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Great Summer Reads- Books Which Inspired Hit Shows

If you haven’t had a chance lately to catch up on the latest season of your favourite shows, now is the time to get re-acquainted with much-loved characters, become familiar with changes in plot, and keep your fingers crossed for a happy ending to the episode! But what about turning off the TV for a weekend and picking up the series in paper format instead? Here’s our guide to great summer reads which set some popular shows into motion- enjoy:

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1) Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay: Everyone’s favourite serial killer (played by Michael C. Hall on the show) first made his appearance in this 2004 crime novel, the first in a series of books. Dexter is introduced to us as a well-adjusted, seemingly normal police detective with a dark secret. As the tension builds and the pages turn, readers learn more about him and his past. Read the books while the final season of Dexter airs on TV this summer.

2) Southern Vampire Mysteries series (Sookie Stackhouse Novels) by Charlaine Harris: If you watch True Blood, you might want to pick up these mystery novels which gave rise to the adventures of waitress Sookie (played by Anna Paquin) on the small screen. The much anticipated final book in the series just hit stores, so you can get a glimpse at how the show might end.

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3) The Vampire Diaries series by L.J Smith: Teenage Elena (Nina Dobrev) made her debut as a character in this series of novels in 1991, years before the CW show came to air. With the conflicted love triangle between Elena and her two vampire lovers (Stefan and Damon), the novels have everything the show has today- intrigue, romance, and plenty of supernatural drama.

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4) Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar: The rich and glamorous teens of Gossip Girl were first created as characters in this young adult fiction series. With their flare for fashion, craving for fame and success, and complex relationships outlined in the pages, author Cecily von Ziegesar did a fine job of drawing readers into the Gossip Girl underworld.

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5) The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell: After you fell in love with Sarah Jessica Parker made us fall in love with Carrie Bradshaw and her gang of confident fashionistas strutting about in heels, Candace Bushnell returned to the books that made her famous by offer a prequel The Carrie Diaries. Here we see Carrie as a hopeful girl trying to adjust to New York City. While the show might be struggling on television, the book is the perfect summer beach read.

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