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8 Books to Read in 2013 before They Become Movies ...

By Lauren

If you're a lover of both movies and reading, then this is definitely a great list of books to read in 2013 for you! It seems like every great book is now being turned into a movie, and sometimes it's more fun to read the book before you see the movie! Thus, this is a list of 10 books to read in 2013 before they become movies! It will help add more titles to your reading list as well as possibly excite you to learn that your favorite book you've already read is being turned into a movie soon!

Table of contents:

  1. Carrie
  2. Catching fire
  3. Ender's game
  4. The mortal instruments: city of bones
  5. The book thief
  6. Winter's tale
  7. The sky is everywhere
  8. Dark places

1 Carrie

First up on our list of books to read in 2013 before they become movies is Stephen King's classic 1974 novel Carrie. This remake of the 1976's movie "Carrie" will feature Chloe Moretz as Carrie White, who is a lonely and awkward teen, constantly bullied at school by her peers and beaten at home at the hands of her religious mother. However, Carrie has a secret: she has the incredible power of telekinesis and her classmates will soon find out how terrifying that can be for them. Carrie is expected to come to theaters on October 18, 2013.

2 Catching Fire

Ever since The Hunger Games hit the big screen, we've all been anxious to know when the sequel would hit theaters. Well, now we have a date! The second part of The Hunger Games trilogy, "Catching Fire," will be coming to theaters November 22, 2013! This time, Katniss and Peeta are thrown back into the arena for the most climatic and menacing of the Hunger Games, known as the Quarter Quell. I don't know about you guys, but I'm excited to see Finnick in a physical form!

3 Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card's science fiction series is making its way into theaters November 1, 2013. 70 years after a terrible alien war, a gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. The cast includes Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, and Hugo's Asa Butterfield. So if you're into the science fiction fantasy genre, definitely pick up this series before you see the movie!

4 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Since its release in 2008, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series has gained a huge following who have been pushing for a film adaptation (myself included). Fans no longer have to wait as the first Mortal Instruments movie will be coming to theaters August 23, 2013! When Clary Fray's mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, she discovers a world of Shadowhunters, a group of teenagers who try to rid the world of demons. Lily Collins was cast to play Clary and Jamie Campbell Bower plays Jace, her love interest. Get ready for another fantasy love story!

5 The Book Thief

Already set to be released on January 17, 2014, this young adult novel is beloved by many. Set in Germany during World War II, the novel follows Liesel Meminger, a foster girl who finds herself stealing books and learning to read in the midst of wartime chaos. Sophie Nélisse will star as Liesel along with Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer and Nico Liersch. It will be interesting to see how the movie adaptation uses death as a narrator like in the novel.

6 Winter's Tale

This film does not have set release date yet except for the year 2013, but there is already a big list of celebrities who will be a part of the cast. Set in the 19th century and modern Manhattan, this NYC fantasy tells the story of a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse. Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, and Matt Bomer are among the big names to star in this upcoming movie.

7 The Sky is Everywhere

Although this film is still in development and has no release date year, Selena Gomez has already announced that she has signed on to play the lead role of Lennie. In the novel, Lennie has always happily been second fiddle to her charismatic older sister, Bailey. However, when Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie is overcome by emotion. Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey's boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town. This is definitely going to be the next romantic movie to make me cry!

8 Dark Places

This was one that surprised me to find as I've read the book and had no idea it was being turned into a movie! For all of you Thriller/Horror genre lovers, this is the book for you! This novel from author Gillian Flynn tells the story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered at the family's farmhouse when she was only 7. Her testimony sent her older brother Ben to prison for life, and at 24, Libby decides to meet with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigate the case and force her to rethink what really happened. Charlize Theron has signed on to play Libby Day and will also produce the film.

I love it when I hear that a film is coming out of a book I've already read. Makes me feel like I know the story better than anyone else who hasn't read the book. Plus I get to go see the film with a different mind-set than anyone who hasn't read the book. I'm surprised when a film adaptation actually surpasses a book, but I'm also open to it happening! Are there any books you've read that you heard are being turned into movies?

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