Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Television. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. A Life in Parts


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

Winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Narration by the Author A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir - both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft - from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history's most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad .  Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival.  Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement. But then, while a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, Cranston one day found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time, he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler , and in a flash he found himself face-to-face once again with his original calling. Suddenly he thought this was what he wanted to do, what he would do, with the rest of his life. Act.  In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts , Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to his dramatic epiphany and beyond, to megastardom and a cultlike following, by vividly revisiting the many parts he's played on camera and off. With great humor and much humility, Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld , finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle , proving to writers and fans that he was willing to do anything, anything , for a laugh, and he gives a bracing account of his run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson, pushing himself to the limit as he prepared, physically and mentally, for a tour de force that would win him a Tony to go along with his four Emmys.  Of course Cranston dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most riveting performances ever captured on-screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.  Discussing his failures as few men do, describing his work as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about innate talent and its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.

  • Author: Bryan Cranston
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Actors & Entertainers

                 

2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined -- every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute... and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

  • Author: Suzanne Collins
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 19, 2020)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1338635171
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.7 x 8.3 inches

                 

3. Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas: Have a Very Merry Movie Holiday


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

The Publishers Weekly and USA TODAY Best Seller ! The official Hallmark Channel Christmas keepsake takes you behind-the-scenes of your favorite feel-good holiday films with the casts' memories, photos, recipes and more. This stunning book invites readers to an exclusive inside look at the making of everyone's favorite holiday classics with secrets from the stars, screenwriters, set designers, costume designers, and directors who create the movie magic. Featuring the network's top leading ladies and gentlemen--Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Kristin Chenoweth, Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison, Chris McNally, Danica McKellar, Christina Milian, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jodie Sweetin, Holly Robinson Peete, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, and many others--this ultimate deck-the-halls guide shares their personal holiday recipes, favorite ideas for Christmas decorating and gift giving, as well as ways to savor and share the true meaning of the holidays. Inside you'll find:    •   45 recipes for delicious holiday meals, Christmas cookies, desserts, cocktails, and even snacks perfect for serving at your movie marathons, plus recipes from the Hallmark Channel movie stars such as Danica McKellar's Chocolate Yule Log, Chris McNally's Classic Eggnog, and Lacey Chabert's Sweet Potato Pie    •   A heartfelt foreword from Candace Cameron Bure on her love of the holiday season    •   An introduction from Country Living Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett on how holiday movies offer comfort and warmth    •   Super-fun quizzes to test your Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie IQ    •   Special decorating and gift-wrapping ideas and thoughtful ways to express gratitude    •   Everything you need to host a watch-party including a play-along bingo card and shareable memes    •   Color photos throughout including captivating images from your favorite holiday romances    •   Heartwarming tales of rescue animals like the network's Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat It's the must-have gift for your favorite Hallmark Channel movie fan or for anyone who wants to put a little more happily-ever-after into the happiest season of all!

  • Author: Caroline McKenzie
  • Publisher: Hearst Home (October 20, 2020)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Television
  • ISBN: 978-1950785247
  • Dimensions: 8.74 x 0.74 x 9.85 inches

                 

4. The Chosen: 40 Days with Jesus (Imitation Leather) – Impactful and Inspirational Devotional – Perfect Gift for Confirmation, Holidays, and More


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

Encounter Jesus the way his followers did. Every follower of Jesus in the Gospels had a not-so-great ''before'' A brash fisherman. A pious religious leader. A demon-possessed woman. A thieving tax collector. Christ's love saw beyond their brokenness and forgave. Jesus revolutionized the lives of those who followed Him. And He's still doing it today. Each of the forty devotions in The Chosen contains a Scripture, a unique look into a Gospel story, suggestions for prayer, and questions that lead you further in your relationship with Christ. See Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him best, and explore the backstories of people like Mary Magdalene, Peter, Matthew, Nicodemus, and more. It's hard to relate to the sinless Son of God, but we can all identify with the sinners. You too can be transformed: Jesus sees past your ''before'' to the person He is creating you to be. Key Features: Each day includes a scripture excerpt, a relatable story, a prayer, and thought-provoking questions. Accompanies the new television drama series called, “The Chosen.” Perfect gift for confirmation, holidays, and more. Binding: Imitation/Faux Leather with ribbon marker. Pages: 176 Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC Faux leather - High-grade faux leather provides durability and exquisite tactile appeal. Heat debossing - Heat debossing on faux leather darkens its color, giving the cover a two-tone appearance and creating indentation which shows off the intricate design and varied texture. Foil stamping - Matte foil finishing touches are elegantly placed to enhance title features, capturing attention and adding class for an aesthetic appeal. Smythe-sewn binding - This high-quality sturdy binding stitches book signatures together creating durability and allowing pages to lay flat when open. Decorative head and foot bands are also added to further complement the binding. Paper - This uncoated, wood-free paper is of premium quality and thickness, allowing you to capture your thoughts and plans without concern of ink bleed-through. Ribbon marker - A beautiful satin ribbon marker conveniently keeps your place so you can quickly pick up where you left off.

  • Author: Amanda Jenkins
  • Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC (March 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Bible Study & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-1424557851
  • Dimensions: 4.75 x 0.5 x 7 inches

                 

5. The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2021: Every Recipe from the HIt TV Show Along with Product Ratings Includes the 2021 Season (Complete ATK TV Show Cookbook)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

21 years of foolproof recipes from the hit TV show captured in one complete volume The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook is back after a year-long 20th anniversary party. Find every recipe prepared on 21 seasons of public television's top-rated cooking show all in a single compendium, including the new season that debuts in January 2021. You'll also get the latest equipment and ingredient ratings drawn from the show's equipment testing and taste testing segments. Cook along with Bridget and Julia and the test kitchen chefs as the new episodes of the 2021 season air with new recipes like Chicken Schnitzel, Smashed Burgers, and Peach Tarte Tatin. Every recipe that has appeared on the hit TV show is included in this cookbook along with the test kitchen's indispensable notes and tips. A comprehensive shopping guide shows readers what products the ATK Review Team recommends and it alone is worth the price of the book.

  • Author: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen (October 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1948703420
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 2.23 x 11.13 inches

                 



6. Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier: How Midcentury Modernism Shaped Our View of the Future


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

Celebrate Star Trek: The Original Series and the show’s distinctive Midcentury modern design that would change design– and television–forever.  Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) was the first installment of one of the most successful and longest-running television franchises of all time. Today, Trek fans champion its writing, progressive social consciousness, and aesthetic. Designing the Final Frontier is a unique, expert look at the mid-century modern design that created and inspired that aesthetic. From Burke chairs to amorphous sculptures, from bright colors to futuristic frames, Star Trek TOS is bursting with mid-century modern furniture, art, and design elements—many of them bought directly from famous design showrooms. Together, midcentury modern design experts Dan Chavkin and Brian McGuire have created an insider’s guide to the interior of original starship Enterprise and beyond, that is sure to attract Star Trek’s thriving global fan base.

  • Author: Dan Chavkin
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (August 3, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Television
  • ISBN: 978-1681885629
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches

                 

7. Binging with Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! The book that 5 million fans of Binging with Babish on YouTube have been waiting for! The internet cooking show Binging with Babish has taken YouTube by storm with views as high as 12 million per episode. For each video, Andrew Rea, a self-proclaimed movie and TV buff, teaches a recipe based on a favorite TV show or film, such as the babka from the classic Seinfeld episode, the beef bourguignon from Julie & Julia , or the timpano from Big Night . This cookbook includes these and other fan-favorite recipes. Some are so delicious that you’ll want to make them for dinner right away, like Bubba's shrimp from Forrest Gump , while others can be saved for impressing a loved one—like the chocolate lava cake from Jon Favreau’s Chef , which the actor/director (who also wrote the foreword) asked to make during a guest appearance on Rea’s show. Complete with behind-the-scenes stories and never-seen-before photos, as well as answers to frequently asked fan questions, Binging with Babish is a must-have companion to the wildly popular YouTube show.

  • Author: Andrew Rea
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Illustrated edition (October 22, 2019)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Television
  • ISBN: 978-1328589897
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.99 x 9 inches

                 

8. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is Alison Arngrim's comic memoir of growing up as one of television's most memorable characters - the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie . With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is a must for fans of everything Little House : the classic television series and its many stars like Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert; Gilbert's best-selling memoir Prairie Tale ; and, of course, the beloved series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that started it all.

  • Author: Alison Arngrim
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Film & TV, History & Criticism

                 

9. The Daily Show (the AudioBook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

The complete uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart , as told by its correspondents, writers, and host. For almost 17 years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the show's behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie are chronicled by the players themselves, from legendary host Jon Stewart to the star cast members and writers - including Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Jessica Williams, John Hodgman, and Larry Wilmore - plus some of The Daily Show 's most prominent guests and adversaries: John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and many more. This oral history takes the listener behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics - a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world. Through years of incisive election coverage, Jon Stewart's emotional monologue in the wake of 9/11, his infamous confrontation on Crossfire , passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, feuds with Bill O'Reilly and Fox, the Indecisions, Mess O'Potamia, and provocative takes on Wall Street and racism, The Daily Show has been a cultural touchstone. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show's seminal moments come together to share their memories of the last-minute rewrites, improvisations, pranks, romances, blowups, and moments of Zen both on and off the set of one of America's most groundbreaking shows. Full cast of narrators includes Ryan Vincent Anderson, Graham Halstead, Cheryl Smith, Christian Coulson, Tommy Harron, and Elece Green.

  • Author: Jon Stewart - foreword
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Film & TV, History & Criticism

                 

10. Freak Of Horror Coloring Book: Scary Creatures And Creepy Serial Killers From Classic Horror Movies Halloween Holiday Gifts for Adults Kids


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Television - August 2021

BEST GIFT FOR HORROR MOVIE FANS EVER!!! This coloring book is filled with terrible beats, horrible creatures, spooky killers, murderous monsters and more! The hand drawn images within this book are based on serial killers and villains from classic horror movie and modern movie. In this book: Over 25 High-resolution images which will allow you to fill in the smallest details and achieve the most realistic results. Single-sided Pages . Every image is placed on its own black-backed page to reduce the bleed-through problem found in other coloring books. Large-sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches) Happy Bloody coloring!

  • Author: Darren Voorhees
  • Publisher: Independently published (March 26, 2020)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 979-8630809896
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.16 x 11 inches