June 22, 2012
Titles: "666 Park Avenue: A Novel" by Gabriella Pierce for ABC's "666 Park Avenue"
"The Carrie Diaries" by Candace Bushnell for The CW's "The Carrie Diaries"
"Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" by Mindy Kaling for FOX's "The Mindy Project"
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for CBS' "Elementary"
"Beauty and the Beast" by Gabrielle Suzanne de Villeneuve for The CW's "Beauty and the Beast"
DC Comics' "Green Arrow" books for The CW's "Arrow"
Why to throw them in your beach bag: If you've always wanted to be (or already are) that person who says, "Oh, the book was sooo much better," then consider these titles your assignments to prep for what's coming this fall. Some of the TV interpretations are much looser -- "Elementary" and "Beauty and the Beast" for example -- than others. And Kaling's show isn't actually based on her wonderfully hilarious book at all. But for the TV aficionados, they're all good references.
-- Jen Harper, Zap2it