TV addiction is real! It is a condition I’m plagued with every day of my life. Now that we’ve established I have a compulsion to watch television on a daily basis (raise your hand if you suffer from this, too), it’s no surprise that I go a bit mad when my shows, in this case, The Walking Dead, finishes up for the season. Why do you do this to us, AMC? It’s torture!

Hiatuses are such a drag, especially when you’re invested in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead are trying to eat your brains and the people that you love, or just tolerate, are dropping like flies. Have no fear, Books for TV Addicts are here!

The break between your favorite shows doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom (well, yeah, it has to if we’re talking zombie apocalypse). I have a list of books that are worthy alternatives to hold you over until The Walking Dead returns in the fall (and some even have movie counterparts, if you want to cheat a little). So let’s get stabbin’!

315a8ac8aa177d0d096f947f33a847d4First off, all zombie enthusiasts should read The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks. This handy little page turner will have you giggling, yet feeling adequately prepared on all the do’s and don’ts when an actual Zombocalypse hits. And believe me, in about 7,000 years your great-great-great-great grandkids—well you get it, some of your VERY distant relatives—will thank Mr. Max Brooks for this gem of a read.

51Mxun8Z0XLNext we have Warm Bodies by Isaac Mario for all those who prefer to make love, not war. This story gives you all the warm fuzzies of zombies with a side of redemption. Killing zombies may be fun and all, but how much fun is chopping off heads and acting like a zombie in an abandoned airport be if you can’t at least find true love? I’m not heartless; I do like a little romance with my zombies every now and then. I’m sure some of you do, too.

9780373210589_SHC_SMPMy final pick for this week’s Jonesin’ for a Fix is Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. It’s an awesome spin on an old tale where the undead need to be defeated and our only hope is a sheltered girl from suburban Alabama. Make no mistake, after her family is massacred this once dainty girl is on a mission and out for blood, the zombie kind (this isn’t a vampire story all you Twilight lovers). As an added bonus you might find a bit of romance in Alice, which makes it a great read to hold you over on those lonely, zombieless nights. This is the first installment in The White Rabbit Chronicles series by Showalter so you have even MORE to look forward to during the next hiatus.

Will you be reading any of these books to curb your zombie-tite? Have any other suggestions for our readers? Or are you just going to sit in a corner watching reruns of The Walking Dead until it comes back on TV? Either way, no judgment here. I’ll be doing all of the above!

Join us next week for GIRLS.

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