There's a reason movie-makers snatched up the film rights to these hits: they're good stories that will look amazing on the big screen. Read the books now, see the movies later, and then decide which one you think is better.

The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

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Don’t worry if you’ve seen the movie already; Quick’s original version is the same, but different. The story begins with Pat coming home from a long stay in a mental hospital, hoping to end Apart Time with his estranged wife. Pat tells his own story, giving the reader a breathtaking glimpse into the nuances of mental illness, while examining the complexities of marriage and relationships, the gradations of messed-up-ness, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Touching, quirky, hopeful. More info →
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete turned World War II bombardier. Hillenbrand has called Zamp’s life “almost incomprehensibly dramatic,” and she masterfully unfurls his story, which begins with his plane failing and crashing into the Pacific during a routine search mission. (After you finish, pick up Hillenbrand’s previous biography Seabiscuit, which is about so much more than a racehorse.) More info →
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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

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The title of this YA hit riffs Shakespeare: wholly appropriate for this story of teenage star-crossed lovers (and cancer patients). 16-year-old narrator Hazel is smart, funny, and sincere, and she tells a great story. Quirky, charming, heartbreaking. More info →
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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

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In April 1962, an American actress mysteriously arrives by boat to fictional Porto Vorgogna, a tiny pin prick of a town. Dee is gorgeous, alone, and dying. She's been exiled here from the set of Cleopatra, the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton film that remains one of the most expensive and scandal-ridden movies ever made. As the story bounces back and forth between present-day Hollywood and the golden era of film, we discover why a Hollywood power player sent her away—and what happens next. Containing scenes from plays both real and not, the first chapter of a novel, a movie pitch, and someone else’s memoir. It's going to be breathtaking on the big screen. Release date TBD. More info →
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The Giver

The Giver

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Welcome to the "ideal" future, where a perfect society embraces Sameness. But something sinister lurks beneath the surface of this tightly controlled community. At a much-anticipated ceremony, the resident twelve-year-olds are sorted into vocational assignments, Harry Potter-style. Jonas is skipped over, and the Chief Elder soon reveals why: instead of receiving a typical assignment, Jonas has been chosen to be the next receiver of memory. When he begins his training with the old man known as The Giver, he discovers books, colors, snow, and love—and he begins to understand what his people lost when they gave away their memories. The star-studded lineup for the movie includes Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, and Meryl Streep. Coming to theaters August 15. More info →
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