18 Books to Read Before Going to See their 2017 Movies 

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This year Hollywood is adapting a slew of books -fiction and non-fiction into movies. Some of these books you are familiar with already. If you are anything like me, you probably like to read the book before seeing the movie. Sometimes, even after seeing the movie. So before “The Circle” or “The Dark Tower” hit theaters this year, be sure to read the book so you know what everyone’s talking about. I’ve compiled a list of books to read before their book-to-movie adaptations are out this year. 

P. S: Some of these movies have been released. New movie release dates tend to be added or shuffled around throughout the year, so some of the dates here might change.  

 HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly 

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Hidden Figures is a non-fiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly.  It is a biography that follows the lives of human computers and mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson employed by NASA who helped launch the program’s first successful space mission.

In the movie, we see three talented and determined women cross their profession’s gender and race lines, proving that anyone can be a hero even if they’re not in the spotlight. 

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Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner.

Directed by: Theodore Melfi.

Release date: January 6th,  2017.

          LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane

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Live By Night is a crime novel by Dennis Lehane published in 2012. It follows the story of a man during the prohibition era in the United States in 1926 that gives rise to endless network of underground distilleries, gangsters and corrupt cops.  Joe Coughlin defies all his proper upbringing as the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain by climbing a ladder of  organised crimes- from a petty thief to being the Gulf coast most successful rum runner. Live by Night give the full gangster tale package dealing with whether someone can still be involved in the crime world and still be a good person at heart.

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Starring: Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina.

Directed by: Ben Affleck 

Release date: January 13th,  2017. 

 A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron 

A Dog’s Purpose is a comedy drama directed by Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-foot Journey) based on the novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. The story follows a Dog named Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad). The life and death of Bailey and his reincarnation as different breeds belonging to different owners and how the canine existence h intersects with that of a young boy (Ethan) who rescued him in 1962.  

Starring: Dennis Quaid plays Adult Ethan, K. J Apa as young Ethan, Josh Gad as the voice of Bailey.

Directed by: Lasse Hallström 

Release date: January 27, 2017.

         FIFTY SHADES DARKER by E. L. James 

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Fifty Shades Darker is a 2012 erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It is the second installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that follows the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. Fifty Shades Darker deals with Christian’s past lovers and continues the lovers will they/won’t they relationship picking up after the events of the first movie Fifty shades of Grey. Fifty Shades Freed completes the trilogy, and will also be made into a film to be released in 2018.

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Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden.

Directed by: James Foley 

Release date: February 10th, 2017.

           BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver 

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Before I Fall is a 2010 young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver. Samantha a 17 year old teenager is forced to relive the day of her death every day for a week following a car crash seemingly caused by a mysterious, outcast student her friends have been torturing. In an attempt to understand why this is happening to her, as well as trying to change her fate, she takes new actions each day, some of which are out of character and surprise her family and friends. The book is the basis for the film of the same name.

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Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta, Elena Kampouris.

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

Release date: March 3rd, 2017. 

            THE SHACK by William P. Young 

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The Shack follows the story of a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

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Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw, Emily Holmes, Gage Munroe, Meghan Charpentier,  Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Matsubara, Alice Braga. 

Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine

Release date: March 3rd, 2017.

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE by Diane Ackerman 

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The Zookeeper’s Wife is a non-fiction book written by the poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman. The book draws on the unpublished diaries of Antonina Żabiński. It recounts the true story of how Zookeepers Jan Żabiński, director of the Warsaw Zoo and his wife Antonina saved the lives of 300 Jews who had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto following the German Nazi invasion of Poland during World War II on September 1, 1939. The Zookeeper’s wife will shed light on what was a mostly unknown story hidden in the diaries of Antonina Zabinski before the book came out in 2007.

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Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Brühl.

Directed by: Niki Caro

Release date: March 31st, 2017.

                   WONDER by R. J. Palacio

The upcoming movie is adapted from R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel of the same name. It follows the story of a boy August Pullman who was born with a facial difference that previously prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now starting fifth grade at prep school, he just wants to be treated as an ordinary kid- but his classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The book begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga, Millie Davis, Ali Liebert, and Daveed Diggs. 

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky 

Release date: April 7, 2017.

           LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann

The upcoming chronological film chronicles the real story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon- only to disappear alongside his son during his search in 1952. Based on the 2009 novel of the same name by David Grann. 

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century.

Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson.

Directed by: James Gray

Release date: April 14, 2017.

            THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

The Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, links users’ personal emails, social media accounts, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. When Mae is hired to work there, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks,  John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton.

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Release date: April 28, 2017.


The story follows two teens-A quarantined girl who’s allergic to basically everything and the boy next door, despite that the girl suffers from a rare disease that makes her allergic to nearly everything, falling in love with the boy next door becomes the biggest risk she’s ever taken. The movie is based on author Nicola Yoon’s hit YA novel. 

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Res guera, Taylor Jackson. 

Directed by: Stella Meghie

Release date: May 19, 2017.

  MY COUSIN RACHEL By Daphne DuMaurier

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. The movie is based on the 1951 novel of the same name.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Frair.

Directed by: Roger Michell

Release date: July 14, 2017.

         THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King 

Stephen King’s magnum opus is a series that follows”gunslinger” Roland Deschain as he moves through a magical society- an Old West-like landscape in search of the titular Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick.

Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel

Release date: July 28, 2017.

                      IT by Stephen King

A from Stephen King’s 1986 iconic novel, the upcoming horror drama tells the story of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous clown being, who exploits the fears and phobias of his victims. Now adults, they return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers, an evil without a name: It. 

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, and Jack Dylan Grazer round out the cast.

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

Release date: September 8, 2017. 


A pair survive a plane crash in the mountains, where they are forced to trust each other and find safety while badly injured. The forthcoming romance-disaster film stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as surgeon Max Payne and writer Rachel Knox who both survive a plane crash, but are left stranded in the wilderness with injuries and harsh weather conditions.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba

Directed by: Hany Abu-Assad

Release date: October 20, 2017.

         RED SPARROW by Jason Matthews

Set in modern-day Russia, the book follows a young woman who is drafted against her will to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service. When she’s assigned to operate against a CIA officer, the twoagents get caught up in an atmosphere of deception and attraction that threatens their careers. The movie is based on Jason Matthew’s novel of the same name.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Ciarán Hinds, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joely Richardson, Charlotte Rampling.

Directed by: Francis Lawrence 

Release date: November 10, 2017.


Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A “respectable American gentleman” lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside… Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Derek Jacobi, Marwan Kenzari, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Sergei Polunin.

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh 

Release date: November 22, 2017.


This war drama chronicles the post-traumatic stress disorder that many soldiers face as they attempt to adjust to civilian life after returning to the United States from Iraq. The movie is based on David Finkel’s novel of the same name. will feature a star-studded cast, including Miles Teller, Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer. Jason Hall will make his directorial debut with the film, which is expected to hit theaters sometime later this year. An exact premiere date is still TBD.

Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer. 

Directed by: Jason Hall

Release date: TBD (expected to hits cinemas later this year). 

So guys, what are your favorite book-to-movie adaptations of all times?! 

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  1. Nice! I’ve only read the Stephen King novels on this list, so there’s plenty of reading to do there. Can’t wait for The Dark Tower movie.

    Off the top of my head, my favourite book-to-movie adaptations are The Mist, Fight Club, and LOTR. So many choices out there! 🙂

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    • Stephen King’s books turned movies are usually dope and I’m really anticipating them.. Read the books too.. On my list, I’ve read 10 of the books.. That’s 10 down.. 8 more to go..
      LOTR and The Mist are also two of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations as well. Nice.


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