There’s nothing like a good marathon of your fave TV show to get you through a not so social weekend. If you’re anything like me you’ve seen every single episode of your fave shows three times each. (OK, maybe you’re not as obsessed as I am.) No matter how much you love something . . . sometimes you need a break. Instead of re-watching episodes of The Vampire Diaries why not crack open one of these awesome summer reads? No, really, they’re good books–we swear they don’t suck!
We chose our favorite books based on the TV shows we’re currently addicted to. This is definitely NOT your AP English Lit reading list!
If you love Pretty Little Liars, you’ll love Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
When Becca finds the dead body of Amelia Anne, the summer after high school graduation becomes a chaotic whirlwind. Gossip, lies, and a murder mystery? Sounds just about right. Amelia Anne Is Dead And Gone will have you on the edge of your seat wondering, “A–who?”
If you like Modern Family, you’ll love Down Aisle Ten by Daniel Friedland
If you’re beginning to think that not only your family, but your friends, neighbors, and, um everyone else seems to be a little crazy, then OH MY GOD you need to read Down Aisle Ten. At the beginning, it seems like it’s simply about one guy who goes bonkers (and can’t stop screaming the word “Cookie!,”) but by the end, it’s clear that it’s actually the whole world that’s a little nuts and a whole lot ridiculous. Oh. And there’s a car chase. We know you love dark, kind of twisted, and totally funny stuff, which is why you’ve got to check this out.
If you like The Vampire Diaries you’ll love Dracula by Bram Stoker
We know, we know, Dracula sounds like it could be another boring piece of classic literature. Nope! The novel is written as a series of letters and a diary entries. It’s an insanely compelling account of vampires, hot romance, adultery and murder–all the reasons we can’t stop tuning into see Elena, Stefan, and Damon.
If you love Gossip Girl, you’ll love Twelve by Nick McDonell
Twelve tells one story over the course of five days, ending on New Years Eve at 12 midnight. Following the lives of–you guessed it–Manhattan’s young elite, the book covers all your favorite taboos drugs, sex, and violence. The movie adaptation coincidentally stars Chace Crawford as the protagonist. OOOOH yeah.
If you love Awkward, you’ll love The Perks of Being A Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky
Perks is written in the form of letters by the protagonist, Charlie. It’s the story of growing up in high school and all of it’s amazing, heartbreaking and scary moments. The novel is hilarious, awkward and sometimes painfully sad as it deals with first dates, first crushes, and first betrayals. If you’re looking for awesome summer books, you’ve got to pick this one up.
If you love The Walking Dead you’ll love Lord of The Flies by William Golding
There may not be any zombies in Lord of the Flies, but seeing what happens when society is destroyed and people are pushed to their limits is always dynamic and interesting. A group of boy classmates, stranded on an island, with no food or way to survive–what happens is frightening, but a real page turner.
If you loved The O.C. you’ll love Uglies by Scott Westerfield
In the Uglies world on your sixteenth birthday you’re transformed from an “Ugly” to a “Pretty” where all you do is hang around, looking beautiful, and having a great time. But what happens when you decide . . . you don’t want to be one of the “Pretties”? Think The O.C. but in the future. Yeah, it’s a real trip.
If you love Skins you’ll love The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
If your favorite part of Skins was that each episode focused on a different character then you’ll love The Rules of Attraction. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and guess what? They’re all in love with each other. Each page will have you wondering “wtf?” as the plot thickens in this fictional college campus where sex, drugs, and infidelity are just . . . what happens on Tuesday.
If you love Dr. Who you’ll love Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
In a war between two alien races, child geniuses are bred and trained as soldiers. Ender is at the top of his class and an amazing leader, but what’s a kid to do when the fate of the world might be in his hands?
If you love Daria you’ll love Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
I am pretty sure Daria and Jane are identical to Ghost World’s characters Enid and Rebecca. Two alternative teen girls in an annoyingly boring town, making witty remarks and poking fun at those who conform. This graphic novel will have you pissed that you finished reading it in one sitting.
What’s your favorite book EVER? Are you in the middle of some great summer reads? What good books did we miss on our list? Let us know in the comments!