5 must-read books on the big screen

Hi guys! Hello November… It’s getting cold here and I’m already missing my cute little dresses and damn the sun, my dear sun where are you?! I got a little bit of time off work so that was quite good. What about you? How is everything at school or work? Is everything good with your loved ones? Are you ready for the craziness that is the end-of-the-year celebrations and the SNOW ? Because I’m clearly not…

Since it’s freezing outside and it’s the perfect time to cuddle up under a blanket with a nice cup of tea, I’ve decided to talk to you about some awesome books that’s been coming to the big screen….or on Netflix for that matter. It’s always a scary experience seeing a story becoming alive like that but well…

Click on the book cover to read the synopsis and on the movie gif to see the trailer.

1. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

I only put 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads for this book but it’s still a great story with such an important message! In France, it made it to the big screen MONTHS after the USA release… gotta love my country right? For those who don’t know, it is under the name “Love, Simon” (I guess the original title was way too long for a movie title). And damn that movie! I don’t know about you but I really really enjoyed it. I loved how it was filmed, I loved the characters, I loved the dialogues. I think they did an awesome job! Plus, it stars Nick Robinson which I adore. Just read and see that story already!

2. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

I don’t know why I always refer to this book as “Lara Jean”, maybe because I love this character SO much! She’s just so relatable. Anyway, this book is such a cute read and the movie got me smiling from begining to end. No joke. It’s a feel-good movie. I think the actors did a fantastic job and the set was amazing. I didn’t mind at all that it was only on Netflix because it’s just perfect for a girls night in. So if you’re looking for a light hearted and fun movie to watch, I can only recommend it.

3. CRAZY RICH ASIANS

This book is on my ever-growing TBR and I can’t wait to start reading it. I mean it’s about the gossip and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend to the wedding of the season. I’m hooked already! When I saw they were turning it into a movie, I was even more excited. Did you see that trailer already? There’s going to be drama and I’m all for it! And can I say it’s nice to finally see some diversity! Rom coms in New York…we’ve all seen them, am I right?

4. THE DARKEST MINDS

Another book I’m eager ro read! Many bloggers recommended me this one and as a dystopia fan it does sound really promising. A story that keeps you on your toes with hopefully awesome and bad ass characters. I watched the trailer a while ago and I’m really looking forward to see it when I have the time. I have heard it’s a bit different from the book and maybe more fast-paced but as it should be I think. Have you seen it? What did you think? Should I read the book first?

5. THE HATE U GIVE

If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re clearly missing out! So go out and buy it right now, I’ll be there waiting… This is a book that will stay with you a long time with great characters and such an important story to tell. I’m really scared to watch it come alive on the big screen but also really excited. Amandla Stenberg is playing Starr and I think she can do an amazing job. Just saw that it’s coming out in February in France so I’ll just go wait in a corner or something…

Have you seen any of those movies? What did you think? I KNOW they can’t be better than the book (obviously), but was it a great adaptation?

Which other book adaptations are you looking forward to see? And please tell me, I’m curious….do you prefer when the book is making it to the big screen or a Netflix adaptation suits you better? 

Let’s chat in comments 💬

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74 thoughts on “5 must-read books on the big screen

  1. I’ve seen Love, Simon and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and really enjoyed them (although I much preferred the TATBILB film to the book – it was super cute). I’m so excited for The Darkest Minds and The Hate U Give movies. I loved The Hate U Give book and thought it was such an incredibly powerful story. I’m not sure whether I prefer the big screen or a Netflix adaptation. I really love the big budget and the effects that go into making a movie for the big screen, but, at the same time, I adore just how much love is given to a Netflix adaptation, it really shines through in everything from the writing to the acting, which is one of the reasons I liked TATBILB so much.
    Great post!

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    1. I must say I agree with you about TATBILB! The film was SO cute, I couldn’t stop smiling 😊 Yeah, you’re right. I think the big screen is maybe better for an action-packed movie and Netflix is awesome for some cute rom-coms! 😁 Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  2. Ahhh this list makes me so, so happy, because I absolutely adore Crazy Rich Asians, TATBILB, and Love, Simon, and I can’t wait to see THUG. Being intl as well, of course I’ll have to wait until I can go watch it in a movie theatre. :’)

    I’m not sure if I’ve read The Darkest Minds, but chances are, I either decided it’s not for me, or I found it bland/forgettable, because it does look very familiar. 🙈

    Lovely post! (And the GIF is so precious, Joey was so cute in that episode) ❤

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  3. I’ve read all of them except for Crazy Rich Asians, which I actually took a physical copy to Berlin of though – so I will read it for sure! And I have watched everything except Crazy Rich Asians and THUG (the latter for obvious reasons, cause it won’t be released here until next year). I actually really enjoyed the Darkest Minds movie, but I didn’t understand the background of everything, so reading the book was a nice addition, although I believe I liked the movie better? I have become that weird person who likes screen adaptations better a lot of the time now. It’s becoming a problem haha

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    1. Yaay, can’t wait to see how you liked it! 😊 Yeah I feel your pain…gotta love being international 😅 Okay thanks for your input, I can’t wait to read and see that story! Hahaha, that’s so weird! It’s pretty much always the other way around 😂 But you know what? I think screen adaptations are getting WAY better than they used to be!

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  4. So far the only one of these I’ve seen is Love, Simon! I have To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on my to-watch list, I’ve heard so many incredible things about that film I honestly have no excuse for not getting around to it, also The Darkest Minds is a brilliant dystopia trilogy (probably a favourite of mine from that genre) so again I want to see the movie even though I have heard some not-so-good things about it. :/
    Everyone seems so excited about The Hate U Give, and from the reviews I’ve seen it’s an incredible film, I’m not sure when it’s out in the UK but when it is I’ll be first in line to see it! 😀
    Great post Nyx. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I bet you’ll adore To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! It’s such a cute movie, it got me smiling the whole time 😁 I really need to read The Darkest Minds asap and then maybe watch the movie. I think it’s better this way so if I’m disappointed in the movie it won’t prevent me from reading the book 😊 YEEES, I’m so impatient for The Hate U Give! Thank you so much Beth, talk to you soon 😘😘

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    1. Thank you! Yeees, I totally agree with your rating for Simon 😊 Hope you’ll enjoy TATBILB as much as I did 😁 Yeees, me too! A bit scared but mainly excited haha!

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  5. I read all of these books and honestly I prefer the books over movies, all because in the books we have so much information! Take a look at crazy, rich Asians! (You can add to the list ‘A Discovery Of Witches’ that is currently airing as a serie)

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    1. Yeees me too, I always prefer the book because as you say it’s much more detailed 😊 Oh yes, you’re right I haven’t thought about that one!

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  6. I’VE BEEN MEANING TO WATCH CRAZY RICH ASIANS SINCE IT CAME OUT!!!! honestly i totally needed this list bc i put off movies for as long as possible (but i’ll sit for hours after hours with books, i know, my life is wild)

    AND BASICALLY i’ve watched TATBILB twice already and i could totally watch it for the rest of my life

    awesome post!!

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    1. YEEEES, I can’t wait either to see it!! I want to see it NOW 😁😁 Haha, I totally get it I tend to do the same 😊 I want to re-watch TATBILB now, thank you 😉 Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it 😘😘

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  7. Lovely post! I’ve seen To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before (really enjoyed it! A cute, fun movie!), and have been wanting to watch the Darkest Minds. I read the book years ago, and am curious to see how it’s adaptated!

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    1. Yaaay, hope you’re enjoying the book as much as I did 😊 I really need to read and see The Darkest Minds, it seems like the kind of story I would like 😊 Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  8. I’m so excited about these adaptations! I’ve only watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Darkest Minds. Haven’t read the books though. Yikes. I did feel like The Darkest Minds focused slightly more on the romance aspect than the bigger picture at times. I don’t know how the book is but that’s just the feel I got from the movie.

    Almost watched Crazy, Rich Asians this weekend, but found myself kinda broke XD I’ll try and watch this week while it’s still in theaters! And that leaves THUG and Love, Simon. I want to read THUG before I see the movie, so I have until like January when the movie comes to theaters in my country to do it.

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    1. Yeah that’s one of the things I’ve read about The Darkest Minds. I think I’ll read the book first and then watch the movie 😊 Haha, movie tickets are crazy expensive am I right?! Yeees, you really should read THUG! It’s such a powerful story, hope you’ll like it as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by 😘😘

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  9. I’m so happy with all these adaptations coming out! I watched a few you’ve listed but I’m most excited for Crazy Rich Asians. I’ve fallen head over heels with the series and I’m so excited to see it adapted! Great post 😊🌻

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    1. I’ve been wondering the exact same thing! Why haven’t I read it yet? What am I doing?! 😱 Yeah me too, I think it works better for me 😊 Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  10. I’ve seen Crazy Rich Asians and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and thought they were both great! It’s so refreshing to see representation on screen. I do love going to the movies, but I can’t deny that Netflix is so handy and costs much less (movie tickets are getting so expensive in my opinion – especially if you want to watch a lot of new releases!)

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    1. To All The Boys was SO cute, I can’t wait for Crazy Rich Asians 😁 Yeah you’re totally right! The movie tickets are freaking expensive! I’m only going to the movies when I’m absolutely sure I’ll love the movie! And with Netflix you can watch it while wearing your PJs, you can’t do that at the movies haha 😂

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  11. Hi Marie!!
    LOVE this list. I absolutely agree about Love Simon, it was a brilliant adaptation and I felt it was fairly loyal to the original story. Glad that you enjoyed the movie as well 🙂
    Funny that you mentioned the Lara Jean movie! (I keep thinking of it as the Lara Jean series too haha, I guess because “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a very long title?) I just watched it this weekend and loved it. It got me laughing and crying haha. I think the actors did a great job 🙂 I felt that the book was much more subtle than the movie however it was understandable since there was limited screen time. They really nailed the humour! Kitty was my favourite character haha 🙂 Overall I enjoyed the movie lots.
    I haven’t watched THUG yet, though I would love to. It does seem like a heavier movie so I am waiting for the right mood to see it 🙂

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    1. I’m Nyx, but HELLO THERE! 😁😁 Yeaah, I think they did an amazing job with Simon! Aaaah I’m so happy that I’m not the only one refering it to the Lara Jean series. And you’re totally right, it may be because of that awful long title 😅 The movie is SO cute, but of course in the book we get to see more depth in the characters 😊 THUG is only being released in January in France so yeah I got plenty of time to be in the right mood haha 😂 But you’re right, it’s going to be an intense movie! Thanks for stopping by, talk to you soon 😘😘

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  12. I love Simon book so much. It was a 5-star read for me. And the movie was too good. It was definitely cute and heart-warming. Ahh, Lara Jean series is incredible. I love that movie too. Well, you have to be on the band-wagon for Peter Kavinsky 😛
    I recently read Crazy Rich Asians and I definitely like the book. I can’t wait to see the movie now. Same for THUG, but THUG is not releasing here before December 😦 I love that book so much and I have heard amazing things about the movie too.
    Well, for the Darkest Mind I have no idea 😀

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    1. I don’t know why I didn’t enjoy the Simon book as much as the movie. I’m like ALWAYS loving the book more, I’m being weird on this one haha 😅 Oh my…yes to Peter Kavinsky. I think we need to re-watch it 😛 Awesome! I can’t wait to read Crazy Rich Asians, it’s on my loooong TBR 😁 THUG is being released in January in France, I’m so mad 😩

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  13. I just started rewatching TATBILB the other day, AND GOSH I’M LOVING IT EVEN MORE THE SECOND TIME???? Also, this is such a great post! I’ve yet to see most of these (the downfall of living overseas, like you mentioned a bit), but I’m pretty pumped about them! I especially want to see Crazy Rich Asians because um THAT CASTING THOUGH. Anyways, thanks for another wonderful post, Nyx! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha, you make me want to re-watch it like RIGHT NOW! 😂 Yeah, sometimes being international sucks! I don’t like to be kept waiting haha 😅 YEEEES, I’m so pumped for Crazy Rich Asians! Thank you so much, so happy you enjoyed it. 😊 Talk to you soon 😘😘

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  14. I actually bought To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on my Kindle a while back because everyone was saying how good the movie was, and I like to read the book first. I still haven’t read the book or watched the film, so I really need to hurry up! I have The Darkest Minds on my Kindle too, because I really liked the look of the film.

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    1. YEEES, you need to hurry up! To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is amazing 😁 Me too, I really need to buy The Darkest Minds before seing the movie, I also prefer to read the book first 😊

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  15. I loved The darkest Minds and I can’t wait for THUG! I’ve learned that it will only be on the big screen in belgium in February! Is it the same in France?

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  16. Crazy Rich Asians are one book/film I am so excited to experience. I didn’t know it was a book to start with so that came as a nice surprise. The Hate U Give has got to be the most anticipated film adaptation of the year. I think it’s natural to be nervous about it, you feel protective of the characters you know and want them to get the recognition they deserve. However, it does sound like the responsibility of bringing this book to life was left in very good hands.

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    1. Yeees, same here! I’ve heard of the movie first and then I saw it was also a book! I can’t wait to get into that story 😁 Totally, the most anticipated film adaptation of the year is right! That’s exactly how I feel 😊 Yeah you’re right, I think it’s going to be a very good movie 😁

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