5 books you need to read before movie releases

Chances are, you’re probably not as big a movie buff as I am. Wait… what’s that, you say? You are?! Okay, you’re on!

Time to crack out my super impressive knowledge of all things cinema, and flex these CGI muscles I’ve been working hard on because there’s absolutely no way you know more about movies than me.

In all seriousness though, if you’re really a big movie or TV fan, then you know that some (if not all) of the best movies are adapted from books.

Some of my personal fave flicks like The Hunger Games, The Notebook and Twilight (yes, I actually liked this one!) all had their place on bookshelves before blowing up on the big screen.

This roundup of books might be the my most anticipated yet, especially since I’ve already read four of the five books on this list, which are all coming to theatres later this year.

Spoiler Alert: Gillian Flynn makes the list twice! I won’t keep you waiting any longer, let’s get down to the soon-to-be book-blockbusters of 2014:

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn


Release Date: Oct. 3, 2014

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

What’s up:

Nick and Amy are celebrating their fifth anniversary, until one day, Amy mysteriously goes missing and Nick is left to hunt through his native Missouri in hopes of finding his wife.

Twist and turns and shifting narratives make for a compelling novel, and come this October, Flynn’s notorious novel will take off on the silver screen.

The Fault In Our Stars, John Green


Release Date: Jun. 6, 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort

What’s up:

Teenagers Hazel and Gus share a love for literature, disgust for the norms of life, and an unyielding sense of spunkiness that redefines what living life to the fullest actually means.

Falling in love at a cancer support group, together these two witful kids take on whatever challenges both life and death throws in their direction.

Dark Places, Gillian Flynn


Release Date: Sep. 1, 2014

Starring: Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz

What’s up:

At 7, Libby Day lost her mother and two older sisters at the supposed hands of her 15-year-old brother Ben. 25 years later, reports of “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas,” continue to haunt her.

Approached by the overly-obsessed Kill Club, she reluctantly unpacks the mysteries behind her slaughtered family and the horrific history of the now-incarcerated Ben.

Certainly, the levels of secrets within this book are innumerable and make for an awesome page-turning experience.

Serena, Ron Rash


Release Date: Apr. 2014

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

What’s up:

Set in Depression-era North Carolina, newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton journey to establish a successful timber empire at all costs, even at the expense of murder.

But when Serena learns of her husband’s infidelity and fathering of an illegitimate child, she sets out for the bastard son’s blood.

Even though I’m getting tired of this Jennifer-Cooper combo, the storyline seems exciting–fresh, even.

I’ve not read Serena yet myself, but allow me to add this treat onto my list of summer must-reads.

Mockingjay (Pt. 1), Suzanne Collins


Release Date: Nov. 21, 2014

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

What’s up:

Should’ve seen this one coming, right? The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come, Girl on Fire Katniss Everdeen is leading the rebellion against the Capitol.

As the mass war of the world escalates to the point of no return, Katniss is put through the ultimate test of trust, courage and will.


I know there are a ton more that I probably missed, so feel free to fill me in on some of your can’t wait flicks-to-be this year!

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Editor-in-chief of Paperback Paris.

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