All the Books You Need to Read Now Before Their Movies Come Out in 2018

Updated 08/17/19
Books Made Into Movies 2018

There's a lot to look forward to in 2018, especially in the world of popular culture. There are the Winter Olympics, a royal wedding, Rihanna hosting the Met Gala, and Mean Girls the musical, just to name a few of the buzzy things coming up. But perhaps the best news is that the most anticipated movies of 2018 also happen to be adaptations of our favorite books.

If you're an avid reader and cinephile, you know all too well how satisfying it is to devour a good book and then watch the onscreen version later. Not only does it soften the blunt blow of finishing a beloved novel, but it's also just fun to compare the two stories. Even if you believe the book is always better than the movie version, there's still something about seeing the narrative and characters you've imagined in your head coming to life that makes it especially exciting to watch. To find out all the books being made into movies in 2018 as well as who will be playing all your favorite characters, scroll through the list below, then curate your own reading list and corresponding watch list so you can be ready once they hit theaters.

Angie Thomas The Hate U Give ($11)

The Book: Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this resonant book is a must-read. It follows a teenage girl from a poor neighborhood who attends a fancy prep school as she tries to find a balance between the two worlds until police fatally shoot her unarmed best friend.

The Movie: Aside from the compelling narrative, we're also excited about the talented cast, including Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie, Regina Hall, Common, and Amandla Stenberg.

Release Date: 2018, TBD

Will Thomas The Black Hand ($15)

The Book: Travel back in time to crime-ridden 1903 New York. Dubbed the Italian Sherlock Holmes, detective Joseph Petrosino sets out to find the omnipresent but elusive Illuminati-like gang threatening the city, the ruthless Black Hand.

The Movie: We don't know much about it other than the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio is producing and starring, but that's enough to get us excited about this Gangs of New York–like film adaptation.

The Release Date: 2018, TBD

Thomas De Quincey Suspiria de Profundis ($1)

The Book: This collection of essays written during the Romantic period is dark, evocative, and mood-driven. Pay particular attention to the essay entitled "Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow," which is about the goddess of childbirth and her three fictional companions, Our Lady of Sighs, Our Lady of Darkness, and Our Lady of Tears.

The Movie: "Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow" inspired Dario Argento's 1977 adaptation Suspiria, which is now being reimagined by Luca Guadagnino, the director who brought us Call Me by Your Name and A Bigger Splash. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson, and Tilda Swinton, this gothic tale follows about a young ballerina attending an elite dance academy in a German castle.

The Release Date: 2018, TBD

Garrard Conley Boy Erased ($15)

The Book: Garrard Conley's memoir is about his journey as Baptist pastor's son in Arkansas wrestling with sexuality who eventually must decide between losing everything he has or going through "conversion therapy." Though disturbing and sad at times, it tells an important story and is ultimately triumphant.

The Movie: Some of the cast members include Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges, Joel Edgerton, and Russell Crowe.

The Release Date: September 28, 2018

Maria Semple Where'd Ya Go Bernadette? ($7)

The Book: You're guaranteed a lot of laughter with this page-turner. It's about an agoraphobic, eccentric mother who disappears suddenly, so her teenage daughter sets out to find her.

The Movie: Authored by Maria Semple, who wrote for Arrested Development before entering the world of literary fiction, this novel is a natural fit for onscreen drama. We're thrilled to see the likes of Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Billy Crudup, and Troian Bellisario on the roster. But perhaps the question is where'd you go, Bee? We can't seem to find casting information for Bernadette's daughter, one of the book's protagonists. If anyone's heard anything, let us know in the comments!

The Release Date: May 11, 2018

Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar ($3)

The Book: In Sylvia Plath's masterpiece about conformity, convention, and the fine line between sanity and insanity, the reader joins Esther Greenwood as she lives a charmed life while slowly losing her grip on reality in midcentury America.

The Movie: Though much of the magic of this book is in Plath's ability to captivate us with her hypnotic written word, we're pretty thrilled to see what Dakota Fanning can do with Esther on screen.

The Release Date: 2018, TBD

Jason Matthews Palace of Treason ($9)

The Book: The Red Sparrow trilogy is about a captain in the Russian Intelligence Service who also happens to be working for the CIA. Full of sexual espionage, treason, and moral dilemmas taking place in modern-day Russia, this spy thriller is both gripping and timely.

The Movie: The hero of the series will be portrayed Jennifer Lawrence, which is reason enough to get excited about the adaptation. Mary-Louise Parker and Joel Edgerton are also in it.

The Release Date: March 2, 2018

Lisa Klein Ophelia ($2)

The Book: What if we heard Shakespeare's Hamlet from the perspective of a woman? What if that woman were Ophelia? Lisa Klein gives us just that, only in her reimagining of the tragedy, Ophelia might not choose Hamlet over her life.

The Movie: Though Kate Winslet's performance as Ophelia in the 1996 adaptation of Hamlet will always have our hearts, we're pretty pumped to see how Daisy Ridley portrays Ophelia's alternative history.

The Release Date: January 22, 2018

Walter Dean Myers Monster ($10)

The Book: A teenage boy in juvenile detention makes sense of his situation by reimagining it as a screenplay. We see his trial and what it's like to serve time through his "onscreen" interpretation as well as a few journal entries, making this coming-of-age book all the more innovative.

The Cast: Since the actual book is written as a metafictional screenplay, this movie will give us a lot to think about both formally and thematically. We're looking forward to seeing it come to life with Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison, and A$AP Rocky as well as other talented actors.

The Release Date: January 22, 2018

Ian McEwan On Chesil Beach ($12)

The Book: This novella is about a young married couple, Florence and Edward, as they get caught up in their own thoughts about sex on their wedding night. Both of them are deeply anxious about losing their virginities, but we learn a lot about gender, sexuality, conformity, and fantasy through their various thought processes.

The Movie: After Saoirse Ronan's performance as Lady Bird, we're pretty stoked to see her take on another strong leading role. It's a period piece set in midcentury England, so if you loved Atonement, another adaptation of a McEwan novel, you'll probably enjoy this film as well.

The Release Date: June 15, 2018

James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk ($12)

The Book: James Baldwin's renowned novel is a love story, an exploration of identity, and a biting social critique. Our protagonist, Tish, falls in love with her child's father, who is then falsely accused of a terrible crime.

The Movie: As with all of his work, Baldwin's characters jump off the page and draw you so completely that you'll never be able to forget the story of passion, injustice, and heartbreak. It'll be exciting to see how this translates on-screen with Stephan James, Regina King, Dave Franco, and Teyonah Parris portraying his characters.

The Release Date: 2018, TBD

Jonathan Ames You Were Never Really Here ($8)

The Book: A reclusive former marine and FBI agent rescues young women sold into sex trafficking. When he sets out on a mission to find the daughter of a high-profile but corrupt New Yorker, his life gets even more dangerous. It's a story about corruption and redemption.

The Movie: We've missed Joaquin Pheonix and can't wait to watch him star in this gritty story. It's Lynne Ramsay's newest project and has already won critical acclaim at Cannes. If you aren't familiar with her work, she's the endlessly talented genius behind We Need to Talk About Kevin.

The Release Date: April 6, 2018

John Guy Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart ($11)

The Book: This biography takes a deep dive into the life of Mary Queen of Scots, formerly Mary Stuart, portraying her as the intellectual and powerful diplomat that she was, rather than the romantic woman condemned to execution for trying to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I, her cousin.

The Cast: With Margot Robbie as Elizabeth Tudor and Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart, this is going to the period piece of all period pieces.

The Release Date: November 2, 2018

Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time ($7)

The Book: It's time to crack open your middle school copy of A Wrinkle in Time. To refresh your memory, it's about a young girl, her little brother, and a classmate as they set out to find her missing father who disappeared while helping the government research the "tesseract problem," which is basically a wormhole in space and time travel. This fantasy is as beautiful as it is strange.

The Movie: We can't wait to see director Ava DuVernay and the star-studded cast of Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling bring our childhood-favorite book to life.

The Release Date: March 9, 2018

Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians ($10)

The Book: A man from Singapore brings his Chinese-American girlfriend home with him for a high-profile wedding, which is when she discovers just how crazy rich he is and what that entails. We meet a cast of hilarious characters from the upper echelons of Hong Kong and Singapore society in this laugh-out-loud series about the absurdity of wealth and expectations.

The Movie: We loved this book while reading it, but we have a feeling it's one of those stories that'll be just as fun to watch unravel on screen, with Fresh Off the Boat's Constance Wu starring.

The Release Date: August 17, 2018

Ann Patchett Bel Canto ($10)

The Book: Seemingly separate characters come together when an opera singer is trapped in a hostage situation. Aside from the plot that connects them, they're also united by the common language of music, which fills their otherwise bleak and heartbreaking stories with love and connection.

The Movie: With the likes of Julianne Moore and Christopher Lambert, this move is sure to be heartwrenching and uplifting at the same time. Not to mention we imagine the soundtrack will be unparalleled.

The Release Date: 2018, TBD

David Sheff Beautiful Boy ($10)

The Book: This memoir is written by a father grappling with his eldest son's addiction and mental health diagnosis. Touching, heartbreaking, and unrelenting raw, it will change the way you think about addiction, love, and support.

The Movie: When you've got Call Me by Your Name star Timothée Chalamet portraying one of the protagonists, you know it's going to be good. But when you add the reunion of The Office's Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) and Michael Scott (Steve Carell), it's almost too good to be true.

The Release Date: 2018, TBD

Jeff Vandermeer Annihilation ($10)

The Book: Sci-fi lovers are in for a treat with this trilogy about area X, a region cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. We don't know much about it other than that the first expedition reported it was a pristine reincarnation of Eden while the rest of the expeditions resulted in suicide, riots, and disease. We drop in with the 12th expedition group, four women who discover things beyond comprehension.

The Movie: As much as we love The Hunger Games, we're ready for a new sci-fi movie to get pumped up about, and given the riveting plot, we can't wait to witness the next future dystopia with Annihilation. This time, our heroes are portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Natalie Portman.

The Release Date: February 23, 2018

Gillian Flynn Sharp Objects ($10)

The Book: If you haven't already devoured the other thrillers by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, you'll be pleased to discover another page-turner. Sharp Objects is about a young woman who revisits the crime that earned her big brother a life sentence in prison for killing the rest of her family. She sets out to discover what really happened.

The Movie: Technically this isn't a movie, but we're too excited about this Hulu series not to include it. If you've already read this gripping crime drama, then you'll be thrilled to know Amy Adams was cast as Camille Preaker.

The Release Date: 2018, TBD

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