10 Books for the January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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This Month’s #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt is…

New year, new prompts (and a late list, I apologize)! Every January, we try to make ourselves into “better people,” whether we’re promising to make ourselves smaller or promising to be better to other people. In the spirit of Januarys, this month’s prompt for the #WotNReadingChallenge is “A book adapted from another medium.”

10 Books Adapted From Other Media for Your January #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Risk! edited by Kevin Allison

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Risk! (Hachette Books) edited by Kevin Allison
Risk! – edited by Kevin Allison

Risk! is a podcast where writers and comedians tell stories that they never thought they’d share. Some of those most popular stories are here, in edited text form, for your perusal.

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Dear Evan Hansen (Poppy) by Val Emmich
By Val Emmich

This is based on the 2017 Best Musical Tony winner. In this musical and novel, the eponymous Evan Hansen is rocked when a high school bully named Connor dies by suicide. When he learns that Connor’s family believes they were friends, anxious Evan lies his way into their lives, including the life of his crush Zoe.

Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Alice Isn't Dead (Harper Perennial) by Joseph Fink
By Joseph Fink

After Keisha believes her assumed-dead wife is alive, she is driven to journey across the country as a long-distance truck driver, looking for her. When doing so, she gets caught up in strange events both ordinary to the road and extraordinary to any mode of travel. Adapted from the popular podcast.

Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Unf-ck Your Habitat (St. Martin's Griffin) by Rachel Hoffman
By Rachel Hoffman

This book gives basic tips on how to clean for people who get overwhelmed by it. Basic tips on how to clean may seem unnecessary to you, but I’m the kind of neuroatypical disaster whose parents gleefully gave me this for Christmas after I put it on my Amazon wishlist, so we may not see eye to eye here. Adapted from the successful Tumblr blog.

Widows by Lynda La Plante

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Widows (Zaffre 2018 ed.) by Lynda La Plante
By Lynda La Plante
Widows has a really interesting history. It was actually originally a 1980s television show (I know this isn’t news to some of you, but some of us don’t remember that decade). The creator of that show then adapted the story into a book (see above). Then, that material was adapted into one of the best films of 2018. If you haven’t seen the film yet, check out the book before you go!


Hey Ladies! by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Hey Ladies! (Harry N. Abrams) by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss
By Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss

Based on a column from the now-deceased culture website The Toast, this book follows eight friends through their relationship issues (inter- and intragroup) during one year. It’s bitingly satirical, and people may recognize certain archetypes within the book’s pages.

The Sawbones Book written by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and Justin McElroy and illustrated by Teylor Smirl

JAnuary 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge The Sawbones Book (Weldon Owen) by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and Justin McElroy
By Dr. Sydnee McElroy and Justin McElroy

If you have any interest in medical history, you’re probably already listening to Sawbones. However, if the McElroy podcast has passed you by, you might consider reading the book and getting a taste of that sweet, sweet, horror at our ancestors.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Hamilton: The Revolution (Grand Central Publishing) by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

If you haven’t heard of Hamilton by now, I genuinely don’t understand your media diet. This coffee-table book has the libretto to the musical, as well as annotations to those lyrics, photos, and introductions to each song section by a member of the original production. Whether you’ve never heard of the show before, or you’ve been part of the hype train for years, this could be the book for you.

T-Rex Trying by Hugh Murphy

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge T-Rex Trying (Plume 2013 ed.) by Hugh Murphy
By Hugh Murphy

T-Rex Trying is a series of comics depicting the same T-Rex trying to do various things that a being with a big body and short arms may have difficulty doing. It’s funny without really getting too mean. I’d recommend you check out the original Tumblr blog, but it’s currently listed as possibly containing sensitive material. *headdesk*

Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Check Please! (First Second) by Ngozi Ukazu
By Ngozi Ukazu

Check, Please! is an incredibly popular web-comic that follows skater/baker Bitty as he navigates the challenges of college life and being on the hockey team at Samwell University. There’s also the hockey team captain Jack, who may be a puzzle all to himself.

Honorary Mentions

January 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Gmorning, Gnight! (Random House) by Lin-Manuel Miranda
By Lin-Manuel Miranda

There are a couple authors on this list that have other books that would work on the list proper. We actually covered the first Adventure Zone podcast graphic novelization (which Justin McElroy also co-authored) last month. Additionally, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cheerful tweets were turned into a book last November called Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You that was illustrated by Twitter notable Jonny Sun.



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