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Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen in 2015

I know reading for “pleasure” is not entirely realistic when trying to juggle five classes, two midterms, a paper, and the boy you like that sits next to you in Spanish, BUT you should definitely try to make some time over the next few months to read some or even one of these books before they hit the big screen.  

Paper Towns by John Green

Why You Should Read It: If you loved The Fault In Our Stars (chances are you did, because its amazing), then Paper Towns is a must read for you. John Green does it again with his quirky love stories. Paper Towns tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall in love. Of course it’s not that simple for Margo and Q. One morning Margo vanishes leaving behind clues for Q to find her.  

Release Date: June 5 

Celebs Casted: Carla Delvingne and Nat Wolff 

True Story by Michael Finkel 

Why You Should Read It: This murder memoir tells the story of an ex New York Times writer and the strange events that lead to his downfall. Just as he was about to be fired for fabrication on a major story, Finkel learns that convicted mass murderer Christian Longo posed as him while he was on the run. 

Release Date: April 10 

Celebs Casted: James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Felicity Jones 

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

Why You Should Read It: There are a few reasons why you should read this book before it hits the big screen. Not only is it follow the strange and psychological life of a young boy who suffers a near death experience on his ninth birthday but the motion picture will also star Fifty Shades of Grey leading man Jamie Dornan. If that’s not enough to sell you, I don’t know what is. 

Release Date: TBD 

Starring: Jamie Dornan and Sarah Gadon 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Why You Should Read It: The Light Between Oceans is set right after WWI. The book centers on a middle-aged lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a baby and a dead body near their home in Australia. If you want to know more…READ IT! And if you don’t trust my judgment, this book was also a New York Times Bestseller. 

Release Date: August 7 

Celebs Casted: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz 

The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

Why You Should Read It: If you’re a fan of historical fiction, this should be number one on your list of things to read. This is a true story about the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo in WWII. Read this novel to find out how the zookeepers saved hundreds of people from the Nazis by smuggling them into empty animal cages. 

Release Date: TBD

Celebs Casted: Jessica Chastain 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 

Why You Should Read It: Gone Girl was clearly AMAZING and this is nothing short. Just as twisted and suspenseful as the life of Nick and Amy Dunne, Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day whose mom and sisters were murdered when she was just a girl. Libby’s testimony sent her older brother to jail for life but now 25 years later, she starts rethinking what really happened. 

Release Date: Summer 2015

Celebs Casted: Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Hoult 

Room by Emma Donoghue 

Why You Should Read It: This dark but beautiful novel is about a 5-year-old boy who grows up in a small shed. I’m sure you’re asking yourself why a shed…and if you’re not then you should be! The truth is, the boy and his mother are being held captive. 

Release Date: TBD

Celebs Casted: Brie Larson 





















Mikaela Rice Sophomore in A&S Environmental Geoscience
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