If there is one thing I love more than reading books its watching movies so I always get excited about film adaptions. Of course, since we all know that the book is (almost always) better than the movie, here is a list of the titles you’ll want to read before buying your movie tickets.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Of all the film adaptations coming out over the next few months, The Martian, which puts a unique and interstellar spin on the survival story, is probably the most highly anticipated. Opening in October, Matt Damon stars as the astronaut accidentally left behind on Mars.

Room by Emma Donoghue

For five-year-old Jack, Room is his home. But for Ma, Room is the prison she’s been held captive in for the past seven years. Told from Jack’s perspective, I was absolutely blown away by this book so Room is the film adaptation that I am most looking forward to seeing.

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Inspired by the true story of Lili Elbe, a transgender women and one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery, the book won the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association and the film is already gaining Oscar buzz (in particular for lead actor Eddie Redmayne).

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

In early 1950s, Eilis Lacey leaves her home in Ireland for better opportunities in Brooklyn, New York. In America, she finds both a life and love, but when tragedy strikes and she is required to return home, Eilis is forced to make a choice between her past and her future.

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

When Highsmith’s novel was originally published (under a pseudonym) in 1952, it was heralded for its sensitive treatment of the lesbian relationship between young Therese and housewife Carol. The film stars Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett and is being released under the book’s alternate title.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This second installment of the Maze Runner series follows Thomas and the other Gladers as they attempt to cross – and survive – a burned out wasteland known as the Scorch.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The final film in the popular Hunger Games series hits theaters this November.  (Ed. Note: holds three fingers up. Whistles quietly)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

If you are one of those readers who gets annoyed when anyone refers to the Monster as Frankenstein, you’ll be happy to know that the upcoming adaptation is titled Victor Frankenstein and stars James McAvoy as the title scientist with Daniel Radcliffe as his protégé Igor.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Something wicked this way comes in December in this film version that stars Michael Fassbender as the power hungry Scottish duke and Marion Cotillard as his equally ambitious wife.


Jill Grunenwald is a librarian and a Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive