20 Books Becoming Movies in 2019: Read It Before You See It


Lights! Camera! Action! This year is bringing a number of exciting movies based on books. Be sure to catch these 20 books becoming movies in 2019 before they hit the theaters.

There’s something magical about seeing your favorite movie come to life on the big screen. Suddenly, the characters you love have a tangible physical representation (though not always how you imagined them).

The film industry, ever hungry for new material, loves to plumb the depths of the literary aisle for movie ideas. Movies based on books can be a tricky thing. Book lovers love hearing a beloved book is becoming a movie, but they can be so attached to their story that any change feels like heresy.

As with anything in life, we’re sure that some movies based on books in 2019 will be spectacular and some will fall flat.

If you are like us and always want to read the book first, here are 20 books becoming movies in 2019. From YA to romantic comedy to horror, Hollywood has selected some great choices for book-to-movie adaptations this year.

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Books Becoming Movies – Winter 2019

book cover A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Way Home
by W. Bruce Cameron

January 11th – Capitalizing on the success of A Dog’s Purpose, Hollywood has jumped onto the W. Bruce Cameron train. He has two books becoming movies in 2019. In A Dog’s Way Home, the story of Lucas Ray and his adorable puppy, the pit bull Bella, is sure to tug at the heartstrings of any animal lover. Because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas must send Bella to a foster home hundreds of miles away. But not even the harsh Colorado mountains will keep Bella away from her faithful owner. Read more →

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Books Becoming Movies – Spring 2019

book cover The Aftermath by Rhidan Brook

The Aftermath
by Rhidan Brook

March 15th – In the aftermath of the Second World War, Colonel Lewis Morgan is stationed in Hamburg. Tasked with rebuilding and de-Nazifying the city, Colonel Morgan is given a fine house along the river. Instead of kicking out the owners, Morgan and his wife and son decide to try to live peacefully with the German widower and his daughter who already reside there. Read more →


book cover Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Pet Sematary
by Stephen King

April 5th – Hoping to capitalize on the success of the hit film It, on the list of books becoming movies in 2019 is another Stephen King novel. In the second adaptation of Pet Semetary is based both on the novel and on the 1989 film. The Creed family feel like they hit the jackpot when they move to a beautiful old house in rural Maine. That is, until they discover a hidden burial ground in the nearby woods. Let the horror begin in this classic Stephen King novel. Read more →


book cover The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson

The Best of Enemies
by Osha Gray Davidson

April 5th – Some of the best book to movie adaptations show the power of transformation, and this book will fit right in. The Best of Enemies tells the dual biographies of C. P. Ellis, a proud member of the Ku Klux Klan, and Ann Atwater, a single mother from the poor black part of Durham, NC. When Ellis and Atwater meet on opposite of the school integration issue, an unlikely friendship ensues. In our era of divisive politics, this true story shows the power of listening to people on complete opposite sides of the aisle. Read more →


book cover After by Anna Todd

by Anna Todd

April 12th – All-American girl Tessa has the perfect life. She’s confident, driven and has the perfect boyfriend. When she meets the Hardin during the start of her freshman year of college, she can’t explain her attraction. As he persists on pushing her away, she becomes more and more determined to dig deeper to figure him out. Read more →


book cover The Impossible by Joyce Smith

The Impossible
by Joyce Smith

April 17th – On a cold winter morning, 14-year-old John Smith fell through the ice while on a lake. For one hour, he lay lifeless until one prayer by his mother and his heart miraculously restarted. Told by John’s mother, this true story is coming to theaters as The BreakthroughRead more →

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Books Becoming Movies – Summer 2019

book cover A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Journey
by W. Bruce Cameron

May 17th – One of the most successful books turned into movies in 2017 was W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose. Coming to theaters in 2019 is the sequel, A Dog’s Journey. When his favorite human Ethan dies of old age, Buddy thinks he has finally fulfilled his purpose in life. That is, until he meets Clarity, Ethan’s granddaughter – a girl very much in need of his love. Read more →


book cover The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon

May 17th – Of the young adult books becoming movies in 2019, we are very excited for Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star. Her book Everything, Everything was successfully turned into a movie in 2017, so we have high hopes this one will fare just as well. Telling the unlikely romance of Natasha, desperately struggling to prevent her family’s deportation to Jamaica, and Daniel, the perfect Korean son burdened by his parents’ expectations, it’s a teen romance even adults will love. Read more →


book cover Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer

August 9th – What if you took a megalomaniac teenager and gave him unlimited resources? Artemis Fowl is rich beyond measure, infinitely clever, and the heir of a criminal empire. When he decides to kidnap a fairy in order to steal her magic, the very organized and high-tech magical kingdom must fight to get her back and keep their secret safe from the human race. Read more →


book cover Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

August 16th – Sometimes you just need a clever satire, and I promise you’ll laugh at the ridiculous Bernadette, a Seattle-area mom who takes antisocial to a whole new level. As soon as Bernadette referred to the annoying school moms as “gnats,” I knew I would love this book. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love the ending to this book. Yet, the buildup was so much fun that I still like recommending it to others. Read more →


book cover Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom

Three Seconds
by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström

August 16th – Are you ready for more movies based on books by Swedish authors? Following in the success of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series, we have a thrilling new story from Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström. After years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, police officer Piet Hoffman goes undercover as a Swedish prisoner to unravel an amphetamine distribution ring. After a botched drug deal places Hoffman too close to a murder, his cover is at risk when a driven detective inspector takes the case. Titled The Informer, the movie hits theaters in August. Read more →

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Books Becoming Movies – Fall 2019

book cover The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

September 13th – Of all the books becoming movies in 2019, we are most intrigued by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Abandoned by his father after his mother’s death, 13-year-old Theo Decker must readjust to a whole new life. His one tie to his mother – a small painting of a goldfinch – will eventually lead him into the intricate underworld of art. At 771 pages, and with a slow pace, the novel might not be for everyone, but you’ll definitely want to check out the film. Read more →


book cover The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Woman in the Window
by A. J. Finn

October 4th –  Imagine the Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Rear Window meets the novel The Girl on the Train. 2018’s hottest psychological thriller peeks into the life of Anna Fox, a New York City recluse who, spying on the family across the street, witnesses a shocking event. With its unreliable narrator and layers of secrets, The Woman in the Window will keep you guessing to the end. Hopefully the movie can do the same. Read more →


book cover Go Like Hell by A. J. Baime

Go Like Hell
by A. J. Baime

November 15th – In the 1960s, Henry Ford II teamed up with a young Lee Iacocca and former racing champion Carroll Shelby to bring glory back to the faltering Ford Motor Company. Their ambitious plan: design, build and race a car that would beat Ferrari on the European racing circuit. Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the movie titled Ford v. Ferrari comes to theaters late this fall. Read more →


book cover The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell

The Rhythm Section
by Mark Burnell

November 22nd – Mark Burnell’s debut novel The Rhythm Section is one of those stories prime for a book to movie adaptation. Stephanie Patrick’s world is torn asunder when her family is killed in a plane crash. After descending into prostitution, drugs and alcoholism, she meets a reporter who reveals to her the truth behind the tragic plane crash. Now Stephanie must rediscover herself as she takes on different disguises in a search to find the terrorist responsible. Read more →


book cover Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

December 25th – Christmastime is always a wonderful season to pick up Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women. The story of the charming March sisters’ New England life during the Civil War is a timeless tale that steals your heart. The book has seen many adaptations so we are curious to see how this latest version, starring Meryl Streep and Emma Watson, fares. Read more →


Movie Releases With Scheduling Delays

After writing this post, I discovered that movie release dates are shifting constantly. Here are a few movies that were originally slated to be released in 2019, but have had their releases pushed back due to production schedules.

book cover The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild
by Jack London

February 21, 2020 – Jack London’s short classic tells the story of a dog named Buck. Stolen from his home on a Californian ranch, Buck is sold as a sled dog in Alaska. As Buck progresses through a series of cruel owners, he becomes more and more feral. Can one last kind owner save him or will he give in to the call of the wild? Read more →


book cover All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

TBD – In this classic twist on an opposites attract theme, teenagers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the school’s bell tower. Finch is constantly contemplating suicide while Violet is just counting the days until graduation. Hyped as The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor & Park, we’re curious to see if the movie can live up to the hype. It all depends on how well this book-to-movie adaptation handle the mental health angle of the main characters. Read more →


book cover The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

TBD – Professor of genetics Don Tillman has never been on a second date. So when a colleague tells him he would make a good husband, he decides it’s time to get married. He starts the Wife Project – a methodical search for the perfect spouse. Instead, he meets Rosie, not at all an ideal candidate. Rosie has her own project – finding out who her father is. Originally slated for a May release, the movie’s status has switched to in development. Fingers crossed it actually does come out this year. Read more →


book cover The Knife of Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

TBD – If you are a sci fi lover, you know the genre has a strong track record of amazing movies based on books. In the first book of the Chaos Walking series, we meet Todd Hewitt, the sole boy living in a town of men. In a society where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts, Todd can tell that the men of the town are holding something back. Then one day, he discovers something inexplicable in the woods: a girl. Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, the film, titled Chaos Walking, is currently undergoing extensive reshoots. Read more →

Which of these books becoming movies in 2019 are you most excited to see?

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  • Reply Cass January 1, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Great list. Really want to read more in 2019…! Xx

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Reading more is always one of my goals, too.

  • Reply jennifer gaarder January 1, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I do not watch movies because I do not like adaptations. I think books are definitely better.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      I rarely go to the theaters either, but I think it’s fun to compare book and movies to each other.

  • Reply DJ Sakata January 1, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I am such a slug, I haven’t read any of these except for Little Women

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      I’ve only read a few, to be honest. But several are jumping to the top of my list now.

  • Reply Floryie January 1, 2019 at 11:09 am

    There are some interesting books on the list. I look forward to them made into movies..Don’t know if I would enjoy them as movies.. but let us see how they do justice to the books..
    Happy New Year!

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:35 pm

      I’m sure some will do justice to the book, and some will fall flat. Curious to see if any can rise above.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf January 1, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Ahhh! I didn’t know The Goldfinch was about to be a movie. And it’s about time for Artemis Fowl to be on the screen…

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Totally agree about Artemis Fowl. Surprised it wasn’t adapted to the big screen earlier.

  • Reply Gemma January 1, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Great list. Lots of these I hadn’t heard of before or didn’t realise were becoming movies.
    Gemma @ http://www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      There were a few that surprised me too when I was researching for this post.

  • Reply Stormi January 1, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I’m really excited for After. I need to read it before the movie comes out!

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      I had never heard of it before researching for this post, but it did super well on Wattpad.

  • Reply Nicole Pyles January 1, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Ah the Knife of Never Letting Go and the Woman in the Window are absolutely on my reading list! I’ll have to read those before the movie comes out!

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      I honestly never would have picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go without the movie coming out. The title itself just feels so off-putting to me.

  • Reply Jo Linsdell January 2, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Great list. I hadn’t heard of some of these.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Glad you liked it!

  • Reply Jenni January 2, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Goldfinch was wonderful! Can’t wait to see it on screen, thought the book was so well written you can feel the desert sand between your teeth.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      It’ll be interesting to see how they condense it, since they obviously can’t put all 700 pages into one movie!

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels January 2, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I didn’t know about The Rosie Project! That’s probably the one I’m most excited to see on this list!

  • Reply Catfairy Books January 2, 2019 at 9:37 am

    DUDE I AM SO HAPPY TO FIND OUT THAT THEY ARE REMAKING THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR! I just put this book as my top ten for 2018 in my blog!

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      The Sun is Also a Star is definitely one I plan to see this year. I’m curious to see how closely the movie follows the book.

  • Reply Whispering Stories January 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I only knew a few were being movies this year. I’ve not read any of them though.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      When I was making the list, I was surprised by quite a few, too!

  • Reply Gayathri January 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    It seems like you made the list for ME! I am that person who obsesses over reading the book before watching the movie. Great list.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      You’re welcome! I need to get a reading, too! A number of these are definitely on my to-watch list.

  • Reply CJ | A Well-Read Tart January 3, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Very excited to see THE ROSIE PROJECT come to the big screen! I hope they cast well. I imagine Isla Fisher as Rosie, and someone like Benedict Cumberbatch for Don. I heard Ryan Reynolds was under consideration awhile back, and I just cannot see that. He’s too wildly attractive and hilarious.

    Also, I’m surprised that THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is being made into a movie. I liked the book well enough but I don’t feel it lived up to the hype around it.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      So, I’m just noticing that The Rosie Project’s date got cancelled. I guess it probably is not coming out this year. Originally, Jennifer Lawrence was slated to be Rosie. I don’t think they’ve cast anyone yet, though.

      The Woman in the Window would make a interesting movie, I think.

  • Reply esmoogle January 9, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I’m SO excited for Chaos Walking/Knife of Never Letting Go, although I’m nervous that it’s been said to cover most of the trilogy in one film rather than specifically adapt the first book. Fingers crossed it goes well!

    I really didn’t like The Goldfinch as a novel, but I’m intrigued by the film – hopefully some of the issues I had like the slow pacing will be fixed by default since they’ve only got a couple of hours to fit everything into.

  • Reply Christine January 13, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I will definitely not be watching A Dog’s Way Home. Every time that they play that dang commercial, I tear up. Marley and Me killed me. I just cannot read books where animals get lost or die.

    Nicola Yoon is one of my favorite YA writers of 2017/2018–Everything Everything was both a great book and movie. The Sun is Also a Star should be fantastic–and is incredibly timely.

    I liked but didn’t love Where’d you go… the movie is on my to-see list, for sure.

    Thanks for putting this list together!

  • Reply Sharon January 16, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Looking forward to The Sun Is Also A Star, it reminded me of the Love U Hate and I need to read The Call Of The Wild ASAP , I have a Siberian Husky so any book with his likeness on it is a MUST READ LOL 😉

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