Five books to read before you binge-watch the TV show

July 03, 2017
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With exams over and mid-year break in full swing, you now have all the time in the world to leisurely read and catch up on all the TV shows you’ve been missing out on. If you want to be that person who can smugly say “I’ve read the book” when everyone’s become addicted to the TV show, this is your book list to get on top of now.

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Speaking of drama, Big Little Lies should be the next on the list if you like a bit of mystery and thrill. Not just that, it’s also darkly funny which translates well into the dark comedy/drama miniseries. Starring big names like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Adam Scott, the show has received wide acclaim as a murder mystery that also addresses hard issues like domestic violence.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

This dystopian novel is set in future America, which has become a totalitarian society where women are repressed with virtually no rights and freedom. With season one currently underway (and coming to Australian screens July 6), the TV series has gained a lot of hype, with a powerful female cast featuring Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black). Although the book was published over 30 years ago, many people are drawing parallels to modern-day America and why this story is more important now than ever.

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

While the TV adaptation is yet to be released, this classic is 100 per cent worth the read. Published in 1932 and set in London in 2540, this science fiction novel is another look into a dystopian future society, exploring themes of freedom from government, the impact of technology on human relationships and the power of science and knowledge. If you like 1984, you’ll like this, and if you like this, then get ready for the upcoming TV show produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

Victoria – Daisy Goodwin

If you liked The Crown and all things royalty, you should put this book and TV show of the same name on your to-do list. The book draws on the diaries of Queen Victoria, following her ascension to the throne and the early years of her reign. If you like history with a bit of drama, then this book and TV series won’t disappoint.

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

From the author of the famous Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn isn’t a stranger to adaptations of her novels. Instead of a movie this time, it’s a TV series featuring Amy Adams. The premiere date is yet to be released, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sink your teeth into this mystery thriller. Another dark suspenseful read that Flynn is known for, this tale follows a journalist as she returns to her hometown to report the murders of two young girls. This novel isn’t for the faint of heart, and we’re guessing the TV show will be the same.

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