Hi guys! This is the first in a new series of posts recommending specific books based on other books, movies, or TV shows. Since I am a huge movie fan (my best friend and I go see a new movie together every week), I thought it would be fun to start out with a movie edition! I included a range from backlist books to a new release, and each of the three recommendations is in an entirely different genre than the others. Hopefully that means you’ll find something you like!
Let’s just jump in, shall we?
So it’s been a while since I’ve seen Rear Window, but The Woman in the Window has clear parallels to this movie. Additionally, classic thriller films are not only mentioned throughout the novel but also play a role as a plot device, adding some interesting dimension to this book. And the atmosphere created in the book is so claustrophobic, you can feel the walls closing in on Anna and imagine this so clearly as if watching it on film. Just don’t read this one too late at night!
When I read the blurb for The Knockoff, my first thought was that it sounded similar to The Devil Wears Prada with something of a role reversal. And that expectation turned out to be spot on. Both are on the light, fluffy side with fun fashion and a small dose of relevance thrown in. The Devil Wears Prada is the movie I tend to reach for when I’m laying sick in bed and don’t want to have to think too hard; likewise, The Knockoff makes for an easy read to break up darker and more serious books.
I can’t help myself, I love National Treasure! The idea of a treasure hunt rooted in history excites me every time. Well, the concept of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is basically a treasure hunt for book nerds! (Be still, my heart.) This adventure follows a trail of books, codes, and a secret society, with plenty of witty banter and action. It also explores themes of old knowledge and new technology and how the two should (or shouldn’t) interact, connecting the past squarely with the present.
So, there you have my first three book recommendations based on movies! Have you seen or read any of these? What are your thoughts on them?