By Book to Movie

This summer, there are a number of books making their way to the big screen (or the small screen) for the first time. If you prefer to read the book before watching the movie, check out these titles now! 

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Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta 

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all. Watch the trailer here. 

Starring Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Finn Little 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence. Watch the trailer here. 

Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie 

The Dry by Jane Harper

Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound – the unsolved death of a teenage girl. Watch the trailer here

Starring Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell 

The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

How did Cruella de Vil become the renowned villain of 101 Dalmatians? This live-action prequel follows young orphan, Estella, as she pursues her dream of becoming a fashion designer, clawing her way up from the bottom of London. But when a chance encounter vaults her into the world of the rich and famous, she realizes that there’s a cost to keeping up with the fast crowd…and is it a price she’s willing to pay? Watch the trailer here.

Starring Emma Stone, Mark Strong, Emma Thompson


12 Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football by Jim Dent

Haunted by his mysterious past, a devoted high school football coach leads a scrawny team of orphans to the state championship during the Great Depression and inspires a broken nation along the way. Watch the trailer here. 

Starring Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Luke Wilson

The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Stories by Rudyard Kipling

A classic story about two British adventurers in India who become kings of a remote part of Afghanistan, inspired by the true story about Sir James Brooke. Edge of the World tells Brooke’s tale, as he defies the British Empire to rule a jungle kingdom in 1840s Borneo and embarks on a lifelong crusade to end piracy, slavery, and head-hunting. Learn more here.

Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Josie Ho, Dominic Monaghan

Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Matthew Logelin

A father brings up his baby girl as a single dad after the unexpected death of his wife who died a day after their daughter’s birth. Watch the trailer here

Starring Kevin Hart


The Fairy Tales retold by Jan Pienkowski (including Cinderella by Charles Perrault)

The famous fairy tale of Cinderella has been told and retold hundreds of times in different cultures. Here is yet another version, a modern musical based on the classic story. Learn more here.

Starring Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

One of the earliest great stories of English literature, Sir Gawain is the strange tale of a green knight on a green horse, who rudely interrupts King Arthur’s Round Table festivities one Yuletide, challenging the knights to a wager. This film is a fantasy re-telling of the medieval story. Watch the trailer here

Starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton 

*All synopses and photos from GoodReads or IMDB.

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