Stefani Sloma

7 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

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This summer is going to see a WHOLE bunch of book to movie adaptations. If you’re a bibliophile like me, having one of your most loved books adapted for the big screen is one of your favorite things (or least favorite depending on the adaptation).   I like to read the book, if I haven’t already, before I see the movie because I like to imagine how the actors and director are going to interpret the book. I’ve made up a reading list for you, so you can read them before you watch. Each book cover is linked up to its corresponding Goodreads page–make sure you add them to your to read shelf!

Here are seven books to read before they hit the big screen this summer:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Cover image for the The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Image via Goodreads.com

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green cover via Goodreads.com

What it’s about: 16-year-old Hazel has cancer, but a medical miracle has given her a few extra years. At a kid-with-cancer support group, she meets Augustus, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. You can check out my short revisit of the novel HERE.

Who’s in it: The two lead characters are played by the lovely Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who were also both in the book to movie adaptation of Divergent.

When you can see it: June 6

Watch the trailer.

Buy The Fault in Our Stars here!

 

All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

All You Need is Kill by  Hiroshi Sakurazaka cover via Goodreads.com

All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka cover via Goodreads.com

What it’s about: Keiji Kiriya fights against an alien invasion, but dies. Each morning, he finds himself reborn to fight and die again; along the way he becomes better skilled for the fight. The film adaptation has been renamed Edge of Tomorrow.

Who’s in it: Tom Cruise stars as Keiji Kiriya, who has been renamed Lt. Col. Bill Cage, alongside Emily Blunt

When you can see it: June 6

Watch the trailer.

Buy All You Need Is Kill now!

 

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre cover via Goodreads.com

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre cover via Goodreads.com

What it’s about: German spy Gunther Bachmann is tracking down Issa, a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant who shows up in Hamburg’s Islamic community. Bachmann figures out a connection between a well-known Muslim philanthropist and a terrorist group, so decides to use Issa and his lawyer Annabel to uncover the truth.

Who’s in it: The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright

When you can see it: July 25 (limited release)

Watch the trailer.

Buy A Most Wanted Man today!

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais cover via Goodreads.com

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais cover via Goodreads.com

What it’s about: An Indian family moves to France and opens a restaurant across from a Michelin-starred French eatery. Tension builds among the families and their loyalty is tested.

Who’s in it: Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon, Manish Dayal

When you can see it: August 8

Watch the trailer.

Buy The Hundred-Foot Journey now!

 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry cover via Goodreads.com

The Giver by Lois Lowry cover via Goodreads.com

What it’s about: In a superficially utopian society, there is no war, pain, or suffering, but there are also no differences, choices or colors. Jonas is chosen to become the Receiver of Memories to learn from The Giver, an elderly man who will teach him about war, sadness and the real world. Jonas quickly discovers that his world is fake.

Who’s in it: Everyone. Seriously though, we’ve got: Alexander Skarsgård, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, and even Taylor Swift. Brenton Thwaites will star as Jonas.

When you can see it: August 15

Watch the trailer.

Read The Giver (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)) today!

 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman cover via Goodreads.com

If I Stay by Gayle Forman cover via Goodreads.com

What it’s about: Mia is in limbo: caught between life and death for one day after a horrible accident, Mia must decide whether she will stay with the boy she loves or follow her family into death.

Who’s in it: Chloë Grace Moretz (who will star in three upcoming book to movie adaptations), Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato

When you can see it: August 22

Watch the trailer.

If you’re so inclined, you can read my review of this book on my blog HERE.

Buy If I Stay now!

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn cover via Goodreads.com

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn cover via Goodreads.com

What it’s about: Libby Day’s mother and sisters were murdered when she was seven. Her brother, Ben, was sent to prison for life because of her testimony. Twenty-five years later, Libby meets with the Kill Club, a secret society obsessed with investigating notorious crimes, to rethink what really happened.

Who’s in it: Chloë Grace Moretz (her second book to movie adaptation of the year), Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks

When you can see it: September 1

Buy Dark Places: A Novel today!

Now I want to hear from you! Have you read any of these books? Which book to movie adaptations are you looking forward to?

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