11 books to read before you watch the movie in 2018 (+1)

11 books to read before you watch the movie in 2018 (+1)

It’s not a secret that I love reading. Another thing I love is watching movies based on books.

Yes, I know. Movies based on books open a never-ending debate, they divide people, terrible wars are fought trying to defend the book’s honor, wars that would make Helen of Troy blush shyly while people try to prove that the movie is not like the book and never will be.

I do agree on a certain level. The movie won’t ever be like the book, but that’s only because books and movies are two completely different communication channels. It would be like drinking a glass of wine and pretending the color, the taste and texture to be coke. If I want a coke I drink a coke. Yes, there is the chance that I might be disappointed in the movie and bitch and complaint about it, but I always watch it before judging.

So I kind of reached a personal compromise. I don’t skip movies based on books, but where possible I always try to read the book first. I still want to live the story on paper first, I want to create my own characters in my head, and not be guided by specific faces, features and cinematographic choices.

For this reason, at this time of the year I always make a list of all the movies based on books that are coming out soon and I want to watch, so I can be prepared and update my To Read List.

So here’s my list of books to read before the movie comes out in 2018.

I have already read some of them, the others went straight into my To Read List in Goodreads.

That’s the only problem. I don’t need one life to watch all the movies I want to watch and read all the books I want to read. I need at least 14.

 

  1. Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx

This is a dark coming-of-age story. Luke is the average teenager. And he is only joking when, while smoking weed with his friends, he predicts the death of his best friend Stan. Too bad that Stan dies the exact day, at the exact time and in the exact way that Luke predicted. And Stan’s death is only the first one that Luke sees before it happens.

I’m currently reading this book and I’m really curios to see the movie. The books is nice even if I don’t see it as this amazing masterpiece. One thing I’m really liking is the constant reference to music: Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and many more. I really hope they will use all of that to build the movie soundtrack.

"Hurt? I don't know if I really need any more of that in my life at the moment"

About the movie

  • Release date in 2018. Starring Cameron Monaghan (I love his Ian in Shameless, another reason why I want to watch the movie so badly).
  • IMDB link
  • No trailer yet

 

2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I loved this book.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. One day he goes up to the bell tower at school to see how it feels to look down from there, and the last thing he is expecting is to find Violet Markey, one of the popular girls at school, up there on the ledge, too.

Theo and Violet are more similar than what they think. He is fighting with depression, she had a traumatic incident that brought her on the edge of a breakdown. They pare up in a project that will take them through a treasure hunt across the city. During this time Violet will learn to live again, and while friendship turns into love, the real question is: who is saving who here? And will they be able to really save each other?

I can’t go into much details, I don’t want to spoil the plot. But yes, I have cried.

“The thing I realize is, that it's not what you take, it's what you leave.”

About the movie

  • Release date in 2018, starring Elle Fanning
  • IMDB link
  • No trailer yet

 

3. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

One of the books at the top of my to read list. The story is autobiographic. Garrard Conley was the son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in his small town. When Garrard was a nineteen, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality, or risk losing his family, friends, and support system entirely.

I’m really looking forward to both the book and the movie.

About the movie

  • Release date in 2018, starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Joel Edgerton.
  • IMDB link
  • No trailer yet

 

4. A Wrinkle in Time by  Madeleine L’Engle

A classic sci-fi adventure for children. From Amazon: When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a ‘wrinkle in time’ for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as ‘It’. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.

About the movie

  • Release date March 2018, starring Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Reese Witherspoon. It’s Disney, do I need to add anything else?
  • IMDB link
  • Trailer

 

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli

Another book I really enjoyed. Simon is 16 and struggling with understanding who he really is, where does he really fit. His life is not too bad, despite all the doubts. That is until the wrong email ends up in one of his classmate’s hands. Because in that email it’s clear that Simon is in love with the mysterious Blue, the person he is exchanging emails with, day after day. From the email it’s also clear that Blue is a boy and not a girl.

“White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.”

About the movie

  • I must admit the teaser trailer does not catch my attention at all, but the book was really good so I will give the movie a go for sure. It is supposed to come out in March 2018.
  • IMDB link
  • Trailer

 

6. Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters

Added to my wish list. An apocalyptic event breaks the barriers with the dead, and now ghosts can roam freely on earth. Recently all the ghosts are gaining power and Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate to find out why. They will uncover a sinister truth.

About the movie

  • Release date in 2018, starring Bella Thorne and Richard Harmon (Murphy in “The 100”)
  • Link IMDB
  • No trailer yet

 

7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In my wish list. From Amazon: It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. Wade Watts is a teenager who escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours into the OASIS, a virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. When OASIS founder James Halliday dies with no heir, he promises that control of the OASIS will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation. Wade starts a battle for the ultimate prize, fighting against all others OASIS players.

About the movie

  • Release date in March 2018. The director is Steven Spielberg.
  • Link IMDB
  • Trailer

 

8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Another book about the end of the world that ends up in my wish list (I can’t help it, I love them). From Amazon: A mysterious disease has killed most of America’s children. Ruby might have survived, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse than a virus: frightening abilities they cannot control. Pressured by the government, Ruby’s parents sent her to Thurmond, a brutal state ‘rehabilitation camp’, where she has learned to fear and suppress her new power. But what if mastering it is a whole generation’s only chance for survival?

About the movie

  • Release date in September 2018, starring Mandy Moore and Amandla Stenberg (from Everything Everything).
  • IMDB link
  • No trailer yet

 

9. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Another book in my wish-lit, another trilogy. From Amazon: For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic. Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.

About the movie

  • Release date in February 2018, starring Nathalie Portmant
  • Link IMDB
  • Trailer

 

10. The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

Another one I’m really curios to read. Set in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave fills New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. It is the very beginning of the Mafia in the States. In charge of the investigation is Joseph Petrosino, called the “Italian Sherlock Holmes”, an ingenious detective who will start a war against the organized crime.

About the movie

  • Release date in 2018, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
  • Link IMDB
  • No trailer yet.

 

11. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This was actually the very first book I read in 2017 (yes, I know, starting the year with happiness and joy). It’s the autobiographic story of Sylvia Plath and her fight against mental illness. The books is about Esther Greenwood’s life, and her battle with depression and suicidal behavior.

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

About the movie

  • Release date in 2018. Directed by Kirsten Dunst and starring Dakota Fanning.
  • Link IMDB
  • No trailer yet

 

+1 Wonder by R. J. Palacio

This movie actually comes out this month. It is one of the movies I can’t wait to watch at the end of this year, so I just have to add it to the list. Where do I even begin?

Wonder is about Auggie, a 10 years old kid who was born with a terrible facial abnormally. Auggie feels completely ordinary, but people do not look at him in an ordinary way. He survived 27 facial surgeries so far, that’s why he is able to breathe, see, eat… to live. People look at him and all they see is his abnormal face, but Auggie is much more than that. Like he says, his head is that big only because it’s full of dreams after all.

Auggie has always been home schooled but now his parents decided to send him to a real school, out there, with real kids, and the possibility of making real friends. The book follows Auggie in his adventure to live an extraordinary ordinary life, never losing the strength of looking at the world and actually see all the wonders it holds.

You have to read the book before watching the movie. And when you reach the last page and you close it, try to keep a little piece of Auggie with you.

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”

About the movie

  • Release date is November 2017, starring Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson
  • Link IMDB
  • Trailer

 

What about you? Have you read any of the books in my wish list? Do you have any recommendations? I’d love to hear them, leave me a comment!

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