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14 Books To Read Before You See The Movie


Buzzfeed put out a list of 16 books to read before they hit theatres last month which inspired me to reach out to my publisher friends so I could compile my own list. I asked Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House and Penguin to give me their suggestions of books we should all be reading before they hit the big screen and what I got is one amazing list of books.  Check it out and let me know what books/movies you’re looking forward to.


Divergent by Veronica Roth


16 year old Tris Prior lives in a futuristic society that is divided into 5 factions – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).  Tris is forced to decide whether she wants to stay with her family, who belong to the Abnegation faction, or branch off and join a different faction during a choosing ceremony. After taking a personality test that is supposed to determine what faction Tris belongs to she discovers that she’s something called Divergent. Tris needs to keep her Divergence secret in order to stay alive.  Divergent is a fantastic read featuring a tough as nails heroine.  The movie features Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd and Kate Winslet.  It opens March 21st.


Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent


This is based on the true story of a four year old boy who has an out of body experience while undergoing emergency surgery.  When he awakens he tells his pastor father that he entered Heaven.  The movie stars Greg Kinnear as the pastor father and judging from the trailer, it’s definitely going to be a tear jerker! It’s set to hit theatres in October.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Amy Dunne disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary and slowly but surely all signs point to her husband Nick. But everything isn’t always what it seems, and Gillian Flynn masterfully weaves a story of love, hate, betrayal and revenge.  With Ben Affleck cast as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as his picture perfect wife Amy, this is one movie I can’t wait to see. People either loved or hated the ending of the book, and Gillian Flynn herself has written a different ending for the movie. Can’t wait to see it when it hits theatres in October.


Image Credit: DAVID FINCHER for EW


Wild by Cheryl Strayed


I’ve never been much a fan of biographies, but I am currently reading this one and it has me hooked!  At 22 Cheryl Strayed lost her mother.  4 years later, after the demise of her marriage and a string of bad choices she decided that she needed to find herself.  To do this she embarked on an 11oo mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Reese Witherspoon portrays Strayed in the movie.


Image Credit: Anne Marie Fox


The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Thomas wakes up in an elevator with no memory of anything but his name. As the elevator doors open he’s surrounded by a group of boys waiting for him. All of them arrived in The Glade the same way, all only knowing their name.  The Glade, where they are forced to live, is surrounding by a maze. The boys think the maze is the secret to their escape, but unfortunately the maze is also inhabited by creatures known as Grievers whose sole purpose is to kill any Glader who is caught in the maze after dark. But Thomas feels like he knows something more about the maze, and decides that it’s up to him to solve the mystery and help free himself and the rest of the Gladers.  This was a book that I loved to read and found hard to put down and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the movie when it hits theatres September 19th.



Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 


Capitalizing on the popular Vampire trend, Vampire Academy is about St. Vladimir’s Academy – a boarding school where vampires are educated in the ways of vampire magic while the half-human half- vampire Dhampir’s are trained to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir and the chosen protector for her vampire princess best friend Lissa.  There’s teenage angst, sexual frustration and a whole lot of fun in this book. The movie is in theatres now so make sure you read quick!  On a side note, Zoey Deutch, who plays Rose, is the real life daughter of Lea Thompson (Back to the Future).


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green


One of my most favourite books of 2013 looks like it might be one of my most favourite movies of 2014.  This book tells the story of two teenage cancer patients who meet at a cancer support group and slowly fall in love, despite their terminal situation.  Definitely a must read, but prepare to do the ugly cry near the end.  The movie stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who coincidentally play brother and sister in Divergent. Look for this in theatres in June.


If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Mia is enjoying a snow day with her parents and her younger brother when tragedy strikes.  Mia wakes up to discover that her entire family has been killed in a car accident, only she’s not really awake – she’s having an out of body experience.  Mia gets to watch herself and those who visit her as she lays in the hospital fighting for her life. She’s met with the decision to stay and fight, or give up and join the rest of her family. This is a really touching YA novel and the movie stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia.  Look for it in theatres in August.



 This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper


Judd Foxman’s father dies and his one wish is that his family sit shiva for him for an entire week.  Judd isn’t just mourning the death of his father, but he’s also just discovered that his wife was having an affair with his boss.  The story is hilarious and touching and the movie features an all star cast including Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, and Rose Byrne.  It’s set to hit theatres in September.


A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby


Four strangers find themselves all in the same place on New Year’s Eve all with the intention of killing themselves. Instead, they discover a bond that only 4 people who meet while planning to commit suicide can form.  The movie looks hilarious and touching and stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul. It premieres in the UK in March and will open in Canada not long after.


A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre


Another political spy-fiction book from le Carre, the movie premiered at Sundance and will be releasing in Canada later this year. Starring the late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, if you’re a le Carre fan, this one isn’t to be missed.


The Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt


After three young children are discovered savagely murdered, three teenagers are convicted of the crime after a controversial trial. Rumours of a satanic ritual cause a frenzy in Arkansas where the murders happen, but there seems to be a startling lack of actual evidence.  The movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer and Colin Firth and hits theatres in May.  


The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais


A story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.  It stars Helen Mirren and is produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.  It hits theatres in August.


Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst


In this classic children’s book, Alexander has pretty much the worst day ever.  Disney bought the rights to this book and cast Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner in this family friendly flick that’s due out in October.


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  1. Julie Auger says:

    All those books look awesome. Just about to start reading my new copy of Flowers in the Attic – could use more books though 😉 LOL.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions Kelli

  2. Natalie Fraser says:

    Love this! Lots of inspiration in here of books to add to my “to read” list.

  3. Alison says:

    All these books sond amazing can’t wait to start reading.

  4. Laura says:

    Great list! Can’t wait to read more of these.

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