‘The book was better than the film!’

Hands up, who’s said this before? I certainly have – I’m somewhat guilty of being a book snob, I nearly always prefer the written version of a film. Let’s face it though, there is something special about getting lost in a good novel. It allows you to be a more creative thinker, you can imagine each character and scene however you like as opposed to being told what to see on the big screen. Freedom of thought also allows for freedom of interpretation of the text.

This summer, I want to get back into reading again and what better way to start than with the book versions of some of my favourite movies. With the exception of Love, Simon (which I haven’t had the chance to see yet) I absolutely adore all these titles and can’t wait to see if the book is in fact better this time round.

The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

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Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

IT – Stephen King

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Welcome to Derry, Maine…

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your

own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real…

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks 

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Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (aka Love, Simon) – Becky Albertalli

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


I would love to know what your favourite books are or books you want to read this summer. Leave a comment below, let’s swap recommendations!

7 thoughts on “5 Book Versions of Popular Films I Want to Read this Summer

      1. Me too! I got it at a thrift store last month, and have been excited to get started. and yes! It’s so good! The title didn’t really draw me in, and I didn’t know what it was about. But it blew me away. incredible story telling.


  1. I love all those books and movies. Except the Simon book and movie. I do think Girl On The Train was my favorite movie, I love Emily Blunt though.


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