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Jamie Canaves

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Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

I recently read a few books that made me think hmm fans of (insert pop culture movie/TV show) may also like this book. Since I couldn’t go back to insert one into the Horror Book Recs based on horror films post I decided it was time for book recs based on pop culture movies & TV shows.

 

 

 

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Book Recs based on Pop Culture Movies 80s theme

Sixteen Candles ——> 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Troop Beverly Hills/The Goonies ——> Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Brooke A Allen

Stand By Me/War of the Worlds —–> Paper Girls issue #1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang    (Vol 1, April 5th)

Book Recs based on Pop Culture Movies Crime theme

Point of No Return/Mad Men ——> Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

Law & Order: SVU/Doubt ——> Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

Law & Order: SVU/Dateline ——> The Widow by Fiona Barton

Book Recs based on Pop Culture Movies Sci-Fi Horror theme

The Stepford Wives ——> Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

OITNB/The Hunger Games ——> Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro

Misery/Psycho ——> Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

Book Recs based on Pop Culture Movies historical fiction theme

The House of the Spirits ——> The Blue Line by Ingrid Betancourt

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D/Pride & Prejudice ——> These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas

Back to the Future/Pirates of the Caribbean ——> The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Book Recs based on Pop Culture Movies Fiction & Memoir Theme

Chef/Pretty Woman ——> Sofrito by Phillippe Diederich

This Is Your Life ——> This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief ——> Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley

 

Opinionate away in the comments, recommend, and toss out movies/shows you’d love a book rec for. I for one am still on the hunt for Empire Records–it’s my white whale! (But until I find it there’s book recs for the Empire Records characters.) And now I’m off to read the two book recs for Amélie that I found in movie-to-book recommendation engine since it’s one of my all time favorite movies.