ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

These days it seems like movies movies are either a sequel, spinoff, reboot or adaptation. While I'm the type of person who loves seeing my favorite books brought to the silver screen, I like to be able to read the book and imagine my own characters before seeing them played by a big name actor.

It might be too late for you to read The Fifth Wave, The Choice, or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before the movies are released, but there's still time to catch some of these popular books before they're rereleased by stills from their 2016 film adaptations (I'm looking at you, The Martian).

Here are 14 of the books set to become movies this year that you should catch before they reach theaters:

How to be Single

Author: Liz Tuccillo
Director: Christian Ditter
Release date: February 12

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Author: Katherine Paterson
Director: Stephen Herek
Release date: February 19

The Taliban Shuffle (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)

Author: Kim Barker
Director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Release date: March 4


Author: Veronica Roth
Director: Robert Schwentke
Release date: March 18

Through the Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll
Director: James Bobin
Release date: May 27

Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes
Director: Thea Sharrock
Release date: June 3


Author: Roald Dalh
Director: Thea Sharrock
Release date: July 1

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Author: Mike and Dave Stangle
Director: Jake Szymanski
Release date: July 8

The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins
Director: Tate Taylor
Release date: October 7

A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Release date: October 14


Author: Dan Brown
Director: Ron Howard
Release date: October 14

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author: J.K. Rowling
Director: David Yates
Release date: November 18


Author: Shusaku Endo
Director: Martin Scorsese
Release date: November

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs
Director: Tim Burton
Release date: December 25

There are a few more titles that are announced for 2016, but since their release dates are subject to change I've excluded them for now. Grab your Kindles or head to the library, because it's time to start reading!

Which of these books are you most excited to read before the movie comes out?


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