10 Books We Wish Were Movies

Hey Savvy Readers! 

With all the book-to-movie news surrounding Molly’s Game, The Hate You Give, Two Steps ForwardDumplin’ and The Force, we could not be more excited! But here’s the thing: we’re greedy. And deep down, we would watch any movie that’s adapted from a book (that’s not to say we’ll like it better). Though it may be a tad unrealistic, we really hope we can see the following books on the big screen one day! These ones are definitely worthy of great cinematic treatment.


The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Who doesn’t love a good, dysfunctional family dramedy?  The story follows the Plumb siblings: Melody, Beatrice, Jack, and the reckless Leo, who are months away from inheriting “The Nest” – the joint trust fund that was left to them by their father.  But Leo, freshly released from rehab, gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, resulting in an accident. Now, with their inheritance at risk when the other siblings need it most, they must come together to sort out old resentments, grapple with their uncertain futures, but most importantly learn how unbreakable family ties really are.


The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison

Do you think we don’t get enough screwball romantic comedies anymore?  We do too!  Which is why we can’t wait to see The Rosie Project make the jump to the big screen, and then we’ll be sitting patiently (not) while we wait for the sequel, The Rosie Effect to do the same! The sequel takes place post-The Wife Project when *SPOILER ALERT* Don and Rosie are happily married, living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge. Rosie is pregnant.


Three Wishes by Lianne Moriarty

You don’t need to look too far to find great cinematic potential in Liane Moriarty’s past works such as the recent HBO miniseries adaptation of Big Little Lies. In their thirty-third year, triplets Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle, all find themselves trying to cope with the ups and downs that life has given them in their own way.  As they navigate parents dating each other after divorce, cheating spouses and sibling rivalries, they find that being in this trio is equal parts frustrating, ridiculous and fabulous.

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Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton is no stranger to having amazing film adaptations of his works, and this book is just as deserving as so many others.  Set in the year 1876, the story follows William Johnson, a Yale student looking to spend a summer in the treacherous western territories with world-renowned paleontologist, Othniel Charles Marsh.  However, Marsh accuses West of spying on him for his rival, Edwin Drinker Cope, and abandons him in the crime-ridden Cheyenne.  There, he finds a historic discovery which will test his newfound resilience to its’ limits, as it will pit again against the most notorious figures in the west. 

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House of Spies by Daniel Silva

The series that introduced readers to the Mossad agent Gabriel Allon has been growing in popularity for the past decade, due to how Daniel Silva can take real-life issues and political events, and effortlessly weave them into larger than life escapist fare.  In the latest book, Allon finds himself investigating a terrorist attack in London, that is said to be the deadliest since 9/11. It seems like it has been planned to perfection, but one loose thread leaves him to British fashion model Olivia Watson and Jean-Luc Martel: a man in the drug trade who’s in business with a mysterious figure who wants western civilization destroyed.  With Gabriel Allon’s help, Olivia and Jean-Luc might become heroes in the war on terror.


The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

This enchanting and inspirational love story is about two orphans: Pierrot and Rose, who both have creative abilities that will allow them to rise above their humble, unfortunate circumstances. While performing for the rich in Montreal during the early 20th century, Pierrot, a piano prodigy, and Rose, who has a gift for dancing and comedy, fall in love and dream of one day starting their own extraordinary circus act. I’m already on my way to the theatre just imagining the beautiful music alone…


Missing Presumed and Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

We would love to see Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw on the big screen, as her dogged desire to do what what’s right at the consequence of her personal life makes her a layered and very relatable heroine.  Missing, Presumed finds her investigating the disappearance of Edith Hind, a post-grad student from a well-connected family whose love life and behavior will have surprising consequences for both Edith’s family as well as Manon.  Persons Unknown finds her moving back to her old hometown of Cambridgeshire in search of a better work life balance, due to her pregnancy and for her twelve-year-old-son, but a murder involving a business near police headquarters leads her to question just how much she knows about her loved one’s and her past life.


Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

The second novel by Janie Chang would be very interesting as a film, as it is a relatable coming-of-age story, while also offering insights into early 20th century Chinese history but with a fresh magical realism twist.  The story is about Jialing, who is of European and Asian heritage, and is doomed to face a life of contempt from both cultures.  Abandoned by her mother at seven years old, she works as a servant at the estate for the wealthy Yang family, where she befriends the eldest daughter Anjuin and an animal spirit named Fox who lives in the courtyard.  But things take a turn for her when she befriends a young English girl, which sets her on a path of murder, political intrigue and forbidden love as she becomes a woman. And with Fox guiding her, she may be able to accept a new fate she never dreamed possible.   


The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Why a Karin Slaughter novel hasn’t yet been made into a movie, we’ll never know. Her books always have us nail-biting and sitting on the edge of our seats! The Good Daughter is set 28 years after sisters Charlotte and Samantha Quinn face a terrifying attack—they were forced into the woods at gunpoint after their mother was killed. Now, Charlotte, the ideal good daughter, has followed her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. But violence comes to their small town again, leaving Charlie and her family in a completely nightmare. With all the twists and turns in this one, the film would be super-fast paced and fun to keep up with, while also sending you for a thrill!! Watch the trailer here!


The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

There has been so much anticipation for the release of each book in this series, and we know it’d be the same for the movies too. And magical powers are always the best on the big screen, right? Mar is a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. But will her power save or condemn her? All we know is that one wrong move can lead to her death, and she plays a VERY dangerous game. 

What about you Savvy Readers.  Read anything lately that you would love to see in theatres one day? Let us know @SavvyReader!


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