By Keith Rice and first appearing on Signature Reads
The words “peak TV” get thrown around a lot, but the fact is we are in a period where television is daring, complex, and quite possibly at a creative zenith. Basic stations are catching up with the creativity of cable networks. Streaming services and premium networks continue to push the envelope ever further. Unfortunately, TV series do not operate on a perpetual schedule and there can sometimes be seemingly interminable waits between seasons. How should you fill your time between the premieres of your favorite series?
We’re glad you asked.
There is thankfully no shortage of literary analogues for the best television has to offer. To whet your appetite for a little literary exploration, we’ve taken a few of our favorite series and paired them with the books to read when you’re through binge-watching.
Books, as a whole, have the ability to shape our childhoods and help establish our literary preferences but sometimes a book scene becomes so ingrained in our minds that it becomes part of who we are.
Here are some other of Team OverDrive’s favorite book scenes (Warning: some potential spoilers for older books ahead).
Join us for this discussion with the author about her work and issues it addresses.
The Hugo Awards, which annually honors the best of science fiction and fantasy, were presented in August at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland. Take a look at the winners here!
“If you know what I mean, great. If you don’t, doesn’t matter. But you should probably read more.”
– Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson in the film 24 Hour Party People
This one is pretty straight forward. If you have a book you’ve been meaning to read, today is the day. If you don’t have a book, I know where you can get one.
*Because not everyone is down with the make-believe. For those of you that are though, here’s your list.
- THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls
When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. So, the Walls children learned to take care of themselves.
- HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance
- ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken
- WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE by Robert Wright
- KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann
- TEAM OF RIVALS by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- HELGA’S DIARY by Helga Weiss (NEW)
- DEVIL’S BARGAIN by Joshua Green
- THE BIG LIE by Dinesh D’Souza
Don’t let the title fool you. Tons of letters and words, average amount of numbers.