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Read It First! (Podcast) Adaptations This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
3 book covers and their accompanying podcast logos

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But, every once in a while, we have a month that’s a little light on book to film adaptations. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other adaptations to talk about! For July, we thought we’d reverse things a bit and introduce you to some books inspired by podcasts.

Books to Podcasts, and Podcasts to Books

Welcome to Night Vale: Enjoy the local radio show for the (fictional) town of Night Vale. A place where mysterious glowing clouds, a haunted baseball diamond, and the impending Blood Space War are all everyday news. The first book from the Welcome to Night Vale creators gives readers a more in-depth look into this quaint desert town and the lives of two women who live there.

My Favorite Murder - Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: If you’re a fan of comedy, true crime and sass, this is your new favorite podcast. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are true crime enthusiasts who have found humor to be a great coping mechanism when dealing with their love of fascinating and terrifying true crime cases. And they’re not alone. Their podcast has created a bonafide movement of listeners connecting over their need to laugh about the horrific and odd realities we often confront. Their new book covers both true crime and the routes they took along the way to podcast stardom.

Sawbones: For those interested in the weird and wonderful world of medical history, Doctor Sydnee McElroy and her husband provide a comedic take on the various ways in which we have tried to heal ourselves and others. Their book is filled with beautiful illustrations and more of the hilarious and horrifying stories their listeners have come to expect.

Limetown: Limetown is the fictional story of investigative journalist Lisa Haddock, as she looks into the mysterious disappearance of more than 300 people from a research facility in Tennessee. When the creators released their book, Limetown: A Novel, last year, they provided listeners with the prequel they’d been clamoring for.

Dollop: American history in all its ridiculousness. Each week, host Dave Anthony recounts a true tale of American history to his friend, comedian Gareth Reynolds. Whether it’s the truth behind competitive tickling or the real story of the man known as Oofty Goofty, Anthony and Reynolds hold nothing back in exposing the hilarious and absurd reality of our great nation. Their book, The United States of Absurdity, uncovers more of the obscure and weird stories that never make it into our history books.

Adnan’s Story: Serial took the world by storm in 2014, introducing us to the tragic story of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed. While this addicting podcast investigated the trial of young Syed for the murder of Lee, Rabia Chaudry, a friend of the Syed family, felt much was left out. She came out with her own podcast, Undisclosed, as well as a book, Adnan’s Story, to provide listeners with a more detailed perspective on this terrible situation.