Dear Friends: Looking for books that generate contentment? Here is a list of 40 favorite bestselling books that also became movies and/or TV series. In most cases readers saw the movie first and it was such a great story, they ended up reading the book as well.
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
"In theaters summer, 2011"
2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
"One of the great classic stories"
3. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
4. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
"Classic Historical Epic"
5. War and Peace (Complete Version, Best Navigation, Active TOC) by Leo Tolstoy
6. Headhunters by Jules Bass
"In theaters August 2011 under the title "Monte Carlo"
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
"Foreign version is outstanding. Including two sequeals."
8. Precious Gifts of Love by C.J. Good
"Explore the meaning and miracles of love through 366 daily reflections."
9. The Descendants: A Novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
"Anticipate winter 2011 release"
10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
"Anticipate winter 2011 release."
11. Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer "Twilight
"sequel expected in winter 2011"
12. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
"A splendid story of redemption."
13. The Three Musketeers (Oxford World's Classics) by Alexander Dumas
"New movie coming out in Fall of 2011"
14. The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik
"Should be out in October 2011"
15. The Thorn Birds: A Novel by Colleen McCullough
"A beautiful story. A classic."
16. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
"One of the great stories of all time."
17. The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
"A beautiful, transcendent story"
18. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
"Extraordinary story for readers of all ages."
19. Little Gifts of Sustainable Contentment by C.J. Good
"Cultivate contentment on many levels."
20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling
"Expect it to release in summer 2011"
21. Priest: Genesis (Priest Ultimate Edition) Volume 1 by Min-woo Hyung
22. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
"A moving, romantic story."
23. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
"A good story."
24. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
"A bbc mini series. Fabulous."
25. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
"Very clever story. Surprise ending."
26. Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) by Frank Herbert
"Very good sci-fi"
27. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
"Great WW2 spy thriller."
28. Precious (Push Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) by Sapphire
"Great story because it is different."
29. The Buccaneers (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by Edith Wharton
30. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Great story, fabulous movie."
31. Billy Elliot (New Windmills) by Lee Hall
"a good coming of age story."
32. Daniel Deronda (Oxford World's Classics) by George Eliot
"A wonderful movie in several parts."
33. The Way We Live Now (Oxford World's Classics) by Anthony Trollope
"Great BBC movie series."
34. He Knew He Was Right (Oxford World's Classics) by Anthony Trollope
"Another tremendous BBC mini series"
35. Sharpe's Tiger (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #1) by Bernard Cornwell
"Great BBC mini series."
36. Les Misérables: A Novel by Victor Hugo
"One of the greatest stories ever."
37. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
"fantastic story of viet nam"
38. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
"A classic Edith Wharton story."
39. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
"Really amazing story. Brilliant."
40. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
"The book is better than the movie."