a really fun way to get yourself in a certain mindset or mood as an actress,” says Roberts.

“I always pick out a bookshelf for every character I play. I get around three or five books to have with me while I'm playing a character…”

The Scream Queens actress and her friend Karah Preiss have started Belletrist, a book club any avid reader can sign up for.