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8 Books to Read Before Their Adaptation is Released

This year is packed full of movies and TV shows based on books and we’ve curated a list of them. So, if you’re looking for a new read, or are excited to read something before it comes to screen, pick up one of these 8 books, or heck – read them all! There’s still time to grab the paperbacks before the adaptations come out! 

1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn



If you loved Gone Girl, then you’ll love the next adaptation of Flynn’s novels. The HBO series will follow Camille Preaker, who has just been released from the psych hospital and is back on the job as a reporter. She heads back to her hometown to cover the murders of two girls. While home, she begins to identify with the young girls and understand her complicated past.

Starring: Amy Adams, Chris Messina



2.  My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier



Philip Ashley’s older cousin, Ambrose, died in Rome and left behind the woman he fell in love with: cousin Rachel. While Philip is distraught from the death of his cousin, he inherits Ambrose’s estate and Rachel arrives. Letters from Ambrose indicate paranoia and fear in regards to Rachel, but could she be the cruel and suspicious woman Ambrose mentioned? Or is she innocent?

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin



4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Maddy has a disease that makes her allergic to everything outside. Her life is spent indoors, barely connecting with anyone besides her nurse and mother. When Olly moves next door, Maddy has to decide whether or not to risk everything for love and adventure.

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni RoseRel


5. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin



Ashley Knox, a successful writer, and Dr. Ben Payne meet while waiting for their flight out of a Salt Lake City airport. Storms in the area cancel their domestic flight, but Ben is able to book a charter plane for them. Mid-flight, the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes in one of the most remote parts of the US. Ben and Ashley survive with severe injuries and must learn to continue on together.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba


5. The Dark Tower #1 by Stephen King 


Part one of King’s series follows Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. Existing between the world of good and evil, the story follows Roland as he hunts The Man in Black, runs across a woman named Alice, and a boy from New York.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick


Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 



Another Atwood adaptation is on its way, this time following the true story of Grace Marks and it will stream on Netflix! Marks was a Canadian maid in the late 1800’s who was convicted of murdering her employer and suspected of murdering the housekeeper. While some believe she is guilty, others suspect she is insane, so a leader in mental health research seeks to pardon her. Marks claims to remember nothing, but what will she reveal?

Starring: Sarah Gadon


7. The Dinner by Herman Koch 


In Amsterdam, two couples meet for dinner. What they each have in common is a 15-year-old son. While the dinner drags on and they’re beating around the bush, the conversation soon centers on their children who are involved in a crime that has required a police investigation. What happens next is a test that reveals how far each couple will go to protect their loved ones and how dark humanity can get.

Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney


8. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 



Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel will hit theaters this fall. Detective Hercule Poirot discovers a millionaire dead in his train compartment, his door locked from the inside. Someone on the train must be responsible for the murder, and Poirot is going to find out.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad



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