Six books to read before becoming movies


Web Editor - Amanda Roberts

Most of us tend to read the books after seeing the movie, but here are the six books you need to read before they hit the big screen this year. 

"Labor Day" by Joice Maynard

Over the course of a Labor Day weekend in the late 1980's, 13 year old Henry and his mother's lives change when they harbor fugitive, Frank Chambers in their home. Frank brings out the life in the family while police hunt for the escaped murderer.

In the movie verson, Kate Winslet will shine as Adele when it hits theaters this Friday, January 31st.

"Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead

Vampires remain a hot commodity, and this story takes us to Saint Vladimir's Academy where vampire-human hybrids act as guardians for the vampires as they learn to use their elemental abilities. When a vampire princess and her best friend escape for two years, they learn that being a vampire doesn't mean they are invincible. 

The movie hits heaters on Valentine's Day.

"The Fault in our Stars" by John Green

You may have to read this book with a box of tissues because this is the story of Hazel who suffers from stage four cancer. She meets a fellow cancer sufferer named Augustus at a support group. With a shared obsession for a novel and a similar sense of sarcasm, they fall in love.

"The Fault in our Stars" hits theaters on June 6th.

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

"Hunger Games" lovers could fill the void with this novel. In Dystopian Chicago, society is split into five factions based on personality types. But when Tris Prior finds she doesn't fit, she's declared divergent. It's a dangerous revelation she must keep secret to survive. 

This movie hits theaters March 21st.

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry

This beloved classic is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. In this world, diseases have been eradicated, everyone is equal, and each person is assigned a position by the community. The story follows 12-year-old Jonas, the Receiver of Memories.

Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift will bring this one to the big screen August 15th.

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

The story, shot in Cape Girardeau, follows Amy's mysterious disappearance around her and Nick's fifth wedding anniversary.

We'll find out the real story behind the missing wife on October 3rd.