Fellow TV show addicts, this list is for you. It’ the perfect pairing – if you love this TV show, you gotta read this book. So when you need just a little more of what you love from your favorite TV show, get your fix from a great book . . .
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1. If you love “Downton Abbey” … “The House at Riverton” by Kate Morton
Kate Morton is such a fabulous writer. She has that rare ability to make the reader feel every word, smell of every smell, taste every taste. This book is set in Edwardian England, so same as Downton, at a glittering country home, Riverton House. Grace Bradley was a servant, living on the fringes of the Hartford familiy’s glamorous lives. But one night, at a society party, a young poet shots himself. And Grace knows the truth about what happened. ‘A vivid, page-turning tale of suspense and passion.’
Content note: Mild violence and mild sexual references.
2. If you love “The Walking Dead” … “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion
I first saw the movie based on this book and loved it – it’s a fun love story. But the book is even better! I loved every gruesome and beautiful word. It’s the zombie apocalypse – things are appropriately awful. But one zombie – R – rescues a girl, instead of eating her, and falls in love with her. This love starts to make him human again. So mixed in with the horror are all these deep insights into love, life, and death.
Content note: Zombie gore and violence, foul language, including the occasional F-word, and a few sexual references.
3. If you love “The Black List.” … “YOU” by Caroline Kepnes
If you love the crime/psychological thrillers, such as ‘The Black List’, than this terrifying book is for you. Joe works at the local bookstore and when Genevieve walks in he knows they are meant to be together. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her believe it too. A modern-day stalker tale that exposes just how vulnerable the internet can make each of us.
Content note: I’ve only read a few pages of this new book, but in those pages there were several crass sexual references and a few F-words.
4. If you love “Once Upon a Time” … “The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales” by Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth
A few years ago, a researcher and writer discovered about 500 lost fairytales, buried in some municipal archives in Germany. These were written by a contemporary of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth roamed the country recording the stories told around fires and at the bedsides of farmers’ children. Imaginative, romantic, and beautiful.
Content note: I haven’t read this one yet, but in general these kind of stories have clean content, expect maybe for some violence.
5. If you love “Supernatural” … “Dark Memories” by Jeffrey S. Savage
I’m a huge Supernatural fan – I’ve watched it from the first episode and this book, DARK MEMORIES, by local author Jeff Savage, is a perfect choice for fans. Tragedy hits a small town in Colorado in 1977 when six children are trapped in a mine. Only five are found. In 2011, the police investigate a strange string of murders. Soon the police chief, Cal Hunt, realizes the victims are the five survivors. It’s riveting, emotional, scary in the best ways, and such a great read.
Content note: Other than some scary situations, this is a clean read.
6. If you love “Suits” … “The Firm” by John Grisham
If you can’t get enough of the fast-paced, high-stakes stories of shows like Suits and The Good Wife, then you’ve got to read the most celebrated legal thriller ever written. THE FIRM, written in 1991 still reigns supreme as the favorite of legal fans. Mitch McDeere graduates from Harvard Law and is offered a high paying, high profile job with a big firm. He thinks he’s struck gold, but there’s a lot more going on under the surface of this glamorous firm. It’s whirlwind fast and super intriguing.
Content note: I haven’t read this one, but others told me that there are some F-words and other foul language, and some mild violence.