6 Books to Read While You Wait For Your Favorite Shows to Return

By Kristin Harmel

For many people, the end of the year is a festive time, full of holiday celebrations, family gatherings and days off from work. But for those of us with a bit of a television addiction (ahem… guilty!), the long stretch between late November and January – when shows begin to come back from their winter hiatus – can feel long indeed. To pass the time before Meredith Grey, Alicia Florrick and Olivia Pope return, why not pick up a book that’s on the same wavelength as your favorite show? These picks are sure to please — and they make great holiday presents too!

ScandalSCANDAL: Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope is a woman to be reckoned with. Her wardrobe has sparked a real-life clothing collection at The Limited; her on-screen power is the stuff of legend; and the various forces tugging at her allegiance make for one pulse-pounding episode after another. But the biggest reason many of us tune in regularly is all that sizzling romantic tension between Olivia and the President of the United States. So along those lines, why not try Mimi Alford’s memoir, Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath, which shows you a side of the beloved 35th President that you’ve never seen before.

 

Good wifeTHE GOOD WIFE: Sure, this ABC hit is about a woman who happens to be the wife of the Illinois governor. But far more than that, it’s a series about a woman who runs her own Chicago law firm, takes on cases that mean something to her, and manages to keep her personal life from imploding at the same time.  If you’re missing Alicia Florrick this winter, dive in to Laura Caldwell’s Izzy McNeil series (starting with Red Hot Lies). Caldwell, a former trial attorney, writes about a Chicago lawyer, her questionable fiancé, and a murder that changes everything.

 

Madam SecretaryMADAM SECRETARY: This new CBS hit, starring Téa Leoni, is about the newly-appointed Secretary of State, who struggles to walk the line between being a normal family woman and becoming one of the most powerful people in America. Each week brings a new diplomatic complication that she has to solve. If you’re interested in what really goes on behind the scenes of the State Department, Condoleezza Rice’s No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington is sure to please. You’ll be fascinated by the true tales this real-life former Secretary of State tells.

 

Greys AnatomyGREY’S ANATOMY: The long-running ABC hit keeps drawing viewers back season after season in large part because of its fascinating medical storylines and titillating personal drama between the characters. While you’re waiting for an update about what’s happening at our favorite Seattle hospital, try Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, which centers around a huge medical decision and the emotional fallout experienced by the family at the heart of it.

 

RevengeREVENGE: Love. Betrayal. Family secrets. A picture-perfect coastal backdrop simmering with lies and alliances. All of that and more is what keeps Revenge going strong. So why not turn to the original story about secrets and deception in a privileged New York state beach community? You may have read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby when you were in school, but now’s a great time to pull it out again and dive back into a world that will make the wait for Emily Thorne’s next move easier to bear.

 

BlacklistTHE BLACKLIST: One of last season’s breakout hits, this NBC drama stars James Spader as Raymond Reddington, a high-profile criminal who agrees to cooperate with the FBI. His connection with FBI agent Elizabeth Keen is at the heart of the show, and viewers are left to peel back the layers of their complex relationship each week. While you wait for their next adventure, check out Thomas Harris’s chilling novel The Silence of the Lambs, which, like the famed movie based on it, pairs a gifted criminal with a young woman from the FBI. You’ll think Reddington and his cronies are incredibly gentle and normal after checking in with Harris’s Hannibal Lecter.

 

Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting. Her new novel, The Life Intended, a P.S. I Love You­-meets-Sliding Doors story of finding oneself in the face of tragedy, comes out Dec. 30… and would also make for wonderful before-the-TV-season-starts reading.

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The Life Intended

The Life Intended

Kristin Harmel

This book is "Sliding Doors" meets "P.S. I Love You." How could we resist? Brings new meaning to the phrase "dream man."

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The Sweetness of Forgetting

The Sweetness of Forgetting

Kristin Harmel

A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother. A story of love, loss, faith, and cookies.

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Once Upon a Secret

Once Upon a Secret

Mimi Alford

A naive intern. The leader of the free world. It's not the pair you're thinking of...this is the memoir of 19-year-old Mimi Alford's affair with John F. Kennedy, in all its secrets and scandal.

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Red Hot Lies

Red Hot Lies

Laura Caldwell

They say bad things happen in threes. When her fiancé, Sam, disappears on the same day her mentor and biggest client is killed, hotshot Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil starts counting.

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No Higher Honor

No Higher Honor

Condoleeza Rice

This memoir of the former Secretary of State under George W. Bush shares the internal workings of the Bush 44 White House, the rivalries and alliances of his advisors, and her personal experiences as the first female African-American Secretary of State.

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My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper

Jodi Picoult

A thousand dollars to anyone who makes it through this book without shedding a tear (also, if you manage that, you probably have no heart).

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Long before Leo DiCaprio slicked his hair back, Jay Gatsby was embodying the highs and lows of the Jazz Age. An enduring classic of love, greed and betrayal.

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The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Thomas Harris

"Well, Clarice? Have the lambs stopped screaming?"

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2 comments so far


  1. some interesting sounding books. I will have to check them out.

  2. nice–love the match up

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