The Adaptation staff have some top-notch recommendations for you in the month of May!
The Samuel Johnson Series by John Connolly
Book 1: The Gates // Book 2: The Infernals // Book 3: The Creeps
I’ve been reading the Samuel Johnson series as of late. It’s about a young boy and his Daschund, Boswell, that live in a small English town. He witnesses his neighbors opening a portal to hell and getting possessed by demons and suddenly the dimensions drift and hell comes to his little town, and only he and his dog (and some random demon named Nurd) can send it back. The second book he actually goes to hell. The third book… Well, I’m not entirely sure what’s happening in the third book even though I’m like halfway through it. But it’s good, and ridiculously funny. The author uses footnotes and narrates directly to the reader and includes all these scientific theories to explain the book, which makes it sound dry but actually helps build the realism. I highly suggest it.
Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas
Currently ripping through an ARC copy of Pretty Little Werewolf, a YA novel by Katie Salidas, which follows the story of a snappy quick-witted female alpha lone wolf named Giselle. After an entire life of relying on herself, the young wolf receives an unexpected offer that will give her more than just a home, but also the potential of a pack-family. Of course there’s always a catch and Giselle sniffs out the truth behind a werewolf feud that started long before she was born. The novel is comes out on e-book June 9.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Funny and sweet, Finding Audrey is a new YA novel by Sophie Kinsella. The main character, Audrey, is a fourteen-year-old with severe anxiety and depression, and it’s mostly about how she starts to overcome some of her fears with the help of her family and her brother’s friend, Linus. Another subplot involves her mother’s growing and somewhat unreasonable concern that Audrey’s brother, Frank, is addicted to video games. I recommend you check it out!
The Jane Games, Complete series on YouTube
I recently found a new vlog series called The Jane Games, in which Jane Austen–yes, the authoress Jane Austen—is a reality host, and some of her characters are contestants in a reality show. It’s a pretty funny watch, and also interesting to see how her characters are transferred into our time period, yet are really just as eclectic and unique. On top of that, the ‘tasks’ that the heroines have to complete in order to win The Jane Games somehow manage to weave aspects of all six novels into the one show. Definitely worth a look!
The Amazing Race, 26 seasons from CBS
Probably one of the more realistic drama-filled reality competitions, The Amazing Race makes 10 or 12 teams of two people each race from country to country and complete events (or often eat food) related to the local culture: Peruvian dancing, Alaskan dog-sledding, building Nambian grass huts, etc. It’s not exactly an educational show, but you definitely learn something about various countries along the way. And the drama doesn’t feel manufactured. If you’ve ever traveled with someone for 6 weeks, you know it creates itself. We’re so obsessed that we went back and started watching from season 1 which aired in 2001, when host Phil Keoghan still had a baby-face.
-Ryan and Kendyl
That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!