13 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen This Year

Often times I find myself to be extremely skeptical of book to film adaptations, particularly if it’s a novel I hold near and dear to my heart. Don’t get me wrong, the experience of seeing your favorite story come to life on the big screen is not lost on me. There’s something extremely magical about watching someone else’s imagination of the tale, but I’m prone to believe that mine is better in most cases.

Lately, however, I’ve been more and more impressed with filmmakers’ abilities to transform a novel into a living breathing cinematic wonder. That being said, I do believe you should always read the book prior to viewing the movie. So, here are a few of the books to catch up on before they hit a big screen near you this year. If the trailers are any indication, they may be some of the best films of 2017.

1. Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

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About: “The unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties.”
Release Date: Jan. 13 (trailer)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Scott Eastwood, Sienna Miller

Get it on Amazon for $12.80

2. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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About: “The soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.”
Release Date: Jan 27 (trailer)
Starring: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid

Get it on Amazon for $8.99

3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

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About: “Christian and Anastasia rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding boyfriend.”
Release Date: Feb. 10 (trailer)
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Get it on Amazon for $10.00

4. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

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About: “In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy.”
Release Date: Feb 24 (trailer)
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan

Get it on Amazon for $12.79

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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About: “Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.”
Release Date: March 3 (trailer)
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller

Get it on Amazon for $6.70

6.  The Shack by William P. Young

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About: “Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.”
Release Date: March 3 (trailer)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw

Get it on Amazon for $8.52

7. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

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About: “Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.”
Release Date: March 31 (trailer)
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh

Get it on Amazon for $9.70

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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About: “August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The story begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.”
Release Date: April 7
Starring: Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay

Get it on Amazon for $9.75

9. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

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About: “In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.”
Release Date: April 21 (trailer)
Starring: Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson

Get it on Amazon for $13.66

10. The Circle by Dave Eggers

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About: “When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.”
Release Date: April 28 (trailer)
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega

Get it on Amazon for $9.52

11. The Dinner by Herman Koch

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About: “The darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal.”
Release Date: May 5
Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney

Get it on Amazon for $8.92

12. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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About: “The story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.”
Release Date: May 19
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Get it on Amazon for $11.17

13. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

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About: “A young Englishman seeks revenge against his beautiful cousin but soon finds himself falling under the spell of her mysterious charm.”
Release Date: July 14
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin

Get it on Amazon for $10.60

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