13 Books to Read During the Summer TV Drought
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13 Books to Read During the Summer TV Drought
While summer is a great time for travel and great beach reads, it leaves us without some of our favorite TV shows. If you're dying for an entertaining new story to get you through the summer TV drought, these 13 books will take you back to some of the shows you love most.
1. If you’re missing Dirty John, read I Know Everything by Matthew Farrell
Famous psychiatrist Randall Brock has just lost his wife to a deadly car accident. As the investigators on the case look further into the death, they begin to realize that the accident may have actually been a murder. With Randall as their prime suspect, he must prove his innocence or be charged for the murder of his own wife. But everything changes when a stranger offers up new information about the death in exchange for one thing: Randall must expose his darkest secrets. As police and Randall try to find answers to this tumultuous case, they'll learn that whoever killed Randall's wife is plotting another murder. This sinister novel is perfect for suspense junkies who love Dirty John.
2. If you’re missing The Village, read The Travelers by Regina Porter
Manhattan attorney James Samuel Vincent just wants to find a way to better connect with his son. But when his son gets married to Claudia Christie, the relationship between father and son gets even more difficult than before as Claudia's family enters the picture. As each family member copes with their own struggles and continues on with their lives, they come across impactful strangers that will change their lives forever. Spanning from the 1950s to Barack Obama's first term, The Travelers is a touching novel about the moments and people that change your life in the most unexpected ways, reminding us of the heartfelt series The Village.
3. If you’re missing Gossip Girl, read The Nine by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Hannah Webber's dreams of motherhood were finally realized when she had her son, Sam, spending immense time and energy making sure he grew up to be a great man. Although spending all of her time with Sam damaged her marriage, Hannah feels it is all worth it when Sam gets accepted into the most prestigious boarding school in New England. But soon after starting school, Sam comes across evidence of sexual misconduct on campus and knows he has to do something about it. The Nine tells the story of a boy who stands up for what he believes despite the fact that it could ruin the future his mother has always had planned out for him. With scandal, boarding schools and the pressure of parents to be great, this novel is the perfect fit for anyone who loves watching reruns of Gossip Girl.
4. If you’re missing Mad Men, read Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen
Hopeful photographer Alice Weiss gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job working for the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, in 1965. But she quickly realizes that the company is corrupt as editors and staff betray Helen because of her editorial choices. Soon, someone is trying to get Alice to betray Helen and instead of doing her part to try and take down her boss, Alice decides to help her succeed instead. Now caught up in a glamorous world, Alice learns that she can have everything she's ever wanted as long as she's willing to fight for it. Park Avenue Summer is a celebratory story of women who defy all odds, just like Joan Holloway.
5. If you’re missing Riverdale read I Love You Like That by Heather Cumiskey
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Zandana is still having a hard time overcoming the loss of her former boyfriend Deacon. With her parents both reeling from their own troubles, it'll be up to Hannah to take care of herself and her younger sister. What Hannah doesn't know, however, is that Deacon is still alive and has just woken up in a mysterious hospital to learn that his fake death has put him in the middle of a federal undercover sting operation that includes the Miami drug cartel. Can their love survive these trying times or will their new lives make it impossible to stay together? With plenty of scandal, this new YA novel will remind you of the Riverdale drama you know and love.
6. If you’re missing Black Mirror, read Recursion by Blake Crouch
Barry Sutton is a New York City cop on a mission to get to the bottom of a widespread epidemic. False Memory Syndrome has taken its toll on citizens in New York, giving its victims false memories that eventually drive them mad. Simultaneously, neuroscientist Helena Smith is dealing with the fact that her wholesome attempt to help her mother's Alzheimer's has taken a new and ominous form and is ruining the lives of so many. Barry and Helena must find a way to stop this dangerous disease and bring their world back to normalcy in Crouch's latest bestselling science fiction novel. If you love the science fiction dystopias of Black Mirror, you'll love the New York Times bestseller Recursion.
7. If you’re missing Law & Order, read The Runaway by Hollie Overton
LAPD forensic psychologist Becca Ortiz knew that fostering teenage girl Ash would not be easy but always vowed to protect her as if she were her own daughter. While the two have lived at peace with one another for two years, Ash decides she wants to return to her old life on the streets, running away with her homeless boyfriend and getting caught up with a dangerous new group of people. It'll be up to Becca to navigate through the dangerous criminal underworld of Los Angeles and bring Ash home once and for all in this new thriller from international bestselling author, Hollie Overton. For fans of true crime shows like Law & Order, you'll want to get your hands on The Runaway right away.
8. If you’re missing Queer Eye, read Naturally Tan by Tan France
Queer Eye's Tan France wasn't always the fabulous fashion guru he is today. Growing up gay in a traditional South Asian family in England, Tan didn't have it easy. Coming up against bullies and difficult life experiences due to his race and sexuality, In his debut memoir, France documents how he got over these roadblocks, using personal anecdotes to inspire readers to keep going just as he did. For a one-of-a-kind insider look into the life of Tan France, you'll want to read Naturally Tan before the next season of Queer Eye hits Netflix.
9. If you’re missing This Is Us, read The Wonder of Now by Jamie Beck
Peyton Prescott was given a second chance at life when she beat cancer but now faces a life where she's constantly reminded by the terrifying diagnosis as she leaves her home to promote her memoir internationally. Heading to Europe for her book tour, she hopes it will give her the break she so desperately needs. But her publicist, Mitch, has other ideas as his firm's success rides on how well Peyton's book does. With both Peyton and Mitch trying to accomplish their own goals in Europe, they quickly find that their attraction towards one another could throw the entire trip into chaos, forcing each of them to reconsider what they want out of life. If you love the heartbreaking and inspiring stories told in This Is Us, you'll fall hard for The Wonder of Now.
10. If you’re missing The Mindy Project, read The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Maddie and Theo have never liked one another but with their best friend's wedding on the horizon, they agree to get along for the sake of their mutual friend. But everything changes when the two spend a night together, finally confronting the chemistry between them. Now enveloped in a secret love affair, the two agree that they will end their fling when the wedding is over. With the big day only a few months away, Maddie and Theo begin to realize that neither really want the relationship to end and that they might just be able to find love with one another after all. With plenty of laughs and swoon-worthy romance, fans of The Mindy Project will find a new love for Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Party.
11. If you’re missing Dead to Me, read Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna
When four women agree to attend a friend's wedding and get away from their everyday lives for a few days, they don't expect that the weekend will end in murder. Ginger, Kate, Emily and Lulu all live very separate lives but when someone is murdered at the Banks wedding, they all step forward to confess to the murder. With each woman claiming that she committed the act alone, it's only time before the truth comes out about what really happened that fateful weekend. With plenty of suspense and mystery, Pretty Guilty Women is the perfect book to read before season two of Dead to Me.
12. If you’re missing Chicago Fire, read Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
Female firefighter Cassie Hanwell and loves her life working in her Texas firehouse. But everything changes when her estranged mother gets sick and needs her help. Uprooting her entire life to move to Boston, Cassie quickly learns that the firehouse she has transferred to is far different than her previous location and that the men in Boston aren't as susceptible to having a woman join their team. As she adjusts to this new setting, she meets a rookie firefighter who she can't help but develop feelings for. While she doesn't want to fall in love, she finds it hard to resist this new man and before long, she finds herself risking everything she's worked for to be with him. If you can't wait for the fall premiere of Chicago Fire, we recommend picking up Katherine Center's latest read ASAP.
13. If you’re missing Big Little Lies, read Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey
Lee is a single mother who has always taken great care of her on-the-spectrum son, Mason. Knowing Lee doesn't take time for herself, her best friend Grace convinces her to get away for the weekend to enjoy some kid-free time, leaving Mason behind with his tutor. But only 48 hours into the trip, someone is dead and while details of the case begin to come to fruition, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding threatening secrets and that Mason's tutor may be more than who he claims to be after all. If you can't get enough of Big Little Lies, you'll love Rea Frey's latest thriller.