5 Books That Will Be Movies Soon…Read Them First!

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These days, books are being turned into movies faster than I started crying while reading The Fault in Our Stars. Most recently, one of my favorite childhood books, THE GIVER, hit theatres. I’ll definitely be checking that out soon. But in the meantime, here are a few more books I enjoyed that are coming soon to a theatre near you – and why you should check them out.

This Is Where I Leave You

by Jonathan Tropper

When your wife cheats on you with your boss, things can’t get much worse, right? Wrong. In Judd’s case, it’s just the last bad thing to happen before his father passes away. And once his slightly dysfunctional family gets together to mourn their father’s passing, all bets are off.

Why you should read the book:

It’s funny. It’s moving. It’s filled with great characters. Who knew a story about a family sitting shiva could be filled with laugh out loud moments? This was one of the more enjoyable books that I’ve read recently. Definitely recommend reading it before you see the movie.

Why you should see the movie:

Tina Fey. Jane Fonda. Jason Bateman. Adam Driver. Corey Stoll. Rose Byrne. Connie Britton. Timothy Olyphant. Ben Schwartz. Dax Shepard.

Keep your eyes out – this hits theatres soon, on September 12.



Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

This novel focuses on the difficult relationship between Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, who has recently gone missing. Nick understandably becomes the main suspect in the disappearance, but is he really guilty? You’ll be surprised at where this story takes you and by the end of it, well…let’s just say you’ll be questioning everything that happens.

Why you should read the book:

If you like mysteries filled with twists, turns and thrills, this is the book for you. Flynn spins a tale that will have you flipping the pages at an alarming rate – so watch out for paper cuts. This is one of those books that will make you stay up way later than you intended, because every time you get to the end of a chapter, you want to keep going…and going…

Why you should see the movie:

David Fincher takes the helm here, which means this thriller will be dark, disturbing and beautiful.

Better start reading – Gone Girl’s coming to theatres October 3.




by Cheryl Strayed

In Wild, we follow the author Cheryl Strayed, as she hikes the Pacific Coast Trail and tries to come to terms with her mother’s death and her recent divorce. It’s a moving memoir that had me crying within the first 25 pages (But I’m a poor judge. I almost cried when my dog barked at another dog yesterday.)

Why you should read the book:

Strayed’s writing about her journey, both on foot and in spirit, is moving and engaging. It’s an untraditional page-turner.

Why you should see the movie:

The movie will star Reese Witherspoon, in a role that I think will give her the opportunity to show the acting chops that she’s displayed before, specifically her Oscar winning turn as June Carter in Walk the Line. Funny enough, she’ll be doing plenty of walking in this movie as well. As well as hiking, jumping, running and crying. I’m interested to see how they bring this fairly solitary story to life onscreen.

Wild opens in theatres on December 5, 2014.




by Laura Hillenbrand

This book, based on the actual life of World War II plane crash and POW survivor Louis Zamperini. As you read about the life of this amazing man, starting with a troubled childhood, transitioning into a Track & Field Olympian, and eventually cutting his sprinting career short to serve our country, you’ll be blown away by all that this talented, brave man has accomplished in his life. Zamperini recently passed away at the age of 97. This book is a fitting tribute to an incredible man.

Why you should read the book:

Well written and action packed, you won’t want to put this one down until you see how Louis Zamperini’s story ends up.

Why you should see the movie:

The amazing things that happened in Louis Zamperini’s life are way more riveting than what your average screenwriter could dream up. Watch what Angelina Jolie brings to the story as a third time director.

Watch for this one to hit theatres on December 25, 2014.



Fifty Shades of Grey

by E.L. James

Surely you’ve heard of this now famous book about sexy sexy time. Though the writing isn’t filled with metaphors, symbols or great writing technique, it really catches you (if you’re in the right mood, ifyaknowwhatImean…) You might want to download it on your Kindle, though, especially if you’ll be reading it in public!

Why you should read the book:

See what all the fuss is about. Sure, it’s not the best prose you’ll ever read but it’s sure to keep your attention…

Why you should see the movie:

It comes out on Valentine’s Day, so you know, it’s the perfect date movie to get your lady in the mooooooood. Or it’s a great GALENTINE’S DAY girl date. Just make sure you hold those beads that you put into your va-jay-jay before you left for the theatre up there until it’s over.

The movie drops on February 14, 2015.


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