8 Books to Read Before They Air on TV This Year

The following books have been adapted into TV series that will debut in 2015. If you’d like to read the book before watching the show, you can find these titles in the JMRL catalog.

Eye Candy by R.L. Stine
Adapted into: Eye Candy on MTV
Premiere: January 12, 2015
Stunningly beautiful Lindy becomes involved with three very different men whom she meets at an internet personals web site, as well as with Chaz, a man she encounters at a bar, but she soon discovers that one of the four men is someone with deadly intentions.

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang
Adapted into: Fresh Off the Boat on ABC
Premiere: February 4, 2015
A Taiwanese-American rebel restaurateur chronicles his rise to success from his difficult childhood in the American South to his decision to embrace all he had learned about food in his father’s restaurants and his mother’s kitchen to create his own culinary identity.

Pines: A Novel by Blake Crouch
Adapted into: Wayward Pines on Fox
Premiere: May 14, 2015
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
Adapted into: The Astronaut Wives Club on ABC
Premiere: TBD in 2015
Describes what life was like for a group of military wives, including Annie Glenn, Rene Carpenter, Betty Grissom, and Louise Shepherd, who were thrust into the spotlight when their husbands became Mercury Seven astronauts.

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
Adapted into: Childhood’s End on Syfy
Premiere: TBD in 2015
Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends–and then the age of Mankind begins.

The Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
Adapted into: Shannara on MTV
Premiere: TBD in 2015
A series of books that blends magic and primitive technology and is set in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by chemical and nuclear holocaust. The TV show will focus on the second book in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Adapted into: The Magicians on Syfy
Premiere: TBD in 2015
After graduating from a secret, exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, Quentin Coldwater finds that a fictional land from a series of childhood fantasy novels is real, but is more darker and dangerous than he could have imagined.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Adapted into: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on BBC America
Premiere: TBD in 2015
All is going well for rich, reclusive Mr. Norell, who has regained some of the power of England’s magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr. Norrell’s pupil, in a witty fantasy set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century England.

About Abby Harris

Abby is the Public Communications Specialist for JMRL.

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