Another summer full of blockbuster movies is on its way, with more than a few of the films ready to lure in bookworms of all ages. Beyond the usual slew of summer hits, there are several literary adaptations making their way to the silver screen this year. Meaning there are a pile of books to read before their movies come out this summer. Whether or not you're a proponent of adaptations, you'll want to get your hands on the following books as soon as possible, so you can keep up, or be one step ahead of the curve. Because one thing I know to be true, is reading the book before you see the movie is always the way to go.
Maybe it's because once you've seen the movie, you feel like you already know the story, and it makes getting through a few hundred pages a little bit more difficult. But if you read the book before you see the movie, you're given a wealth of information. You allow your imagination to get caught up in the story, and create your own vision of what the story looks like. It's almost as if you're in on a secret club, where you know so much more about the character's motivations and development than anyone else in the theater. If all of that sounds like a dream, head to your local bookshop with the following titles in hand, and get to reading.
1. 'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You follows Louisa Clark, who is employed to help Will, a paralyzed man who seems to be lost in a dark depression. The two form a bond, and the whirlwind story you through adventure and heartbreak. Starring Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin, you'll want to have tissues handy when you read the book and see the movie.
Release Date: June 3
2. 'The BFG' by Roald Dahl
In this age old classic, a young orphan, Sophie, befriends an enormous giant and is taken on an adventure you have to see to believe. The BFG is sure to make children and adults' hearts melt. And with Bill Hader voicing the BFG, you're sure to get a few laughs too.
Release Date: July 1
3. 'Tarzan Of The Apes' by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan of the Apes is the classic tale of a man in the jungle, raised by apes after his parents die — and the expedition of humans that find him there after many years.
Release Date: July 1
4. 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' by Mike and Dave Stangle
If you couldn't guess form the title, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates follow two men — Mike and Dave — as they attempt to find wedding dates on Craigslist. The ad goes viral and, needles to say, the boys got so much more than they bargained for. And if you need any more motivation to see the movie, Adam DeVine, Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza take on the leading roles.
Release Date: July 8
5. 'Into The Forest' by Jean Hegland
The story: Two sisters who live alone in a crumbling house on the edge of society discover that the world around them is on the verge of an apocalypse. Into the Forest follows their journey to survive.
Release Date: July 22
6. 'Nerve' by Jeanne Ryan
Nerve is every high schooler's worst nightmare. In a creepy game of online truth or dare, a high-school senior gets caught up in the game, and finds her every move is being watched by those online.
Release Date: July 27
7. 'Max Perkins: Editor of Genius' by A. Scott Berg
Max Perkins was the book editor of literary greats like Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzerald — but what was he like? Max Perkins: Editor of Genius takes a look at the life of Perkins and his work with Wolfe.
Release Date: July 29
8. 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This stop-motion adaptation weaves elements from The Little Prince throughout the story of a young nameless girl who befriends they story's elderly narrator, the aviator, and her overbearing mother.
Release Date: Aug. 5 on Netflix
9. 'The Light Between Oceans' by M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans is the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a baby and a dead body near their home off the coast of Australia after WWI.
Release Date: Sept. 2