I love reading enough to know, books don't need to be turned into movies to prove their worth. But since books are acquired and adapted into movies on a regular basis, four titles I think would make great movies.
1. The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter -This was a great book. Its very visual with a lot of action and suspense. I could easily see this in the style of a John Grisham movie.
2. Right as Rain by George Pelecanos (anything by the author but this would be my first choice) All of Pelecanos mysteries are set in D.C. as an author he owns that city. I am very surprised none of his novels have been turned into movies. He used to work on the HBO's series the Wire along with Denise Lehane. At least three of Lehane's novels have been turned into movies and their styles are similar.
After doing a quick search I discovered that a Right as Rain movie is in the works for 2013.
3. 32 Candles by Ernessa Carter - I know the movies rights have already been sold. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that it gets made. If you loved Davie Jones, encourage Mirmax to get on with it and not sit on the book rights. Every time you see 32 Candles mentioned in social media land, comment on how much you loved the book and can't wait to see the movie.
4. Finally I am going to go old school classic with A Confederacy of the Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I love this book. Out of the four it would be the most difficult to turn into a movie. But if it was pulled off some how it would be amazing.
I am on fire today, A Confederacy of the Dunces movie is in the works. Starring Will Ferrell. Ferrell is great and his movies are always very funny, I just can't picture him as Ignatius. Also from director's credits, I can see David Gordon Green going too over the top to make it work.
What books would you like to see turned into movies?