Earlier this week we mentioned many movies nominated for Golden Globes that were based on books. Some of these stand-out films included movies that were just released, or will be released by the end of 2014. While we definitely think you should see the movies we mentioned (Still Alice, Wild, Mockingjay, Inherent Vice, The Imitation Game, Big Hero 6, The Theory of Everything, Into the Woods, Leviathan, and Wild—all released in November or December), here are seven more books-turned-movies you should definitely check out!
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Release Dates: December 12 (UK); December 17 (USA); and December 26 (AU)
Why You Should Read It: The Hobbit is what started it all and is definitely one to check out. Published in 1937, it follows Bilbo Baggins’ quest to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug. While an epic tale of adventure, it also focuses on Bilbo’s personal growth and is a great read at any age.
American Sniper based on American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice
Release Dates: December 25 (USA, limited); January 16 (UK); and January 22 (AU)
Why You Should Read It: Chris Kyle’s memoir of his time as a US Navy SEAL details how he came to be the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history with over 150 confirmed kills. He tells the riveting story of his multiple combat tours in Iraq and other deployments between 1999 and 2009.
Unbroken based on Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Release Dates: December 25 (USA); December 26 (UK); and January 15 (AU)
Why You Should Read It: The story of Louis Zamperini is one that deserves to be told in the fashion Laura Hillenbrand does. After his Army Air Forces bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean, Zamperini surfaces only to deal with an open ocean—which included sharks and enemy aircraft.
The Homesman based on The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
Release Dates: December 13 (USA); and November 21 (UK)
Why You Should Read It: In pioneer Nebraska, Mary Bee Cuddy leads a group east to a sanitarium. She is aided by George Briggs, and together through the hardships facing them they set out on this trek. Swarthout’s novel really celebrates women leaders and is definitely one to check out.
Mr. Pip based on Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Release Dates: November 7 (USA); Was previously released in 2012 (Canada) and 2013 (AU)
Why You Should Read It: The story of a young girl named Matilda, who lives on the island of Bougainville, depicts how she is introduced to Great Expectations through her new teacher Watts. Matilda’s imagination takes off as she believes to have a real connection with Pip. This story is not just about a book, but also about war and the dangers that come along with it.
Paddington Bear based on A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Release Dates: November 28 (UK); December 11 (AU); and January 16 (USA)
Why You Should Read It: The classic bear who arrives from Peru and loves marmalade is an absolute delight to read about. The first Paddington novel was published in 1958 and there have been over 150 titles published since.