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14 Must-Know Books to Read Before the Films and Series Appear on Netflix

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If you’re a Netflix subscriber and a bookworm, then you might have enjoyed the recent films and TV series that were originally books. Think ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Lupin’ and ‘Firefly Lane’.  

As we’re been spending more time cocooning at home, there’s nothing better to do then curl up with a good book and hot chocolate, or Netflix and chill.

Book clubs are discussing these films and tv series and comparing them to the novel. The word has spread and half of the top ten titled on The New York Times Best Sellers list last month are books tied to the Netflix series.

Bridgerton

As it became Netflix’s biggest series, the popularity of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels ballooned. At one point five books from the series were on the New York Times Best Sellers list, with The Duke and I holding steady at number one for four weeks. #bridgerton #netflix

Firefly Lane

Kristin Hannah’s ‘FireflyLane’ first appeared on the Top 10 list a month ahead of the show’s release as interest in the series grew. The book hit number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list just three days after its Netflix premiere. The book written by Kristin Hannah was first published 13 years ago.

The Queen’s Gambit

Three weeks after the Netflix limited series premiered, Walter Tevis’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The book stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks.  

Lupin

After Lupin premiered, Maurice Leblanc’s original book (written in 1907) began trending in several countries such as Italy, Spain, the US, the UK and Korea, with sales reaching the equivalent of one year’s worth in just 15 days. Ten days post-premiere, the book ranked in the Top 5 bestsellers on Amazon and Fnac.

Maurice Leblanc’s Lupin — Part 2 is on its way this summer.

Book Adaptations Coming Soon to Netflix

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming out soon on Netflix. You might want to get ahead of the pack and start reading them before they release:

Moxie

Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution. Based on the novel by Jennifer Mathieu. Directed by Amy Poehler. Moxie premiered on 3 March 2021.

Yes Day

Always feeling like they have to say NO to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a ‘Yes Day’ — where for 24 hours the kids make the rules. Little did they know that they’d be going on a whirlwind adventure around Los Angeles, that would bring the family closer to each other than ever before. Based on the book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Premiering 12 March 2021

Shadow and Bone 

The Shadow Fold. To destroy it, we need a miracle. Based on the fantasy trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Shadow and Bone coming 23 April 2021.

Things Heard and Seen

This film is based on Elizabeth Brundage’s book titled ‘All Things Cease to Appear’.  Premiering 30 April 2021.

The Woman in the Window 

Anna Fox lives alone in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. When the Russells move into the house across the way. One night Anna gazing out her window sees something she shouldn’t….The Woman in the Window was written by A.J.Finn. Coming soon.

Fear Street Trilogy

A horror trilogy by R.L. Stine’s coming to scare this summer.

The Last Letter From Your Lover 

A pair of interwoven stories set in the present and past, ‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’ ‘follows Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), an ambitious journalist who discovers a trove of secret love letters from 1965 and becomes determined to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair at their center. As she uncovers the story behind Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner) the financial journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of Ellie’s own begins to unfold with the assistance of an earnest and endearing archivist (Nabhaan Rizwan) who helps her track down more letters. Based on the novel by JoJo Moyes and directed by Augustine Frizzell. The romance drama is coming soon.

The Kissing Booth 3 

A pretty, teenage girl, who has never been kissed, finds her life turned totally upside down when she decides to run a kissing booth and unexpectedly ends up locking lips with her secret crush. Based on the book by Beth Reekles. Coming soon.

Concrete Cowboy

While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen is caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. The drama is based on Gregory Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy book. Coming soon.

Nightbooks 

When Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories, is trapped by a witch in her modern, magical New York City apartment. His original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping him safe as he desperately tries to find a way out of this twisted place. Based on the kids book by J.A. White. Coming soon. #HarperKids

Maid 

Inspired by the powerful New York Times best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, Maid will chronicle a single mother who turns to housekeeping to—barely—make ends meet as she battles against poverty, homelessness, and bureaucracy. Told primarily through her point of view, Maid will be a beautiful, alive, gritty, and inspiring exploration of poverty in America. Coming Soon.

“Maid is a poignant portrait that chronicles Stephanie Land’s strife and victories, and has the power to connect with our members around the world as they identify with her struggles and root for her success. We’re excited to share the stories inspired by Stephanie’s book and bring them to life along with WBTV, John Wells Productions and LuckyChap Entertainment.” Channing Dungey, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix.

YOU 

Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way. Season 3 is coming soon.

Virgin River

Based on the book by Robyn Carr. Season 3 is coming soon.

Sweet Magnolias

Based on the book by Sherryl Wood. Season 2 is coming soon.

Please leave a comment and let us know what book adaptations you are looking forward to seeing? What other books could come back as a bestseller?

Written by Emma Crameri

Emma Crameri is a freelance lifestyle reviewer and writer. She is editor of the Brisbane-based food and lifestyle website Brisbanista.

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