I had the best of intentions when it came to this month’s theme for Movie Club Monday, but between having a new baby and then being in the hospital for a week with her when she was two weeks old for RSV and bacterial pneumonia, I wasn’t able to do what I had in mind.  So that led me to plan B where I decided to poll some of my friends and find out what their favorite movies based on a book are.  Being a book lover, I have a hard time when books get adapted into movie form because inevitably they will have to leave parts out and sometimes they even change significant parts of the story line.  But every once in a while, you find a movie that stays pretty true to the book and it’s enjoyable to sit back and watch the movie on a screen.  So I’ve listed out over 20 books that have been adapted to film and are worth looking into.

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*NOTE* I realize there are some books that have had multiple adaptations made from them.  I am listing my own favorite(s) and/or those recommended to me by my friends.

Lord of the Rings
Books: by J. R. R. Tolkien


The Giver 
Books: by Lois Lowry

Movie: The Giver (2014)

The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Book: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Movie: The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Anne of Green Gables
Books: by L. M. Montgomery


The Help 
Book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Movie: The Help (2011)

The Time Traveler’s Wife
Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Movie: The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

Princess Bride
Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Movie: The Princess Bride (1987)

Book: Holes by Louis Sachar
Movie: Holes (2003)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 
Books: by Douglas Adams

Movie: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

The Chronicles of Narnia 
Books: by C. S. Lewis



Pride and Prejudice 
Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


The Hunger Games 
Books: by Suzanne Collins



Sense and Sensibility
Book: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Movie: Sense and Sensibility (2008, BBC version)

A Wrinkle In Time 
Book: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Movie: A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

The Neverending Story 
Book: The Neverending Story by Michael End (translated to English by Ralph Manheim)

October Sky (Rocket Boys) 
Book: Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
Movie: October Sky (1999)

Harry Potter 
Books: by J. K. Rowling


Book: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lewis Wallace


Ready Player One
Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Movie: Ready Player One (release date: 3/29/18)

Book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Movie: Stardust (2007)

The Count of Monte Cristo
Book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Books by Nicholas Sparks Adapted To Film

So what do you think about this list?  Which movies based on a book do you like best?  I’d love to hear about any of your favorites that aren’t on the list!

Also, be sure to check out the other hosts of this month’s Movie Club Monday and find out which movie based on a book they chose to feature!

Next month our theme is DISNEY and I’m so excited!


  1. This is such a great list! I love movies based on books. From this list, Pride and Prejudice and The Time Traveler's Wife are my favorite. I also love a good crime thriller like Gone Girl or The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo! There are a couple on here I haven't seen yet, so I'll definitely look into them!

  2. What a great list! I never knew The Neverending Story was a book! I can't wait to show that to my kids! PS. I love your site. So pretty!

  3. My favorite adaptations from those are The Lord of the Rings and The Help. I loved the Harry Potter books but not so much the movies 🙂

  4. So many good ones here! I loved the Giver. What's funny about The Hunger Games is it was one of the few times I thought the movie was better than the book!

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