Perfect Pairings: Books and TV Shows

Finally finishing a TV series can be so satisfying. You’ve freed up your time in order to get back to the “real world” (sometimes grudgingly), but that means you need a new obsession. And we have it. Books! Suspend your return to reality for a little while longer with our perfect book-and-TV-show pairings!


If you’ve binged The Missing, you need to read What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan:

Fans of The Missing, a show about a 5-year-old boy who disappears while on vacation with his family in France, will love What She Knew: the story of a mother walking through a park with her eight-year-old son who, after running ahead, suddenly vanishes. From that point on, readers are plunged into a mother’s desperate search as she begins to realize that the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

If you’ve binged Downton Abbey, you need to read Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

You can never get enough of a plot that transports you to another place. A plot that transports you to another time, however, that’s something worth getting lost in. If—like most devoted fans of Downton Abbey—your brand of escapism favours yesteryear, Journey to Munich has arrived right on time to take you on a whirlwind through it. The twelfth novel in the Maisie Dobbs series (with a new book out soon!), Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany while working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission.

If you’ve binged The Mindy Project, you need to read We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk

Mindy Kaling, Queen of Relatability, has a knack for both revealing to us our biggest dating fears and reminding us of our most memorable mishaps. As The Mindy Project opens with the breakup that sets Mindy’s new misadventures in motion, we can’t help but see the parallels between Mindy and We Were on a Break’s Adam and Liv. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they’re crazy, of course, as Liv throws herself into work and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.

If you’ve binged How to Get Away with Murder, you need to read Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Can’t shake the insatiable need for more in-theme suspense after How to Get Away with Murder? Her Every Fear is ready and waiting to step up to the plate. This story of a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation and murder should do the trick, making Her Every Fear the perfect nail-biting companion to How to Get Away with Murder’s flawlessly executed twists and turns.

If you’ve binged Gilmore Girls, you need to read The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

Sometimes, you need a story that carries you through each and every emotion. Gilmore Girls definitely fills that description, and following its lead is The Art of Crash Landing—which, like Gilmore Girls, manages to be at once hilarious, gripping, and unexpectedly wise. The stories share the near-impossible task of conveying the complexities of the intricate relationships shared between mothers and daughters.

If you’ve binged Stranger Things, you need to read Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

If there’s one destructive element that books and TV shows have done justice in portraying, it’s the underestimated power of young minds. Stranger Things hit the mark of unsettling viewers in all the right ways, and Girls on Fire fantastically follows suit in reminding us that even the most seemingly innocent of beings—youth—can be the most sinister of all.

If you’ve binged Timeless, you need to read The Seventh Plague by James Rollins

When the craving for fantasy hits, nothing hits the sweet spot quite like time travel. Timeless brings its viewers on an adventure through history, similar to how The Seventh Plague delves into the past. This book’s metaphorical time travel leads to very real (and very cryptic) implications as it confronts the chaos of the world.

So Savvy Readers, what books have you found to be your perfect post-TV escape? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


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