READING RESOLUTIONS PT.1: READ THE BOOK BEFORE THE MOVIE
Books to inspire you to keep those Reading Resolutions. First up: read these books before their movies come out in 2016.
- •The 5th Wave by Rick YanceyThis young adult sci-fi novel takes place on an Earth being decimated by alien attacks. Some critics have said this series will do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires... See it in theaters January 21.
- •Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-SmithWho can resist Jane Austen's classic tale of the twisted love triangles crossing different social classes in 19th century England, while also facing an army of undead zombies? The movie is scheduled for release Feb. 5.
- •Me Before You by JoJo MoyesThe ultimate opposites-attract love story, small town girl Louisa finds herself falling in love with the newly-paralyzed ex-Master of the Universe. Scheduled for release March 4.
- •The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim BarkerNamed Whiskey Tango Foxtrot for its film release, Tina Fey plays journalist Kim Barker as she recounts her experiences covering "the forgotten war." Set for release March 4.
- •The Jungle Book by Rudyard KiplingThis is one of those stories that you think you know because you probably saw the Disney version years ago. But I promise you won't be sorry to have read the original, first published in 1894 about Mowgli, an orphan raised by wolves in the jungles of India, with strong allegory to British imperialism. The film is out April 15 and stars Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Idris Elba.
- •A Monster Calls by Patrick NessFrom the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. In theaters October 14.
- •Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThis psychological thriller is filled with voyeurism and addicting, page-turning tension. We're thinking the movie should be somewhere between Gone Girl and Red Eye. Its out in theaters on October 27.
- •American Pastoral by Philip RothSet in postwar America, Swede Levov watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter's new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family. Directed by and starring Ewan MacGregor, with Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly, this is slotted for late 2016 release.
- •Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk by Ben FountainWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award, this debut novel follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour". Set for release in November 2016.
- •Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)A must-read for all Potterheads, Fantastic Beasts is required reading at Hogwarts, an A-Z list of all the magical beings. The movie, set to come out November 2016 starring Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell, follows Scamander's adventures in secret wizarding societies in New York 70 years before Harry reads his book at school.
- •Miss Perigrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsThis creepy story takes place on a remote island off the coast of Wales where Jacob finds an abandoned house. Its former occupants were strange indeed, and may even still be there? Directed by Tim Burton, slotted for release next Christmas.
- •Silence by Shusaku EndoEndo's story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan amidst harsh persecution in his attempt to spread Christianity, won the 1966 Tanizaki Prize. Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, this film has been a long time coming, but is set to come out later in 2016.