Staff Picks: Books that are Movies/TV Shows

Do you love reading books that have been made into movies/tv shows? If so, five of our staff members have book suggestions for you.

Click on the book covers below to view our suggestions in our catalog.

“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

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This has been my favorite book since the 5th grade. You need to experience Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin for yourself — without the help of cinematography.
– Chantelle Bentley Phillips, branch manager at Newport Branch, assistant director

“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

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Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus with Rosie the elephant as a young man during the Great Depression.
– Maggie Gosney, patron services assistant, Cold Spring Branch

“Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling

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Duh! Of COURSE the books are better, but there’s something about seeing these magical books come to life on the screen that complements the books. The kids are such amazing actors, and Emma Watson is my idol.
– Danielle Heiert, patron services assistant, Cold Spring Branch

“Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin

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I watched the HBO series before I read the books, and I still enjoy the novels (which is not usually the case when I have seen the show or movie).
– Kiki Dreyer Burke, PR manager

“Room” by Emma Donoghue

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Both the book and movie versions of “Room” received critical attention and won several awards both in 2010 when the book was published, and in 2015 when the movie was released. Personally, I enjoyed the movie version of “Room” more because the visual format allows the audience to better see the character Ma’s heart-breaking journey as she is freed after seven years of imprisonment, even though the main character is her son, Jack. The novel is told from Jack’s point of view, and I thought the language used by the five-year-old narrator was personally distracting.
– Leah Byars, collections services assistant

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