Here's what to read and watch this sumer.

By Madeline Diamond
Updated July 11, 2020
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Summer is the perfect season to spend some time outdoors while reading a good book, whether you enjoy your "beach read" on an actual beach or just in your backyard. And after you've finished a book, who doesn't love watching a film adaptation to compare and contrast all the characters, themes, and more?

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From a coming-of-age tale of two Irish teens to a story about an alternate U.S. history, we've rounded up books that have all been recently adapted to the screen. The best part? You can stream them all at home right now. And even if you haven't read these books yet, you can order them online and get to reading before tuning in.

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Keep reading for six shows and movies based on books that you can stream now.

Unorthodox

Based on "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots" by Deborah Feldman

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Loosely based on the bestselling memoir by Deborah Feldman, Netflix’s Unorthodox follows Esty, a young ultra-orthodox Jewish woman in New York who escapes her arranged marriage and tight-knit religious community to flee to Berlin. Here, she finds new friends, freedom, and explores new life paths. However, trouble follows Esty when her family learns she is pregnant and seeks to find and drag her back home.

To read: amazon.com, $12

To watch: netflix.com

The Undoing

Based on "You Should Have Known" by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelley has experience bringing our favorite novels to life, and he is teaming up with Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning director Susanne Bier for his newest project in HBO’s The Undoing. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Fraser, a successful therapist married to Jonathan (Hugh Grant) and mother to a young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. After a violent death, a missing spouse, and a chain of terrible revelations flip Grace’s life inside out, she must take the remaining pieces of her life and build another for her child and herself.

To read: amazon.com, $10

To watch: hbo.com

Normal People

Based on "Normal People" by Sally Rooney

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Sally Rooney’s New York Times bestseller is now streaming on Hulu. Connell (Paul Mescal) is popular at school, athletic, and seemingly perfect; Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is known as an oddball with a complicated home life. The only thing these two polar-opposite people have in common is the small town they grew up in. But once they bump into each other again at university, no matter how hard they try to stay apart, they end up back together. Connell and Marianne explore themselves, each other, and how to navigate this life as “normal people.”

To read: amazon.com, $9

To watch: hulu.com

The Plot Against America

Based on "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth

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This HBO miniseries is based on Philip Roth’s bestselling novel, showing an alternate history in which Franklin D. Roosevelt lost the presidential election of 1940 to Charles Lindbergh, who drives the nation toward fascism. It is told through the view of a working-class Jewish family, the Levins, who watch the rise of Lindbergh and the surrounding disturbing events that unfold. As pent-up anti-Semitism and racism across the country begins to come to light, the Levins and other Jewish families across the country must decide how to face their changing homeland.

To read: amazon.com, $12

To watch: hbo.com

Virgin River

Based on "Virgin River" novels by Robyn Carr

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This Netflix adaptation of the "Virgin River" novels by Robyn Carr follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), who moves to the remote California town of Virgin River for a fresh start after her husband’s death. However, when Mel learns that this small town isn’t quite as simple as she thought, she must face the painful memories of her past to successfully make Virgin River her home. Catch up on season one before season two comes out later this year.

To read: amazon.com, $13

To watch: netflix.com

The Lost Husband

Based on "The Lost Husband" by Katherine Center

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Leslie Bibb and Josh Duhamel star in this charming film now streaming on Amazon Prime. It is an adaptation of the Katherine Center’s popular novel that follows Libby (Leslie Bibb) as she tries to put her life together after the death of her husband. She decides to move with her children to her aunt’s goat farm in central Texas, and as this city girl tries to fit in in a country town, she soon falls for a shaggy, gruff cowboy (Josh Duhamel) with a tragic past.

To read: amazon.com, $15

To watch: amazon.com

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