I had a difficult time narrowing this list down to only ten books. So I decided it would be nearly impossible to choose five!
Air Force Major Joe Mack is forced down in Russia, escapes a Soviet prison camp and calls on ancient skills of Indian forebears to survive vast Siberian wilderness. This book is amazing and I would love to see a big screen adaption.
From the inner circles of WWI-era British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl. This is almost an American version of Downton Abbey, except it is set in Kenya. The story is well-written and would be a great period drama.
Amelia Peabody, indomitable Victorian, embarks for Egypt armed with confidence, journal, and umbrella.This is the first book in Ms. Peters excellent Victorian archeological exploration series. Amelia Peabody is a real go-getter and takes nothing from nobody. Amelia is a strong, independent and complex woman, something that is sadly lacking in modern cinema.
Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. I loved this book growing up and think it would make an awesome movie. Plus it would be refreshing to see an American History movie that did not focus on the Civil War, Slavery, the 1960s, or the Vietnam War.
The heart-pounding story of a Texan boy’s transformation to a Comanche brave and back again. This book follows Lewallen Collier’s journey to rescue his sister from a Comanche tribe. The story is gut wrenching and shows that the bonds between siblings can overcome the greatest of conflicts. It would be great to see a movie where siblings care about each other and are not constantly undermining one another.
The sacred cat of Bubastes has accidentally been slain; now young Chebron must pay for the offense with his own life, as this is the law in Egypt, 1250 BC. Chebron flees for his life and takes several companions with him. I am rather obsessed with Ancient Egypt and think this book is a fantastic representation of Ancient Egyptian Society. The story is intriguing and a classic coming-of-age tale.
This is a fictionalized version of Ms. Turner’s great-grandmothers diary. In this tale a young Sarah Agnes Prine sets out on the Oregon Trail with her family. Armed with only her wits and a rifle, Sarah strides forth to carve out a new life. This is a moving and thoughtful story about a unique time in American History. The story has everything: action, adventure, romance, and strong characters.
The Verhagen family is a memorable set of individuals whose lives powerfully demonstrate resilience in the face of monstrous circumstances. Set in Holland during WWII, this story offers a different facet to the WWII narrative. This is a story of courage, hope, and survival. Unfortunately, I doubt a character driven WWII movie will make it to the big screen in the era of CGI and non-stop action scenes.
1943: Beautiful young American model Aline Griffith is recruited as a spy, trained, and flown to Spain, with her mission to infiltrate the highest echelons of Spanish society and uncover secret links to the Nazis. Along with Nazis, Aline also manages to catches the eye of a handsome Spanish nobleman. The Countess of Romanones’ memoirs are superbly written and would make a great set of spy movies.
10. In the Hall of the Dragon King–Stephen Lawhead
In the dead of night, Quentin, a young acolyte, is unexpectedly summoned when a mortally wounded knight stumbles into the temple of Ariel. Thus starts the story of how Quentin goes from temple acolyte to the potential savior of the Dragon King’s throne. The story is a fantastic blend of magic, political intrigue, and classic coming-of-age shenanigans. I think it would be a great movie, though I would settle for an HBO miniseries.