Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Books to Read if You Like This show

It's Tuesday!  Time to link up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday.  This week's list took some thinking - Top 10 books if you like x show/play/movie/music.  Well I'm not a huge music fan and I have commitment issues with movies so I'm going with TV shows.  I do watch a lot of TV but as I discovered while I was trying to make this list I don't watch much of a variety of TV.  Mostly "dead body" shows as my husband calls them or cooking competitions.

TV Show: Cupcake Wars on Food Network

1.  Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay (Review) - Cupcakes and murder and McKinlay is one of my favorite writers.  Her library series is especially good!  If you like all the Cupcake Wars than the behind the scenes bakery talk is really fun!

2.  The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue by David Sax (Review) - This one is non-fiction but it's fascinating if you love food.  Sax takes a really in depth look at food trends that I'm still quoting months after reading it.  I had no idea how much we're effected by food trends.

TV Show: Downton Abby

3.  Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen (Review)

Well pretty much any of the Royal Spyness will work for this.  You've got the whole upstairs/downstairs vibe most of it being rolled up in 1 person.  There's a little bit of mystery, a little bit of royal intrigue, a lot of worrying about social standing, dealing with relatives and figuring out how to pay for stuff when you're not able to work.

TV Show: Luther, The Bletchley Circle or pretty much any other police procedural

4. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

This is a fantastic mystery series.  She walks the line between being dark and gritty without being painfully so, character growth without turning soap opera-y and with only 1 exception I have loved each and every one of her books.  I love this series.  If you like mysteries and haven't read any of her books you're missing out!

TV Show: Sherlock

5. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Another mystery series I really love. What happened if Sherlock faked his own death, moves to the middle of nowhere and falls in love with a very intelligent, strong willed, adventurous and independent young woman?  Basically he becomes a little more human and they go on adventures all over the world.  It's a fun read.

TV Show: CSI or the like

6. Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
7. All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

I was a faithful Cornwell reader for awhile but I gave up on her a long time ago and pretty much stopped reading after book #9 but these 2 still give me chills.  I"m not normally scared by books but these 2 books aren't ones I dwell on in the middle of the night if I want to get any sleep!

TV Show: Once Upon a Time

8. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

I love this prequel to Alice in Wonderland that focuses on the Queen of Hearts.  The main negative is that this is only Volume 1 so we have to wait for the rest of the story.

TV Show:  Bates Motel

9. the Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier

So I'm straining a bit to use this one but I'm not sure I can emphasize enough what a fabulous job du Maurier did with this collection of short stories.  I've never really thought of books as being particularly scary but these are probably some of the spookiest stories I've read without being gore-y.  du Maurier has foreshadowing and building slow levels of dread down pat.

10.  Okay this is kind of cheating but if you love Agatha Christie you must watch The Wasp and the Unicorn episode of Doctor Who.  It's in season 4 and one of the few episodes featuring Donna that won't make you want to cry buckets but the very best part is that they talk in Agatha Christie titles.  Plus you can look at David Tennant and he's adorable.

Image: Tardis.wikia.com


  1. Totally agree on your comments regarding #10. I love the episode. I will add a few of these to my list.

    1. It's a great one though I am partial to any that involve the past. Those are always my favorites!

  2. I really want to see Bletchley Circle at some point. I just started watching The Americans recently and am enjoying that. I love Sherlock. I hate that it only comes out in three episode increments. One day I will read Bee Keeper's Apprentice.

    You make me want to go back and watch that episode of Dr. Who again. :-) I need to catch up on that show.

    1. I really enjoyed the first season of Bletchley Circle but haven't started the 2nd yet. It's a bit intense in that dry British way where it feels like nothing is happening until there really really is. I'm just now catching up on Sherlock too. Pretty much if it has BBC attached to it anywhere I'll watch it! I really like the Mary Russell books though they can lean towards the dry side. Definitely unique!

      I LOVE that episode. I know it's considered the worst of the season by many but I love it! Of course I'm a pretty big fan of any of the ones where they go back in the past.