20 Books to Read Before They Become Movies This Year

2017's biggest movies are all based on books.

If you're anything like us, you probably like to read the book before seeing the movie. This year, as usual, Hollywood is adapting a slew of books—fiction and nonfiction—into films, some of which you may already be familiar with. If you want to prepare yourself for the year ahead, look no further: we've compiled a handy reading guide for your convenience. You're going to be one well-informed movie maven.

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1 "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly

In theaters now!

What It's About: Hidden Figures is the true story of the female African-American mathematicians employed at NASA who helped launch the program's first successful space missions. In the film version, we see three talented and determined women cross their profession's gender and race lines, proving that anyone can be a hero even if they're not in the spotlight.

Who'll Be in the Film: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Janelle Monáe

If You Liked This, Try: Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt, The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

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2 "The Circle" by Dave Eggers

Coming to Theaters: April 28, 2017

What it's about: A woman gets a job at a powerful tech company called The Circle but begins to uncover its secrets. The Circle deals with how we use technology, and the boundaries between private and public, using the lead character's experience to explore whether tech companies ever get too close for comfort.

Who'll be in the film: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Karen Gillan

If you liked this, try: 10:04 by Ben Lerner, The Bug by Ellen Ullman

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3 "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver

Coming to theaters: March 3, 2017

What it's about: This young adult novel follows Samantha, a teenager who relives the last day of her life over and over for a week. She is forced to untangle the mystery of her death and begins to question how perfect her former life actually was.

Who'll be in the film: Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals, Halston Sage

If you liked this, try: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Go Ask Alice

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4 "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

Coming to theaters: April 7, 2017

What it's about: Auggie has a facial deformity that cause his schoolmates to shun him. In Wonder, which is told from several different viewpoints, we learn how Auggie sees himself and how others see him. Heartbreaking yet inspiring, this is one for both kids and adults.

Who'll be in the film: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay

If you liked this, try: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

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5 "Live By Night" by Dennis Lehane

Coming to theaters: January 13, 2017

What it's about: During the Prohibition era, a Boston man rises from petty thief to become the Gulf Coast's most successful rum runner. Live by Night gives us full "gangster tale," dealing with whether someone can be involved in the world of crime and still be a good person at heart.

Who it stars: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller

If you liked this, try: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

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6 "The Lost City of Z" by David Grann

Coming to theaters: April 14, 2017

What it's about: Grann's book introduces us to the true story of British explorer Colonel Percival Fawcett, who vanished in 1925 while searching for an ancient city in the Amazon. The Lost City of Z follows the paths of Fawcett's adventures, leading up to his disappearance in the jungle.

Who'll be in the film: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson

If you liked this, try: Endurance by Alfred Lansing and Nathaniel Philbrick, The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

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7 "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes

Coming to theaters: March 10, 2017

What it's about: In this short, philosophical novel, which won the Man Booker Prize, Tony Webster comes face-to-face with his past and is forced to rethink his life. The Sense of an Ending is about the human condition and how we reflect on our experiences as time passes.

Who'll be in the film: Michelle Dockery, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling

If you liked this, try: Levels of Life by Julian Barnes, The Sea by John Banville

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8 "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman

Coming to theaters: March 31, 2017

What it's about: The keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, help to save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion during World War II. The Zookeeper's Wife draws on the unpublished diaries of Antonina and sheds light on what was a mostly unknown story before the book came out in 2007.

Who'll be in the film: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl

If you liked this, try: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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9 "The Dinner" by Herman Koch

Coming to theaters: May 5, 2017

What it's about: Two couples meet for dinner in Amsterdam. The mealtime conversation eventually leads to their sons, both of whom were involved in a horrific act that shattered their families. A surprising, dark thriller, The Dinner ultimately deals with the lengths parents will go to in order to protect their children.

Who'll be in the film: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall

If you liked this, try: Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch, You by Caroline Kepnes

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10 "Fifty Shades Darker" by E. L. James

Coming to theaters: February 10, 2017

What it's about: This Fifty Shades of Grey sequel continues the sexy story of rich playboy Christian Grey and his lover Anastasia Steele. Darker deals with Christian's past lovers and continues the pair's "will they/won't they" relationship. Fifty Shades Freed completes the trilogy and will also be made into a film.

Who'll be in the film: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger

If you liked this, try: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, One With You by Sylvia Day

From: Elle
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