Top Ten Books to Read if You Like…
This week’s Top Ten is the top ten books to read if you like certain TV shows/movies/plays etc. Not sure if I can get ten out of this one, but we’ll give it a go!
1. If you like Big Bang Theory then try The Rosie Project: In my review of The Rosie Project I think the first thing I mention was how much the protagonist reminded me of
Sheldon Cooper Dr. Sheldon Cooper. This was both a good thing and a drawback – I love me some Sheldon but I struggled to think of Don Tillman as a character in his own right and basically saw Sheldon in my head the whole time. Very entertaining read though.
2. If you like Come Dine With Me then try The Saturday Supper Club: A quick explanation of Come Dine With Me for anyone who isn’t familiar with it – four/five strangers host a dinner party, one held each night of the week, and they score each other in secret with the winner taking home £1,000. Of course it isn’t usually as smooth sailing as that; often too much alcohol is consumed, personalities clash, and in the UK a chap called Dave Lamb narrates the show with superb sarcasm. The Saturday Supper Club is a similar premise but throws in a good dose of drama and a sprinkling of romance for good measure.
3. If you like Without A Trace then try Gone Girl: I used to LOVE Without A Trace, it’s an American TV show that follows the FBI’s Missing Persons Unit (which also happens to exist in the same universe as CSI with Grissom – uh, yes?!). The connection here is pretty obvious, right? Gone Girl is practically an episode of Without A Trace, but with more twists, turns, and shock revelations.
4. If you like Teen Wolf/the Wolf-ish element of Twilight then try Shiver (trilogy): If you prefer your paranormal romantic interests to be warm-blooded (and not sparkly) I’d recommend The Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger and Forever). I was very pleasantly surprised by this series and even had a little book-crush on Sam.
5. If you like The Tudors then try The White Queen (series): I originally watched the BBC TV series The White Queen and completely fell in love with it, and discovered that it was an adaptation of Phillipa Gregory’s The Cousins’ War book series. This led to me binge-watching all of The Tudors on Netflix and becoming a tad obsessed with Tudor England. I’d recommend Phillipa Gregory’s books to anyone who likes historical fiction, she is a fantastic historian and a great storyteller.
6. If you like Groundhog Day/About Time then try The Time Traveler’s Wife: The Time Traveler’s Wife is a fantastic story, and I think the movie adaptation was pretty impressive too. If you like the idea of time travel, romance that isn’t too cheesy and even the idea of fate/destiny, then you should really enjoy Audrey Niffenegger’s fabulous debut.
7. If you like Memento then try Before I Go To Sleep: It’s been a while since I’ve seen Memento, but I remember loving it, and I remember reading Before I Go To Sleep and seeing the comparable elements, so I’m running with this. How important are your memories? The protagonist in Before I Go To Sleep, Christine, loses all of her memories every night and can only trust one person – her husband. Or at least, the man who claims to be her husband, seeing as she can’t remember. Great suspenseful thriller.
8. If you like Sweet Home Alabama then try Boys Like You: OK, so this is a bit of a loose connection, I think it was mostly the Southern element that made me think of Sweet Home Alabama while I was reading this but work with me here – girl who moves to New York/girl who is from New York, awesome swoon-worthy dude in both, take the bush-parties and Southern charm of Sweet Home Alabama and throw in some heart-breaking life scenarios and beautiful writing and you’ve got Boys Like You. It’s also the first review book I have given 5/5 to so far this year! You can read my review here.
9. If you like star-crossed lovers stories like Romeo and Juliet/Titanic then try Noughts and Crosses (series): The Noughts and Crosses series is so much more than a star-crossed lovers story, but that is a very obvious and predominant theme – forbidden love, divided societies and the impact of discrimination on relationships. Noughts and Crosses also has multiple heart-warming relationships and takes a very real look at prejudice in society. A fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed, you can read my entire series overview here.
10. If you like Charmed/Buffy/Angel/Supernatural/Twilight then try The Mortal Instruments (series): Because really, no other book series has IT ALL going on quite like TMI. The sixth book is released at the end of this month and I can’t wait to find out what happens! I’d love to do a series reread if I can find the time. I’m also really hoping they continue to make the movies as I know there was a lot of talk that the first one flopped (personally, I blame bad marketing!), but I really enjoyed it and really want the rest of the movies to be made.
Obviously, as well as the recommendations above I always highly recommend actually reading the original books of any movie or TV show adaptations you love, because the book will always be better!
Come Dine With Me sounds like something I’d watch/follow religiously LOL. WIthout a Trace was a show I watched on and off but I do question why it was cancelled…I imagined it was doing pretty well in viewership for the several seasons it ran. Perplexing. I think I skimmed your reviews for Noughts and Crosses and have since considered adding it to “the pile”. Le sigh.
joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts
I do follow it religiously! They do a celeb version too, and I know there’s an Aussie version (it isn’t the same without Dave Lamb, he MAKES the show!). I think it was 7 seasons WAT ran for?? I think that’s pretty good, very few shows make it to the 7/8 mark before they start running out of steam. It’s not on over here anymore as repeats though, if they put it on Netflix I would bingewatch the shit out of it, but alas, our Netflix isn’t as good as yours either… pfft. Hahaha “le sigh”, best thing I’ve heard today.
I followed Poppy Montgomery to her most recent show: Unforgettable– but seeing her in it doesn’t give me the same feels as WAT I guess. Not that I use Netflix, I didn’t even know there was a difference in availability–unless it was a territorial rights thing?
This TTT has highlighted so many new TV shows I haven’t even heard of yet! Don’t do it, Joey! Netflix knocks a good few hours off your week that you’ll never get back! lol Yea, it must be a rights thing, apparently the US version is way better but people over here start messing around with consoles and IPs and all sorts to get the US version.
Oh I already follow (at least) 4 hours of television shows on prime time television in the fall/winter scheduling. I’ve had to drop a few ones as well that I need to catch up on (i.e. The Following, Marvels agents, etc). The difficult part is just finding these shows without a Netflix subscription!
I’m curious about Noughts and Crosses. I’m definitely going to check than one out. I’m a sucker for forbidden love. 😉
Wow, if you like forbidden love you’ll definitely have to check out N&Cs, it spans forbidden love across three generations (but without being ridiculously long and drawn out!). Thanks for commenting! 🙂
I love Come Dine With Me! I only get to see the weekend marathons now though. I’ll have to try The Saturday Supper Club. I’ve never seen Sweet Home Alabama all the way through but Boys Like You sounds like a good one too.
I think I watched it THAT much that I had to take a break from it, Channel 4 had repeats on all the time and there was even a story about how they were losing viewers because their programming was so lazy that they just bunged CDWM on every night! To be honest, since getting Netflix I don’t watch as much TV anymore, series-binge is my new obsession! Boys Like You was definitely a surprising read for me, I didn’t expect it to be so deep, or entertaining, but I loved it! Thanks for commenting! 🙂
Loved The Rosie Project 🙂
Eu também achei Projeto Rosie a cara do Shledon, como adoroooooooo ele, acabei idealizando o Don como ele não teve jeito.
Adorei o livro!
I’ve tried my best to translate this!! Don was so like Sheldon, it was impossible for me to separate them, but I did enjoy the book! Thanks for commenting! 🙂
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