We are now living the start of the digital era, where you can now stuff almost everything in one
place device, printing documents, photos and especially book is no longer necessary to most people and then books are turned into movies. But despite that, I recommend everyone to still read whether they prefer it on a hard copy book or an e-book on their tablets because it is important to improve your understanding, connect with your brain and so much more. Below is a round up of best selling books to read before they hit the theaters. I recommend reading them first because, seriously, the book is always much much much better than film adaptations.
1. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby ($10.73): About four people come together on New Year’s Eve on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination known as the last stop for those who are ready to end their lives. The story is told from four distinct points of view, filled with second chances and regrets. Despite its somber topic, the book balances the provocative and the hilarious, and mixes in intense and moving moments. This just screams indie flick starring Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Imogen Poots, and Pierce Brosnan. Release Date: March 7, 2014 (UK)
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth ($5.49): I find this an alternative for those who are longing for the third installment of Hunger Games. Full of action and another trilogy people will definitely follow. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet, this is about a dystopian Chicago, society is split into five factions based on personality type (Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Candor). When Tris Prior finds out she doesn’t quite fit into any one faction, she’s declared Divergent, a dangerous revelation she must keep secret in order to survive. Once the Choosing Ceremony begins, Tris must decide to either join her family or follow her own path. The book is completely captivating and will keep you up at all hours of the night until you finish. All of the initiation scenes should translate great in film and the fear simulations will be even more exciting to see. Release Date: March 21, 2014
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ($7.00): Shailene Woodley is a girl one to watch this year. She is starring in two most highly anticipated films this 2014. While Divergent is action-dystopian, this one is a teen drama about Hazel who had a tumor-shrinking medical miracle which bought her a few years of time, but she’s a terminal time bomb, suffering from stage IV cancer. At a support group for her illness, she meets fellow cancer survivor Augustus Waters (played by Ansel Elgort), a boy who pretends to smoke cigarettes and has a prosthetic leg. With a shared obsession for the novel An Imperial Affliction and a similar sense of sarcasm, the two fall in love, despite their inevitable fate. John Green’s story is honest and hilarious, exposing the fear, anger, and sadness that accompanies a terminal illness. It’s an emotional read, and it’s bound to be a heartrending two hours at the movie theater. Release Date: June 6, 2014
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais ($10.01): When tragedy pushes Hassan and his family out of India, they eat their way around the world, settling in Lumière, a small town in the French Alps. The family opens an Indian restaurant that becomes wildly popular among the residents, infuriating their French rival Madame Mallory. After she wages a culinary war with the family, Mallory finally agrees to mentor Hassan, leading him to Paris and the launch of his own restaurant. The novel is endearing, cultural, and a downright delicious read. Not only does Helen Mirren star in the movie, but it’s also produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Starring Helen Mirren & Manish Dayal. Release Date: August 8, 2014
5. The Giver by Lois Lowry ($4.36): Everything is perfect; diseases have been eradicated, everyone is equal, and society is under control. Each person is assigned a position by the Community, and 12-year-old Jonas has been picked as the “Receiver of Memories.” Only “The Giver” knows the truth of the past, and he must now pass that information down to Jonas. This book has often been described as the first YA dystopian novel (in correlation with the current trend) and it shows that a utopian society has its downsides, like a lack of personal freedom. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep make this a highly anticipated movie, and hopefully Taylor Swift will prove her acting chops. Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, and Taylor Swift. Release Date: August 15, 2014
6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn ($7.91): Libby Day was 7 when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in an event known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She testified that the person responsible for the cruel acts was in fact her 15-year-old brother, Ben. Fast-forward about 25 years and Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with solving notorious crimes. They believe Ben was wrongly accused, and she is eventually sucked into the investigation to uncover the twisted truth. Christina Hendricks plays Charlize Theron’s mom, so that should be interesting! Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, & Christina Hendricks. Release Date: September 1, 2014
7. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper ($13.08): About Judd Foxman’s father just died, and on top of that, his wife Jen had an affair with his boss, which recently became painfully public. Judd is forced to sit Shiva and spend seven days and nights with the dysfunctional Foxman clan, facing confrontation and dealing with old grudges. The book is hilarious and the movie features Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. Enough said. Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, and Adam Driver. Release Date: September 12, 2014
8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner ($8.99): Another book trilogy, another movie. It’s about When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he remembers is his name. His memory is blank, and he’s surrounded by a group of boys in a place called the Glade, a large space entrapped by tall, stone walls. Every 30 days another boy is delivered, but when a girl named Teresa appears in the lift the next morning, her presence is almost as unexpected as the message she delivers. The language is a little tough to get through in the beginning, but once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. It’ll be very interesting to see how the book is translated in film, especially with the monstrous creatures called Grievers. Starring: Dylan O’Brien, and Kaya Scodelario Release Date: September 19, 2014
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ($13.24): It’s Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary when Amy mysteriously disappears. Nick is oddly evasive and evidence is slowly going against him, but did he really kill his wife? Gillian Flynn’s novel is packed with suspense, twists, and plenty of emotions. Readers are pretty split on their feelings about the end, but the entire book is definitely thrilling and the movie will probably be just as captivating. Starring: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike Release Date: October 3, 2014
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ($15.82): This true story follows Louis Zamperini, a track star from the ’30s and a participant in the Berlin Olympics. Zamperini became an airman in WWII and in May of 1943, his plane went down, leaving him adrift in the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a raft. Facing starvation, dangerous waters, and a situation in which he is taken prisoner by Japanese forces, this fascinating account is both vivid and powerful. The film is directed by Angelina Jolie. Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, and Domhnall Gleeson Release Date: December 25, 2014
11. Wild by Cheryl Strayed ($9.01): Twentysomething Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Wihterspoon) lost her mother and her marriage all in a short amount of time. Four years later, with nothing to lose, Strayed took an 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in order to deal with her catastrophic past. This honest memoir is filled with suspense and humor, a journey worth the read. Reese Witherspoon takes on the role of Strayed and she’ll probably be her usual charming self. Release Date: 2014
12. Serena by Ron Rash ($7.99): The book is a thrilling story that follows newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton on their journey to create a timber empire and ruthlessly kill all who fall out of favor. George fathered an illegitimate child, and when Serena discovers that she cannot bear children, she sets out to kill the son George fathered without her. If Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s previous films together are any indication of their chemistry, then it’s guaranteed this movie will be a must-see. Release Date: 2014
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