From Books to Cinema: A List of Summer Reads

Summer is the perfect time to address that pile of books lingering on your bedside table. These recommended titles from New York Public Library are being made into feature films set to arrive in theaters this summer. Our suggestion — read the literary form before you see it on the big screen. It’s a wonderful way to put your imagination to the test and see how your own interpretation matches up to Hollywood’s.

Mr. Malcolm’s List by Suzanne Allain (In theaters July 1)

A well-known bachelor does his very best to avoid matchmaking sisters, aunts, and mothers, but is caught off guard by a high society misfit who may either be his ideal woman or a hoax.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (In theaters July 15)

Young Kya Clark has survived for years alone in the wild North Carolina marsh, but when an unexplained murder occurs, she finds herself as a direct suspect.

Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico (In theaters July 15)

Set in the 1950s, Mrs. Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cleans houses and leads a very quiet existence. One day, while tidying Lady Rant’s wardrobe, she sees a real-life Dior dress and determines that she must save every penny she earns to one day go to Paris and visit Christian Dior. It takes her three years, but eventually Mrs. Harris finds herself in Paris and a trip full of glamour.

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka (In theaters August 5)

An unsuspecting assassin named Lady Bird is tasked with grabbing a suitcase full of money on a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka and exiting at the next stop. What she doesn’t realize is that there are several other dangerous people on the train looking to do the same thing.

All these books can be checked out at the Princeton Public Library, located at 65 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. Visit https://princetonlibrary.org to learn how to apply for a library card.