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!? .

Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!

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!

 

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Stacking The Shelves #25

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

 

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to the books Goodread’s profile.

I’m quite in love with my haul this week. I’ve got quite a selection!

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I loved the synopsis for this book!

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I have to admit, the cover drew me in with this book!

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Another intriguing cover. I’m looking forward to this one!

Bought:

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I was recommended this book.  It’s a sweet read.

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I’ve read this book already for part of a review feature with Luna’s Library. I absolutely loved it. Our review will be published within the next few weeks.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so when it was going cheap on the Kindle I snapped it up!

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I know I’m late with this series, but at least I’m starting it!

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I’ve heard SO much positive feedback about this book. I need to see if I feel the same!

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Cannot wait to read this!

Please feel free to share your links to your Stacking The Shelves posts and I’ll stop by your blogs sometime this weekend!

Someday, Someday, Maybe

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Synopsis:

It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.

Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I’m not that familiar with Lauren Graham. I’ve heard of her, but I haven’t watched Parenthood, Bad Santa or Gilmore Girls. I understand she has a huge fan base though. It’s always interesting to read a book by an actor, especially when the book’s protagonist is an actor trying to make her way in the business. I wonder if any of it is autobiographical?

As mentioned, the novel follows an inspiring actress, Franny Banks, a woman in her mid-twenties who has given herself a deadline to make it in acting. All she seems to get is auditions for commercials. She struggles to pay her way in New York and to hold down a job as well as audition for everything that comes up.

I thought Someday, Someday, Maybe was a really enjoyable read. It was relatable in the way that many people of Franny’s age and either younger or older are struggling with what comes next in their life, many are struggling to meet their own personal goals without becoming completely disillusioned. I enjoyed the characters. Franny was a fun character. She was incredibly likeable. I really liked her friend Jane as well. Their close friendship was portrayed beautifully. Jane reminded me of my best friend. I thought Dan, Franny and Jane’s roommate was completely adorable.

I would class Someday, Someday, Maybe as a chick-lit read, but it’s not your average chick-lit. The romances are in the novel, but they’re not integral to the storyline. I didn’t really buy into the romances, but I think this is because they weren’t a main focus in the story. It wasn’t imperative to believe the romances to enjoy the book. The focus is mainly on Franny and how she grows as the novel progresses. I liked how it was focussed on the struggles an actor goes through when they’re trying to make it. It was full of funny scenes including the auditions, the experiences of having an agent, misunderstandings and plenty of “Is this my moment?” minutes.

I think if I had any criticism of this book it would be that nothing major really happens. It plods along nicely, and it’s easy to read, but I didn’t have any ‘Wow’ moments when I was reading it. Lauren Graham does write well though, I’d be interested to read anything else that she writes.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

WWW Wednesday #22

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! Already! Where are the weeks going?

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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What did you recently finish reading?

Finding-Cherokee-BrownOh my goodness. I have a lot of love for this book. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It was just so touching. As well as books, music is my thing and when I find a book that combines music and books like this one does it just blows me away! My review will be coming up within the next few weeks. It’s one of my ‘Comparing’ reviews that I publish with Luna from Luna’s Library.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m concentrating on some review books next. I’m looking forward to them.

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This is for an upcoming book tour. It sounds fabulous, so I can’t wait to get stuck in.

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I’m intrigued about this book, I’ve heard very mixed opinions!

Please feel free to leave your WWW Wednesday links so I can see what you’ve got coming up!