2018 Reading Challenge: A Book that will be a TV Show or Movie

This is probably one of my favorite tasks on the 2018 Reading Challenge -- I personally love reading books either before or after watching a TV show or movie based on them (unlike many readers, I don't have strong feelings about which should come first)! Here are some of the upcoming book adaptations I'm most looking forward to in 2018:


1. Sweetbitter (Stephanie Danler): I loved this book when it came out two years ago. It follows a college graduate who is beginning adult life as a waitress in New York City, and Danler perfectly captures the angst of your early twenties. I'm so excited to watch the TV show that airs on Starz on May 6 -- and then reread the book, of course.

2. Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan): I just started reading this book, and the best way I can explain the tone is a combination of The Devil Wears Prada (the film version), Jane the Virgin, and Mansfield Park. If you like social comedies, you'll probably enjoy this fun, vacation-friendly read (although it is over 500 pages long)! The movie, which I suspect will lean more toward a romantic comedy, will be in theaters on August 17. 

3. On Chesil Beach (Ian McEwan): This book is short -- under 200 pages, and it's the kind of melancholy historical fiction that he became famous for with Atonement. The film adaptation will be released on May 18 and stars Saoirse Ronan.

4. Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple): A beloved book by many of the Bookshelf staff, the upcoming movie (Oct. 19) gives you a perfect excuse to read this book if you missed it when it first came out. There are so many reasons why we love this book, and you might love it if you like Antarctica, architecture, or Arrested Development.

5. Shrill (Lindy West): Okay, this one might not come out in 2018; a Hulu adaptation was just announced yesterday and doesn't have a release date yet. But Shrill was one of my favorite memoirs when it came out two years ago, both because of West's skillful tackling of serious issues (especially women in comedy) AND because it's literally laugh out loud funny. The first essay made me laugh so hard I cried.

Bonus recommendation: Ready Player One, which I included in the previous challenge blog post. It's out in theaters now, and you can double up for our challenge and count it for this task AND the sci-fi task!

Happy reading (and watching)!


PS Annie and Chris did an episode of From the Front Porch about the reading challenge! You can listen here.