I hope you’re having a lovely week! I’ve been getting ready for the upcoming school year, testing out some new yummy recipes (Smitten Kitchen’s Cherry Tomato Tart is a big hit in my house!), and enjoying the waning days of summer.
Today I’m participating in That Artsy Reader Girl‘s “Top Ten Tuesday,” a series of posts prompting book bloggers to reflect on their favorite reads. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books that Should Be Adapted into Netflix Shows or Movies!”
As someone with very strong opinions about television (for example: The Great British Bake-Off is the best program to ever grace our screens), I am super excited about this prompt. Let’s get to it!
1 | Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Dread Nation has the makings of a stellar show: zombies! history! cool Black girl protagonists! Plus, the costumes would be *amazing* (albeit a bit bloody, by the end credits.)
2 | Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Out of the Easy has rich historical visuals, as well as intrigue of both the murderous and the academic variety. There’s a show right there!!
(And it also features a bookstore! Love those.)
3 | The Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro
The End of The F***ing World sometimes gives me Charlotte Holmes vibes, so I think Brittany Cavallaro’s twisty tales could thrive in a television format. A Study in Charlotte can be quite dark at times, which would fit the signature *gritty* mood of Netflix’s teen offerings.
4 | The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer writes some of the best sci-fi soap operas in the YA business, and I would love to see how The Lunar Chronicles novels – and their futuristic fairytale aesthetics – translate to screen. (And YA thrives on presenting werewolves as serious romantic leads! It’s perfect!)
5 | Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach
It’s been a little while since I’ve read Of Giants and Ice, but I LOVED these books when I was younger! They’re similar to Percy Jackson – but with fairytales! – and have plenty of action and humor for the small screen.
(Somewhat unrelated, but I am so, so excited for the upcoming PJ series on Disney Plus!! Middle-school-me is crying, really.)
6 | Layoverland by Gabby Noone
A night spent watching The Good Place and Layoverland while contemplating existentialist questions about the afterlife? I’d be down.
7 | Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
I love me a good documentary (recent faves have been Boys State on Apple TV and Howard from Disney Plus!) and I think that Holt’s books have the perfect combination of research and narrative necessary for a TV treatment.
8 | Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
It would be like The West Wing embraced its true calling as a rom-com! (Sorry, Aaron Sorkin.)
9 | Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Burn for Burn is such a binge-able book; it has the same vibes as Riverdale and Veronica Mars, but with an extra dash of feminist friendship thrown in. Plus, the trilogy is co-written by YA Netflix queen, Jenny Han!
10 | My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
I’m envisioning the humor of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but the costumes of Wolf Hall. Plus magic!
Are there any book adaptions you would love to see on screen?