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Books that came to screens in 2023

By Kobo • December 31, 2023Recommended Reading

From unique non-fiction to contemporary bestsellers, these adaptations have the power to captivate, inspire, and sometimes even polarize audiences.

Seeing your much-loved stories and characters come to life on screen is a delightful way to experience some of your favourite books all over again. Book-to-screen adaptations transform the characters we've come to know on paper into living, breathing beings.

Whether you're a bibliophile seeking to revisit your favourite tales through a new lens or a lapsed reader curious about investing in a new book, there’s so many upcoming screen adaptations of beloved stories.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmanoeuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. However, outside the arena, Coriolanus faces a moral dilemma and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Apple TV+ series starring Brie Larson

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Forced to resign, she reluctantly signs on as the host of a cooking show, Supper at Six. But her revolutionary approach to cooking, fuelled by scientific and rational commentary, grabs the attention of a nation. Soon, a legion of overlooked housewives find themselves daring to change the status quo. One molecule at a time.

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The Changeling by Victor LaValle

An Apple TV+ series starring Lakeith Standfield

When Apollo Kagwa was just a child, his father disappeared, leaving him with recurring nightmares and a box labelled 'Improbabilia'. Now a successful book dealer, Kagwa has a family of his own after meeting and falling in love with Emma, a librarian. The two marry and have a baby: so far so happy-ever-after. However, as the pair settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. An epic novel for our anxiety-ridden times, The Changeling is a tale of parenthood, love - in its most raw and brutal form - and, ultimately, humanity.

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Fool Me Once by Kelly Richmond Pope

A Netflix series starring Richard Armitage

A riveting look at the perpetrators, victims, and whistleblowers behind financial crimes, from forensic accounting expert and documentarian Kelly Richmond Pope. Fraud is everywhere, from Nigerian "princes," embezzlers, and Ponzi schemers to corporate giants like Enron and Volkswagen. And fraud is costly. Each year, consumers, small businesses, governments, and corporations lose trillions of dollars to financial crime.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

A must-watch Amazon Prime movie

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius-his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Coming in 2024

Follow the Grace Family as they move into their ancestral home and unravel a dark mystery about their great-great Uncle who discovered the parallel, secret faerie world to their own in this epic fantasy series.

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A series on Disney+

See the Bell family in a whole new light through Dawud Anyabwile's dynamic illustrations as the brothers' winning season unfolds, and the world as they know it begins to change.

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Now a movie on Amazon Prime

Good girl Abby Abernathy doesn't drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has created enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university's walking one-night stand. Bad boy Travis Maddox, handsome, built, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs - and wants - to avoid. Or in other words, a disaster waiting to happen…

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

A documentary on Amazon Prime

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

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