7 books to read before you binge the TV show

From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Genius,' these TV series are best enjoyed first as page-turners.

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Drop that remote and turn the page...

With so many fantastic television series available online to enjoy, you might be tempted to walk right past your local bookstore and straight into your living room. Adaptations, however, especially those based on best-selling novels, are more often simply the thin icing on a scrumptiously crafted multi-layered cake.

The following pages offer suggestions for only a few of the many television series enhanced by first reading the novels they're based on. Goodbye couch, hello hammock.

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