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Books Made Into Movies

Updated: June 17, 2016

Zuckoff, Mitchell,
Call Number: 322.4209612 Z94 2015

The true story of those who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, after the series of terrorist accounts that took place on September 11, 2012.

McEwan, Ian.

In pre-War Britain, 13-year-old Briony witnesses a flirtatious moment between her older sister and a neighbor boy. Her misunderstanding of the situation brings about a crime that will change all their lives. The book follows that crime’s repercussions in the lives of the protagonists through WW II and into the close of the twentieth century.

Brown, Dan, 1964-

A murder in the Louvre and cryptic clues in various locations lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years, a secret society has safeguarded explosive information that could rock the very foundations of Christianity. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu embark on a breathless race to uncover the secret.

Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969-
Call Number: 910.8 G464 2010

A memoir by a successful writer going through a painful divorce. She decided to spend a year on the road soul searching, traveling to Italy, India, and Indonesia. The story of her journey of discovery is irresistible.

Hawkins, Paula.

Rachel, a young divorced woman, takes the train to work and back, each time passing the house where she once happily lived with her now ex-husband. From the train window, she often sees another couple a few doors down on their patio, and she imagines the wonderful marriage they must have. Through a series on surprising twists, Rachel learns the truth about the young couple, as well as about the marriage she once cherished. Reminiscent of “Gone Girl,” this novel (and film) will twist what you thought you knew.

Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004.

Perhaps the most famous of the current crop of Scandinavian psychological thrillers, this is the first of three novels pairing misunderstood genius Lisbeth Salander and determined journalist Mikael Blomkvist as they encounter violence and corruption to get to the bottom of a long-ago disappearance.

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
Call Number: Ed.l

This epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and became one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time. Its vivid depiction of the American South during the Civil War created characters still part of conversation today.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Call Number: Ed.k

One of the great classics of 20th-century literature, this short novel about fabulously wealthy Jazz-age Americans on Long Island is a love story, as well as a cautionary tale of ambition and greed.

Stockett, Kathryn.

In 1962, three Mississippi women—two black maids and a young white woman from a privileged family with dreams of becoming a writer—fight back against the established racism of the South by publishing a tell-all book about the lives of black maids in their town. A firestorm erupts.

Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Call Number: Ed.k

A recounting of the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-Earth.

Collins, Suzanne.

In a post-apocalyptic United States known as Panem, every year the population is forced to participate in the Hunger Games. Two children from each of the twelve city-states are sent to the Capitol where they are put into an arena to fight to the death. There is only one winner. So when Katniss volunteers herself, in order to save her twelve-year-old sister from this fate, she doesn't expect to come home ever again. It's a deadly version of Survivor, where you do not get voted off the island, you get killed.

Martel, Yann.

Pi Patel, the teenage son of a zookeeper, emigrates with his family from India to America aboard a cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks and Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Pi’s fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with the tiger for 227 days lost at sea. 

Sebold, Alice.

Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon narrates this powerful story from heaven, relating the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to her strange new surroundings. She watches her family as they cope with their grief and begin the difficult process of healing. Sebold’s brilliant writing turns this tragic story into a suspenseful and touching reflection on family, memory, and love.

Moyes, Jojo, 1969-
Call Number: CD

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life in a small town in England, but when she takes the only job she can find—assisting a moody, wheelchair-bound young man—she finds herself quite unexpectedly falling in love. This story will stay with you for a long time even after you’re done! Coming out shortly as a major movie.

Golden, Arthur, 1957-

A lyrically written story told from the perspective of the narrator Chiyo, who as a young girl was sold into an okiya (geisha house) in Kyoto, Japan and eventually succeeds at becoming a sought-after and renowned geisha. The exotic setting and fascinating plot grab your interest right away and never let go.

Meyer, Stephenie, 1973-
Call Number: Ed.a

When Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington she meets the mysterious and irresistible Edward Cullen. Though he appears to be a fellow high school student, Edward is in fact an immortal vampire who has sought a peaceful, secluded life in the small town. But Bella awakens an undeniable desire in Edward that sets off a chain of terrifying events from which there is no return. The book that arguably reignited the paranormal romance genre, this intense love story is packed with danger and desire.


This is the first book in The Twilight Saga.