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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Young & Hungry Edition

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I thought I was over laugh-track sitcoms with predictable storylines and a will-they/won’t-they romance that lasts for season after season. But then I watched FreeForm’s Young & Hungry, the most adorable sitcom ever, and I instantly fell in love. It’s predictable, sure, and the laugh-track plays over almost every scene. But it’s also a fun and bubbly romance about a young chef named Gabi who goes to work in the private home of tech-genius, Josh. The two are attracted to each other right away, which goes south when they sleep together the first day. The two decide to keep working together, and form a solid friendship along with a hilarious cast of sidekicks and friends. It doesn’t take long for the couple to…

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Hungry for Bitten to return? 3 werewolf romances worth howling for

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I first read Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong, when I was going through a pretty intense paranormal romance stage. I spent months devouring series about werewolves and vampires and the plucky girls who hunted/loved/became them. Bitten stood out because the two main characters, Clay and Elena, were so in love that they couldn’t keep their hands off each other—regardless of fiancés or serial-killers turned werewolves. So when I saw a Canadian show on Netflix called Bitten, I was immediately intrigued. And, sure enough, I was soon watching some of my favorite characters come alive on the small screen. The show has a vastly different feel from the book with the characters much more angry, volatile and intense. I’m not complaining, as…

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4 Books about Music City until Nashville returns

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I have always been fascinated by musical TV shows. I’ve watched Glee with, well, glee. I was probably the only person on earth who was sad when Smash got canceled. But no melodious show has hooked me quite the way Nashville has. Can you blame me? The music, the romance, the drama…did I mention the music? On Nashville it is unapologetically good. As in, downloading and playing on repeat for hours good. Just listen to this song and try not to love it:   Aside from the songwriting, there’s a never-ending roller coaster of drama to keep you hooked. The show follows a large cast, all at different stages of the country music industry. Legendary singer Rayna Jaymes (played by…

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Books for Downton Abbey fans

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SPOILER ALERT! (You have been warned.) And so, Sons of Anarchy ends, with Jax, having lead a life seething with violence and torment, finally deciding to— Ah, who am I kidding? Did you see the Season Four finale of Downton Abbey? Carson and Mrs. Hughes were HOLDING HANDS while walking barefoot in the ocean! DID YOU SEE THAT? This is incredible! Are Carson and Mrs. Hughes finally falling for each other? And for that matter, how will Edith be involved in raising her baby, after giving her up to the Drews? What’s up with Bates and the death of Lord Gillingham’s valet? And who will win Lady Mary’s hand—Tony or Charles? TELL ME—I MUST KNOW! Whew—I’m glad I got that…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Lit for Webheads

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The only thing better than rereading a favorite classic is—a modern web series adaption! Get the latest on current favorites, news in the world of web series, and discover a series you missed. WHAT’S HAPPENING On In Earnest, Jack (as Earnest) and Gwen are engaged, but her mother isn’t too happy about it. And it’s questionable whether or not Algie’s role play helped prep Earnest (Jack) for his interrogation. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Meanwhile on Green Gables Fables, Anne Shirley has survived the humiliation of being rescued by Gilbert Blythe. But will she survive her exams? Wednesdays. Things are starting to roll on Elinor and Marianne Take Barton. Are there too many men in Marianne’s life? Fridays. On Classic Alice, Ewan McBay has…

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Breaking Bad is gone? Here’s a book list to feed your addiction

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There’s something wrong with my TV. I mean, it’s working OK and everything, but is has a problem: like millions of TVs across the country, it no longer carries new episodes of Breaking Bad, the most thrilling, gripping, exhilarating, suspenseful, jump-out-of-your-chair-and-scream-holy crap! television series ever broadcast, and quite possibly the best piece of drama committed to film that I’ve ever seen. Walter White is long gone. Ditto Jesse Pinkman, whose elated shout of, “YEAH, B*TCH! MAGNETS!”  remains one of my favorite pieces of dialogue in television history.     Mike Ehrmantraut is off to Belize. Skyler is a mere memory, although her desperate cries of “Shut up! Shut Up! SHUT UP!”  still ring in my ears.     And Saul Goodman’s…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Lost Girl edition

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The other day I was bored and clicking through Netflix when I stumbled across the Canadian TV show Lost Girl. A succubus who’s torn between two lovers and struggling to find her place in the fae world? Yes, please. I started watching and basically streamed all four seasons in about a week. It’s just that good. For those of you in the dark, Lost Girl stars Anna Silk as Bo, a loner with a terrible secret — she has the power to suck the life force out of people and doesn’t know how to control it. In the first episode she discovers that she’s fae and must align herself with the dark or the light in order to survive. But…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — American Horror Story edition

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I will readily admit that when I started watching American Horror Story I did not know what to expect. Suffice it to say that I was not expecting a series whose premise changes completely from one season to the next. (Shall we discuss my confusion when Season Two had nothing to do with Season One aside from certain members of the cast?)  Underneath the twists and turns are themes as old as time itself – infidelity (Season One – Murder House), sanity (Season Two – Asylum) and oppression (Season Three – Coven). For 13 glorious episodes, I faithfully wore black on Wednesdays. To say that American Horror Story: Coven was the best season to date is not hyperbole. New Orleans,…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Supernatural edition

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Fallen angels. Rogue hunters. Even the Wicked Witch of the West. The Brothers Winchester of CW’s Supernatural have had their hand full trying to set the world right. After nine seasons, one would think that the world had run out of ways to nearly destroy itself. That assumption would be so very wrong. Whether dealing with a “monster of the day” or the season’s “big baddie” John Winchester’s sons are never lacking for adversaries. True to form, Season Nine finds them Winchester boys and their adorable pet angel Castiel trying to unspill the milk from the end of Season Eight, with help from the snarkiest of unlikely places. So you got all the angels tossed from heaven? Not a problem.…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Brooklyn Nine-Nine edition

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How does one describe FOX’s freshman hit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine? I’ll let the show’s star, Andy Samberg, do it for me: “We’re a like a family with two black dads, two white sons, two Latina daughters and a strange baby thing.” If that sounds like stunt casting to you, don’t be so sure. Captain Raymond Holt (played by Andre Braugher, the actor who cornered the market on gravitas) is a no-nonsense commander who just happens to be married to a male university professor. Detective Sgt. Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) spends as much time babysitting his staff as he does his adorable preschool daughters. Wiseass Detective Jake Peralta (Samberg) is a whiz at solving cases, equaled only by the overachieving Amy Santiago…

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Jonesin’ for a fix– Orange is the New Black edition

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Humor, redemption, heartbreak; three of many things Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black has. If you’re anything like me you probably already binge watched the second season of the Netflix original series. Man, they really made out like a bandit with this one. And by binge watch, I mean like, legit sat down from 7 p.m. on its release date and mowed straight through (with minimal bathroom and food breaks) until 9 a.m. the next morning. No? Just me? Doubtful! This show has got everybody talking; the series follows Piper Chapman, a woman in her 30s who, because of a decade-old crime committed while transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend, has to serve 15 months in prison. Add…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — EMMY edition

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Fans of Jonesin’ know that we here at the BookTrib Nerd Squad love our TV shows and the books that inspire them. Like you, we often commiserate that our favorite shows and actors don’t get the credit they deserve. So for this edition of Jonesin’, we’re taking matters into our own hands and choosing the actor or TV show that we feel is most deserving of praise and the golden statue. You can find predictions elsewhere—here’s what we love. Word Nerd says – In some categories it’s just too hard to choose favorites. The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? I love them both and always hope for some impromptu misbehavior from them and their co-nominees during the Emmys. Or,…

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Orphan Black books that will take the edge off waiting for Season 3

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Calling all #CloneClub members! How are you holding up since the Season 2 finale of Orphan Black? I bet you’re still jamming to the catchy tune from that epic clone dance scene. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably checked yourself into Clonehab and are shaking life a leaf desperately wanting your weekly dose of awesomeness. Whether Cosima is on the brink of death or making crazy science with Dr. Cormier, the introduction of a transgender clone, Helena’s recapture, or the shocking reveal (SPOILER ALERT AHEAD) that there is a whole secret operation of male clones (shockingly not played by Tatiana Maslany—or are they?), this break can’t be easy. My mind continues to reel from that shocking cliffhanger and I’m…

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Books for Mad Men addicts waiting for Season 7

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It’s been a little over a month since the mid-season finale of Mad Men, and I still can’t get “The Best Things in Life are Free” out of my head. Actually, I can’t stop thinking about Mad Men in general. It’s a show that always keeps you guessing – just when you think everything is a little too calm, someone gets run over by a lawn mower. This season was no exception. From the quiet moments (like Don and Peggy’s moving dance), to the explosive ones (like Peggy getting a hacked-off nipple as a present), Mad Men never disappoints. The second half of Season 7 won’t air until 2015, and I can’t even begin to guess where the show will…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Game of Thrones edition

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“Winter is coming.” “You win or you die.”  “The North remembers.” “Valar morghulis: All men must die.” These life-changing utterances will have to hold us until Game of Thrones returns in 2015. It has been a mere week since the good folks at HBO cut off our supply of lecherous dwarves, murderously manipulative public servants and black garbed men standing atop an icy wall, but full blown withdrawal has set in. This season has been satisfying in some ways (Yes, Purple Wedding, we are talking about you.) and cringe-worthy in others (Cersei. Jaime. Joffrey’s corpse.). Nonetheless, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss dragged us through the seven hells in a way that would make George R.R. Martin proud. Tradition says that…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Bates Motel edition

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Always mind your mother. Sometimes this old adage fades as we get older and rebel but not for our geeky, albeit murderous, anti-hero, Norman Bates. He sticks close to his mother, the equally murderous Norma. In Bates Motel’s first season, we saw the closer-than-they-should-be mother and son duo dispose of a body (remember Norma’s killer tendencies? It’s best not to give her knives) and keep local law enforcement from unearthing it. Side plots abounded, as they do in the best shows: Norman flirted with his first sexual encounter (you can guess Norma’s feelings on the matter); Norma cozied up to a sheriff’s deputy, ostensibly to keep tags on the murder investigation (and surely you can guess Norman’s feelings seeing his…

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