Fall Reading List: 15 Books To Read Before Heading To the Movies

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

  • The Maze Runner

  • This is Where I Leave You

  • Hector and the Search for Happiness

  • The Boxtrolls

  • Gone Girl

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • The Best of Me

  • Love, Rosie

  • Dark Places

  • The Imitation Game

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part

  • Wild

  • Unbroken

  • True Story

This fall there is no shortage of book adaptations making their way to the big screen. Just like we saw over the summer, studios are turning to literary bestsellers in order to capture the same success on the big screen. In fact, at least 15 stories of all genres are getting the big budget treatment. While it remains to be seen just how well each film will fair at the box office, we know the source material is a hit.

In the gallery above is a collection of books we’re dying to read before we head to the theaters. Among them are two hit novels by former Entertainment Weekly writer Gillian Flynn, who has everyone buzzing. The most anticipated film of the fall surely has to be Gone Girl, which will see Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike playing an unhappy couple in the David Fincher-directed thriller. Her other novel, Dark Places, about a woman who survives a massacre in a rural Kansas town, stars Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, and former Skins actor Nicholas Hoult.

Because it’s getting closer to awards season, it should come as no surprise that several real life stories are being turned into Oscar bait films. First is Wild, which features the return of Reese Witherspoon as a woman who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail following her divorce and death of her mother. Another film to get Oscar buzz is the Angelina Jolie-directed biopic, Unbroken, about a former Olympic champion who was imprisoned in a Japanese war camp for two years. Read both of these novels this winter in order to appreciate the epic nature of their struggles.

While those films are heavy on the drama, not everything is so serious. Two beloved kids books, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Here Be Monsters!, are also getting the big budget treatment. The former was released as The Boxtrolls in September and wowed audiences with its stop-animation.

No matter your taste, you’ll be sure to find a book to enjoy by the fire as the temperature gets cooler. And if you storm through this list, go back and check out our Summer Reading Guide.