Whether it’s a blockbuster movie or a streaming miniseries, it feels like every book is being adapted to the screen. 2022 was chock full of amazing depictions of some of our favorite books, and that trend isn’t slowing down. To help you plan out your TBR (to be read) list, here are some books that will make their way to us in moving color in 2023.
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
I’m stretching the definition of 2023 since this adaptation came out in the last week of 2022. But I decided to make an exception for this much-loved book. Starring Tom Hanks and renamed A Man Called Otto for the big screen, this story follows a cantankerous old man whose life starts to change after a new family moves in next door.
Once you’ve finished reading this refreshing comedy-drama, be sure to watch the original Swedish language film on hoopla!
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Released recently on Netflix as a six episode series, this adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lying Life of Adults is a coming-of-age tell set in 1990s Naples. For anyone who meant to read Ferrante’s Neapolitan series but never made the plunge, this standalone novel is the perfect chance to get your feet wet. The early reviews for the show have been good, so check it out once you’re done the book!
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Director M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, Knock at the Cabin, is based on Paul Tremblay’s twisty horror novel The Cabin at the End of the World. When strangers invade a family’s vacation home and claim one of them must die in order to save the world, some horrible choices must be made. You have until February to nail-bite your way through this read before the movie is released in theaters on February 3.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid fans rejoice! A ten episode miniseries based on her book Daisy Jones and the Six is coming to Amazon Prime on March 3. Told through a series of interviews with a fictional rock band, this book will have you believing Daisy Jones and the Six really did rule the 1970s.
This award-winning nonfiction title about the creation of the FBI is being adapted for the big screen. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, this film looks to live up to the promise of the renowned book. Catch it in theaters May 2023.
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Christopher Nolan’s new movie Oppenheimer is out July 21, but did you know it’s based on a book? After more than two decades of research, this biography about the “father of the atomic bomb” went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. Now it’s destined for the silver screen.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This fun romantic comedy about the son of America’s first female president and the Prince of Wales and their unlikely relationship should lighten up everyone’s year. Is this BookTok sensation worth the hype? Read it and find out! We don’t know when the movie is dropping yet, but it’s expected to make its way onto Amazon Prime sometime in 2023.
Katherine G., Yardley-Makefield branch