Here at SparkPress, we love a good story, no matter the format. During the heat of summer, it’s a treat to go to the movies and watch one of the hottest movies in a cold theater on the big screen.

If you loved these movies, then you should try picking up a book with some similar themes. As always, SparkPress has got you covered.

If you loved Avengers: Endgame read Echoes of War* by Cheryl Campbell

In this action-packed film that wrapped up the Avengers saga, the stakes were high, and success seemed near impossible. So too is the situation for Dani, a young woman living on the fringes of society. In a future where aliens rule Earth and vow to exterminate any who oppose their reign, Dani discovers that she is, in fact, not a human, but an Echo. Upon this discovery, she resolves to take her place in the battle for freedom from the tyranny of the Wardens, and unite the Commonwealth against them.

If you loved The Hustle, read Sarah’s War by Eugenia Lovett West

In this fun summer flick, two grifters become unlikely friends as they go undercover to swindle a tech billionaire. If you like stories of two strong, independent women teaming up and going undercover, then Sarah’s War may be right for you. In this historical fiction novel set during the Revolutionary War, Sarah, a poor, outspoken Patriot, is sent to live with her aunt, a rich Loyalist—or so she thinks. Her aunt is actually a spy for the patriots, and soon trains Sarah to be one as well.

If you loved A Dog’s Journey, read Raising a Doodle* by Theresa Piasta with Audrey Courchesne

A Dog’s Journey was this summer’s tear-jerker for the dog-loving crowd. If you love your pup as much as we think you do, then chances are that you want the best care possible. Raising a Doodle has it all: stories of puppy love, guidance for the best care, and tips and tricks to train your pooch. While it is focused on doodles—poodle hybrids, that is—much can be applied across breeds. And the love? Well that can be felt whether you have a dog or not.

If you loved Rocketman, read The Frontman by Ron Bahar

If you liked this biographical film of the life of Elton John, then you may like this semi-autobiographical novel of the life of Ron Bahar. Both of these stories are about music, drugs, and finding yourself. Ron, a seventeen-year-old living in Nebraska, is living a double life. One where he’s the dutiful son of Israeli immigrants, and one where he’s dating a non-Jewish girl. One where he’s studying hard to get into medical school, and one where he’s a musician, entangled in sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

If you loved Dora and the Lost City of Gold, read The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland

In this live-action movie based on the cartoon Dora the Explorer, Dora leaves the jungle where she has lived most of her life to go to high school. Just like Dora, Meylyne finds herself in a whole new world. When she falls on Glendoch’s sickly prince, she is sent to the above-world to find him a cure. Before she knows it, she has assembled a rag-tag group of unlikely friends to unravel the evil plot of the Thorn Queen, save the Great Oaken Mother, and find the cure for the prince.

If you loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, read Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute

This story of familial love and missing persons charmed millions, in both book and film form. If the relationship between parent and child is what drew you to Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, then Above the Star may be right up your alley. When his son goes missing, Archie takes his daughter-in-law and granddaughter on a cruise to his last known location. When they are magically transported to Jarr-Wya, and his granddaughter is kidnapped, he and his daughter-in-law must put aside their differences and save her.


What were your favorite movies this summer? Let us know below!


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