Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

Today’s list is all about those shows or movies that are great to binge watch. I struggled with this topic because I don’t watch a lot of TV/movies. I’d rather be reading! So here are some shows that I have binge watched and enjoyed along with some feel-good movies that always bring a smile to my face.

TV Shows

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- I binge watched the first and second season. Not in one go, but definitely a few episodes a day/night!
  2. Gilmore Girls- I was late to the party for this one. I managed to watch all seasons though in a few months. That was good binge watching material!
  3. Gossip Girl- I came to Gossip Girl a few seasons in and I binge watched the first few seasons.
  4. The O.C.- I remember binge watching the first season… then I had to wait for the rest of them on TV!
  5. Friends- If I don’t know what to watch, I know I’ll find an episode that will fit my mood!

Movies

  1. The Greatest Showman- A recent love! I absolutely adore this movie. The soundtrack is phenomenal. It’s one of the only movies that I’ve seen multiple times at the cinema.
  2. Matilda- I adored this movie and it’s one of my favourite feel-good choices when I need a pick me up!
  3. Grease- I have lost track of how many times I’ve watched this musical movie!
  4. Mean Girls- One of my favourites!
  5. The Lion King- I had to shove some Disney in. This movie makes me very happy.

What have you got on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Banned Books #29- Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

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A little late…but welcome to Banned Books where in November, we read Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar.

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Synopsis:

Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep—sometimes with each other.

S is back from boarding school, and if we aren’t careful, she’s going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn’t fit into, steal our boyfriends’ hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way. I’ll be watching closely . . .

You know you love me,

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First published: 2002
In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2006 (source)
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: As one of the more recent releases, I don’t believe opinions have changed much in the last ten or so years so I don’t agree with any of the challenges to the book. First of all (getting ready to jump on soap box) the homosexuality. There is no reason on earth why homosexuality should not be portrayed in a book, especially one aimed at teenagers. In fact, if teenagers don’t read about the wide variety of people and sexual orientations we have on our planet aren’t they more likely to grow up to be bigots when they’re older? Just saying. Offensive language – I don’t really remember a lot of bad language in the book it either passed me by completely or didn’t offend me in the slightest. Yes, it does talk about sex but I don’t think it’s particularly explicit and no worse than you’d hear on the television or in other forms of media.

CHRISSI: My opinion on this is exactly the same as Beth’s. I think the TV series is so popular and so many teenagers have seen it. I don’t think the book is as explicit. It may have sexual content but it’s nothing more than what they’d see on TV, read in other books or hear from their friends. I think we need to treat teenagers with some level of maturity and if they’re of the age that can handle sexual content, I don’t see the harm in allowing teens to read this book. Would I teach it? No. I wouldn’t deny teenagers the chance to read it though.

How about now?

BETH: Guess what? Same answer. I think the Gossip Girl books are particularly aimed at teenage girls and I don’t think there’s anything in the books that girls wouldn’t hear from their friends or elsewhere. As a result, I think that saying it’s unsuited to the age group is a bit strange. I’m a big fan of the TV series, that Chrissi got me into and while that is slightly more graphic it’s still not something that I would be worried about a teenager seeing. 

CHRISSI: Definitely not now. Teens talk and they can speak in much more graphic terms than teens would experience from reading this book.

What did you think of this book?:

BETH: I enjoyed it! As I came to the TV series first, a few things were different and surprised me a bit but on the whole I think the series stayed very true to the book in general. I already felt like I knew the characters so well and obviously had the actors faces in mind as I was reading so it was almost like reading a nice, familiar book that I had read before.

CHRISSI: I did enjoy it but I do have a fond place in my heart for the TV series. ❤ I did think of Leighton Meester and Blake Lively particularly when reading about Blair and Serena!

Would you recommend it?:

BETH: Probably!

CHRISSI:  Yes!

Top Ten Books If You Like Gossip Girl (the TV show!)

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books If You Like… and I picked Gossip Girl. The television series, I haven’t read the books, perhaps I should try them!? .

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The Devil Wears Prada- Lauren Weisberger

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I absolutely love the film version of this book, and I think that Gossip Girl fans would love it too!

Someday, Someday, Maybe- Lauren Graham

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I didn’t know much about the author before I read this book, so I went into it with no preconceptions. I really enjoyed it!

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

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This book is by one of my favourite writers. It includes the celebrity culture and the music business. Something that fans of Gossip Girl might enjoy!

The Distance Between Us- Kasie West

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The Distance Between Us has a great, cute relationship which I really bought into.

Flat Out Love- Jessica Park

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Flat-Out Love is a great read and has some of the sexy times like Gossip Girl 😉

Trouble- Non Pratt

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The characters are always getting into all sorts of trouble in Gossip Girl. This book would be perfect for those who like to read a bit of teenage angst.

Burn For Burn- Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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This is great for those that enjoy revenge stories. Gossip Girl is full of revenge storylines so this should be right up your street!

Cruel Summer- James Dawson

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I just love this book. It’s full of mystery and well written.

You Don’t Know Me- Sophia Bennett

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Another well written read. This book is about friendship, music, hard times and the perils of the internet.

Shipwrecked- Siobhan Curham

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This book is compared to Gossip Girl and Lost in the synopsis. I think it’s a really good read. Intriguing, full of drama and so well-written. Looking forward to continuing the series!

Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten lists!