22 Books to Read Before They Become Movies
From Harry Potter to Hidden Figures, we’re totally the type of people who love proclaiming that the book was waaay better than the movie. That’s why we’re getting set to read our way through 2017’s (and early 2018’s) most highly anticipated films *before* we make our way to the theater — including the tale that inspired the modern Beauty and the Beast, some classics from our childhood like A Wrinkle in Time, and more than one creeptastic Stephen King thriller. Let’s get reading, ladies!
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Snowman-Harry-Hole-Novel/dp/0307742997/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">The Snowman</a></em>In this installment of Jo Nesbø’s New York Times bestselling series, inspector Harry Hole tracks a Norwegian serial killer who has taken 11 women over the past decade on the first snowfall. Now the riveting thriller is being turned into a can’t-miss movie just in time for Halloween, starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, and JK Simmons.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Thank-Your-Service-David-Finkel/dp/1250056020/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Thank You for Your Service</a></em>In this award-winning non-fiction, David Finkel explores the complicated way in which American soldiers adjust to home life after returning from Iraq. With PTSD at the helm of the story, Finkel also explores how wives, widows, children, friends, and professionals understand their changing world once active duty ends. The upcoming film adaption starring Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Beulah Koale, Amy Schumer, and Scott Haze is already abuzz among critics and definitely on our watch list this fall.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Justice-League-Vol-Extinction-Machines/dp/1401267793/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Justice League</a></em>After Wonder Woman slayed the box office and reclaimed her title as the most badass female superhero ever, we have no doubt that her next appearance in Justice League is sure to be just as good. In this upcoming movie, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team of gifted individuals including the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to fight one of the greatest threats to humanity to date. Read the comic that inspired this superhero team first before heading to theaters this November for spoilers and rich backstories aplenty.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Call-Me-Your-Name-Novel/dp/1250169445/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Call Me by Your Name</a></em>This upcoming LGBTQ+ coming-of-age drama starring Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg is based on the award-winning novel of the same name. In this powerful romance, a young boy falls in love with a summer guest at his parents’ mansion on the Italian Riviera. It premiered at Sundance this January, but is being released in theaters this November across the world.
9.by Jeff Vandermeer ($14): Area X has been abandoned for centuries. But while it may look like an Eden-like paradise, it is proving to be the exact opposite. After 11 failed expedition attempts, a new team of four women set to map the terrain of Area X without suffering any of the tragedies of teams past. In this upcoming science-fiction thriller starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac, it’s best to expect the unexpected.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Red-Sparrow-Novel-Trilogy/dp/1476706131/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Red Sparrow</a></em>State intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is drafted to become a trained seductress known as a Sparrow and operate against CIA officer Nathaniel Nash in this can’t-put-down read from espionage fiction master Jason Matthews. Now, this Russian-American spy thriller is getting its silver screen debut as Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, and Jeremy Irons join the cast of this highly anticipated upcoming film.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Wrinkle-Time-Quintet/dp/0312367546?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">A Wrinkle in Time</a></em>There’s never a bad time to rediscover Madeleine L’Engle’s amazing literary masterpiece about a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through time and space. Now, more than five decades after its debut, badass director Ava DuVernay is taking on the project with an all-star cast including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine as the tesseract returns once again.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/1524763284/?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Ready Player One</a></em>To escape his dismal surroundings, Wade Watts does what every other person in 2044 does — he plugs into the digital utopia of OASIS and becomes his ideal virtual self. After years of searching for the creator’s hidden series of puzzles that will yield both fortune and power to whoever can unlock them, he finally stumbles across the first puzzle. Before you go see this science-fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg in theaters, pick up a copy of Cline’s original novel and experience the adventure in paperback.
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