9 Books Adapted for TV in 2019

Check out these novels before their television adaptations begin airing this year:

The Passage by Justin Cronin – The latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which Amy emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus.
Network: Fox
Premiere date: January 14, 2019
Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Caroline Chikezie

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot’s detective skills are tested by a mysterious correspondent who predicts and then executes alphabetical murders.
Network: Amazon & BBC
Premiere date: February 1, 2019
Starring: John Malkovich, Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan

The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way – As six superheroes unite to attend their adopted father’s funeral, they must deal with their individual problems and team up to save the world from different foes.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: February 15, 2019
Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett – The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems: the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.
Network: Amazon & BBC
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Anna Maxwell Martin

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – Depicts the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base.
Network: Hulu (miniseries)
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley – A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
Network: Starz
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, Olivia Munn

The Witcher (series) by Andrzej Sapkowski – Geralt is a witcher, yet he is no ordinary killer-for-hire. His sole purpose is to destroy the monsters that plague the world, but not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – When Charles Talent Manx, an unstoppable monster who transforms children into his own terrifying likeness, kidnaps her son, Victoria McQueen, the only person to ever escape his unmitigated evil, must engage in a life-and-death battle of wills to get her son back.
Network: AMC
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate charges of heresy against Franciscan monks at a wealthy Italian abbey but finds his mission overshadowed by seven bizarre murders.
Network: SundanceTV
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: John Turturro, Damian Hardung, Rupert Everett

Words of Wisdom

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Are you in need of some inspiration to help you achieve your goals and live your best life? Start off your new year with one of these books filled with wisdom:

Heart Talk by Cleo Wade – Offers an accessible collection of poetic, spiritual, and inspirational writings full of practical advice, life lessons, poems, and positive affirmations.

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson – A renowned psychologist and cultural critic discusses the importance of clear and honest thinking and offers 12 directives for living happily and keeping out the chaos and nihilism in the modern, ever-changing world.

Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland – A reporter recounts his time spent with six of New York’s oldest inhabitants, all 85 and older, who share their wisdom about aging, life quality, and the art of living.

Note to Self by Gayle King – The “CBS This Morning” co-host shares some of the most memorable letters from the broadcast’s popular segment of the same name, including essays from Oprah, Joe Biden, Chelsea Handler, and Maya Angelou.

Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda – The creator and star of “Hamilton” presents an illustrated book of affirmations to provide inspiration at the beginning and end of each day.

Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi – A guide to the Japanese phenomenon that is understood as “the reason to get up in the morning,” introduces the five pillars that will help readers make the most of their day and become their most authentic self.

You Do You by Sarah Knight – Presents a down-to-earth, irreverent, and no-holds-barred guide to letting go of the weight of others’ expectations and doubling down on your dreams to find real, lasting happiness.

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans – Outlines strategies for a thriving life by incorporating “design thinking” habits that promote fulfillment and meaning by emulating the examples of the engineers of today’s most popular technologies.

Top Titles of 2018

Here are the books that circulated the most this year throughout the JMRL system:


  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – When a custody battle divides her town, Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences.
  1. The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson – As enemies plan an unprecedented attack on American soil, Washington is gripped by uncertainty and fear as rumors spread of a traitor in the cabinet and the president himself comes under suspicion, before he goes missing.
  1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – When her father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.


  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened that night.
  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – Aza Holmes, a teen with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.
  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Keeping private love letters written to five secret crushes she has had, Lara Jean Song finds her personal life going from imaginary to out of control when the letters are unexpectedly mailed.


  1. Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems – Gerald the elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.
  1. Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems – Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.
  1. Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems – When Gerald the elephant begins sneezing around his friend Piggie, he begins to suspect that he might be allergic to pigs and is afraid this could mean the end of their friendship.


  1. The Whistler by John Grisham – Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.
  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – When a custody battle divides her town, Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences.
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.


  1. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance – Shares the poignant story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past.
  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.
  1. The Fix by David Baldacci – Amos Decker investigates a murder-suicide that occurred outside FBI headquarters and cannot connect the shooter and his victim, but he is ordered off the case, and it becomes clear that finding the link is a matter of national security.