10 Books to Read Now Before They Become Movies

Dive into these great books before they hit the big screen later this year and in 2016. 

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If you liked "Wild" but want more laughs


Read: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Anchor)

In Theaters: September 2, 2015

After 20 years in Britain, Bill Bryson returns to America and decides to tackle the Appalachian Trail with a friend from college. This lighthearted memoir is an adventure story that explores the history of the trail as well as the trials of friendship. Amazon.com, $6

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If you’re up for an eye-opening adventure


Read: Into Thin Air by John Krakauer (Anchor)

In Theaters: September 25, 2015

Before seeing the film Everest, check out this inside look at the 1996 climbing disaster. The movie follows the struggle for survival of Scott Fischer's and Rob Hall’s expedition teams based on various accounts, including John Krakauer’s book and interviews with survivors. A member of Hall’s team, Krakauer details what happened on the mountain as well as the aftermath. Amazon.com, $10

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If you liked "Interstellar"


Read: The Martian by Andy Weir (Broadway Books)

In Theaters: October 2, 2015

When a dust storm forces a Mars expedition team to evacuate six days into a two-month trip, Mark Wathey is left on the planet alone. Presumed dead, Wathey strives to stay alive until the next expedition arrives, in four years. This engrossing science-fiction story takes being lost in space to a whole new level. Amazon.com, $9

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If you like Bond, James Bond


Read: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (Thomas and Mercer)

In Theaters: November 6, 2015

Before you catch Spectre (starring Daniel Craig), the latest installment of the spy thriller franchise, pick up the book that started it all. In Casino Royale, newly minted agent James Bond takes down a bankrupt Russian agent at the baccarat tables. It packs all the tension, action and romance you've come to expect from the Bond brand. Amazon.com, $9

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If you like classics


Read: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Penguin Classics)

In Theaters: November 25, 2015

Revisit your high school days by delving into the original story of Dr. Frankenstein’s attempt to create life. The latest movie version, Victor Frankenstein, is told from Frankenstein’s assistant Igor’s perspective, in which he explores his own past as well as the legend the doctor has become. The novel examines the moral implications and fearsome consequences of Frankenstein's godlike experiment. Amazon.com, $4

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If you liked "The Hunger Games"


Read: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

In Theaters: January 2016

The first book of the 5th Wave series, this New York Times best-seller takes you into a world that has been invaded by aliens. Four waves of destruction have left Earth almost completely annihilated. As the heroine journeys to save her brother before the fifth wave arrives, this becomes much more than just an alien invasion story. Amazon.com, $9

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If you like classics with a twist


Read: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Penguin Classics)

In Theaters: February 2016

Before you dive into the world of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (either the new film or the book), pick up the original novel and immerse yourself in the tangled love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. The zombie take is great fun, but to fully enjoy it you must experience Austen's version first. Amazon.com, $3

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If you like mysteries


Read: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)

In Theaters: March 2016

The Tim Burton film is based on this best-selling novel that incorporates vintage photography into the telling of a haunting tale. As a child, Jacob was fascinated by his grandfather’s stories of life in an orphanage. After his grandfather's sudden death, the teenage Jacob, feeling lost and alone, decides to seek out the orphanage and uncover the truth about its mysterious past. Amazon.com, $6

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If you like a good love story


Read: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books)

In Theaters: July 2016

Louisa Clark had a near-perfect life before losing her job at a tea shop. Then she accepts a six-month temporary position as caretaker for wheelchair-bound ex–master of the universe Will Traynot. Dealing with the aftermath of a tragic accident, Will is the complete opposite of happy, fun-loving Louisa. The pair form an unlikely bond as Louisa tries to teach Will to appreciate life and all it has to offer. Amazon.com, $9

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If you like drama


Read: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (Scribner)

In Theaters: 2015/2016 (release date unavailable at press time)

In this debut novel, a couple deals with the consequences of a life-changing decision. After returning from World War II, Tom Sherbourne takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on a deserted island. There he and his wife struggle to begin a family, until one day a baby and a dead man wash up onshore. Amazon.com, $10