10 Books to Read Before Their Movie Adaptations Hit Theaters

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Summer is the perfect season to catch up on your reading. And it just so happens to coincide with the perfect season for spending an afternoon at the movies. For those who enjoy reading the book before watching the movie, it's time to make more space on your bookshelf, because the rest of 2016 will bring some of your favorite novels to the big screen. From friendly giants to fantastic beasts, here are 10 books to binge-read before they come to a theater near you. 

By Roald Dahl
Movie release date: July 1, 2016

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is a childhood favorite from Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like the book, the Steven Spielberg movie follows a kindhearted elderly giant (Mark Rylance) who takes Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a young orphan girl, to Giant Country. Together, they embark on an adventure to stop children-eating giants who have invaded the human world.

Into the Forest
By Jean Hegland
Movie release date: July 22, 2016

If you love stories about struggling teenagers in an apocalyptic world, then Into the Forest, Jean Hegland’s first novel, would be a fitting addition to your bookshelf. In the film adaptation, Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page portray sisters Eva and Nell, who are fighting to survive in a remote forest after a continent-wide catastrophe. After consuming all their home resources, they have to face the societal collapse and find a new path into the future. 

By Jeanne Ryan
Movie release date: July 27, 2016

Love video games? Imagine getting trapped in one. That's the premise of Jeanne Ryan's Nerve, whose big-screen adaptation stars Emma Roberts as Vee, a teenage girl who partners up with Ian (Dave Franco) to play an anonymous online game of dares that turns deadly.                       

The Light Between Oceans
By M.L. Stedman
Movie release date: September 2, 2016

After two miscarriages and one stillbirth, a lighthouse keeper (portrayed by Michael Fassbender in the upcoming film) and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander), rescue an abandoned baby, whom they raise as their own. Years later, they meet Hannah (Rachel Weisz), a woman who threatens their happiness on their isolated island. 

The Queen of Katwe
By Tim Crothers
Movie release date: September 23, 2016

The Queen of Katwe is a biographical drama that chronicles the life of Phiona Mutesi, who is played by Madina Nalwanga in the Mira Nair-directed biopic. Phiona is a girl from a marginalized region in Uganda who meets war refugee Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). He trains her to become a world chess champion. Lupita Nyong’o fans, take note: She portrays Phiona’s mother. 

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs
Movie release date: September 30, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is the first book of Ransom Riggs’ gothic trilogy. The tale follows 16-year-old Jacob Portman, who discovers Miss Peregrine’s home on a mysterious island. During his visit, he finds out he is destined to protect the Peculiar Children, as well as his own “peculiarity.” Asa Butterfield stars as Jacob, Eva Green plays Miss Peregrine, and Tim Burton directs the New York Times bestseller's film adaptation. 

The Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Movie release date: October 7, 2016

Even if you haven't read it yet, you probably know that The Girl on the Train was dubbed “the next Gone Girl” when it was released back in January 2015. This psychological thriller follows Rachel Watson (portrayed in the film by Emily Blunt), an alcoholic divorced woman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of a woman whose house she passes by every day. 

A Monster Calls
By Patrick Ness
Movie release date: October 21, 2016

A Monster Calls brings a story of love and loss to theaters. Liam Neeson plays a fantastical tree monster who helps Conor (Lewis MacDougall) as the boy struggles to cope with his mom’s terminal illness. The cast is rounded out by Felicity Jones, who plays the boy’s mother, and Sigourney Weaver, his grandmother. 

By Dan Brown
Movie release date: October 28, 2016

Inferno is the fourth book in Dan Brown’s acclaimed mystery series. Tom Hanks returns to the screen as professor Robert Langdon, accompanied by Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones). They embark on a journey to unlock codes of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy that menace the entire world. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
By J.K. Rowling
Movie release date: November 18, 2016

Get ready to cast a new spell with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Originally released as a fantasy textbook that described the different magical creatures of Harry Potterverse, it didn’t tell a story per se. Now, J.K. Rowling brings to the big screen the story of the book's author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), set 70 years before the Harry Potter series.

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