18 Must-Read Books Before They Hit The Big Screen

To all movie buffs and book worms, these deserve your attention!

Check out the 18 must-read books before they hit the big screen: 


1. The Last Apprentice (Seventh Son), Joseph Delaney

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What it’s about: Old Gregory is the Spook for the county, and he’s been trying to find a replacement for years. After testing several candidates, he comes down to the last apprentice and his last hope — Young Thomas. His first challenge is up against Mother Malkin, and people are relying on him to succeed. It’s a fantasy thriller and with Jeff Bridges at the helm, it’s a film fans are looking forward to.

Amazon review: 4.4/5 stars

Release date: Feb. 6 

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kit Harington, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes



2. Still Alice, Lisa Genova


What it’s about: The story follows Alice Howland, an accomplished professor and a mother of three grown children. She starts to lose her memory and is later diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, struggling to maintain her lifestyle and sense of self. The book is heartbreaking and emotionally charged, and there’s already Oscar buzz surrounding Julianne Moore’s performance; it’s bound to be a good film to catch!

Amazon review: 4.7/5 stars

Release date: Jan. 16

Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart



3. Paper Towns, John Green

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What it’s about: Margo Roth Spiegelman, the unattainable girl next door, convinces Quentin to embark on a journey of revenge, but come the next morning, Margo has gone missing and has left clues for Q. He and his friends go on a road trip in search of M, unsure if they will find her dead or alive. If you like John Green books (The Fault in Our Stars), then this should be right up your alley.

Amazon review: 4.3/5 stars

Release date: June 19

Starring: Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff




4. Black Mass, Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill

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What it’s about: Based on the chilling true story of John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger, an FBI agent and the leader of an Irish mob, this book details the dark deal between the pair that spiraled out of control. It’s a compelling read, but what’s more interesting is the wig Johnny Depp is sporting.

Amazon review: 4.2/5 stars

Release date: Sept. 18

Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Sienna Miller



5. Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein), Mary Shelley

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What it’s about: Frankenstein is of course the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation of a monster built from several corpses. This movie is based on the contemporary adaptations of Mary Shelley’s book and instead focuses on Igor, Victor Frankenstein’s hunchbacked young assistant. It’s an interesting take on a classic tale and Daniel Radcliffe will obviously be great.

Amazon review: 4.2/5 stars

Release date: Oct. 2

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy


6. The DUFF, Kody Keplinger

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What it’s about: Bianca Piper is somewhat of an outcast, but she has a gorgeous group of loyal friends to keep her company. When man-whore Wesley Rush calls her the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), Bianca adds him to the top of her enemy list. But when things turn bad at home, she develops a friends-with-benefits relationship with him, and worse, falls for him the more they hang out. The movie is reminiscent of a modern She’s All That.

Amazon review: 4.3/5 stars

Release date: Feb. 20 

Starring: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Allison Janey, Robbie Amell


7. The Longest Ride, Nicholas Sparks

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What it’s about: Like any other formulated Nicholas Sparks book, this story involves romance, secrets, relationship problems, and scenes that will make you cry. The Longest Ride is a story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound ways. If you’ve read or seen any other Sparks creations and loved them, this will most likely be no different. Also, say hello to Clint Eastwood’s hot son.

Amazon review: 4.6/5

Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson



8. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner

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What it’s about: The second book in the Maze Runner series, Thomas and the Gladers are entering phase two of their “trials” and race to earn a cure for the Flare virus. Chased by Cranks and facing a series of dangerous weather conditions, the boys attempt to complete their mission. The book is just as thrilling as the first and no one is complaining about seeing Dylan O’Brien return to the theaters.

Amazon review: 4.4/5 stars

Release date: Sept. 18

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster


9. Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie), Cecelia Ahern

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What it’s about: Rosie and Alex, best friends since childhood, are the type of people who should be together, even if they don’t realize it. Despite being separated as teenagers, they are inseparable via email and letters, and are constantly on the rise of a potential romance. This story comes from the same author as P.S. I Love You, so if you enjoyed that then there’s a good chance you’ll like this too.

Amazon review: 4.2/5 stars

Release date: Feb. 6

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse



10. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James

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What it’s about: An innocent, independent girl named Anastasia Steele falls for a rich, powerful, and dominant man named Christian Grey. Their newly developed romance brings out the dark side in Ana and a very unusual side of Christian. The book is 530 pages of sex and BDSM with a little bit of plot in between. The theaters will be packed, but apparently there’s not nearly as much as nudity as the book implies so who knows how raunchy the adaptation will be.

Amazon review: 3.4/5 stars

Release date: Feb. 13 

Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes



11. Insurgent, Veronica Roth

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What it’s about: The second book in the Divergent series, Insurgent continues Tris’ fight against Jeanine Matthews and her brutal agenda that threatens to tear society apart and kill Divergents. The book is exciting and hard to put down, and hopefully the movie will follow the novel more than the previews imply.

Amazon review: 4.5/5 stars

Release date: March 20 

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet



12. Serena, Ron Rash

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What it’s about: The book is a thrilling story that follows newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton on their journey to create a timber empire and ruthlessly kill all who fall out of favor. When Serena finds out she can’t bear children, she seeks to murder the illegitimate child she believes George is trying to protect. We’ve seen JLaw and Bradley Cooper kill it on screen before, so hopefully we’re in for a treat.

Amazon review: 3.8/5 stars

Release date: March 27 

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper 


13. Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

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What it’s about: A classic love story you probably read as part of your high school’s curriculum, Far from the Madding Crowd is about an independent, beautiful woman who attracts three very different suitors: a shepherd, a sergeant, and a rich bachelor. The novel is about tough choices, the nature of relationships, and bouncing back from hardship. Carey Mulligan will make a great Bathsheba!

Amazon review: 4.4/5 stars

Release date: May 1 

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge


14. Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

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What it’s about: An orphan boy named Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves and befriends a bear named Baloo and a black panther named Bagheera. It’s a classic story and the talented cast of the film makes this a wildly anticipated live-action/CGI Disney release.

Amazon review: 4.3/5 stars

Release date: Oct. 9

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley



15. Mockingjay (Part 2), Suzanne Collins

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What it’s about: The last book of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay is the completion of Katniss Everdeen’s rebellion against the Capital and her fight to bring President Snow down. The last movie is going to be amazing, but the fact that it’s almost over reallyblows… (sorry)

Amazon review: 4.3/5 stars

Release date: Nov. 20

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth


16. The Martian, Andy Weir

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What it’s about: In this fictional book, Astronaut Mark Watney was one of the first people to land on Mars, and he’s sure to be the first person to die there. After his crew believes Mark died from a dust storm, he’s stranded and completely alone with no way to signal Earth. With the recent trend of space movies (seriously though, what is going on?), this is bound to be another awesome but stressful two hours at the movies.

Amazon review: 4.6/5 stars

Release date: Nov. 27

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig


18. The Mortdecai Trilogy, Kyril Bonfiglioli

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What it’s about: Charlie Mortdecai, a charming and cultured art dealer, travels to America in search of a stolen painting linked to a lost bank account filled with gold. The book is soaked with sharp humor and it’s impossibly intriguing, making this a perfect fit for Johnny Depp.

Amazon review: 4.2/5 stars

Release date: Jan. 23

Starring: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Gwyneth Paltrow





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