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100 Books to Read Before They're Movies

Jun 4 2016 - 7:00am

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.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Silence by Shusaku Endo

King of Heists by J. North Conway

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Get Her Off the Pitch by Lynne Truss

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud

Home Is Burning by Dan Marshall

It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario

Six Years by Harlan Coben

The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

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

The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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

American Tabloid by James Ellroy

The Art of the Engine Driver by Steven Carroll

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

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Facing the Wind by Julie Salamon

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

1984 by George Orwell

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

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

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

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


Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Inferno by Dan Brown

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

Men of Granite by William McGee

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith

The November Criminals by Sam Munson

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

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

The Diary of a Chambermaid by Octave Mirbeau

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Climb to Conquer by Peter Shelton

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

Van Cliburn by Howard Reich

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

The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes

Goat by Brad Land

Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Fifty Shades Freed

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan

Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick

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