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The Top 10 Books You Wish Were Musicals

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Chief of Staff

Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

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In our latest reader poll, we asked what books you’d love to see brought to life on stage as musicals. The votes are in (y’all have great taste), and these are the top ten!

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  8. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  9. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve got a few personal favorites among this line-up. What do you think? Any you wish had made the list?