14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen

Divergent Veronica Roth

Today I came across an article by BuzzFeed Fellow, Arielle Calderon. She lists 14 movies set to be adapted for film soon. And for my avid readers, we all know that the book tends to be a lot better than the movie. So make sure to add some of these goodies to your summer reading list!

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Hunger Games fashion, this novel is the first in a trilogy about a dystopian society and a young teen who must decide how she wants to spend the rest of her life, with her family or somewhere she can truly be herwelf. Release Date: March 21, 2014.

2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

A gifted child is sent to a rigorous military school to prepare for a future alien invasion. Release Date: November 1, 2013

3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

A story about a girl who discovers she had a supernatural bloodline after her mom is abducted by demons. Release Date: August 21, 2013

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A terminally ill girl falls in love despite her fate. This one sounds like a tear jerker! Release Date: Unknown

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

A group of boys are trapped in a maze filled with deadly creatures ready to kill. Their home is a ticking time bomb, and you’ll race through the book to find out if they ever escape.
Release Date: February 14, 2014

6. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

A man makes a stupid amount of money, wasting it on drugs and partying, until it all comes crashing down. The book will get you pumped for the Leonardo DiCaprio film that is bound to be a masterpiece. Release Date: November 15, 2013

7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It starts off with a murder mystery, pulling you in on the investigation to find out what exactly happened to Amy Dunne. You don’t know who to believe and you’re suspicious of what the characters are hiding, and then BAM: PLOT TWIST. Just wait till you’re 50% through — you won’t know how to deal with your emotions.
Release Date: Unknown

8. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

This isn’t your typical WWII story. A group of art historians and museum curators risk everything to save works of art before Hitler destroys them. Stars George Clooney and Matt Damon.
Release Date: December 18, 2013

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

During WWII, a young girl named Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. The book is narrated by Death, so it will be interesting to see how this translates to film. Release Date: January 17, 2014

10. Serena by Ron Rash

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. Serena finds out some unfortunate news and then all hell breaks loose.
Release Date: September 27, 2013

11. Horns by Joe Hill

Ig Perrish’s girlfriend was raped and murdered, and he was originally accused of this heinous crime. One day he mysteriously wakes up with HORNS and uses his new paranormal powers to hunt down his girlfriend’s killer. Stars Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. Release Date: October 11, 2013

12. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

It’s an intriguing story about a 17-year-old girl who slips in a coma after a bad accident. She has an out-of-body experience, watching as friends and family visit, and needs to choose to live a difficult life or die peacefully. If you read before the movie comes out, then you’ll know what she decides and stress less at the theater. Release Date: Unknown

13. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

This is a classic I-unexpectedly-fell-in-love high school story that will have you rapidly flipping through the pages. The movie premiered at Sundance and received rave reviews.
Release Date: August 2, 2013

14. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

A workaholic single mother discovers her only child has committed suicide, but deep down inside, Kate doesn’t believe her daughter would ever do such a thing. She sifts through Amelia’s text messages, emails, and Facebook posts to uncover the shocking truth of her daughter’s last days. It’s a quick, easy read, and the HBO movie will keep viewers locked to the TV screen.
Release Date: Unknown


Happy Reading!




  1. amatterofinstinct says:

    I’m definitely going to check out a few of those, specifically Divergent– I heard it’s amazing! If you like this sort of books you might want to check out Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy. In my house, those books have been read so many times their covers have fallen off and there are missing pages!

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