If you’re like me you love a good book. I also enjoy seeing them becoming movies, however I refuse to watch the film version until I’ve read the books for myself. Well if this is you also, there are several books you’re going to have to pick up because all of these are coming to theatres or television in the next 18 months or so.
February Releases – Just released
Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel is a unique twist on a war story first published in 2009. The heroes aren’t saving people during these battles, they are rescuing priceless works of art in what the book dubs “the greatest treasure hunt in history”. The book has 4.3 star review rating on Amazon and the movie released to theatre February 7th.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is the first book in a series of 6 titles. The books are praised for the in-depth friendship characters between the two main female leads, something said to be lacking in many other YA titles. The book has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and the movie released to theatre February 7th.
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin is a best-selling novel about love and redemption and was originally published in 1983. It was later made available in Kindle and reformatted in anticipation of the movie release. The book has a 3.7 star review rating on Amazon and the movie just released February 14th.
In Secret, the movie adaption of Therese Raquin by Emile Zola is a shocking story of a betrayal and plot for murder. The book was originally written as a manifesto about the French Naturalist movement. The book was a 4.2 star review rating and the movie version, In Secret, released February 21st.
March 2014 Releases
Divergent by Veronica Roth is a dystopian YA novel and first of a series of three books. The first two have high reviews, and highlight a unique society that forces children to choose their place in society by selecting a faction they are suited to be part of. The third book has a lower rating but Divergent has a 4.7 star review on Amazon. Movie releases March 21.
April 2014 Releases
Serena by Ron Rash has been delayed before for the release date should be considered uncertain. This book is a haunting descent into madness on the part of the heroine and is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. The book has a 3.7 star review rating on Amazon. Movie is set to release April.
Summer TV Releases
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta is a unique look at a Rapture-like event that suddenly takes about 2% of the world’s population. This book will be made into a series on HBO to air Summer 2014 (no set date yet released) for at least 10 episodes. The book has a 3.2 star review rating on Amazon. Series premieres Summer 2014.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is the first of a large series of popular fantasy series. In this first book we meet Claire who is flung through time from 1970, to about 200 years prior where she finds true love. This book has a 4.4 star review rating on Amazon. The TV series will premiere on Starz Summer 2014.
June 2014 Releases
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a love story about a young girl facing terminal cancer. You’d think a “book about cancer” wouldn’t be a great YA title but the book quickly rose to best-selling ranks and was named Time Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012. 4.8 star review rating on Amazon. Movie releases June 6.
All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a graphic novel science fiction book adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise. The hero of the book fights an alien invasion and when he is killed, becomes resurrected each morning. The book has a 4.5 star review rating on Amazon. Movie releases June 6.
August 2014 Releases
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais is a charming look at two different cultures through an intimate glimpse of two very different restaurants. This is Morais’ first novel but his experience as a writer is clear. The book has 3.9 star review rating on Amazon. Movie releases August 8th.
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a Newbery Medal Award winning novel and is another YA dystopian novel, originally published in 1994. I like the illustrated gift edition published in 2012 and love this title as one of my earliest introductions to the genre. The book has a 4.3 star review rating on Amazon. Movie releases August 15th.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a book that’s been waiting to shine on the big screen for awhile after it was started in 2010 but now has a new lead actress and new director. The book is a unique look through the eyes of a girl in a coma as she weighs her life and realizes she has a decision to make. The book has a 4.3 star review rating on Amazon. The movie is set to be released August 22nd.
September 2014 Releases
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl. This book is a crime novel where our heroine finds herself in danger after revisting a murder she witnessed as a child. The book has a 4.2 star review rating on Amazon. The movie is set to release September 1st.
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper was published in 2009 and will star the fabulous Tina Fey in the movie. The book is a a humorous novel about a man who loses his wife and job (catching her in bed with his boss) and goes through a rough adjustment thereafter. The book has a 4.2 star review rating on Amazon. Movie releases September 12th.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner is the first book of the Maze Runner trilogy. This book is a New York Times best-seller and readers meet the hero as his entering the maze freshly wiped of his memories. This book has a 4.3 star review rating on Amazon. Movie is set to release September 19th.
The Boxtrolls will be an animated movie adapted from Here be Monsters! by Alan Snow is a kid’s book that is lauded for it’s ability to entice reluctant readers. The book is perfect for grades 4-7 and is part of the Ratbridge Chronicles. This book has a 4.8 star review rating on Amazon. The movie is set to release September 26th.
October 2014 Releases
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is another book by Flynn being adapted to the big screen in 2014. This book is a suspenseful thriller told from a dual viewpoint – one of the kidnapped woman herself, and the other from her husband who is also a suspect. This book has a 3.8 star review rating on Amazon. The movie releases on October 3rd.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Voirst was first written in 1987 and is considered a must-read children’s book by many. This book, while illustrated for children, will be adapted into a live-action movie. The new edition linked includes a Kindle format. This book has a 4.4 star review rating on Amazon. The movie is set to release October 10th.
The Best of Me by Nicolas Sparks is a romantic novel about two high school sweethearts who meet again years later. This book includes a paranormal element that isn’t typical of Sparks but his fans seem to approve. The book has a 4.2 star review rating on Amazon. The movie is set to be released October 17th.
November 2014 Releases
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the third book in the Hunger Games series and this will be the third movie as well. This book finds our heroine changing the fate of her entire society and if you haven’t read the first two it’s worth picking up Hunger Games and Catching Fire as well. This third title has 4.2 star review rating on Amazon. The movie is set to be released November 21.
December 2014 Releases
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is the book that comes before The Lord of the Rings series but this movie is the third movie presenting this book. You have to watch the first two movies to “catch up” if you haven’t seen them yet. The book is a fantasy epic story and a must-read. It has a 4.7 star review rating on Amazon. The movie is set to be released December 17th.
Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand who is the author of Seabiscuit. This book is a New York Times Best-Selling novel and is an inspiring true story of Louie Zamperini that follows his incredible journey from Olympics to war and beyond. This book has a 4.8 star review rating on amazon. The movie is set to release December 25th.
February 2015 Releases
The Seventh Son is based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney is a true fantasy epic complete with the appearance of a dragon or two. The hero of the tale is the seventh son of the seventh son, charged with learning how to tackle the job of exorcist in an odd blend of humor and horror. This book has a 4.7 star review rating on Amazon. Movie is set to release February 6th.
I don’t know about you, but my Kindle will be full! What are you reading right now? Have you read any of these titles? Which are your favorites?