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Top Ten Tuesday ǀ Watchalikes


 
Hello, fellow Top Ten Tuesday participants and readers. Today is again another Tuesday – the last of the month (what!?) and with that comes a new Top Ten Tuesday meme. I liked the idea of today’s prompt, but I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about putting it together. Why? Because I happen to be horrible with these kind of topics: recommending books to pair with others. The idea is awesome, but for one reason or another I don’t seem to do well with such topics. Yet here we are. 

Taking inspiration from the awesome site I contribute to – Silver Petticoat, where at the end of book reviews, we recommend an adaptation to pair with the book – I decided to try my hand at paring movies with books. Below I attempt to put together eight such duos. Some are perhaps stretching the bounds a bit, others fit quite nicely. Bottom line: Whether or not they’ll be successful pairings is anyone’s guess. Let’s get this party started. 

Broke and Bookish September 29th Topic  
Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author

(ie: you could list 10 different popular/bestselling books or authors with readalike suggestions for each or give 10 books for one best-selling/popular book or author like 10 authors to read if you like John Green or ten books to read if you like Gone Girl. Idea is to give good readalikes that may be less well known).  

1. Glamorous Illusions «» The Buccaneers  

Though Lisa Bergren’s stunning novel only has one primary heroine, this trilogy can be compared to BBC’s The Buccaneers, which is also about a “season.” The former throws in a heady mystery and potential love triangle not to mention a lot of travels to exciting places. The latter tells the story of four American girls who take in a London season.  


 2. The Runaway Princess «» The Prince and Me 

Hester Browne’s novel about an ordinary woman who falls in love with a prince is charming. Pairing this one with Julia Stiles The Prince and Me couldn’t be more tailor-made; a perfect way to enjoy a girls weekend I should say.  

BOOK REVIEW: The Runaway Princess (Goodreads)  
3. The Selection «» One Night with the King 
This one might be a bit of a stretch for some. However, Kiera Cass has stated that she drew inspiration from the story of Esther and One Night With the King is a beautiful retelling of the memorable Biblical story. While The Selection is set in a dystopian world and One Night with the King in Biblical times, the former is a unique story (guilty pleasure reading!) and the latter is beautifully romantic.  


4. Just One Summer «» The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 



Yes I realize that the “Sisterhood” movies have their own books (really most all of these films do), but what can I say? This film fits really with this novella collection. I chose the sequel because the novellas feature college-aged heroines same as the charming “Sisterhood” sequel.  


5. Rules of Murder «» The 39 Steps  


Pair any British mystery (Marple, Grantchester, The Lady Vanishes) with this and you’re in for a smashing good time. Naturally both entities are enjoyable on their own, but seeing the worlds brought alive visually only enhances any reading experience.
 

6. Anna and the French Kiss «» Monte Carlo 



Apparently I am trying to squeeze “Anna” into as many posts as I can considering how much she’s shown up on my blog… a lot. What can I say? Stephanie Perkins writing is genius. While this pair is quite different in terms of storytelling, both involve overseas travel. Ideally, an adaptation would be the best fit. (You hear that powers that be?)

7. Made to Last «» Christmas in Connecticut  


Is this cheating? I only ask because Melissa has stated she took inspiration from Christmas in Connecticut for the writing of her debut novel. Either way, if you’ve not read Melissa’s sweet debut, go do so. If you’ve not seen Christmas in Connecticut, pardon me, but where have you been!? *grin* 

8. Happily Ever After «» Love By the Book 

There are a lot of different things between these two stories. Susan’s novel involves a best-selling author incognito. Love by the Book deals with a  businessman being forced to work at a small shop. Either way, they both involve bookstores (YES!)  and happy endings. What more could a romantic wish for? 

FILM REVIEW: Love by the Book (2015) 
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That’s it for today! 
Have you read/seen any of these pairings?

You know the drill by now, but I'll say it anyway: leave YOUR Top Ten Tuesday links down below. I wanna' visit!
 
Thanks for reading and have a happy Tuesday!
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  1. What a fun post! Now I really want to go read Happily Ever After :)

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    1. Happily Ever After is super cute, Heidi. I think it was one of the first books I ever read by Susan, but I remember loving it. Happy reading! :)

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  2. Wow. I am so impressed by your graphics and organizaiton on this post. Silly comment, but true!
    My TTT

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    1. Thanks, Anne. I do have fun with the "decorating" part of this meme. Off to read your post! :)

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  3. I really like your list this week. Different and great recommendations (sorry if you get a double comment, having some trouble with Blogger!)

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    1. Thanks, Chrissi! I did have a bit of trouble getting a topic, but once I settled on this, it was fun - and it was nice there wound up being a wide array of genres. No double comment this time. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  4. Keen to watch Monte Carlo because I love Anna and the French Kiss !

    My TTT is here

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    1. It's a cute, chick flick. The stories are different, but share similarities (and of course, the humor isn't near what "Anna" boasts.) Thanks so much for visiting; off to read your Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

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  5. I have read some and watched some but none together. I may have to rectify that! Great list. My TTT

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    1. Fun. Some fit better than others, but I think they all have similarities. :) Thanks for visiting, Laura; definitely going to visit your Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

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  6. I read Rules of Murder and liked it, but have not read the sequels.

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    1. I agree, Greg! Rules of Murder is a fabulous read. Hope you can read the sequels as well. I've enjoyed all of them (and there's a fourth book releasing soon).

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    2. Thanks for the mention, Rissi! I LOVE "The 39 Steps," though I've seen only the old 1930s Alfred Hitchcock version.

      And, yes, Book Four, Dressed for Death, is coming out March 1st. I'm working on Book Five, Murder on the Moor.

      Fun stuff! :D

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    3. My pleasure, Deanna. And I do too (love "39 Steps"). It's such a fun flick though this is the only one I've seen (BBC).

      Dressed for Death looks as stylish as its protagonists and I cannot wait to read it. As for book five - yay! Thanks for the little teaser. :)

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  7. Great post! I skipped this week because I am terrible at this too. You did an excellent job of pairing books and movies. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Beckie! Thanks so much for visiting; I skip some week's too, and will likely be skipping some of the upcoming topics. Some just don't appeal and when that happens, it's nice to take a little break. :)

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  8. I really love this idea of the book/movie recommendation! I am going to go check out The Runaway Princess now :)

    My TTT.

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    1. I really enjoyed The Runaway Princess, Allyson. It was such a fun read - and I hope you enjoy. :)

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  9. I really enjoyed your post.This is such a fun topic.
    'The Selection' did remind me of the story of Esther too, now that I think about it.

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    1. Thank you, Ella. I enjoyed putting it together. :)

      The author has said between Cinderella and Esther's story, The Selection is kind of a cross between the two.

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  10. FUN post, Rissi! I'm gonna go have to break down and read The Selection now - Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible lol My TTT

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    1. Mine too! I adore Esther's story as well as the movie, One Night with the King. :) Thanks so much for visiting, Carrie - as always. Off to read your Top Ten Tuesday topic. :)

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  11. Though I'm not sure if I've read any of the books on this list (YIKES), I LOVE Love By the Book. It's one of my favorite Hallmark romances :)

    walking in the air.

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    1. Nothing wrong with that, Hannah; perhaps there's a few on here you can discover (someday) and enjoy. As for Loved by the Book, I love that one too. :)

      Ps; hope you're doing well. I feel like I've not been keeping up with your awesome blogging lately. :)

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  12. I will have to check out this "Christmas in Connecticut." Don't remember having ever seen or heard about it before. Thanks for the suggestions! :-D

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    1. Aw, it's really cute, Grace! I love that Melissa drew inspiration from a classic movie for her debut. Hope you enjoy. And thank you for visiting. :)

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  13. Love by the Book and 39 Steps look like fun! I love the idea of pairing books with movies.;)

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    1. Both are tons of fun in their own rights, Amanda. Thanks so much for commenting. :)

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  14. This is a fabulous list! I really need to watch One Night With the King, that sounds amazing, and like something I would LOVE. Wow, it's less than $5 on Amazon, off I go! Thanks for the suggestions :)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Hi, Shannon! My apologies for the late reply. I'm glad you were reminded of One Night with the King. It's such a beautiful and romantic story. Hope you enjoy - and thank YOU for commenting and the visit. :)

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