9 Books To Read Before The TV Show Premieres: 2019


*Updated 11-22-19*

TV is getting better and better and I personally think a big part of that is the realization that A LOT of book to film adaptations are actually much better served through turning it into a TV series. Obviously from last weeks books-to-movie post we all know that I’m a big believer in always reading the book first. And TV is currently exploding with both mini & full series adaptations which means my kindle wishlist is…. a mess to put it nicely😜

This year I’ve rounded up 9 of the books I’m most excited to read before they premiere on the ‘small screen’. A lot of these don’t have firm release dates yet but I’ll update this post when any new info comes out!! I’ll let you know on Twitter as well so make sure to give me a follow @alisonsteck

Plus at the bottom of this post is a bonus book & show that is currently my FAVORITE!!. It’s about to air season 4 but you can catch up on Netflix! I just binged all the seasons for like the third time to prepare😊😊

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1. ‘The ABC Murders‘ by Agatha Christie

Release Date: February 1; Amazon Prime

Starring: John Malkovich, Rupert Grint

Kindle // Paperback


2. ‘Catch-22’ by Joseph Heller

Release Date: May 17; Hulu

Starring: Kyle Chandler, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie

Kindle // Paperback

*this is one of the few books I genuinely enjoyed having to read for school!! 


3. ‘Good Omens‘ by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Release Date: May 31; Amazon Prime

Starring: David Tennant, Martin Sheen

Kindle // Paperback


4. ‘The Perfectionists‘ by Sara Shepard

Release Date: March 20; Freeform (Season 1 now on Amazon)

Starring: Sasha Pieterse, Janel Parrish, Kelly Rutherford

Kindle // Paperback

*If these names seem familiar it’s because this series is a spin-off of Pretty Little Liars! Mona & Alison are leading the way.


5. ‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: November 3; HBO, BBC

Starring: Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book 1-The Golden Compass: Kindle // Paperback

*The entire cast is exciting but I can’t wait to see what the little girl from Logan in something new!


6. ‘Deadly Class‘ by Rick Remender

Release Date: January 16; Syfy (season 1 now on Amazon)

Starring: Benjamin Wadsworth, Siobhan Williams

Kindle // Paperback


7. ‘The Witcher’ by Andrzej Sapkowski (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: December 20; Netflix

Starring: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Joey Batey

Kindle // Paperback


8. ‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead

Release Date: delayed; Amazon Prime

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Kindle // Paperback

*This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction!


9. ‘Nos4a2‘ by Joe Hill

Release Date: June 2; AMC  (Season 1 can be found on Amazon)

Starring: Zachary Quinto, Andresito Germosen De La Cruz, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Kindle // Paperback
*The author is Stephen King’s son!


BONUS: ‘The Magicians’ by Lev Grossman

Release Date: Season 4- January 23; Syfy
The first 3 seasons are all on Netflix!

Starring: Jason Ralph, Summer Bishil, Hale Appleman, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Kindle // Paperback

*This is currently my favorite show on TV!! I binge it like crazy on Netflix until new seasons are airing. I even broke my rule and watched it all before I read the first book🙈 The books are pretty similar though and totally worth reading!



If this isn’t enough check out my post all about the books I’m most excited for being turned into movies this year!


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  1. Tamara wrote:

    It’s funny, growing up as a kid I always preferred reading books than watching TV. I just felt like there weren’t any good stories in comparison. However, lately I have been trying to get out of that mindset as alot of “good TV” comes from the same books I used to have my nose stuck in. I guess someone along the way realized the goldmine of good entertainment there was to be had by turning novels into shows and movies. I am loving it, honestly! Netflix, here I come! Great list, Alison!

    Published 1.23.19