Books To Read Before The Movie Comes Out (Rest of 2016/Early 2017)

*UPDATE: Check out 42 book to movie/tv adaptations coming in 2018!!*


As a book lover I do tend to like to read a book first before I watch the movie. “We can’t see this movie because I haven’t gotten to the book yet” being one of a few annoying bookworm things my husband is probably sick of hearing me say. I don’t ALWAYS get to the books and sometimes give up and watch the movie depending on how interested I am but for the most part, if I’m super interested in the book, I’ve GOT to get it read before the movie. A lot of it is because it takes me more time to read a book than it does to watch a movie so I’d rather do that and THEN see how it’s translated on the big screen…even if I already know the plot twists and what happens. I’d be way less likely to watch a movie and then go back and read a book knowing what happens — except maybe in extreme cases where I know the book has WAY more detail and is markedly different.

Guide to books to movie adaptations 2016/2017

Your Guide To Book-to-Movie Adaptations for 2016/2017


(I’m curious about your book to movie habits!! Let me know in the comments.)

ANYWAYS, here’s a list of book to movies coming out during the rest of 2016 and early 2017!


Girl on the Train

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins: Don’t get spoiled! Read the hottest mystery/thriller of the past couple years before it’s out on the big screen! The Girl On The Train is out in theaters October 7.

“The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing”


Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s House For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: I looooved this book so much and I remember feeling like it would translate to an awesome movie….and here we are! PLUS TIM BURTON. Miss Peregrine’s House For Peculiar Children is in theaters September 30.

“When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers”



The Light BEtween Oceans

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: I really have a love for historical fiction dramas and this one sounds sooo good and the movie preview has me even more excited to read it first. The Light Between Oceans is in theaters September 2.

“A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.”



Ninth Life of Louis Drax


The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen: I mean, this is the first line of the book: “I’m not most kids. I’m Louis Drax. Stuff happens to me that shouldn’t happen, like going on a picnic where you drown.” EDGE OF YOUR SEAT KIND OF STUFF where you need to know why this kid has all these near fatal events happen to him always. The 9th Life of Louis Drax is in theaters September 2.

“A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.”



the queen of katwe


The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster by Tim Crothers: The story of Phiona Mutesi, a young Ugandan girl training to be a world chess champion, is off to the big screen and will chronicle Phiona growing up poor in Uganda, falling in love with chess and quickly rising to be one of the best. The Queen of Katwe is in theaters September 29.

Highest Duty by Captain Chesley Sullenberger

Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger: I’m a sucker for biopics like Sully and I was very interested to hear that Chesley Sullenberg’s story would be told on the big screen though I was sad to hear about how hard things were in the aftermath of his heroic safe landing of a plane in the Hudson. The movie is based on those events and this memoir. Sully is in theaters September 9.


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life by James Patterson: If you love middle grade lit or are looking for a more family friendly movie experience, check out this middle grade series by James Patterson which looks hilarious and fun! Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is in Theaters October 7.

“Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild” — CBS Films



Nerve Jeanne Ryan

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan: If high stakes thrillers are your thing, check out Nerve — which reminds me of The Hunger Games meets Panic by Lauren Oliver. Nerve came out in theaters end of July but I had to include it.

“A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: I’ve owned this book for a while but every time I get close to reading it I wimp out because I’ve been told how emotional it is and how it will wreck you….which is normally totally Jamiebait especially with a book that has garnered rave reviews from everyone I know. I just feel like everything I’ve heard about how it deals with grief might knock me on my ass and I need to be prepared for that. DEF going to be reading this before the movie comes out….when I put my big girl pants on. A Monster Calls is in theaters January 6, 2017.

“A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness”



Wilson by Daniel Clowes -- graphic novel

Wilson by Daniel Clowes: If you are a graphic novel lover, check out this one from the writer who brought us Ghost World!! Wilson is in theaters March 3, 2017.ย 

“A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time”



The Gunslinger by Stephen King -- soon to be a move called the Dark Tower

The Dark Tower series by Stephan King: It seems like everything Stephen King is a movie or a tv show and his popular Dark Towers series is no exception for cinematic inspiration in the upcoming movie The Dark Tower, so, dive right in with book 1 — The Gunslinger! The Dark Tower is in theaters February 17, 2017.

“Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.”



A Dog's Purpose --a must read for dog lovers

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron: Pass me the tissues already! A DOG TRYING TO FIND HIS PURPOSE IN THIS WORLD? DOGS ARE TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD. And yes, I am a crazy dog lady who loves my dog more than most people and treats him like he is a human child. FIGHT ME. A Dog’s Purpose out in theaters January 27, 2017.

“A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners”


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly: If you like non-fiction and are looking for some ultimate #blackgirlmagic , this true story about the important contributions of black women to NASA that went unacknowledged in history should be on your to-be-read list. Hidden Figures is out in theaters December 25.

“A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.”



A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley: If you like memoirs, A Long Way Home is going to hit theaters as a movie called Lion. Could make for a good book club book if your book club is open to non-fiction that might read like fiction! Lion is out in theaters November 25.

“A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.”



Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk -- soon to be a movie

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain: If your taste tends to lean towards satirical and you like books that examine war, the effects, the coverage of war and the ~business~ of war, check this one out! Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk out in theaters November 11.

“19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad – contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions”



Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: Popular YA author Lauren Oliver’s debut novel is finally hitting the big screen and the cast looks awesome! Have been enjoying Lauren sharing from the set! Before I Fall is out in theaters April 7, 2017.

“A popular teenage girl is killed in a car wreck and relives that fateful day a number of times, learning more about herself and others in the process.”


Wonder by RJ Palacio

Wonder by RJ Palacio: I shamefully have not read this one but I’ve been meaning too and now that I know there is a release date I’m ready to hopefully discover the magic that has reader of all ages raving about this one.

“A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep”



And here are some book-to-movie adaptations that are in various levels of production with no release date if you are feeling like being an overachiever and getting THOSE read before the movie/tv show:



Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: I loved this book many years ago when I read it and I’m very curious for how it will translate on to a tv show.

“A teenage girl commits suicide, but before doing it she records her suicide note on cassette tapes, and then sends the tapes to 13 people who she deemed responsible for her death”


The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z by David Grann: This film had quite the ups and downs to get made but it finally did and the cast includes people like Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison and Sienna Miller.

“In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humans. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions inspired Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions round the globe, Fawcett embarked with his son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization–which he dubbed Z–existed. Then his expedition vanished.” Written by Random House (NY)


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: I have owned this book for an embarrassingly long time and this is giving me the kick in the pants to read it sooner rather than later. It’s in post-production and is likely coming out in 2017 at some point.

“A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.”


big little lies cover

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: This one is going to be a mini-series on HBO which I think is going to be great — I’m all about the miniseries these days. Likely will be premiering in 2017!

“Things take a dark turn for a group of moms whose perfect lives begin to unravel.”


Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle: This is going to be such a fun tv series that will come out in 2017 on ABC Family (sorry I can’t call it Freeform without wanting to gag a little, viva la ABC Family!). No precise date for the premiere quite yet!

“An ordinary college student gets her big break in a Hollywood blockbuster and must navigate through an undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads, while uncovering the truth about a missing popstar.”


My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier: I AM SO DELIGHTED. Everyone knows Rebecca if you had to read it for school but I love My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier to be even better and this Gothic mystery is going to be such a great movie. Allegedly it’s going to be out 2017 — imdb has it in post-production sooo fingers crossed there is more news!

“A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.”


Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: One of my favorite books by one of my favorite historical fiction authors!! I’m NOT prepared to see this on the big screen but I can only hope it will get more people reading this woman’s incredible books! They are changing the name to Ashes in the Snow for the movie (I’m assuming because of the FSoG franchise…might be confusing) and I see it’s in post-production with possibly a 2017 release??

“In 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival.”


Which books are you interested in reading before you watch the movie? Are there any where you might skip the book but watch the movie? Any books you didn’t realize were going to be movies? What are your book-to-movie habits? Do you HAVE to read the book first? Are you even into books being made into films as a book lover? Tell me all your general thoughts about book to movie adaptations!ย 


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  1. i have read a few of these and a few others are on my list. i hope you hurry up and read Wonder and LOVE it. i am very interested to see how they put that in a movie. i had no idea they were making before i fall, i haven’t read that one yet. miss peregrine’s been on my list for several years, it wasn’t until i saw the trailer that i was like omg need to read. sometimes you need a visual push.
    i am intrigued/nervous about big little lies. i LOVED it, but am 50% annoyed that they cast people who are not australian, and 50% worried that they will try and do australian accents lol. i mean, they got some great people so i’m sure it’s going to be amazing, and i can’t wait to see it, i just hope they don’t do the accents ๐Ÿ˜ same with the light between oceans.. i love michael fassbender but i don’t think i would like him with a fake aussie accent lol
    oh and as for me and movies – i have seen movies before that i didn’t know were books or didn’t care, but for the most part if i want to see a movie and there is a book, i’ll get the book and read it immediately. i have this weird thing that after i finish a book that has a movie or tv show associated with it, i want to watch it right after finishing the book so i can compare. even if i didn’t love the book, i want to see it in movie format so i can .. i don’t know.. feel like i know something that the rest of the audience doesn’t lol

  2. I have heard of almost all of these, but am woefully behind on reading most of them! I guess I have a lot of catching up to do before all of these are released…

  3. So interesting that they are changing the title for Between Shades of Grey. Makes total sense, but you have to wonder how Sepetys feels about it.

  4. My system for books-to-movies is if I want to see the movie and I know there’s a book, I read the book first. Sometimes I don’t realize it’s already a book when I see the movie, but I’m unlikely to go back and read the book in that case. My exception is non-fiction: since I don’t read a ton of it I usually watch the movie to see if it’s something I would be interested in reading. That happened when I went to see the imitation game: I loved the movie and went home to order the book about Alan Turing.

    I’m super excited for a Monster Calls, you have to read it! I’m going to have trouble finding someone to go see it with me, once you mention that it’s sad no one wants to go, lol. Mrs. Peregrine’s looks like it will be good as well. The other one I’m exited for in 2017 that isn’t on your list is Ready Player One, I feel like that one will translate well into a movie!

    • I also forgot The Girl With All The Gifts – the date for that is September in the UK but they haven’t said the North American date yet. The problem with some of these movies for me is that I live in Canada, and once in a while it won’t be released here!

    • Once I see a movie I do not go back & read the book because the movie interpretation interferes with my own interpretation.
      When I actually READ the book (not audio) I have the blessing of my OWN interpretation, voice inflection, etc. not being influenced by someone else’s idea.

  5. There are too many! I have only read a hadnful of these! I do really want to read and then watch The Light Between Oceans. I also have been meaning to read A Dog’s Purpose for a while now, especially being a dog owner myself. ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck!

  6. I really enjoyed The Glass Castle and didn’t know it was going to be a movie! EXCELLENT

  7. HOLY CRAP, Between Shades of Gray is going to be a movie?! I had no freaking idea, but this is the best news for a Monday ever! I just finished reading it and was utterly blown away. Ruta Sepetys is a genius! I think that is going to wreck me, and so is Before I Fall. I agree with your approach, I normally won’t see a movie until after I’ve finished reading the book. I must admit, I’m excited to see The Light Between Oceans because I think it’s going to translate better to a movie than it did to a book – I just found the book a little slow and a bit of a challenge to get through, which was a shame because I was really, really looking forward to it and wanted to love it a ton. Hopefully the movie does it justice though, and might help my appreciation for the book.

  8. I absolutely loved Wonder and When A Monster Calls. I’m scared that the movies won’t be as amazing! ACK!

  9. Oh wow, so many incredible looking books!! I just went to watch the trailer for The Light Between Oceans and HOLY CRAP!! I need to read that book and watch the movie. I have to read the book first so I definitely need to do that before the movie. I have read Before I Fall, Big Little Lies, and Miss Peregrine’s Home and I am so excited for those movies. I have also read Between shades of gray and I had NO IDEA that one was going to be a movie. I adore her so I am glad about that. And thanks to you, my TBR just increased by a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great list!

  10. OMG! I had totally removed from my head that Wonder is becoming a MOVIE and there’s little Jacob as Auggie! Thank you!

  11. Great list here and stressful for me because I better get reading!!

  12. I’m SO excited for the Big Little Lies miniseries!!

  13. I have read Miss peregrine’s, A Monster Calls and Light Between Oceans (and several others!) so I’m glad you made this list. I saw Light Between Oceans, the movie, last night and thought it was good.

    I also have Girl on the train and Between Shades of Grey on my TBR, bought the books a while ago so I’m definitely going to read them soon. I am MOST EXCITED to hear My Cousin Rachel is going to be a movie!!

  14. The ninth life of Louis drax and the light between oceans sound really good. I might have to add them to my reading list.

    I’m really hoping to read miss peregrines before the movie comes out. Like you I like reading the book versions first.

  15. I read The Light Between Oceans last year and thought it was fantastic! I’d definitely try to read the book first before watching the film. I’m like you — most of the time, if I’m able to, I’ll want to read the book first and THEN see the movie.

  16. “I canโ€™t call it Freeform without wanting to gag a little” –> girl, SAME.

    ANYWAY. I’m definitely a book-before-the-movie person, but sometimes if a book is already on my TBR list I’ll read it before the movie is released just to avoid spoilers, and then never even watch the movie haha. Like, I just read The Girl on the Train a couple days ago so I wouldn’t get spoiled by movie talk/reviews, but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to see it.

  17. The Light Between The Oceans was so good. I’m nervous to see the movie. I hope they do it justice.

  18. My friends hate going to the cinema with me to see book-adaptions because I have a habit of saying ‘this didn’t happen in the book’ continuously. I can’t help it- it just happens. And it can mean anything from pleasatly surprised to disapproving. But I still have to read the book first if its something that interests me!

    I’ve seen the trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and it looks so good (Eva Green!!). I definitely have to read it before the film comes out! I’ve always wanted to read Wonder and 13 Reasons Why too, so maybe the films coming out will make me finally get round to it!

    Love the blog btw!

  19. Oh! I’m good, I’ve already read six of them.

  20. First of all I was sooooo happy to see Wonder in your post graphic on Twitter that I may have yelped a little! I had no idea it was being made into a movie. I adored that book. I have A Monster Calls and started reading it for an anti-bullying read-a-thon, but stopped when the read-a-thon ended because I had so many ARCs. I need to pick the book back up because it is a movie I want to see in the theater. I also have an ARC of Hidden Figures that I am looking forward to. I have all of the Miss Peregrine’s, but haven’t had time for them. I have watched the move trailers, though, and don’t feel pressed to get it read because I think I will probably wait until the movie comes out on DVD. I haven’t been wowed by what I have seen so far. I will be adding The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax, Glass Castles, The Queen Of Katwe, and The Long Way Home to my tbr. Thanks for featuring so many great sounding books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 3 I would add would be Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is Spielberg’s next film.
    I would also add We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson and Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, which currently has Jennifer Lawrence & Joel Egerton set to star

  22. Nerve was a great movie! I never read the book so I don’t know if it’s the same or not. But the movie was great! It was still in theaters until this week from July! That says a lot.
    I’m very excited for Thirteen Reasons Why! I heard it will be on Netflix and it will 13 episodes or something like that. I can’t wait for it since it’s a favorite read of mine.

  23. I read Ready Player One which is set to be released in 2018. It is so good. The movie will be directed by Steven Spielberg so I’m thinking it won’t disappoint!

  24. Thanks for all the great suggestions! The Mountain Between Us is another good book being made into movie, starring Kate Winslet.

  25. “The Glass Castle” was our one book one community read for my freshman year of college (back in 2006). It was the book that really got me in to memoirs. I’m so excited to see it become a movie. It’s an awesome story. You never know what you’re missing until someone tells you.

    • Glass Castle is one of my favorite books. Hard to believe it is true story. Have read Half Broke Horses, which is the grandmother’s story of Jeanette ‘ s mom. Both books make you realize that every person has a unique story.

  26. I’m a little late to the show, but I wanted to throw out that “The Light Between Oceans”‘ is AMAZING. I loved it, and it totally broke my heart. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s worth the read either way.

  27. I love this article, I’ve read most of theses books already. I just finished Girl on the Train (which, by the way, is set it London. Not New York) and the first thing my fiancรฉ said to me when I finished was ” Now we can watch the movie while you tell me everything they did wrong when turning the book into a movie”

  28. I’m waiting for THE SHACK movie coming out in March 2017. I’ve read the book 4 times…I RARELY re-read a book, unless it’s instructional or reference.

  29. Just saw yesterday:

    French Currey
    After reading the book, was a fantastic feeling I dont know. Which makes searching Google for ” Book films”, then I landed here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bought the book and its dvd, in one parcel, which was a good idea realy.

    So my advice (openion) is:

    Sell a parcel or a packet of BookDvd.

    Zayd, Sweden.


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