2020 Books to Movies

2020 Books to Movies

All of the titles on this list are currently scheduled to be released as movies in 2020. Release dates will probably change for some, and many may not make it to local theaters, but all the books are available for check-out or hold request. Click on the title for more information about the book; click on the date (or TBA) for more information about the movie!

Compiled by:
Brandon R.
Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer
Juvenile or Young Adult Fiction - J Colfer / Y Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl ; 1

"When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll." (June 12 Disney+)

The Call of the Wild

Jack London
Adult Fiction - London

"The classic adventure story of a dog's savage struggle for survival in the Alaskan wilderness." (February 21)

The Colour Out of Space

Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Adult Fiction - Lovecra

"After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, a family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare." (January 24)

Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie
Adult Fiction - MYS Christi
Series: Hercule Poirot mysteries ; 15

"The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything . . . until she lost her life." (October 9)

Deep Water

Patricia Highsmith
Adult Fiction - MYS Highsmi

"A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers." (November 13)

The Devil All The Time

Donald Ray Pollock
Adult Fiction - Pollock

"In the backwoods of Ohio and West Virginia, between WWII and the 1960s, swirl a nefarious cast of characters—a demented team of serial killers, a spider-eating preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff—all braided into a riveting narrative of the grittiest American grain" (Netflix TBA)

Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting
Juvenile Fiction - J Lofting

"Dr. Dolittle, who has learned the languages of animals, sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island..." (January 17)


Frank Herbert
Adult Fiction - SF Herbert
Series: Dune novels, Main series ; 1

"This best-selling classic won the first Nebula Award and shaped modern science fiction. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics." (December 18)

Enola Holmes

Nancy Springer
Juvenile Fiction - J Springe
Series: Enola Holmes mystery ; 1

"Upon the disappearance of their mother, the child sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes runs away to become a fugitive private detective herself." (TBA)

The Good Shepherd

C.S. Forester
Adult Fiction - Forester

"The mission of Commander George Krause of the United States Navy is to protect a convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships making their way across the icy North Atlantic from America to England. There, they will deliver desperately needed supplies, but only if they can make it through the wolfpack of German submarines that awaits and outnumbers them in the perilous seas." Tom Hanks stars in the film adaptation titled Greyhound. (July 10 Apple TV+)

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Iain Reid
Adult Fiction - Reid

"An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life." (Netflix TBA)

The Invisible Man

Herbert George Wells
Adult Fiction - Wells

"A scientist who has discovered a way to make himself invisible unleashes his growing madness and frustrations by terrorizing a small town." (February 28)

The Last Thing He Wanted

Joan Didion
Adult Fiction - Di

"A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she's trying to break." (Feb 21 Netflix)

My Salinger Year

Joanna Smith Rakoff
Adult Non-Fiction - 800.92 Smith-Rakoff Smi

"At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger, answering his voluminous fan mail. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger's." (TBA)

News of the World

Paulette Jiles
Adult Fiction - Jiles

"In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world...when he agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people." (December 25)

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate
Juvenile Fiction - J Applega

"When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life." (August 21)


Nella Larsen
Adult Fiction - Larsen

"Set primarily in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1920s, the story centers on the reunion of two childhood friends and their increasing fascination with each other's lives." (TBA)


Daphne Du Maurier
Adult Fiction - Dumauri

"The unassuming young heroine of Rebecca finds her life changed overnight when she meets a handsome and wealthy widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Rescuing her from an overbearing employer, he whisks her off to Manderley, his isolated estate on the windswept Cornish coast--but there things take a chilling turn." (TBA)

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett
Juvenile Fiction - J Burnett

"A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden." (TBA)


Susan Scarf Merrell
Adult Fiction - Merrell

"A fictional young couple spends a year at Bennington in 1964 with novelist Shirley Jackson and her husband in this captivating psychological thriller." (June 5)

The Song of Mu Lan

Jeanne M. Lee
- translator
Juvenile Non-Fiction - J 895.1 So

"Translation of Mu-lan shih; a folk song about a girl called Mu-lan who joined the army to substitute for her father" (July 24)


Jerry Spinelli
Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction - J Spinelli; Y Spinelli

"In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever." (Disney+ March 13)

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Michael Koryta
Adult Fiction - Koryta

"When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens." (October 23)

The Turn of the Screw

Henry James
Adult Fiction - James

"A young governess is sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans. Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house, she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care. But is the threat a ghostly presence or something else entirely?" The newest film version of this Henry James classic is titled The Turning (January 24)

The Witches

Roald Dahl
Juvenile Fiction - J Dahl

"A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, attempt to foil a witch's plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice." (October 9)

Without Remorse

Tom Clancy
Adult Fiction - Clancy
Series: Jack Ryan and John Clark novels ; 1

"John Clark, a Navy SEAL, goes on a path to avenge his wife's murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy." (October 2)

The Woman in the Window

A.J. Finn
Adult Fiction - Finn

"Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. Spying on her neighbors, she sees something she shouldn't and her world begins to crumble." (TBA)