Fall isn’t just changing leaves and pumpkin spice everything, it’s also a chance to get neck deep in some new TV shows. And the excitement that comes with a new show doesn’t have to end when the credits roll. There are plenty of fantastic books out there that dovetail nicely with your favorite new superhero tale, police drama, or Muppet singalong. Check out a few of our suggestions, and stock up that bookshelf for the cold months to come.
If you’re loving Narcos, try Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw, by Mark Bowden
Netflix’s newest series, Narcos, follows the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, one of the most famous drug kingpins. For fans of the show who want an even more in-depth, no-holds-barred look at the life of this infamous criminal, Killing Pablo is a must read. True crime fans and students who’ve studied the situation all turn to Mark Bowden for his unparalleled account. Sylvia Longmire’s book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars, will also help readers get a better sense of where the cartels started, and how they affect us today.
If you’re digging Supergirl, try Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore
CBS debuted Supergirl this fall, joyously satisfying our need for smart women in capes. The show’s star is charming, grounded, but determined to prove herself and protect those she loves—while also balancing a nine to five job with a hard-nosed boss. Drew Barrymore’s newest memoir hits quite a few of those same notes, minus the cape. Moving from homelessness and near illiteracy to a champion of women and women’s roles, Barrymore can be pretty super. And if Hollywood isn’t your thing, then look no farther than Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala, by an author who deserves her own superhero label along with that Nobel Peace Prize.
Fans of Blindspot will enjoy City on Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg
Fans ans are talking about NBC’s Blindspot, the amnesia-driven whodunit that mixes personal drama with over-the-top crimes. Jane Doe struggles with her tattoos, her ties to horrible crimes, and her identity. Garth Risk Hallberg’s stunning debut, City on Fire, features the same air of personal drama, seemingly unsolvable crime, and a search for identity. Set in NYC in the 1970s and filled with gritty realism and tons of music, this one will be hard to put down. Or if the memory gaps and unreliable narration are the real draw of Blindspot, than grab The Girl on the Train for a mystery fix.
Watching The Muppets? Check out Jim Henson: The Biography, by Brian Jay Jones
ABC has brought The Muppets back to TV for the first time since the 70s, and with them an enthusiasm for all things puppet. This renewed love for these iconic characters will hit a high this May with the publication of a new biography of Jim Henson, the ultimate puppet master. Written with the help of hundreds of hours of interviews, and with cooperation from his family, this could rival the Steve Jobs biography. If waiting until May is a stretch, then find comfort in It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider while you wait to see what happens on Up Late with Miss Piggy.
Those watching Heroes Reborn will love Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Set in the future, when a virtual world has all but superseded the real one, brilliant outsider Wade Watts struggles to solve a video-game puzzle that will reward him with unheard of riches and glory—if he can survive against a gang of ruthless competitors who will stop at nothing to win. In the same way the characters in the revamped series Heroes Reborn must decide who to trust, the isolated Wade struggles to find allies in a world where he doesn’t feel like he belongs. Fans of the show’s action, the weapons, the time travel, and the manga-inspired filmography might also love The Multiversity Deluxe Edition, a supersize graphic novel in which many DC and Justice League superstars show up.
If you’re enjoying Quantico, read Gangsterland: A Novel by Tod Goldberg
In the ABC series Quantico, new FBI recruits deal with interpersonal drama and a possible terrorist in their midst. Who’s dating who, and who’s trying to attack them from within? On the flipside, in Tod Goldberg’s newest novel, Chicago-based Sal Cupertine is a hit man targeting the FBI, who is now leading a double life as Rabbi David Cohen in Las Vegas. Intrigue, crime, and the Torah have never been so thrilling. Not into crime stories with two-faced agents? Pick up Enemies: A History of the FBI, by Tim Weiner, to get an inside look at the history of our preeminent investigation force.