(This post may contain affiliate links. To read my full disclosure, click here.)
2018 is just around the corner, and so are all the great books being made into movies!
There is nothing, and I mean nothing, better than watching a well-made movie based on a book that you’ve fallen in love with.
I can remember finding out that there was a movie made based on the book The Outsiders about six months after I had finished reading it. In those six months, I had dived head first into a black hole of obsession with The Outsiders and anything related to the story. When my parents told me about the movie, I was overjoyed! We found a copy and watched it that night. That movie ushered me into a new part of my life, one where books came to life on screen and Patrick Swazye made my heart skip a beat.
Of course, the book is always better than the movie.
Ever since watching ‘The Outsiders’, I have loved going to the cinema to watch movies based on books I’ve read. The Fifth Wave, The Book Thief, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and other such adaptations have all made strong impressions on me. There is something about watching real people portray the characters that have been running about in your mind that is equal parts intriguing and thrilling.
Disclaimer: Just because a book is on this list does not mean I necessarily recommend it. I have not read all the books on this list, therefore I cannot give an accurate recommendation for them. This is simply a list of the most popular book to movie adaptions being released in 2018.
Before you read the rest of this post…
Check out the Barnes and Noble membership! When you sign up, you get $60 dollars worth of coupons (that’s almost three times what the membership costs!). You also get 40% off hardcover bestsellers and 10% off almost everything else! And the best part: FREE shipping!!! I’ve been a member for almost 2 years now, and the membership always pays for itself. It’s so worth it. You can sign up here.
Don’t miss out on reading these books before they become movies!
Books Becoming Movies in 2018:
(Please note that almost all of these books come with FREE shipping! I just love free shipping, don’t you?)
*All prices are subject to change.
This action packed war story is sure to be memorable. And, guys, Chris Hemsworth is playing the lead. CHRIS HEMSWORTH! The book is based on the true story of a small Special Forces band that fought the Taliban immediately following 9/11. This band fought against odds of 40 to 1 bravely and relentlessly. Plot: They are treated like heroes as they ride on horses into the city of Mazar-e Sharif. The streets are overrun with Afghans cheering because the Taliban have been kicked out. Thinking that their mission is complete, the soldiers rest easy. And then, the story takes a shocking turn. During a surrender of Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers are ambushed by the would-be P.O.W.s and, greatly outnumbered, they must fight for their lives in the city’s ancient fortress known as Qala-I Janghi: House of War. This book has received some pretty high praise. The New York Times said it was “A thrilling action ride of a book.”, and Vince Flynn described it to be “As gripping as the most intricately-plotted thriller.” The movie is sure to be outstanding, so make sure you read this incredible story before it hits theaters in January. You can purchase it HERE for $14.40 (paperback) or $9.99 (Nook).
This is the charming story of two down-on-their-luck octogenarians on a road trip with nothing to lose. Ella and John have enjoyed a wonderful life and marriage for almost sixty years. Now they’re on the run from their doctors and middle-aged children, all of whom just want them to adjust peacefully into an undignified life suitable for their ‘old age’. Traveling in their trusty camper, the pair set off on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery along Route 66. Although they are getting older every day, Ella is determined that they’ll make it to their destination to relive one more carefree day together, even if it’s their last. This is sure to be a heart-warming and enjoyable read. You can purchase it HERE for $12.64 (paperback) or $6.24 (Nook).
Don’t miss book three in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series! The movie will be staring MTV’s star of Teen Wolf Dylan O’Brian. I personally loved the Maze Runner series. Each book had me enthralled from page one to the very end. James Dashner does a fantastic job of weaving together a twisting plot with likeable characters. This book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat while also making you feel like you know the characters personally. The plot: WICKED stole everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends–the Gladers. But it’s finally over, and the horrid trials are complete, after one final test. But Thomas remembers far more than WICKED thinks. Thomas beat the Maze and survived the Scorch, and now he’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be the end of everything. There is no more time for lies. You can purchase this book HERE for $9.99 (paperback) r $7.99 (Nook).
This beloved children’s book is getting it’s own live-action movie adaption, although the story may not be exactly how you remember it. The young child in your life will love watching Peter’s antics as he hops across the screen causing mischief. What better way to get you child to love reading than to introduce them to this book and follow up with a trip to the movie theater? Your kid is sure to love it! You can purchase this book HERE for $3.99.
Another movie based on an installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has fans ecstatic. This erotica trilogy has been the topic of controversy for quite some time now. The plot: When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. Ana must learn to share Grey’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity or independence; and Grey must overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that still haunt him. Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true. To purchase this book for $10.17 (paperback) or $9.99 (Nook), click HERE.
This movie adaption, a science fiction/action horror film, is based on the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy. This is a Nebula Award-winning novel that “reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world” (Kim Stanley Robinson). The plot: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature’s overgrowth has reclaimed the last of human civilization. Although the first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape, all of the following expeditions have been tragedies. The second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire when its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned acting strangely, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. We join the twelfth expedition. Four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist comprise this brave group. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding. Yet the real dangers are the surprises that followed the across the border and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another. Click HERE to purchase this book for $9.24 (paperback) or $9.92 (Nook).
Ever had a relative move in with you? It can be hard, and this book is sure to capture all of the emotions in a heartfelt, humorous, and touching story. Plot: Peter had his own room before his grandpa moved in and invaded his territory. To reclaim his room, Peter decides to declare ‘war’ with his grandpa. “Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child’s inability to control his life.”– “School Library Journal. This book is great for 12-17 year old. You can buy it HERE for $6.99.
This novel (soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!)is an espionage thriller Edgar Award winner that is “a primer in twenty-first century spying” (The New York Times Book Review). Plot: Dominika Egorova, a state intelligence officer, struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence bureaucracy. Forced to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash. Nathaniel is a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and, inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s most valuable mole in Moscow. Dominika, wishing to exact vengeance, begins a double life working for the CIA. Her and Nathaniel’s attraction and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the surprising climax of this electrifying spy thriller. Red Sparrow displays author Jason Matthews’s insider knowledge of espionage, counter-espionage, surveillance tradecraft, recruiting spies, interrogation, and intelligence gathering. You can purchase it HERE for $10.82 (paperback) or $12.99 (Nook).
Do you like fast paced, action packed movies staring vigilantes? Then this is for you! Also, the movie adaption will be staring Bruce Willis, who I’m sure will play the part perfectly. Plot: A normal father/husband becomes a deadly vigilante after the death of his wife. A gang of drug addicts breaks into successful New York accountant Paul Benjamin’s home while he is enjoying a three-martini lunch. When the gang can’t find the amount of money they were hoping for, they attack and kill Paul’s wife and leave his daughter comatose. After the police tell Paul that there is nothing they can do, he decides to take justice into his own hands. Armed with a revolver and a self-destructive compulsion, he sets out to purge the city of its villains, starting with the men who destroyed his family. To buy this novel for $11.82 (paperback) or $5.99 (Nook), click HERE.
This novel is a science fiction and fantasy classic, and the movie looks like it’s going to be EPIC! I read this book as a child and greatly enjoyed it, but this book can be appreciated and loved by people of every age. The plot: Meg, her brother Charlie, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they are interrupted by a strange visitor who tells them about the tesseract. She explains that a tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. Through a twist of events, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school) are thrown into a journey through time and space. They search for Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while doing secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. The soon to be released movie adaption will star Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. To purchase this book for $6.99, click HERE.
This book is a Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year and National Book Award Longlist. Plot: Simon Spier is a sixteen-year-old musical theater enthusiast. He’s also gay, but he doesn’t want anyone to know. But Simon is in danger of being exposed when his secret falls into the wrong hands. Now Simon, who can’t stand change, must find away to tell the truth and accept the results. This novel is hailed as a hilarious and poignant debut. To purchase it for $7.04 (paperback) or $10.99 (Nook), click HERE.
This book’s movie adaption is being directed by none other than STEVEN SPIELBERG! Plot: In the year of 2044, the world is in ruins. Natural resources are running low, the environment is decaying, and poverty and disease are destroying the population. OASIS is the only way of escape for people like Wade Watts. OASIS is a virtual utopia where you can live, love, and simply be on any of tens of thousands of plants. And as an added bonus, there is a virtual ‘lottery ticket’ hidden among the programming: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles scattered through the virtual worlds. Although it is known that the riddles are based on late twentieth century culture, millions of people over the span of years have failed to solve the puzzle. That is, until Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, Wade and thousands of competitors are caught up in a dangerous race to find the ultimate prize. But this race will drastically change both the virtual world and the real world. You can purchase this novel HERE for $10.07 (paperback) or $9.99 (Nook).
Cate Blanchett will be the star of this book’s adaption. Plot: A clever, hysterical drama/comedy about a family in turmoil after the disappearance of its cornerstone. Bernadette Fox is practically a legend. She is fiercely opinionated, and, as a result, viewed by the local private school mother’s as a complete disgrace. When Bee, Bernadette’s 15-year-old daughter, aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica, the story takes a drastic turn. Bernadette, suffering from agoraphobia, has to have a virtual assistant run even her most basic errands to avoid panicking. Traveling to Antarctica may just put her over the edge, and thus, she disappears. This novel is made up of email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence collected by Bee in her search for her mother. This is the unforgettable tale of a mother and daughter against the world. You can purchase this novel HERE for $10.07 (paperback) or $7.99 (Nook).
Carcharodon megalodon is the most terrifying creature to have occupied the planet. She is a 70-foot, 60,000 pound Great White Shark with hundreds of 7-inch serrated teeth and a jaw capable of swallowing an elephant whole. If you’re close enough to see her, you’re a goner. Jonas Taylor, a deep sea submersible pilot, knows just how horrifying this beast can be. Years ago, seven miles down into the Mariana Trench, Jonas came face to face with an ancient monster. Everyone thought she was extinct, but they were terribly wrong. After narrowly escaping Meg’s gigantic bite, Jonas must prove that what he saw still exists. Jonas pounces on a chance to go back to the trench, and he plans to return with one of Meg’s 7-inch teeth. But messing with this beast’s territory releases a nightmare no one predicted, and Jonas is the only one who can stop it. You can get this book for $9.99 HERE.
On her tenth birthday, Ruby woke up infected with a mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children. Her terrified parents locked her in the garage until the police could transport her to a ‘rehabilitation camp’. But Ruby didn’t die. She did something much worse. She survived. Ruby and her fellow survivors emerged from the disease with frightening abilities they cannot control. Now a teenager, Ruby has become incredible dangerous. But Ruby’s been keeping a secret from everyone (even the camp directors), and now that it’s out, she’s on the run. Fleeing for her life, Ruby joins a group of young escapees: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who can’t help but fall for Ruby. Ruby, however, can’t risk a relationship. At least, not after what happened to her parents. Chased by dangerous adults (including an anti-government agency that wants to exploit Ruby’s unique abilities), the fugitive teenagers search for a safe haven built for kids like them. You can purchase this novel HERE for $9.99 (paperback) or $7.99 (Nook).
Plot: Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, is on a mysterious adventure. He must help his uncle Jonathan and next-door neighbor turn back the very hands of time. This is the only way to save the world from the disaster that will begin when a certain clock stops ticking within the walls of Jonathan’s house. You can purchase this book HERE for $6.99.
This is a memoir that deals with several controverals topics. Garrard Conley, whose father was a Baptist pastor in a small town in Arkansas, lived life terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. At nineteen-years-old, Garrard’s family discovered the truth. He was given two options: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program designed to lead youth back to the ways of heterosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he’d known his whole life. You can purchase this memoir HERE for $11.42 (paperback) or $14.99 (Nook).
If you liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you’re sure to love this book by the same author. This riveting novel was a bestseller in the UK, and it’s sure to keep you on the edge of you seat. It’s the fourth book in the Millennium series, so you might want to check out the earlier books before picking this one up. Plot: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist used to know each other, but they lost contact a long time ago. Then Mikael is warned by a Lisbeth that his life is in imminent danger. Although Mikael fears for his life, his chief concern is for his son. Although the situation is risky, Mikael has his terrifying story published. Lagercrantz weaves together a story of artificial intelligence, super-hackers, and cyber attacks with this suspenseful novel. You can get it HERE for for $11.35 (paperback) or $9.99 (Nook).
This book is based on the fascinating life of Neil Armstrong. The author, James R. Hansen, was give exclusive access to documents and papers that shed a new and illuminating light on Armstrong, his family, and his achievements. If you’re a history buff, a lover of space, or simply someone who is interested in one of America’s most admired heroes, this book is sure to become a treasured possession. You can purchase it HERE for $15.91 (paperback) or $14.99 (Nook).
This New York Times bestseller is the unforgettable and beautiful tale of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.’If you’re looking for the next The Fault in Our Stars, this is it’ – Guardian. Plot: Desiring to kill himself, Theodore Finch is enraptured with death. Every time he is on the verge of taking his life, something good happens to stop him. Violet Markey, traumatized by the recent death of her sister, cannot wait for the future. She anxiously counts down the days until graduation when she can escape her small Indiana town and the memories that plague it. In an unexpected turn of events, Theodore and Violet meet on the edge of a perilously tall bell tower. They can’t figure out who saved whom. The unlikely pair team up to discover the natural wonders of their state as well as a few things about life… and death. Theodore discovers that when he is with Violet, he can truly be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s with Theodore that Violet can forget to count down the days and instead start living them. But the world is ever changing for Violet and the suicidal Theodore. Can Violet save him when she can’t even save herself? This intense and heartfelt novel is perfect for fans of John Green. You can get it HERE for $8.60 (paperback) or $7.99 (Nook).
This book has an incredible unique plot. Although I haven’t read this specific book, reading the description makes me want to. Plot: Would Jesus be able to achieve divinity if he came to earth in modern times? The Devil bets he wont. “If I win,” Lucifer said, “You will uncreate man.” “If you lose,” God warned him, “then you will become a man.” You can get this novel HERE for $24.50.
What movie releases am I most excited for?
Comment on this post and tell me which movie release you’re looking forward to in 2018!