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100 Books to Read Before They're Movies

Jan 13 2015 - 5:30am

There are always going to be books that are being made into movies [1], and we love to read them before they get the big-screen treatment as much as you do. If you like being able to say the book was better (isn't it always?), then we have 100 novels to dive into. Click through and see which books you need to add to your shelf — before they get to the theater.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Serena by Ron Rash

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Paper Towns by John Green

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Get Her Off the Pitch by Lynne Truss

Six Years by Harlan Coben

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Room by Emma Donoghue

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

We Froze the First Man by Robert F. Nelson

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

A Hologram For the King by Dave Eggers

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Driftless Area by Tom Drury

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Climb to Conquer by Peter Shelton

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

1984 by George Orwell

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Van Cliburn by Howard Reich

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray

Silence by Shusaku Endo

American Tabloid by James Ellroy

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Inferno by Dan Brown

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman

King of Heists by J. North Conway

The Diary of a Chambermaid by Octave Mirbeau

The Game by Neil Strauss

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

The Art of the Engine Driver by Steven Carroll

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey by Peter Carlson

Facing the Wind by Julie Salamon

Men of Granite by William McGee

Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Z For Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

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