Holiday Reading: 2018 books to film adaptations in print, ebooks, and audio book formats

As the holiday season begins, hopefully,  you will find yourself with some downtime to turn to leisure reading. With that in mind, here are some 2018 books to film adaptations; read them so you can compare when the film comes out.

VanderMeer, Jeff. Annihilation. First ed. VanderMeer, Jeff. Southern Reach Trilogy ; Bk. 1. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

 Book PS3572.A4284 A84 2014  

Film A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.



L’Engle, Madeleine., and Emory University. Children’s Reading Program. A Wrinkle in Time. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962. 

Book PZ7 .L4385 W7

Film: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Albertalli, Becky., and Michael. Crouch. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Unabridged.. ed. New York: HarperAudio, 2015.



Film, Love, Simon : Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.


Cline, Ernest., and Wheaton, Wil. Ready Player One. Unabridged.. ed. New York: Random House Audio, 2011.

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Film: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

Shaffer, Mary Ann., and Annie. Barrows. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. New York, N.Y.: Dial Press, 2008.

Book  PS3619 .H3365 G84 2008 


Film  A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Talty, Stephan. The Black Hand : The Epic War between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 

Book, HV6446 .T35 2017

Film Police officer Joe Petrosino seeks justice against a ruthless Italian-American gang in New York.

Lagercrantz, David, David. Goulding, and Goulding, George. The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004. Millennium ; 4. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

Book PT9877.22 .A44 S6613 2015

Film  Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.


Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto : A Novel. 1st ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. 

Book:  PS3566 .A7756 B4 2001  

Film   A world-renowned opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.


Conley, Garrard. Boy Erased : A Memoir. New York: Riverhead Books, 2016.

Book HQ75.8.C665 A3 2016

Film  The son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.


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