Book-to-screen in 2018

Book-to-screen in 2018

Even if you are in the camp that thinks "the book was better" when watching a TV show or movie based on a book, it is interesting to see how our favorite books are adapted to the big (or small) screen. Did the director portray the main character the way you envisioned them? Did they leave out your favorite part, or add parts that didn't belong?

Or maybe you prefer to see the screen adaptation first and read the book after. Either way, we've pulled together a list of some book-to-screen adaptations to look forward to in 2018 (see the full list here). 

The Death Cure by James Dashner

As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from WICKED, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as WICKED claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly FLARE virus.

Premiers: January 26, 2018 

Available formats: book, e-book, pre-loaded audiobook, audiobook CD, downloadable aduiobook

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Imagine if Willie Wonka had been a video-game designer. Now imagine a world in which most people spend their time as avatars in a virtual reality. The founder of this virtual reality leaves his fortune to the first to win a contest, comprised of puzzles and tasks based on 1980s popular culture. Three teens compete to win against an evil conglomerate (School Library Journal).

Premiers: March 30, 2018

Available formats: book, e-book, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook

Mortal Engines  by Philip Reeve

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their loves through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

Premiers: December 14, 2018

Available formats: Downloadable audiobook

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run rehabilitation camp for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

Premiers: September 14, 2018

Available formats: book, e-book, audiobook CD


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, e-book, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with uneartly strangers and search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Premiers: March 9, 2018

Available formats: book, e-book, pre-loaded audiobook, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.

Premiers: May 11, 2018

Available formats: book, e-book, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.

Premiers: August 17, 2018

Available formats: book, e-book, audiobook CD

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Premiers: January 2018

Available formats: book


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

As London emerges from the shadow of WWII, author Juliet Ashton is having a terrible time finding inspiration for her next book. Then she receives a letter from Guernsey Island, and learns of a unique book club formed on the spur of the moment as an alibi to protects its members from arrest by the occupying Germans during the war. Captivated, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds there will change her life forever.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, e-book, book club kit, audiobook CD

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with scorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches and vampires soon descend upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries - and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, e-book, audiobook CD

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean writes plenty of love letters, but she never sends them. It's just her way of moving on from a crush. When her secret box of letters goes missing and she discovers they've been mailed (including one to her sister's ex-boyfriend) Lara has to come face-to-face with her past and in the process learns more about her future (from Booklist).

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, e-book, downloadable audiobook

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity - and that of his pen pal - will be revealed.

Premiers: March 16, 2018

Available formats: book, e-book, downloadable audiobook


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Delving deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, this book is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when outside forces disrupt their delicate balance of life. 

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, downloadable audiobook

Ophelia by Lisa Klein

In a story based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet and her escape from the violence in Denmark.

Pemiers: TBD

Available formats: book


Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are orphaned outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, e-book, aduiobook CD


How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history - perfroming with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Premiers: TBD

Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt of his young son several times to hold the boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realistic, historical frameowrk into a supernatural real both hilarious and terrifying.

Available formats: book, large print book, e-book, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Smart, warm, uplifting, this is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit makes for an irresistable journey as she realizes, the only way to survive is to open her heart.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, e-book, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook


Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, e-book


Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

A true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Premiers: TBD

Available formats: book, large print book, e-book, audiobook CD, pre-loaded audiobook, downloadable audiobook

Did any of your favorite books make the cut?