6 Books to Read Before they Reach the Big Screen

This post isn’t just about books that I’ve read and think you should, it’s also about the books that I want to read in 2014 before the film versions come out in cinemas.
I will be using UK release dates so if you’re not from the UK these dates are probably different for you.

So… on with the list…

The Book Thief

1: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

What’s it about?

This is one I have read, and as you’ll see from my review of it here I fell in love with this book. It is a absolutely wonderful book and something that everyone should read.

“It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. ”
~Goodreads.com

Goodreads Rating: 4.36 Stars
My Rating and Review: 5 Stars – The Book Thief Review
Film Rating (IMDB): 7.7 out of 10

UK Release Date: 31st January 2014

Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Ben Schnetzer, Roger Allam

Divergent f

2: Divergent by Veronica Roth

What’s it about?

This is another one I’ve just read and loved, I really hope it’s translated to the big screen faithfully. I loved the book and thought it was well worth reading.

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.”
~ Goodreads.com

Goodreads Rating: 4.37 Stars
My Rating and Review: 5 Stars – Divergent Review
Film Rating (IMDB): N/A

UK Release Date: 4th April 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James

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3: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

What’s it about?

This is one I haven’t read yet but I’ve heard raving reviews about it. A heartbreaking and beautiful story, definitely one I plan on reading before seeing it on the big screen.

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
~ Goodreads.com

Goodreads Rating: 4.5 Stars
My Rating and Review:
N/A
Film Rating (IMDB):
N/A

UK Release Date: 20th June 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe

The Maze Runner pic

4: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

What’s it about?

Again, The Maze Runner is one I haven’t read yet but after reading reviews and the synopsis I look forward to enjoying this book.

“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.”
~ Goodreads.com

Goodreads Rating: 3.99 Stars
My Rating and Review: N/A
Film Rating (IMDB): N/A

UK Release Date: 24th October 2014

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Mockingjay

5: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Part 1)

What’s it about?

I’ve read this a number of times and I absolutely love it. Mockingjay is a fantastic conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy and you should definitely read it, I do think it’s a shame that Mockingjay has been split into two films though.

“Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.”
~ Goodreads.com

Goodreads Rating: 4.03 Stars
My Rating and Review: N/A
Film Rating (IMDB): N/A

UK Release Date: 21st November 2014

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

The Hobbit

6: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (Part 3)

What’s it about?

I’m ashamed to say… I haven’t yet read The Hobbit all the way through. However, this year it will happen! Do I even need to tell you why you should read it?

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.”
~ Goodreads.com

Goodreads Rating: 4.19 Stars
My Rating and Review: N/A
Film Rating (IMDB): N/A

UK Release Date: 19th December 2014

Starring: Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberpatch

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What film are you most excited for in 2014? x

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