I really enjoy reading books that have been made into movies, so I can watch the movie afterwards. Some I have enjoyed are “The Mountain Between Us” by Charles Martin (I liked the adventure aspect of this story), “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman, and “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern (not yet a movie). I liked the fantasy and whimsy of “The Night Circus,” but the ending was a little disappointing and anticlimactic.
Though it’s not a movie, I also really enjoyed the light mystery “Lemon Tart” by Josi S. Kilpack. It was a murder mystery, but not scary — more cozy. One of my all-time favorite books is “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. I like stories of that time period and this was done gracefully from the point of view of the lower class, the people usually in the background. It had humor in the story itself as well as in the way she wrote and the voices of the characters.
Though I am trying to get more involved with mystery novels, I was not a fan of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” Because of the dated language and time that it was written, it was a bit hard to read, and I didn’t like that the mystery to the reader was left completely unsolved until the epilogue, and in the epilogue it just laid out the answers in an unexciting way. I also did NOT like “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. This book got a lot of hype and I just didn’t think the story was all that strong. The end seemed anticlimactic. I have not read any other Flynn novels because of that one.
Based on your reading preferences, I recommend the Nikki Boyd Files series. The first book in the series by Lisa Harris is “Vendetta.”
According to a summary from Goodreads, “No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after 10 years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.”
The series of four books has action and adventure similar to “The Mountain Between Us.”
“Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” by Jennifer Chiaverini, is a descriptive historical novel similar to “The Help.” The book explores a friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who outfitted Washington’s elite.
The memoir “Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea” was the basis for the movie “Adrift.” It’s the story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s 41-day journey to safety interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiancé Richard.
“My Abandonment,” by Peter Rock, has been adapted into the movie “Leave No Trace.” The book was inspired by a true story of a father and his 13-year-old daughter who live in Portland’s Forest Park until a backcountry jogger discovers them and derails their lives. It has a character-driven story line and compelling writing.
“Crazy Rich Asians,” a fast-paced book by Kevin Kwan with a witty writing style, has been made into a romantic comedy film of the same name that is due out later this year. The book is the first of a three-part series. Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes her relationship with their son.
“First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” is a descriptive and candid biography of Armstrong by James Hansen that’s being made into a movie due out in October.
Another coming book-to-film adaption is based on “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart,” by John Guy.
NoveList Plus says, “A new history of Mary Queen of Scots draws on new sources to shatter various myths surrounding this odd monarch and uncover some of the scandals and political machinations underpinning, and undermining, her throne.”
For a cozy culinary mystery similar to “Lemon Tart,” try Gail Oust’s “Rosemary and Crime,” part of the Spice Shop Mysteries series in which a local chef is found dead in Piper Prescott’s spice shop — with her prints on the knife.
— Carrie Tannehill, Jackson County Library Services reference librarian
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