Top Ten Tuesday! Books that Feature Characters in Reality-TV

Posted May 17, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Bloglinks, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 52 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

Today’s Top 10: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read  Books that Feature Characters in Reality-TV

This week’s topic is Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read . But, I’ve read everything I was excited to get, so I decided to do Top Ten Books that Feature Characters in Reality-TV. I have only read some of these books. I don’t normally enjoy reality tv in my book, but when done well, it’s a lot of fun.

  1. The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews – Features a Home Rehabilitation reality TV show.

2. If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy – Cindy goes on a dating show.

3. Smooth as Silk by Alicia Hunter Pace – Hyacinth Dawson is trying to get her shop on a wedding dress show.

4. The Spanish Garden by Cherry Radford – Andie stars in a gardening reality show.

5. Love and Other Disasters – Dahlia Woodson is on a cooking show.

6. Just for Show by Julie Hamilton – Luke Murphy is a Home Renovation show carpenter.

7. The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun – Dev Deshpande is a dating show producer and Charlie is a contestant on the dating show.

8. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London – Bea Schumacher goes on a dating show.

9. Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales – Maya goes on a dating show.

10. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – Elizabeth Zott goes on a cooking show! The original reality TV.

Have you read any of these books? Comment below!

52 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday! Books that Feature Characters in Reality-TV

  1. The Charm Offensive is the only one of these I’ve read and I absolutely loved it. I was unsure about it at first because I loathe reality TV (and definitely don’t want to read about it) but I’m so glad I gave it a chance. I adored Dev and Charlie.

  2. Congrats on having read everything you’re excited to read! You must share your secrets. 😉 I’ve noticed a lot of books with reality tv as a plot point lately. I wonder if this is a current trend or if I’m just noticing it. I haven’t read any of these yet, so thanks for sharing them!

  3. I didn’t realise there were so many, but reality TV has so many options now too. My favourites remain cooking and home renovation, though, Great list this week, Wendy 🙂

    • Thank you, Mallika! I prefer the food and home renovation ones too. I’m not such a fan of the dating shows.

  4. The only reality t.v. show I watch is Relative Race (it’s about people using DNA to find their long-lost relatives). It seems more real than other reality shows. I also haven’t read many books about reality t.v. It is an interesting subject, though. I always wonder how much of those shows are really real, you know?? They just seem so totally fake.

    Happy TTT!


    • Relative Race sounds great, I’ll have to look for it. Yes, I agree that so many reality tv shows are scripted with manufactured drama.

      • It really is a good show! It’s clean, entertaining, interesting, and moving. It also really doesn’t feel scripted, although I’m sure it is to some degree. It’s on BYUtv—you can find old episodes on YouTube. I’m an adoptive mom and it’s been especially fun to watch it with my daughter 🙂

  5. I don’t watch reality TV anymore, but I used to watch Survivor and Amazing Race. I occasionally checked in on America’s Got Talent as well. I like you list, Wendy. I read and enjoyed the first three on your list and have the last one on my TBR.

  6. I didn’t know this was a subgenre. Fascinating! Do you watch a lot of reality TV shows?

    I rarely watch them, but I do occasionally enjoy the ones about rare diseases. (Or maybe enjoy isn’t the right word? I find it really interesting to see how people cope with diseases that most doctors have never had personal experience with and may struggle to find good treatments for. Humans can be so resilient).

    • I don’t watch a lot of reality TV, but found some of these books really entertaining, so I thought I would point them out. I don’t think I’ve watched a show about rare diseases!

  7. I’m so jealous that you’ve read everything you were excited to get to. I often wish I read as quickly/much as you did. I’m just glad I can enjoy your spoils through your blog. 😀

    • Thank you so much, Jenni. I haven’t read everything I want to read, just read everything that I was excited to get and have on hand.

  8. You’ve read everything??? WHAT??? I want to be like you when I grow up! Way to go! This list looks intriguing, but I need to read the hundreds of books I have before I add more to the list. Ha.

    • I haven’t read EVERYTHING! Or even everything I want to read. I just don’t have any books on hand that I was really wanting to read but haven’t read yet.

  9. Jenny+McClinton

    I’m the same as you I would only like books with TV reality stars if done right, great list 💕

  10. That’s great that you have read all the books you were excited to get! I am always excited to get a book…so there’s that, LOL! Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Stephanie! I don’t know that I’m on top of my reading game, it’s just that I couldn’t think of 10 books that I really wanted to read but haven’t read yet.