10 Books To Read Before The Movie Is Released: 2019


Books To Movie 2019


*Updated 11-22-19*

I’ve talked about it before (like in the 2018 version of this post!) but I’m a BIG reader, which means until I’ve read the book, I won’t see the movie version. The beginning of a new year is always when I like to do a search, see what’s coming out, and then load up my Kindle & wish list with everything that excites me. 2019 has so many book to movie adaptations coming out and its all totally different. I kind of love that there’s no big “Harry Potter” or “Hunger Games” type because it means new genres, stories, and characters.

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1. The Rhythm Section

Release Date: November 22 January 31, 2020

Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown

‘After her family is killed in a plane crash, Stephanie Patrick falls apart, and then when she finds out it was on purpose she enters a new world of international espionage to get revenge.’

–Female action & spy thriller starring Blake Lively is an immediate must-read & watch!

Kindle // Paperback


2. Chaos Walking

Release Date: March 1 Delayed after poor test screenings😬😬

Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas

‘A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.’

–Obviously with Daisy Ridley in the cast, the twist is that a girl shows up. Technically the first book is called ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ but the movie has gone with the name of the whole trilogy so don’t be confused!

Kindle // Paperback


3. Where’d You Go Bernadette (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: August 9

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristin Wiig, Judy Greer

‘After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.’

–I adored this book when I read it last year and was so sad when the movie release got delayed. But it’s on track now for March 2019 and I cannot wait to see this crazy family on the screen. Plus a lot of it is based in Seattle so I loved knowing all the places mentioned 🙂 It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s adventurous, and I couldn’t figure out the ending…it might be my favorite book on this list!

Kindle // Paperback

DVD // Digital


4. Pet Sematary (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: April 5

Starring: John Lithgow, Jason Clarke

‘After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems.’

–The book terrified me, the trailer traumatized me, there’s no way I’m actually going to be able to handle the movie😭 but it’s Stephen King so you know I’ll be there. Honestly when the tagline is ‘Sometimes dead is better’ just plan on not being alone to read & watch this..

Kindle // Paperback 
DVD // Digital


5. The Aftermath (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: March 15

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård. Keira Knightley

‘Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.’

–WW2 era doesn’t usually get me interested, but that cast DEFINITELY does, and the trailer looks great! Into the wish list the book goes.

Kindle // Paperback
DVD // Digital


6. Artemis Fowl (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: August 9 Delayed to May 29, 2020

Starring: Judi Dench, Josh Gad; Directed by Kenneth Branagh

‘Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.’

–I’d heard of this series but hadn’t really considered it. But since they’re making it a movie my interest level jumped to 100%! Plus I can’t get over how Judi Dench’s voice in the trailer, I can’t wait to see what she does!

Kindle // Paperback


7. It: Chapter Two (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: September 6

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain

‘Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.’

–This one is a little different since its technically not based on a book itself, but considering how we collectively terrified ourselves over the first movie, we can all read It again and get a refresher before taking on a new Pennywise story.

It: Movie // Kindle // Paperback

Chapter 2: DVD // DVD


8. The Woman In The Window

Release Date: October 4 May 15, 2020

Starring: Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

‘An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.’

–This one totally gives off a ‘Gone Girl‘ vibe.

Kindle // Paperback


9. The Goldfinch (Watch Trailer)

Release Date: September 13

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson

‘A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.’

–After winning a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and getting that cast, I’ve got high, high hopes for this movie.

Kindle // Paperback

DVD // Digital


10. Little Women

Release Date: December 25

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep; Directed by Greta Gerwig

‘Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. ‘

–I never had to read this for school, and it was NOT a classic I ever really was interested in. But after Lady Bird, I can’t wait to see what the duo of Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan can do with it while ALSO adding Emma Watson. I hope all the high schooler’s know how lucky they are to have this movie coming out😂

Kindle // Paperback



Make sure to check out my other post all about the books being turned into TV series this year!!


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  1. Tamara wrote:

    I didn’t even know about It: Chapter Two or Little Women, but they are definitely on my list. My taste in TV/Shows/Books are on opposite ends of the spectrum, sure..I like a lot of horror/thriller mixed in with my romance/adventure Lol Emma Watson has grown to be a favorite of mine for on screen. (I guess, I am still hanging on to her since Harry Potter is long over with). Great list, Alison!

    Published 1.23.19