Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books I’d Love to See Adapted for the Big or Small Screen


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Freebie so I decided to with books I’d love to see made in TV shows or movies.  This has been on my mind a lot lately because of all recent announcements about new streaming services.  Between the big screen, the small screen, and streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu, it seems like there is more and more opportunity out there for great books to be adapted.  Several of my favorites like Daisy Jones & the Six and The Grisha Trilogy are already being adapted, but here are a few more I hope to see adapted as well.  Now I’ll confess here that I didn’t research these very thoroughly so if you’re aware of upcoming adaptations for any of these that I haven’t heard of yet, please let me know! 🙂


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10 Books I’d Love to See Adapted for the Big or Small Screen



Evelyn Hugo is a character who is larger than life, and as a movie star, I think it’s only fitting that this book should be made into a film. I think it would be glorious!


2, LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer

I think any of Kemmerer’s YA contemporaries would be wonderful as films, but Declan and Juliet’s story has a special place in my heart and I think it would make for a very moving film.



I just finished reading this beautiful, heartbreaking story yesterday and all I could think about was how I wanted to see it on the big screen.  This is the book that actually inspired this week’s topic.


4, LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

I love a good, atmospheric film as well and I think this book set in a creepy Gothic NYC landmark hotel would be perfect.


5, CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

How fabulous would this be as either a film or limited series?


6. THE ILLUMINAE FILES by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

This amazing science fiction series would also make for an exciting limited series on any of the steaming services. I’d totally binge watch it!


7. THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves

I think Annika and Jonathan’s story would make for a beautiful movie about second chances.



At first I was thinking film, but the more I think about it, I would definitely watch an entire series devoted to Nina and her bookish antics.

Heck, I’d watch just to see her have conversations with Phil the cat, lol.


9. ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane

This was another moving story about family and forgiveness that the entire time I was reading, I kept picturing it on the big screen.


10. WARCROSS by Marie Lu

Ready Player One is one of my favorite films and I keep thinking that the virtual reality world of Warcross would be equally epic on the big screen.



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What are some books you’d like to see adapted for TV or film?

38 replies
  1. Lydia
    Lydia says:

    I hope you get adaptations for all of these books! I’ve been hoping for a TV show based on Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series for ages. Don’t know if it will ever happen, but I’d sure love it if it did.

    My TTT.

  2. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    Great topic choice! I haven’t read any on your list, but I have heard of several.I’m curious about Ask Again Yes.

  3. Marti
    Marti says:

    I’m sure Illuminae and Caraval would make some awesome movies! I can’t wait for that to happen.
    Great topic!

  4. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
    Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books says:

    Awesome choice of topic! I haven’t read any of your picks so I can’t comment on whether I think they’d be a good movie but I do own a copy of Evelyn Hugo so I’ll be reading that soon.

  5. Steph@paigesofbooks
    Steph@paigesofbooks says:

    I need Evelyn Hugo and War Cross movies like yesterday!!!! Also, I have not read Nina Hill or the second book mentioned but judging from this post those would be fun as well.

  6. Greg
    Greg says:

    Illuminae would be pretty wild, huh? Especially Gemina- with the strike team and the aliens and a space station setting. Could be awesome! Also Warcross.

  7. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Haha, I’m reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill right now and can only agree that I’d love to see her conversations with Phil on screen 🙂 Also, definitely YES to Evelyn Hugo, Letters to the Lost and Illuminae!

  8. Jessica at Booked J
    Jessica at Booked J says:

    UM, YES!!! TO. ALL. OF. THESE. I need them immediately. Someone really needs to make this happen already. Especially The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Caraval. I can only imagine how stunning both would look on screen. They’re such vivid and engrossing reads as it is.

  9. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators
    Chana @ Paper Procrastinators says:

    Ooh, Caraval would make such a good on-screen adaptation! There are so many parts of the magicalness of it that would translate so well on screen. I also would love to see Letters to the Lost as a kind of Netflix movie like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Caraval would be beautiful on the big screen. I get excited just imagining what it would look like.

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