Blog: Book Buzz 02-01-2021

5 Books to Read before they Become Movies/Shows:


1. Leigh Bardugo's "Grisha Trilogy": Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising

Coming to Neflix April 23 as a limited streaming series, "Shadow and Bone" will feature characters from the Grishaverse and the first in this books series, as well as accompanying series book "Six of Crows." Taking place in a war-torn country where lonely orphan and solider, Alina, has unleashed her power, which could set her country free. However, threats abound as Alina is ripped from what she knows to train as an elite Grisha solider. While she struggles to harness her power, she realizes friends and enemies could be one and the same, and not all is as it seems.


2. Eric Jager's "The Last Duel"

Premiering October 25, 2021, as a film, this true story from 1386 shows the "duel to end all duels" between medieval knights - Jean de Carrouges returns from war to find that his wife accuses his best friend, Jacques LeGris, of rape. King Charles XI's court calls for a trial by combat.


3. Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale"

Set to premiere in December 2021, this film follows two sisters during the German occupation of France during WWII. Older sister Vianne must decide what lines she is willing to cross while keeping her daughter safe, while trying to draw a line with complicitity, while younger sister Isabelle does everything she can to thwart the German occupation.


4. D. Erin Maikranz's "The Reincarnationist Papers"

Premiering May 28, 2021, a secret society, called the Cognomina, can remember everything from past lives, and uses that information to create societal change.


5. Walter Dean Myers' "Monster"

Winning a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and many other accolades, Monster follows a 16 year old incarcerated for murder. Published in 1999, the movie premiered at Sundance in 2018 and was acquired by Netflix in 2020. No word yet on the release date!


Bonus: Kristin Hannah's "Firefly Lane" is also being made into a movie, set to premiere February 1, 2021, on Netflix.