Books to Movies

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?
Genre: Books to Movies, Humorous Fiction
Subjects: Dogs, Fiction, Mutts

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

The miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home…but an identity long-since left behind
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Adopted Children, Biography

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Neighbors, Older Men

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–aancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Monsters, Mothers and sons

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The AT, as it’s affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes–and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Applachian Trail, Natural history

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract,” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

A satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.
Genre: Books to Movies, Satire
Subjects: Football, Veterans, War

Bridget Jones’s Baby by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour. However, her joyful pregnancy is dominated by one crucial but awkward question –who is the father? Could it be honorable, decent, notable human rights lawyer, Mark Darcy? Or, is it charming, witty, and totally despicable, Daniel Cleaver?
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Humorous Fiction, Pregnant Women

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

As featured in the first year set texts reading list in harry potter and the philosopher’s stone, fantastic beasts and where to find them is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-muggle world. Some of the animals featured in the a-z you will have already met in the existing harry potter books: for example hippogriff, flobberworm, kappa – others you certainly won’t: read on to find out exactly what a chizpurfle is, or why one should always beware of the sinister lethifold
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Animals, Monsters

Finest Hours, The: The True Story Of A Heroic Sea Rescue by Mike Tougias

On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of a harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Shipwrecks, Survival, Weather

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
Genre: Books to Movies, Mystery Fiction
Subjects: Crime, Husbands, Wives

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger

Airline pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger tells his life story, including his perspective on the emergency landing on the Hudson River that earned him the world’s admiration, and offers insight on the essential qualities–leadership, responsibility and service–that he believes have been vital to his success.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Air Pilots, Airlines, Airplanes

Inferno by Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces–Dante’s “Inferno“–as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.
Genre: Adventure, Books to Movies, Mystery, Suspense
Subjects: Cryptographers

Marley and Me by John Grogan

The story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Dogs, Drama, Families

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow–impossible though it seems–they may still be alive.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Islands, Orphanages, Supernatural

Never Go Back by Lee Child

Jack Reacher arrives in Virginia hoping to contact the woman he spoke with on the phone in “61 Hours,” only to be drafted back into the Army, where he confronts life-changing elements from his past.
Genre: Books to Movies
Series: Jack Reacher | Subjects: Military Police, Murder, Suspense

One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter–a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right–and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning–and then beat him shot for shot.
Genre: Books to Movies, Mystery Fiction
Series: Jack Reacher | Subjects: Military Police, Serial Murders, Snipers

Room by Emma Donoghue

Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper’s yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful–and attempts a nail-biting escape.
Genre: Books to Movies, Suspense Fiction
Subjects: Kidnapping, Psychological fiction, Psychopaths, Suspense Fiction

Silence by Shusaku Endo

Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Christians, Historical Fiction, Japan

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it’s like to literally lose your mind…
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Alzheimer's Disease

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A baby boy, left alone in the African jungle after the deaths of his parents, Lord and Lady Greystoke, is adopted by an ape and raised to manhood without ever seeing another human being.
Genre: Adventure, Books to Movies, Fantasy Fiction
Subjects: Classic Literature, Fantasy Fiction

The BFG by Roald Dahl

 
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Children's stories, Giants, Orphans

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Genre: Books to Movies, Psychological Fiction, Suspense
Subjects: Alcoholics, Commuters, Murder, Railroad, Strangers, Witnesses

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women–black and white, mothers and daughters–view one another.
Genre: Books to Movies, Historical Fiction
Subjects: African American Women, Civil Rights Movements

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Genre: Books to Movies, Domestic fiction, Historical Fiction
Subjects: Foundlings, Married people

The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet.
Genre: Books to Movies, Fiction, Science Fiction
Subjects: Astronauts, Science Fiction, Survival

The Maze Runner: Death Cure by James Dashner

As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from WICKED, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as WICKED claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly FLARE virus.
Genre: Books to Movies, Young Adult Fiction
Series: The Maze Runner | Subjects: Science Fiction, Survival

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

Louis Drax is a boy like no other. He is brilliant and strange, and every year something violent seems to happen to him. His psychologist is baffled, and his mother lives in a constant state of panic. He has always managed to survive-to land on his feet, like a cat. But cats have only nine lives, and Louis has used up eight, one for every year.
Genre: Books to Movies, Domestic fiction, Psychological Fiction
Subjects: Accident victims, Coma, Hospital Patients, Physicians

The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers

One day in 2005, while searching for food, nine-year-old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende, who had also grown up in the Kampala slums. Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids through chess–a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chessboard in the dirt of the Katwe slum, Robert painstakingly taught the game each day. When he left at night, slum kids played on with bottlecaps on scraps of cardboard. At first they came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love chess, a game that–like their daily lives–means persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one stood out as an immense talent: Phiona.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Women Chess Players

The Shack by William P. Young

Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.
Genre: Books to Movies, Fiction, Religious, Suspense
Subjects: Life Change Events, Missing Children

The Snowden Files by Luke Harding

Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.
Genre: Books to Movies

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Prejudices, Race Relations

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
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Genre: Books to Movies
Subjects: Abnormalities, Middle Schools, Self-acceptance
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