I’m always on the search for an intriguing, keep me on the edge of my seat, new book to read. Even though the book pretty much always turns out better than the movie (exception- The Fault in Our Stars), I still get so excited when my favorite reads are adapted for the big screen. I sure read some great novels in 2014; the BEST being Unbroken. If you still haven’t grabbed that one up, it is an absolute must read.

10 must read novels becoming movies

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I’m hoping to continue my good luck reading streak in 2015, so I’ve sought out some of the most popular and well reviewed books for this year, that will all be adapted to movies. A few I’ve read personally and a few I haven’t, but plan to. Hopefully, you find a few picks from my post that you fancy enough to cuddle up with!

10 must read novels becoming movies
  • About: A young man, that gets involved in dealing drugs after discovering a marijuana farm in the 1970s.
  • Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wyle and Minka Kelly
  • Releases: Jan. 9
  • My thoughts: Could be interesting and ever since ER, I’m a huge Noah Wyle fan.
  • About: A woman is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and must cope with the decline of her health and the effects of the symptoms.
  • Starring: Julianne Moore plays Alice and is up for an Oscar. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, while Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth star as her kids.
  • Releases: Jan. 16
  • My thoughts: I enjoyed this novel, so much. The movie has some pretty great actors and it looks really good. You can watch the trailer, here.
  • About: Newlyweds George and Serena try to start a timber business in the 1930s. The pair are ruthless in building their empire, and when Serena finds out that she can’t have children, she sets out to kill George’s illegitimate son.
  • Starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper together again, as George and Serena Pemberton.
  • Releases: March 27
  • My thoughts: Another one by Ron Rash and I really only included this one because Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper- nuff said.
  • About: The love stories of two couples — an elderly one and a young one — are intertwined in a North Carolina setting.
  • Starring: Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson play the young couple.
  • Releases: April 10
  • My thoughts: I saw the trailer of this movie before watching another at the theater and it looked so good. You can watch the trailer, here.
  • About: A young woman, Louisa, forms a bond with Will, the paralyzed man she is employed to help.
  • Starring: Emilia Clarke is playing Louisa and Sam Claflin plays Will.
  • Releases: Aug. 21
  • My thoughts: I actually read this book back in 2013 and it still remains one of my faves. I literally squealed with delight when I saw it was being made into a movie. I’m so excited and I think both main actors are fabulous for their respective parts! You can read my review, here.
  • About: This thriller from the author of Gone Girl tells the story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered at the family’s farmhouse when she was only 7. Her testimony sent her older brother, Ben, to prison for life, and 25 years later, Libby decides to investigate the case. Will Libby find herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer?
  • Starring: Charlize Theron (also a producer) plays the main character, Libby Day. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, and Chloë Grace Moretz.
  • Releases: The release date has not been set.
  • My thoughts: As with Me Before You, I’m completely ecstatic about the Dark Places movie.  This novel kept me completely enthralled and I think the casting of Charlize Theron as Libby is just perfect. You can read my review, here.
  • About: A 5-year-old boy grows up in a small shed, which becomes the only world he knows because his mother hides the truth — they’re being held captive.
  • Starring: Brie Larson plays Ma, the mother. Also starring; William H. Macy and Joan Allen.
  • Releases: The release date has not been set.
  • My thoughts: I’ve heard so many great things about this book, but have purposely avoided reading it because of the difficult subject matter. I’m entirely too emotional to read about bad things happening to children. With a movie coming out, though, I am a bit curious. I may have to give in and read this story.
  • About: An MI5 agent trying to solve a murder works for the FBI and uncovers a terrifying new truth.
  • Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the MI5 agent opposite Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.
  • Releases: The release date has not been set.
  • My thoughts: Well besides the mention of Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, this book sounds super interesting.
  • About: Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history.
  • Starring: Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle and Chis’ wife is played by Sienna Miller- wonderful casting and the film is directed by Clint Eastwood.
  • Releases: January 16
  • My thoughts: This is one of my favorite movies of all-time and will no doubt stay with me forever. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh, make you bawl like a baby and give you a true appreciation for those that serve our great country. A must see!!!!!!!!!!!
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (This film actually released at the end of 2014, but it’s just too phenomenal not to include.)
  • About: Based on the true World War II story of survival, resilience and redemption. To sum it up, this is basically the account of one of the most inspirational men’s survival story.
  • Starring: Jack O’Connell plays the main character and Angelina Jolie directs.
  • Releases: December 25, 2014
  • My thoughts: The book was the most inspirational story I’ve had the pleasure of reading and the movie rivals American Sniper for the most influential movies I’ve seen maybe ever. And like American Sniper, the story of Louis Zamperini will stay with me forever. Another must see!!!!!!!!!!!

Something to think about….

Have you read any of the above books? Tell me what you thought.

Do you have a favorite movie that was a book first?

Is reading more, one of your 2015 goals? If so, check out my Book Club page; where I have all of my book reviews in one place and you can also find a list of my all-time favorite reads.