Book to Movie Adaptations 2019
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2019’s Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptations

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Does anyone else enjoy book to movie adaptations? We’ve all heard the arguments about how the book is always better. That may very well be true, I’m not going to get into that today.

I am going to talk to you about something just as awkward. It has to do with my most shameful bookish secret. Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with the content of the books I tend to read.

So, do you want to know my most shameful secret? Of course, you do.
My to watch list on IMDB is longer than my to read list on Goodreads.

In fact, one of my favorite past times is sleeping through the latest and greatest movies. A little tip for others who like doing the same, if you read the book you know what happened in the movie. Which means when you don’t want to admit to falling asleep halfway or five minutes in you know enough of the plot to suggest you were paying attention the whole time. Just don’t snore! You can’t lie your way out of that one.

Now that we’ve gotten to know each other a bit, I think it’s time I shared my list of books being turned into movies in 2019. There are several awesome books that should be gracing the screen soon, but the dates are still TBA, so check back often to see what has been added.

Book to Movie Adaptations Gracing the Screen in 2019


Release Date: January 11, 2019

2019’s Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptations a dog’s way home by bruce w. cameron


Based on: A Dog’s Way Home by Bruce W. Cameron

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Pets are such an important part of a persons life. The therapeutic benefits of an animal’s unconditional love and acceptance has been well documented. The book seems to paint an accurate picture of the experience of veterans and animals. One of the things I most appreciated about this book is that Bella was a mixed breed dog but labeled a pit bull. This was an emotional read and I’m sure it will be just as moving to watch.

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Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn’t allow dogs, Lucas can’t resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. Read More


Release Date: January 11, 2019

book to movie adaptations 2019 between shades of gray by ruta sepetys


Based on: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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This beautiful story takes us back to 1941. We’re told the story of a 16 year old girl and her family who experienced a much different side of WWII than we’re taught about in high school, that of displaced Europeans. As a book, Between Shades of Gray, told a story that changed the way I looked at people and I can only hope the movie will do the same.

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Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions. Read More

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Release Date: February 22, 2019

2019 book to movie adaptation the rhythm section by Mark Burnell


Based on: The Rhythm Section by Mark Brunell

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If the movie stays true to the book, this thriller promises to have you biting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seat. This is a story of grief and revenge. It is a reminder of how easily and needlessly life can change and the lengths a person will go when pushed to their absolute breaking point. Boasting a star-studded line up including Blake Lively and Jude Law, this is a movie I can’t wait to see.

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The debut of an extraordinary new author – a novel of how a woman, pushed over the edge by the violent deaths of her family, survives only by taking other identities.

Stephanie Patrick’s world was destroyed by the Atlantic aircrash. Falling into a downward spiral of prostitution, drugs and drink, she is picked up by a journalist who has discovered that it was a bomb that caused the crash. And it is his murder that pulls her out of herself.
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Release Date: March 1, 2019

book to movie adaptations 2019 chaos walking by Patrick Ness


Based on: Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

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Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World – a new hope for humanity until struck by The Noise, a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones’ every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World’s many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thought is heard, all movement seen – as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they’ve learned to call home. Read More

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Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. Read More

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Release Date: March 22, 2019

2019 book to movie adaptations where’d you go bernadette by Maria Semple


Based on: Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple

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With amazing characters and antics that are bound to have you laughing out loud, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this one. This was the heartwarming and entertaining story of a family in crisis. It will make you laugh as well as cry. It’s a unique story that deals with agoraphobia and a family trip to Antarctica, not a plot I’ve seen before.

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Bernadette Fox has vanished.

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. Read More

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Release Date: March 22, 2019

book to movie adaptation 2019 five feet apart by Rachel Lippincott


Based on: Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

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No doubt this movie will lead to ugly crying. Bring tissues.

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old…she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Read More

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Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. Read More


Release Date: April 5, 2019

book to movie adaptation 2019 the best of enemies by Osha Gray Davidson


Based on: The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson

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THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever. Read More

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C. P. Ellis grew up in the poor white section of Durham, North Carolina, and as a young man joined the Ku Klux Klan. Ann Atwater, a single mother from the poor black part of town, quit her job as a household domestic to join the civil rights fight. During the 1960s, as the country struggled with the explosive issue of race, Atwater and Ellis met on opposite sides of the public school integration issue. Read More


Release Date: April 5, 2019

2019 book to movie adaptations pet sematary by stephen king


Based on: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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I watch every Stephen King movie I possibly can, but I’ve never read one of his books. Odd, right? Anyway, this tale features a picture perfect family right down to the adorable kitty cat. But, the woods near their home has a chilling secret. Make a blanket fort and settle in for a terrifying night, this promises to be a winner.

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When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son—and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.

But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth—more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.

The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better. Read More


Release Date April 2019

2019 book to movie adaptations Storm Boy by Colin Thiele


Based on: Storm Boy by Colin Thiele

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This is a childhood classic, set on the South Australian coast. It’s the heartwarming tale of the bond between a boy and a pelican. This is a heart-wrenching tale that is bound to leave anyone a bit emotional. This movie is based on a picture book, which isn’t something I would normally read, but my goodness, I had all sorts of feelings as I made my way through the pages.

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Storm Boy likes to wander alone along the fierce deserted coast among the dunes that face out into the Southern Ocean. After a pelican mother is shot, Storm Boy rescues the three chicks, and nurses them back to health. He names them Mr Proud, Mr Ponder and Mr Percival. After he releases them, his favourite, Mr Percival, returns. Read More

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Release Date: August 9, 2019

2019 book to movie adaptations Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz


Based on: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

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Somewhere in a box in my basement sits an original copy of this book. I remember the terrifying imagery on the pages making each story that much scarier. The images in some more recent editions of this book have been sanitized a bit to make the content more suitable for children. I’m actually super curious to see if this movie will be true to the original.

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There is a story here for everyone—skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories—and even scary songs—all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.

If You Dare! Read More

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Release Date: April 12, 2019

book to movie adaptations in 2019 After by Anna Todd


Based on: After by April Todd

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AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life. Read More

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Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. Read More

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One Comment

  • jamsu

    I haven’t read The Sun is Also a Star but I’d still like to see the movie. I read After years ago and tried rereading them but could only read two books from the series. I couldn’t just deal that toxic relationship. I still haven’t decided if I want to give the movie a chance.

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