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16 Books To Read Before They Become Films!

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As a proud bibliophile, I am always excited about my favourite books coming alive on the big screen; I never let go of an opportunity to analyse them… in painstaking detail! Sure, not all movies are as great as their books, but still worth a watch, no?

Personally, I watch movie adaptations just so I can see if the director brings to life my favourite character the way I imagined him/ her while reading the book. My two cents: Read these books before their movie adaptations release in 2018, so you can do the same.

Books To Watch Before Movies - A Wrinkle in Time

1. A WRINKLE IN TIME BY MADELEINE L’ENGLE

Book Summary: After Meg’s scientist father disappears, three peculiar beings send her, her brother, and her friend to space to find him. Watch the trailer here.

Who’s Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon

Release Date: March 9

Books To Read Before The Movies - Annihilation

2. ANNIHILATION BY JEFF VANDERMEER

Book Summary: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Watch the trailer here.

Who’s Starring: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Release Date: February 23

Books To Read Before The Movies - Every Day

3. EVERY DAY BY DAVID LEVITHAN

Book Summary: A shy teenager, who wakes up in another body every day, falls for someone. Watch the trailer here.

Who’s Starring: Maria Bello, Angourie Rice, Debby Ryan

Release Date: February 23

Books To Read Before The Movies - Red Sparrow

4. RED SPARROW BY JASON MATTHEWS

Book Summary: Dominika Egorova, a ballerina, is recruited to Sparrow School, a Russian intelligence service. She is forced to use her body as a weapon, and her first mission threatens to unravel the security of both nations. Watch the trailer here.

Who’s Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling

Release Date: March 2

Books To Read Before The Movies - Simon vs The Homo Sapiens

5. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI

Book Summary: The movie is called, Love, Simon. Simon is gay, but nobody knows that until a classmate finds out. Watch the trailer here.

Who’s Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel

Release Date: March 16

Books To Read Before The Movies - Ready Player One

6. READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE

Book Summary: The creator of a virtual reality world, OASIS, dies and releases a video where he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg. Wade Watts finds the first clue and would do anything to win the ultimate prize. Watch the trailer here.

Who’s Starring: Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen, Simon Pegg

Release Date: March 30

Books To Watch Before Movies - Whered You Go

7. WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE BY MARIA SEMPLE

Book Summary: 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her anxiety-ridden mother after she disappears, and she discovers her troubled past in the process.

Who’s Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer

Release Date: May 11

Books To Watch Before Movies - Crazy Rich Asians

8. CRAZY RICH ASIANS BY KEVIN KWAN

Book Summary: Rachel heads to Singapore for his boyfriend, Nicholas’s, best friend’s wedding. She soon realizes that he is not what he appears to be. Three wealthy Chinese families prepare for the wedding of the year.

Who’s Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh

Release Date: August 17

Books To Watch Before Movies - The Little Stranger

9. THE LITTLE STRANGER BY SARAH WATERS

Book Summary: It is the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor in 1947.

Who’s Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Will Poulte

Release Date: August 31

Books To Watch Before Movies - The Darkest Minds

10. THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

Book Summary: After a disease kills 98% of America’s children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps until a 16-year-old girl escapes and joins a group of teens.

Who’s Starring: Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Amandla Stenberg

Release Date: September 14

Books To Watch Before Movies - Boy Erased

11. BOY ERASED BY GARRARD CONLEY

Book Summary: The gay son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a gay conversion program supported by the church.

Who’s Starring: Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton

Release Date: September 28

Books To Watch Before Movies - First Man

12. FIRST MAN: THE LIFE OF NEIL A. ARMSTRONG BY JAMES R. HANSEN

Book Summary: It talks about the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Who’s Starring: Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber, Ryan Gosling

Release Date: October 12

Books To Watch Before Movies - The Black Hand

13. THE BLACK HAND BY STEPHAN TALTY

Book Summary: Based on a true story, an NYPD officer, Joe Petrosino, seeks justice against a ruthless Italian-American gang in New York.

Who’s Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

Release Date: 2018

Books To Watch Before Movies - The Guersay

14. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY BY MARY ANN SHAFFER AND ANNIE BARROWS

Book Summary: Post World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island and decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Who’s Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Jessica Brown Findlay

Release Date: April 20

Books To Watch Before Movies - The Hate U Give

15. THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS

Book Summary: A teenage girl witnesses police kill her friend and has to testify at the trial.

Who’s Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie

Release Date: 2018

Books To Watch Before Movies - Dumplin

16. DUMPLIN’ BY JULIE MURPHY

Book Summary: A girl with the nickname, Dumplin, enters a beauty pageant to win over the boy she likes and stick it to the other girls at school.

Who’s Starring:  Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Benward

Release Date: 2018

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