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Book to Movie Adaptations: 5 Books to read before you see them on screen in 2020

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There are so many great movies and TV shows set to be released in 2020. And - of course - many of these are adaptations of truly brilliant books. I've put together a list of the top five books that you're definitely going to want to read before you watch them on screen later this year.


1. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Screen release: May 2020


Before you see Amy Adams (Sharp Objects, American Hustle, I'm not sure why I'm listing movies - you know who she is) star in the screen adaptation of A.J. Finn's The Woman in the Window, you're going to want to read the book.


A psychological thriller with Hitchcock vibes. Agoraphobia. Wine. Paranoia. Secrets. And a possible crime?


Read the full synopsis of The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn here.


2. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Screen release: late 2020


Everyone's seen Reese, Nicole, Shailene & Zoë in Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies. Well, the great Liane Moriarty is about to have her most recent book adapted for the small screen. The Hulu series is set to star Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.


Nine guests set out to spend ten days in a health resort, run by the strange and charismatic - and bat-shit crazy - owner. Nine Perfect Strangers has the classic Moriarty page-turning twists and beautifully nuanced cast of characters.



Read the full synopsis of Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers here.


3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Screen release: March 2020


Little Fires Everywhere was one of Reece's bookclub picks. And now Ms Witherspoon is set to star alongside Kerry Washington in the Hulu series.


The story explores what motherhood means in many of its different forms. Little Fires Everywhere is an easy read, but keeps you thinking long after you've put it down.


Read the full synopsis of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng here.





4. The Witches by Roald Dahl

Screen release: October 2020


I still have nightmares about Anjelica Huston peeling off her face in the original 1990 movie of Roald Dahl's The Witches. This adaptation is set to star Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, with the darkly creative genius of Guillermo del Toro producing.


You've probably already read this children's classic, but, to refresh your memory, it's about a young boy whose grandmother regales him with stories of witches and the terrifying things they do to small children. However, these stories do not prepare him for a real life encounter with the nightmarish Grand High Witch.


Read the full synopsis of Roald Dahl's The Witches here.



5. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Screen release: June 2020


The eagerly awaited 12 part series, Normal People, is set in Ireland and stars Daisy Edgar-Jones (Cold Feet) and Paul Mescal.


Following the course of two people whose lives circle, pull apart and intertwine, Normal People is an insightful coming-of-age story about love, relationships, friendship.


Sally Rooney is hailed by many as the first great millennial novelist, with Normal People getting a mention in practically every Best Books of 2019 list. This book (and the coming television series) is essential reading / viewing, especially for us millennials (which I technically am, despite acting like an old woman).


Read the full synopsis of Sally Rooney's Normal People here.


Want more book recommendations? Check out this list of 11 amazing new release books coming in early 2020.


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