Book Recommendations Based on Movie Preferences

What to Read If You Like Certain Movies

Many of us have been watching an abundance of movies during quarantine, but maybe a book will be a refreshing, different activity. In this article are several recommendations sharing similarities to movies, shows, and film genres. 

If you enjoyed Disney’s Mulan, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh is a good parallel. Flame in the Mist follows a teen girl with a cunning mind and talent as an alchemist, who cannot exert her full potential simply because of her gender. On her way to marry a man she has never  met, Mariko’s carriage is attacked by bandits. Mariko is the only survivor, and to take vengeance on the bandits, Mariko disguises herself as a boy to blend in. Follow Mariko’s dangerous plan as she falls in love, plots her revenge, and finds her talents and assets put to use, all while questioning everything she has grown up with: including herself. 

For more of a dark fantasy theme, if you have taken a liking to Miss Peregrine’s House for Peculiar Children, Melissa Albert’s The Hazelwood would be a good match. Both stories have a take on the frightening horror aspects blended with some tweaks of enchanted fantasy. In The Hazelwood, 17-year old protagonist Alice has been plagued by danger and terrible luck her entire life, living on the go with her mother. However, when her mother goes missing at the hands of a character from her grandmother’s ghastly fairy tales, Alice finds herself searching for both her mother,  and answers as to why her life has been so mysterious. 

Almost everybody knows about the iconic tragedy of the Titanic, and many have watched the movie version of the ship’s sinking. However, not many people are aware of a similar tragedy, one during World War 2. If you liked Titanic, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys will be a very intriguing book to indulge in. This historical fiction novel switches between the perspectives of four very different, very young people, all who are all trudging through challenging hardships. Salt to the Sea sheds light on a terrible travesty, along with the risks of war intertwining with both romantic and platonic love for themselves, their comrades, and even their enemies. 

The Greatest Showman is a musical movie, with one major theme being accepting oneself as unique and embracing differences. If you liked The Greatest Showman, especially for its important message, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant is the perfect novel for you. Ravikant’s book tells his own tale of his journey towards self-love , sharing advice that he has learned from his own experiences. While the book is short, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It is simple and holds a powerful message, guiding readers through the process of starting a journey towards loving  yourself unconditionally. 

If you have watched and enjoyed Love, Simon, the young adult fiction novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz just might catch your eye. Fifteen year old Ari is mad at everything and everyone, and is rather detached from his family. One day, he meets another boy named Dante, and he is everything that Ari is not. While both boys bond over their Mexican American heritage, classical names, and other youthful shenanigans, their short friendship takes a detour, as Dante moves away for a while. Follow Ari and Dante’s story as they venture through anger, confusion, and guilt, as they figure out how they feel about themselves, their families, and each other. 

Sherlock Holmes is a well known name all around the world, and the series named after the man himself, Sherlock Holmes, follows his quirky cases and his brilliant tactics. For mystery fans who are searching for something similar, Nevermore written by William Hjortsburg is an action-packed paranormal mystery. Taking place in 1920s New York City, the three infamous names Harry Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allen Poe, are brought together, the latter’s haunting literary works being the inspiration for a serial killer’s murders. The three characters team up to catch the deranged killer, a sharp minded genius with whom they end up playing a game of cat and mouse. With action, mystery, and ghostly twists packed into one, Nevermore is a masterpiece that will surely get your heart racing with each turn of a page. 

Whether your interests lean more towards the young adult romance, horror fantasies, or something in between, you will be sure to find something on this list that will catch your eye. So, get comfortable, open up your book of choice, and enjoy!