Our favorite fiction arrives on small and large screens! There are many books that are suitable for feature films and television series.

If you prefer to read the novel first, Manistee County Library staff will help you find your favorite novel with print and electronic versions. The library can also purchase the DVD/Blu-ray adaptations as they become available.

• “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers is a historical novel set during the California Gold Rush. A woman sold into prostitution distrusts men until she meets a religious man who marries her. Unable to believe in herself and her husband, she returns to her old life. It will take love and faith to overcome his past. The film will be released in theaters on January 21.

• Agatha Christie’s ‘Death on the Nile’ finds a young woman murdered while on an Egyptian riverboat. Nothing is as it seems for Poirot as he works to solve the mystery. This thrilling film adaptation hits theaters on February 11.

• Graham Swift’s “Mothering Sunday” is seen through the eyes of Jane, a housekeeper in love with the son of the neighboring lord of the manor. Their five-year romance ends on Mother’s Sunday. This film adaptation is set to be available on various streaming services on February 25.

• “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is the story of Kya, a woman left on her own since she was a child. When a murder is committed, the city immediately suspects it. Shot in Louisiana, the film is set to be released on June 16.

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is the story of Kya, a woman left on her own since she was a child. When a murder is committed, the city immediately suspects it. Shot in Louisiana, the film is set to be released on June 16.

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• “White Bird: a Wonder Story” by RJ Palacio begins when a boy asks his grandmother to tell him a story for a school assignment. His grandmother tells him about his Jewish childhood in occupied France during the Second World War. Filming was done in the Czech Republic and the film has a September 16 release date.

• Set in a small French village during World War II, “The Nightingale” by Kristen Hannah is the story of two sisters surviving Nazi occupation, each on their own path. Based on the book, sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning star in the film. It is set to hit theaters on December 23.

• “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue explores the life of a young girl who could be a medical miracle and the nurse assigned to observe her. “The Wonder” has a 2022 release year, but no date yet.


• “The Storyed Life of AJ Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin examines the power of second chances. After his wife died, sales at his bookstore slowed and his most prized possession has now been stolen. When a mysterious package arrives, AJ’s life is turned upside down again. The movie has a 2022 release year, but no date yet.

The following titles are being integrated into a series:

• Amazon Prime is set to air JRRTolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series on September 2. This story is the adventure of a lifetime for a little hobbit and his friends as they travel to Mordor to destroy a ring of power. Set in a fantasy land in Middle-earth, these books have sold over 150 million copies.

• In Taylor Jenkins Reid’s ‘Daisy Jones & the Six’, Daisy spends her days sneaking into clubs, being a groupie for rock bands and dreaming of making it on her own. She teams up with an up-and-coming band, The Six, and the rest is history. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of a fictional band in the 1970s. Amazon is set to release the TV miniseries based on this book this year.

• HBO/HBO Max plans to launch the television series based on “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger. This story explores the marriage of Clare and Henry, who has chronodisplacement disorder that causes him to move randomly between past and future events in his life. A release date is not yet available.

  HBO/HBO Max plans to launch the TV series based on

HBO/HBO Max plans to launch the TV series based on Audrey Niffenegger’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” This story explores the marriage of Clare and Henry, who has chronodisplacement disorder that causes him to move randomly between past and future events in his life.

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• “Reacher” based on the books by Lee Child features Jack Reacher, a former military man who was falsely arrested for murder. Once released from prison, he begins to investigate and discovers a personal connection. The first season of the television series is based on Jack Reacher’s first book, “The Killing Floor”. It is set to premiere on Amazon Prime on February 4.

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