The Emmys are around the corner, and if you’re as excited for the event as we are, you’ve probably got a show or two you’re vying for. Here are some of the most-nominated shows – and what you should read if you’re rooting for them.
If you love Game of Thrones, read A Time of Dread by John Gwynne
Between epic battle scenes, deep world-building and a pseudo-medieval setting, A Time of Dread may be exactly what a Game of Thrones fan wants. As different races fight for control of the land, black magic is used and difficult choices are made.
If you love The Handmaid’s Tale, read Vox by Christina Dalcher
In a world where women are only allowed 100 words a day, it is hard for their voices to be heard. Women are not permitted to hold jobs and young girls are forbidden to learn to read or write. In this dystopian society, one woman will stand up and reclaim her voice for herself, her daughter and every woman silenced.
If you love This Is Us, read The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
If This Is Us were a book, it would most definitely be a first-person narrative with multiple perspectives – a hard thing to do well with more than two or three perspectives. The Nowhere Girls does this brilliantly, sharing the perspectives of not just the three main characters, but minor characters as well.
If you love Atlanta, read Got the Flow: The Hip-Hop Diary of a Young Rapper by Carlos Salinas
In this sweet novel, we follow 16-year old aspiring rapper, Troy Jones, as he works toward his dreams. Aided by his English teacher, Mr. Salas, he improves his craft. When Troy’s best friend Jimmy moves away, he gets the opportunity to compete in a rap battle. Between the highs of meeting his idol and the lows of loss, Troy has a lot to learn and nothing to lose.
If you love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, read Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Let’s be honest – who’s funnier than Anna Kendrick? If you love the wit of Mrs. Maisel, Scrappy Little Nobody will be right up your alley. Anna Kendrick recounts the absurdities of her daily life during her rise from a “scrappy little nobody” to one of Hollywood’s most sought-after comediennes.
If you love Saturday Night Live, read The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld
In this tale of life-long friendship, a group of ninth graders make a Saturday Night Live-style video for their friend Becca, who’s terminally ill. It has her laughing all the way to recovery, and twenty-five years later, the group reunites to celebrate her health. The Cast will remind you of the power of laughter and friendship.
If you love The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, read Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth
This masterful work is the result of tenacious investigative journalism. Months before Gianni Versace’s murder, Maureen Orth was already on the tail of the serial killer who would murder him, Andrew Cunanan. Through her eyes, we see her odyssey across America, collecting information about the unapologetic sociopath and his victims.
If you love Westworld, read LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
Much like Dolores, Maeve and other hosts in Westworld, 17-year-old Eve discovers that her life is a lie. She’s a “Lifelike” – a human-looking android who’s had memories erased. She will take the journey of a lifetime to discover the secrets of her past.