Book & TV pairings for your summer entertainment

Book & TV pairings for your summer entertainment

We all love summer, but one miserable aspect, besides the humidity, is the television programming options. Your favorite network shows have wrapped up until fall, and you’ve already binge-watched every episode of your streaming shows. But have no fear—the Library is here to save your summer! We’ve matched up popular shows to some great reads that will keep you entertained as you await fresh episodes. And don’t forget to sign up for Summer Break  to earn prizes as you enjoy your summer! 

We’re all in our various stages of grief that Scandal is gone for good, but messy intrigue lives on in books like Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and its Aftermath, by Mimi Alford; Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty; and Kristina Riggle’s The Whole Golden World.  

Meanwhile, at least Grey’s Anatomy will be back this fall. During your break from the folks at Seattle Grace, you might enjoy The House of God, by Samuel Shem; The Queen of Hearts, by Kimmery Martin; The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal; or My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult.  

Don’t think you can ignore your tissue box because there are no new episodes of This Is Us to tear at your heartstrings—check out Three Wishes, by Liane Moriarty; This Is My Daughter, by Roxana Robinson; Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett; or Ending, by Hilma Wolitzer.  

Miss the confusion and chaos of Westworld? Delve into Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (original format or graphic novel), by Philip K. Dick; or The Regulators, by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King).  

If it’s the Shelby Brothers and the rest of the Peaky Blinders you’re missing, consider Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy; Clive Cussler’s The Bootlegger; or Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night.  

While we wait to hear if we’ll be getting more Dear White People, check out You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain, by Phoebe Robinson; Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates; or The Sellout, by Paul Beatty. 

If you’re missing the 1980s nostalgia of The Goldbergs, consider Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park; Jason Rekulak’s The Impossible Fortress; or Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory. 

Eager to know what will happen next in The Good Place? Satiate your appetite with Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job, Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You, or Chuck Palahniuk’s Damned. 

Fresh Off the Boat one of your faves? Try L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, by Roy Choi; American Panda, by Gloria Chao; or The Wangs vs. the World, by Jade Chang.  

Nobody puts the FUN in dysfunctional families like the characters in Modern Family. While you await their further exploits, check out This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper; The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney; or Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris. 

Captivated by the sensational goings-on in Riverdale? Perhaps you’ll be equally intrigued by Exit, Pursued By a Bear, by E.K. Johnston; Trouble Is a Friend of Mine, by Stephanie Tromly; Spellbook of the Lost and Found, by Moira Fowley-Doyle; or Megan Abbott’s The Fever. 

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