Author: Sherry Helms
Every year, an average of thirty books in numerous genres– including classics, suspense, mystery, thriller, children’s, YA– have been adapted into movies, and 2014 is no exception. There are a few highly anticipated movies based on bestselling books that are going to be released in coming months this year. But before they hit the big screen, make sure to read the book first to get a better foundation for all of them.
Here, we have compiled a list of such books- worth reading before they come to theatres. Have a look:
Targeted towards 12 years old and up, Mead’s book series is an enthralling story based on St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school where human-vampire hybrids learn magic to become the protector of the mortal vampire race. The protagonists, Lissa Dragomir and dhampir Rose are chums and shares a special bond that they can’t quite explain. After being away for 2 years, they are captured and brought back to the Vampire Academy.
Why You Should Read It: Filled with plenty of wicked vampire adversaries, this book is highly recommended for those who love action and romance.
Cast: Sarah Hyland, Zoey Deutch, Olga Kurylenko, Joely Richardson
Release Date: February 7
Set in 1916, Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin is a novel laced with fantasy and romance. It is a spellbinding love story of a burglar, Peter Lake and the heiress of Manhattan mansion, Beverly Penn. After the death of the fatally ill young woman, Peter Lake discovers the ability to bring her back from the dead.
Why You Should Read It: You’ll like Helprin’s lyrical prose and surreal depiction of a snow-bound New York in this amazing 748-page novel. A must-read novel for everyone who is looking for a story that is filled with love, beauty and justice.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer
Release Date: February 14
First book in teenage dystopian trilogy penned by author Veronica Roth is set in a future Chicago where people are divided into five factions based on their personality traits (intellectual, Amity, Candor, Fearless and Abnegation). The protagonist, Tris, discovers that she doesn’t quite fit into any of the groups and hence declared Divergent. She determines to retaliate when she exposes the plan to eradicate all the Divergents.
Why You Should Read It: This is a real page turning series that will leave readers wanting more just as the The Hunger Games series did! Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good dystopian book with a lot of action sequences, a bit romance and good plot!
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd
Release date: March 21
John Green’s most ambitious and touching work yet, The Fault in our Stars is a poignant tale of 16-year old girl, Hazel, who is suffered from stage IV cancer and a boy named, Augustus Waters, who is afflicted with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcomameets. They meet in a cancer support group. With a shared obsession of the book written by Peter Van Houten, The Imperial Affliction, and a similar sense of sarcasm both fall in love, despite their inevitable fate.
Why You Should Read It: A truthful and hilarious novel tackles big subjects like –life, cancer, death, love. The depth of the thoughts of the characters and the fear, rage and sadness that accompanies the terminal illness will have you smiling, crying, and possibly even depressed for a few days after you read it. If you enjoy YA novels, full of witty humor and tear-jerking events, this book is just right for you.
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort
Release date: June 6
Set in a Utopian fantasy world where everything is perfect, Lois Lowry’s well-loved novel, The Giver is a story of 12-year old Jonas who has been chosen as the “Receiver of Memories”. The old receiver “The Giver,” who knows the truth of the past, trained him. Often described as the first YA dystopian novel, “The Giver” shows the dark side of a utopian society, like lack of personal liberty.
Why You Should Read It: A brilliant book to read with family and friends and will give you a lot to think about.
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Taylor Swift
Release date: August 15
Dark Places A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was 7 when her mother and two older sisters were killed in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” The sole survivor of the brutal murder attempt, Libby testified her 15-year-old brother, Ben as the Killer. Twenty-five years later, the hardened and selfish, Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of murder-obsessed amateur investigators. She’s stunned to hear that most of them believe Ben was wrongly accused and the real murderer is still on the loose.
Why You Should Read It: A perfect read for every mystery and crime lover. The author has concocted such a twisted and suspenseful plot that even the shrewdest readers won’t have envisaged it.
Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Release date: September 1
The world of Judd is ruined when he had to face the pain of not only the sudden death of his father but also the betrayal of his wife Jen, who had an affair with his boss. As per the dying wish of Judd’s father, he was forced to sit down to Shiva and spend seven days and nights with his dysfunctional family under one roof for the first time in a decade. They confront their problems and deal with years of repressed bitterness, misunderstanding, and fury.
Why You Should Read It: This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper is a wickedly funny and emotionally touching novel that makes you both cringe and crack up. The author has portrayed the characters so realistically that you’ll find yourself absorbed in it even after the book is over.
Cast: Rose Byrne, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Dax Shepard, Connie Britton, Jason Bateman
Release date: September 12
Released in 2009, The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a YA Dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. A boy named Thomas wakes up in the lift with zero memory. Surrounded by a group of boys, he was trapped in a place called the Glade that is full of horrible creatures called Grievers.
Why You Should Read It: It is an enthralling novel with extremely captivating plot that will keep you up at all hours of the night until you finish. There is always so much mystery, dangerous twists and turns, suspense and thrill being built up throughout the story that you will be drooled over the pages.
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Release Date: September 19
Unbroken penned by author Laura Hillenbrand is a true story of an Olympic track star, Louis Zamperini, who became an airman in World War II. In May of 1943, his plane crashed over the Pacific Ocean. After being stranded at sea for more than a month on a raft without food or water and having to fend off leaping sharks, he and his companion Russell were taken as a prisoner by Japanese Forces.
Why You Should Read It: From the author of the bestselling Seabiscuit, Unbroken is a perfect read for a fan of war stories. A memorable story of man’s ride into extremity, this is the evidence to the resilience of the human will power and courage.
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Jack O’Connell, Jai Courtney.
Release date: December 25
A woman named Christine wakes up in an unknown bedroom everyday next to a stranger. Each night, her memories disappear after she falls asleep. The story moves forward with a slow pace and the narrator of the story, Christine, tries to understand and uncover the hidden truths of her past. Relying on her doctor, she starts a journal to help jog her memory every day.
Why You Should Read It: Suspenseful from start to finish, Before I go to Sleep is a must read for every mystery and suspense lover.
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth
Release Date: No release date has been set yet