Our mums always say shut that TV off and read a book! Now, of course, being Sugarscape book club we support this statement. Reading is awesome. However, sometimes you really do just want to chill out in front of the TV and watch pretty moving pictures.

For these moments why not just watch a TV show that's based on a book? That way you can tell your mum that you pratically are reading... sort of.

So here are our top 10 TV shows based on wonderful books (including such faves as Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars) that you should definitely read, after watching the shows...

10. The Waltons

The Waltons TV show was created by Earl Hamner Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain. Ah, how we remember watching it on daytime TV, following all those story lines about John-Boy's antics or dreaming of Grandma Esther Walton's cooking. But really, the best scene of all time is when they say goodnight, right?

9. Pretty Little Liars

Based on the novels by Sara Shepard where Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily start receiving stange messages from an unknown source a year after the disappearance of their Queen Bee Alison DiLaurentis. We're as addicted to the show as we were to the books... and we rather enjoy this scene...

8. Dexter

The first season of hit show Dexter was based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. In the book (just like the show really) Dexter is a forensic blood spatter pattern analyst (can you imagine telling your careers advisor that's what you want to be?) who has a dark, dark secret. He's actually a sociopath with the urge to kill but turns his attention on murderers, rapists and bad people generally to bring justice and relieve his blood lust. We doubt there'll ever be a show as twisted as this again on TV...

7. Goosebumps

Reading the Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine in our bed at night under the duvet we used to get so freaked out. When the show started it only heightened our fears of monsters/clowns/toy dolls. This intro music still gives us the chills...

6. Friday Night Lights 

This awesome TV show was based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream by H.G. Bassinger. It follows the Permian High School Football team from Odessa Texas as they try to make it in the Texas State championship. This is the opening scene from the pilot episode... So. Many. Hot. Men.

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5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Ok we thought Buffy the Vampire Slayer was based on the book series but apparently they started a year after the show so it's kind of the other way round but it's still worth reading the books/watching the show. Has there ever before or ever since been anyone quite as kick ass as Buffy? How cool would it be to be the hottest girl in high school with super human strength, the ability to kill monsters and a HAWT vampire boyfriend. Wish we were Buffy.

Nananananananana na na nananananananana na na...

4. Sex and the City

The show that makes our boyfriends run in the opposite direction... Sex and the City. It was based on the column by Candace Bushnell that was turned into a book. Bushnell has also written a book about Carrie Bradshaw's early years in New York City, 'Summer and the City' (we reviewed it here), that is worth a read!

3. Vampire Diaries

Vampire Diaries is based on the book series by L.J. Smith whose new Vampire Diaries novel has just come out (read our review here). The show being based on such a loved book series causes a lot of fans to complain about all the ways that the book is different to show. The only thing no one complains about is how darn hot Ian Somerhalder is. This scene makes us blush...

2. True Blood

True Blood is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris. The books are fast-paced and so much fun to read. However, the show really brought the stories and characters to life in a way that it just blows our minds.

*Warning* this scene from series 3 will probably blow YOUR mind...

1. Gossip Girl

Ah yes, we save our most compulsive TV watching for last. Based on the series by Cecily von Ziegesar Gossip Girl has been providing us with boys to lust after/storylines to obsess over/fashion to die for for the last three years. In homage, let us watch Chuck and Blair's best moments...

Do you agree with our choices? Any to add? What's you favourite TV show based on a book? Comments below please!