Top 5 Modern Romance Novels Adapted Into Movies

Novels have been fueling the movie industry since the very beginning. In fact, so many movies are based on books that sometimes we don’t even realize our favorite movies wouldn’t exist without them. In the romance genre, it can be easy to spot the obvious adaptations. Movies like Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility are forever linked to the classic works of literature that preceded them. But it’s a bit more difficult to determine whether some of our more recent favorites can be found on bookshelves as well. Take a look at these five modern romance novels that have been adapted into movies you might recognize.

10 Best Romance Novels That Also Made Great Movies

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick’s novel is about the unexpected romance between Pat, just trying to get his life back on track after separating with his wife and spending time in a mental health facility, and Tiffany, an “odd” woman also on the mend after suffering through the recent death of her husband. The heartwarming story was made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in 2012, for which Lawrence won her first Oscar.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

With the Great Depression as its backdrop and a second-rate American circus as the traveling setting, Sara Gruen unveils the tale of Jacob Jankowski, an aspiring veterinarian who drops out of college, joins the show and is charged with caring for an elephant that must be trained to save the future of the circus. In the process Jacob falls in love with Marlena, the wife of the villainous ringmaster. The bestselling book was adapted into a movie that was released in 2011 starring Robert Pattinson as Jacob and Reese Witherspoon as Marlena.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes adapted her own bestselling novel into one of the most successful romantic movies of the past year. The story follows Louisa (Emilia Clarke), who accepts a caretaking position for the recently paralyzed Will, who is having trouble adjusting to the limitations of his physical condition. At times uplifting and just as often heartbreaking, Moyes is one of the few authors able to successfully translate their novel to the screen.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

It might be one of the most popular romance movies of all time, but not everyone knows that the famous film was an all-time bestseller nearly ten years earlier. The film, which starred Ryan Gosling in his breakout role as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie, was one of the first in a line of successful adaptations from romance author, Nicholas Sparks, the more recent titles being Safe Haven (2013) and The Longest Ride (2015).

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel introduced an entirely new twist on the well-versed subject of time travel. The love story follows a man named Henry who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel back and forth through time. His marriage to Clare is routinely complicated by his condition. It was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2009 starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

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Find a few new romance novels for Valentine’s Day with our selection of popular bestsellers at LTD! And don’t forget to search our collection of Valentine’s Day gift ideas to make someone’s holiday extra special.

Story Time: Fun Children’s Books for All Kinds of Readers

Encouraging kids to read is one of the best things we can do for them as parents. Getting them hooked on good books is essentially guaranteed to help develop their young minds. Not only will reading assist them when it comes to getting ahead in the classroom, it will also inspire their creativity and give them a healthy way to relax outside of school. Whether you’re looking for a classic story to read to your kids at bedtime or want to stock up on children’s books for Christmas, LTD has something for everyone on our bookshelves.

The Classics

Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books
Create lasting memories with your child by reading Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books together. Each book is a true classic, and has been entertaining and inspiring generations of children and adults.

Dr. Seuss® Learning Library Books
Each Dr. Seuss Learning Library Book teaches kids about a different subject. The books were inspired by the fun artwork and spirit of the original Dr. Seuss tales, educating young readers with memorable stories.

Bedtime Stories

Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks
Inspire a lifetime appreciation for books and share special story time with your child reading the Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks. Each story teaches kids about love and the importance of family using fun tales.

365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books
365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books is a wonderful addition to your child’s bookshelf. Enjoy a different story each day of the year with a beautifully illustrated compilation featuring classic and brand new rhymes.

Favorite Characters

Licensed Look & Find® Books
Keep your child engaged for hours with a Licensed Look & Find Book. As they search for items, they will be able to join their favorite characters on an adventure. It also encourages the development of matching skills.

Licensed Book & Figure Sets
With the Licensed Book & Figure Set, your kid can act out stories with some of their favorite characters from movies or television. Each set comes with a hardcover storybook, 12 plastic figurines and a giant play mat.

Books with Extras

Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush
The Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush shows kids that everyone is a little different, and each person has to find their own music to dance to. The fun-filled book comes with a cute plush of Gerald the Clumsy Giraffe.

Licensed Books & Plush
Bring the story to life with the interactive Licensed Book & Plush. The easy-to-flip, 6-page board book has a bunch of full-color illustrations, plays 3 different sounds from the story and comes with a licensed plush toy.

Young Adult Novels

Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Set
Follow along as teen-aged sleuths solve mysteries in these Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Sets. Each set includes 4 softcover books in a convenient slipcase, every book full of suspense and fun twists.

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, the set gives you all seven best-selling novels in a slipcase for storage.

Activity Books

The Big Book of Search & Find®
Challenging and fun, The Big Book of Search & Find will sharpen your kid’s observational skills. It features more than two-hundred busy, colorful pages that are brimming with amusing things to discover and solve.

Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids
Keep your child entertained for hours with this Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids. They can search for specific items in the pictures, find the differences between the pictures and enjoy a number of other fun activities.

Reading Advice to Kick Off National Book Month

Despite the popular belief that less and less Americans are reading books, research shows that the number of adults who claim to have read at least one book in the previous calendar year remains pretty steady. The surprising thing is that the younger generations, particularly millennials, make up the highest percentage of readers, and the preference for print books continues to stand up strong against e-books and audio books. Whether you’re an avid bookworm looking to pass on the love of reading to your kid or hoping to dust off the bookshelf and start turning pages, kick off National Book Month with this constructive LTD reading advice.


6 Types of Books for Non-Readers
Reading for pleasure isn’t something everyone does, but there are benefits of reading just a little bit every day. It increases blood flow to the brain, encourages analytical thinking, and improves our attention spans. Many people don’t read if they don’t have to for a variety of reasons, but there are several ways to get them to crack open a book. Here are six different types of books non-readers will be able to enjoy this month.


Storytime: Tips for Reading with Your Kids
It’s never too late to start reading to your child. Across every demographic, a surprising number of parents don’t read to their children on a regular basis. The earlier you start the better, but even if you haven’t been reinforcing your kid’s interest in reading, there’s still plenty of time to catch up. Check out these fun tips for reading to your kids in a way that will inspire a lifetime of proper reading habits and an interest in books.


Tips for Finding Holiday Reading Time
It’s hard to avoid the chaos of the holidays. All the parties and presents make it hard to find time for yourself and get in that much-needed reading time. Sometimes you need to escape into your favorite novel to calm your mind or kick back by the fireplace with an interesting read during the holidays. If you’re having trouble working in time for a book, take a quick look at these four tips for finding reading time during the holidays.