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What you should be reading, based on your favourite TV show

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By Salva Mubarak  May 4th, 2017

The worst thing about loving a TV show is having to wait until the next season rolls out. While scouring the internet for any nugget of information about the show is the usual remedy recommended for this plight, you can go old school and turn to the printed 9 or digitally reproduced) word to tide you over until then. We’ve curated a reading guide based on your television viewing preferences. Assume favoured couch potato position and let the bingeing begin.

If you loved: Stranger Things (Sci-Fi)

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While nothing can really distract our minds from the long, long wait for the second season of Stranger Things, these sci-fi specials can go a long way to fill the ‘upside down’ sized void in our hearts. 

It by Stephen King

The novel, which can be blamed for humanity’s fear of clowns, follows seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous being, who takes the shape of their phobias in order to disguise itself while hunting. ‘It’ primarily appears as a terrifying clown so that it can attract young children as its prey.

Edge of Dark Water by Joe R Lansdale

A group of teenagers discover their missing friend’s dead body tied to a Singer sewing machine. They decide to honour her wishes of visiting Hollywood by taking her ashes there. They find some stolen money which they use to set off on their adventure but they’re pursued by a psychopathic killer who wants the money for himself.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Conor, who is struggling to cope with his mother’s illness, is visited by a monster every night. The monster warns the boy that he will tell him three true stories, after which Conor has to return the favour. If Conor's story isn’t true, the monster will eat him. 

If you loved: 13 Reasons Why (Mystery/Drama)

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The TV show that caused a storm on social media has been adapted from a novel of the same name by Jay Asher. While 13 Reasons Why has been largely criticized for its depiction of mental health issues and suicide, there are some who praise it for starting a conversation about these taboo issues. If you haven’t read the material it has been adapted from, do it now, while adding the following titles to the pile. 

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If you loved: Gilmore Girls (Comedy/Drama)

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With Rory’s bombshell of an announcement at the end of Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life, knowing the fate of the TV show is more important than ever. While the Netflix overlords are yet to announce any return date, you can get your fix of small town drama and quirky-but-relatable female characters from these books.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bee, a teenager from Seattle, embarks on a journey to find her mother, a once-renowned architect Bernadette Fox, after she disappears. She follows a paper trail, and the few measly clues her mother left behind, and discovers surprising secrets about Bernadette along the way.

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy has made an art of bringing small towns to life and that’s perfectly showcased in her novel Tara Road. The plot focuses on two women, one in Ireland and other in America, switching houses to deal with personal demons, but it’s the myriad characters brought to life by Binchy that make you want to never finish the book.

Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty

Set in a small town in Kansas city, the story revolves around a young girl who lives with her single mother. Sounds familiar? Much like Stars Hollow, this town has its fair share of oddballs who make life in a sleepy town more interesting. There are also the overarching universal themes of love and self-discovery.

If you loved: Outlander (Period/Romance)


Outlander will always be credited with giving the world a renewed appreciation for men wearing kilts. It also gave us the tragic love story of Claire, who travels back in time to the Scottish Highlands, and Jaimie, the kilt-wearing Highlander she first meets back then. If you love your books to be set in the days gone by and have strong female characters that aren’t afraid to speak their minds, then these books might help you cope until we get Season 3.

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If you loved: Black Mirror (Dystopian/Satire)

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You didn’t know whether to laugh or despair at the dark future depicted in the anthology series because you know how messed up it is if that’s where we’re headed. Whether technology will one day manipulate our existence or not, we won’t know till season 4 airs. You can read these darkly humorous books as you wait.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Mae lands a job with a powerful technological company and soon catches the attention of the founder who urges her to take part in their latest experiment. The groundbreaking experiment pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and freedom of expression. Every decision she makes, as she enrols in that experiment, starts affecting the future of her friends, family and ultimately, the human race.

The Wilds by Julia Elliott

A disabled elderly woman gets bionic legs,a middle-aged woman participates in grotesque rejuvenation therapies on a Carribean island and a teenaged girl finds herself embroiled in the weird schemes of her friend's wacky grandmother. Julia Elliott's debut collection of genre-bending stories mix gothic elements with a dystopian bent and a healthy dose of sci-fi thrown in for good measure. The stories are filled with dark humour and unexpectedly poignant moments. 

The Status of Everything by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

When the love of her life leaves her for her best friend, of all people, Kate decides to take to Facebook to announce the end of their relationship. But what she discovers is that whatever status update she makes, it turns to reality. Soon she starts going back in time to edit her old status updates to change the events in her and her friends’ lives. Needless to say, things don’t quite go as planned.