I promise this post isn’t sponsored by Netflix. I don’t watch a ton of TV because most of my free time is spent reading, but when I do, I’m a big binge-watcher. During quarantine, my boyfriend and I have been watching shows together, switching off who gets to pick what we are watching next, and it got me thinking about all of the amazing TV shows based on books. There are so many out there, but these are the ones I’ve personally watched. Let’s get started!
one | Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl is such a classic television series, and it’s the perfect time to binge the series. The television series is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. While I’ve never read the book series, I’ve rewatched the TV show multiple times by now. If you don’t know, Gossip Girl follows the lives up upper-east siders in New York City attending a pretentious private school. It’s got so much drama, you’ll be wrapped up in it for days. Straming on Netflix.
two | Sherlock
I just started watching Sherlock while I’m doing cardio at the gym, and it’s so good! Obviously, this BBC television series is based on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The TV show is set in present-day London, and Sherlock is such a fascinating character to follow. He’s quick to pick up on details, has an ego the size of a house, and solves crimes with his new best friend Watson. It’s a must-watch if you ask me. Streaming on Netflix.
three | You
I am obsessed with this show. It’s definitely creepy, but it’s so well done, you can’t not watch the whole season in one day. The book is written by Caroline Kepnes, and features a sociopath named Joe. He can’t simply love his partners, he must control them. And when he can’t control them, bad things happen. It’s a wild ride, and truly nothing to romanticize, but if you enjoy thrillers, this should definitely be in your cue. Streaming on Netflix.
four | Little Fires Everyone
I love this series! I read the book a few years ago, but my roommate just finished it, so of course, we watched the series immediately. This was such a well-done adaptation. While things were changed and left out for the on-screen adaptation, it didn’t alter the integrity of the book. The story follows a single-mom and her daughter Pearl as they move to a new town called Shaker Heights. Shaker is a perfectly manicured town, and when a custody-dispute breaks out between a biological mother and an adopted mother the town, and Pearl’s family, will never be the same. This is on my must-read list of books and TV series. Streaming on Hulu.
five | Vampire Diaries
Did anyone else read this series when they were growing up? I was super into it until it went completely off the rails, but I stuck with the TV show until the very end. The series is 13 books written by L.J. Smith. The series is about vampire brothers Stefan and Damon who end up back in their hometown falling in love with Elena Gilbert, a girl who looks just like their dead vampire girlfriend Katherine. It’s a twisty-thrilling series that is perfect to binge during the pandemic. Streaming on Netflix.
six | Girlboss
This is such a good mini-series! Sophia Amoruso shares her personal story on how she went from scrounging in dumpsters for food to founding one of the biggest online clothing stores, Nasty Gal. The series is quippy, fast-moving, and only 13 episodes. Definitely a great inspirational watch and read. Streaming on Netflix.
seven | Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Is there anything better than a HGTV-esque show you can stream? I listened to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up before I moved to Nashville, but only really started implementing the Marie Kondo way of life two years into living here. The series is so cute and it really makes you think about how you can be better taking care of your space and the objects you own. It’s the perfect time to be doing some cleaning out as the seasons change! Streaming on Netflix.