With so many books being turned into movies and shows, it’s hard to keep track of what’s coming to TV, a streaming service or theatre near you. These are the books that have recently been optioned for film or TV.

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

If you haven’t seen the heart-stopping trailer for this new adaptation, add it to your to do list, now! This thrilling book from the author of Gone Girl has been turned into a limited series on HBO, coming out this summer. Follow Camille Preaker’s tortured life as she returns to her hometown to face the horrors that await her there. A twisted mother, mysterious murders and intense scenes litter every page of this suspenseful read.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Amazon Studios has just acquired the film rights to the touching magical realism novel, Lily and the Octopus and we’re preparing with our tissues now for this tearjerker. Ted is a struggling writer who has an issue connecting with people, making his relationship with his dog, Lily, very important to him. When he finds out that Lily has fallen ill, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her alive.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah knows how to crank out the hits and The Great Alone is no exception. With movie rights recently bought by Sony, this women’s fiction novel is a hit in more ways than one. The Allbright family has just moved to the wild Alaskan wilderness after Ernt’s return from Vietnam. But what this brave family doesn’t anticipate are the dangers within their own cabin as they fight the harsh elements and the horrifying effects of PTSD.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Nicole Kidman is officially signed on to play the lead role of Faith Frank in this bestselling feminist novel. It didn’t take much convincing to get Kidman on board to play women’s activist and influential mentor to college freshman, Greer Kadetsky. When Greer starts college, she doesn’t anticipate finding a new meaning to life but when she meets the dazzling Faith Frank, she is immediately pulled into a new world of activism and endless potential for self-improvement.

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson

The latest novel from Allison Pearson is sure to get some huge laughs when it hits the big screen. Recently picked up by the Big Little Lies producer for an upcoming television series, How Hard Can It Be? is the follow-up to Pearson’s debut bestseller, I Don’t Know How She Does It which starred Sarah Jessica Parker in 2011. This new novel picks up seven years later as Kate is approaching 50. She’s dealing with her unruly teens and a husband who’s having a mid-life crisis. She’s reconsidering going back to work and her mother and in-laws are getting older. How hard can it all really be?

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Soon to be adapted into a TV series by HBO, Dare Me is the story of a high school cheer squad with a lot to hide. Addy has always been head girl Beth’s minion, and it works for them. When a new, young coach arrives, Addy is smitten, while Beth becomes unsettled. When a suicide hits close to the squad, Addy will find there’s more to worry about than her coveted spot on the cheer team.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Optioned by Fox 2000 immediately upon its release, A.J. Finn’s debut thriller will be hitting theaters in 2019. In this suspenseful read, Anna Fox is finding it hard to distinguish between what’s really happening and what’s all a figment of her imagination. Has the woman across the street really been murdered or is there something deeper going on?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This instant #1 New York Times bestselling debut has caused major buzz since its March release. Now optioned by Fox 2000 for film, Children of Blood and Bone will soon be a highly-influential movie too. Zélie Adebola remembers the world when there was magic, but now the world is without sorcery. She will risk everything in order to bring back magic, which will also restore order to the place she calls home.

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld 

The genius Reese Witherspoon is turning another inspiring read into a comedy series for Apple, and has hired Kristen Wiig as the lead and executive producer. This short story collection is full of unique characters who are thrust into situations about class, relationships and gender roles. You’ll want to read this book before bingeing the new show set to come out in 2019.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Fans of Kerry Washington rejoice, she has been cast to star in the movie version of Aimee Molloy’s The Perfect Mother. This highly anticipated summer release details the lives of a group of mothers who make it a point to get together twice a week. But when Winnie’s baby is taken from his crib during a night out, the women will begin a desperate search that will forever change their lives.

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