Top Ten Tuesday: You watch that? Then read this!


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books If You Like… (fill in the blank with your favorite TV shows, games, movies, comics, etc) This is a hard one! I’m mostly sticking to TV, since that’s my biggest vice/guilty pleasure after reading.

So, what to read? Depends on what you like to watch!

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1) If you like Downton Abbeycheck out Longbourn by Jo Baker. A different time period, true, but this book offers a behind-the-scenes view of life “downstairs”, showing us just what it takes to keep a proper household in clean linens and with a nicely set table.

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2) If you like The Big Bang Theory check out The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I could not get the voice of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) out of my head the entire time I was reading Rosie. A genius-level scientist with no social skills, resulting in a multitude of faux pas and unintended hilarity? Yup.

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3) If you like The Originals… check out Anne Rice’s vampire books, especially Interview with the Vampire or The Vampire Lestat. You just can’t beat Anne Rice for supernatural goings-on in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

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4) If you like Helix… check out Parasite by Mira Grant. The new Syfy series is full of icky microbes infecting people and threatening to take over the entire world — and if you want icky threats from within the human body, you’re sure to love (and be grossed out by) Parasite.

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5) If you like Once Upon A Time… check out the Fables graphic novel series by Bill Willingham. Fairy tale characters are real and are living in hiding in our world! Sure, there was a lot of angry speculation when it first aired that Once was basically a Fables rip-off — but Bill Willingham did his best to get his rabid fans to stand down. You can read his Q&A here from 2011 before you decide whether to take up a pitchfork.

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6) If you like Frozen… check out any of Robin McKinley’s fairy tale retellings, especially Beauty, The Rose Daughter, or Spindle’s End. No singing princesses or talking snowmen, just excellent writing, darkly reimagined worlds of magic, and more depth than you might think possible.

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7) If you like Hart of Dixie check out Raney, Walking Across Egypt, or any other of Clyde Edgerton’s quirky and charming novels, full of the odd-ball characters with a decidedly Southern twist that make towns like TV’s Bluebell, Alabama so much fun.

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8) If you like Orphan Black check out Archetype by M. D. Waters. Something is going on — and it involves evil scientists, shady plots. and human experimentation. Yikes! Complicated and delicious.

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9) If you like Game of Thrones... well, read the books, obviously! Or for something different set in a kingdom with deadly power struggles, battling families, secret powers, and even an ice wall, check out the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. Six books, done, no waiting for sequels!

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10) If you like The Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Superman, Batman — okay, superheroes in general… check out After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn. Okay, this is a bit of a cheat for me, since I haven’t actually read the book… yet. After the Golden Age has been on my TBR pile for a while now, and I’ve been saving it for a summer vacation treat. From the description, it sounds perfect!


Ha! Look at my self-restraint! I was tempted to write a list that consisted just of:

  • If you like The Hunger Games movies… read the books!
  • If you like the Harry Potter movies… read the books!
  • If you like The (three) Hobbit movies… read the (one) book!

But that would have been totally obnoxious. Although not entirely out of character. 🙂

What’s on your list this week? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

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28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: You watch that? Then read this!

    • Maybe you’ll read it before I do! There’s a sequel that just came out as well. I’ve heard such good things, so I’m determined to finally read it this summer. 🙂

    • Fables is one of my very favorite things ever! I got hooked pretty much right away, and once I started, couldn’t stop until I’d read every volume published so far. Highly recommended! (I know, I sound like a gushing fangirl…) Thanks for stopping by!

    • I know what you mean. With all the good TV right now, it’s amazing I still find time to read. (Not really — books first!!) My sad little confession is that I still haven’t watched the last three episodes of Helix (so ssssh, don’t tell me what happened!), but I did really enjoy everything I’d seen so far. Definitely check out Orphan Black if you have a chance — totally worth the hype!

      • True say! But sometimes I do favour binge watching shows as opposed to reading (though I’m not sure if I should say that on a book blog…) I’m actually just glad that Helix got renewed for a second season– really interested to see where they go with it!

    • I really, really liked Longbourn — hope you get a chance to read it soon! I need to do more focusing on my older books. It’s sad when it gets to the point that reading a book I’ve owned for a while feels like a special occasion. Hurray for Orphan Black! The new season is off to a great start!

  1. I keep hearing the comparison to Longbourn in regards to DA, I’m definitely going to have to pick that one up. I saw the first episode of helix and it TOTALLY reminded me of Parasite. Definitely going to have to check out the Codex Alera series. Great recs, thanks!

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