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10 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

1. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

What it’s About: “Stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must work together to endure the extreme elements of the remote, snow-covered terrain. Realizing that help is not on the way, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing each other to survive and discovering their inner strength.”

Who’s Staring in it: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet

Release Date: October 6, 2017



2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 

What it’s About: “Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…”

Who’s Staring in it: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz,​ Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley

Release Date: November 10, 2017

3. Wonder by  Raquel J. Palacio

What it’s About: “August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”

Who’s Staring in it: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, and Owen Wilson 

Release Date: November 17, 2017



4. Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

What it’s About: “Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.”

Who’s Staring in it: Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer

Release Date: November 28, 2017



5. The November Criminals by Sam Munson

What it’s about: “For a high school senior, Addison Schacht has a lot of preoccupations. Like getting into college. Selling drugs to his classmates. His complicated relationship with his best friend (NOT his girlfriend) Digger. And he’s just added another to the list: the murder of his classmate Kevin Broadus, and his own absurd, obsessive plan to investigate the death. When presented with an essay question on his application to the University of Chicago—What are your best and worst qualities?—Addison finds himself provoked into giving his final, unapologetic say about all of the above and more.”

Who’s staring in it: Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener, and Chloe Grace Moretz

Release Date: December 8, 2017


6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

What it’s about: “Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.” 

Who’s staring in it: Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, and Resse Witherspoon

Release Mate: March 9, 2018


7. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

What it’s about: “Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised” 

Who’s staring in it: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Josh Duhamel, Jenifer Garner, Logan Miller, and Keiynan Lonsdale

Release date: March 16, 2018


8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What it’s about: “In 2045, the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he promises his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that’s hidden somewhere in the OASIS. When young Wade Watts joins the contest, he finds himself becoming an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery and danger.” 

Who’s staring in it: Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, and Tye Sheridan

Release date: March 30, 2018


9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

What it’s about: “Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.” 

Who’s Staring in it: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russel Hornsby, Lamar Johnson, Sabrina Carpenter, and Kian Lawley

Release date: TBA


10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

What it’s about: “Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.”

Who’s staring in It: Elle Fanning

Release Date: TBA



Summaries: 12, 3,, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10   

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