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5 books to read this summer before they hit the silver screen



With summer vacation comes a reading list — the two just go hand in hand.

Many people acquire recommendations from other sources. Whether it be something your best friend just read, the buzz on the Internet or one picked out by a late night talk show host. Popular summer reading books fly off the shelves each year. But what about ones that your favorite celebrity may be acting in?

We breeze through these novels as we imagine how the pages of our favorite book could be translated into a screenplay. So which novel will be this summer’s Gone Girl or Fifty Shades of Grey? You be the judge, as this guide will help to determine your next adventure.

1. Paper Towns by John Green:

The same man who brought you The Fault In Our Stars, delights audiences with a new kind of teen love story-adventure. After the captivating girl next door, Margo (Cara Delevingne) goes missing, her neighbor Quentin (Nat Wolff) and a few of his friends embark on the road trip of their lives to find their friend, following clues she leaves for them along the way. Opens in theaters July 24.

2. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks:

Fans are already counting down the days to the next film from Nicholas Sparks, after years of waiting for this popular book to be brought to the big screen. The Choice follows Travis and Gabby, neighbors brought together by chance. Their relationship is ultimately tested by life’s most pragmatic moments. You can expect this romance in theaters on Feb. 5, 2016.

3. Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill:

“Based on one of the most notorious American gangsters in U.S. history,” this true story follows James “Whitey” Bulger, (Johnny Depp) the leader of the Irish Mob in Boston, as he struggles to find a way out of crime. Opens Sept. 18.

4. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick:

Director Ron Howard brings the legend of Moby Dick that inspired this novel, to the screen as 21 men aboard the Essex are attacked by a sperm whale. They’re left stranded at sea for 90 days, miles from shore. Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth, among a cast of other talented actors, is expected to bring a grippingly dramatic performance to theaters on March 13.

5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn:

Another novel from the dark mind of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) is soon to enthrall audiences worldwide. Dark Places follows Libby (Charlize Theron), a woman who survived a brutal killing of her family as a child. She is forced to re-confront the events of that day by a secret society who is consumed in solving infamous crimes. Opens August 7.


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Audrey Bittner

Audrey Bittner

Audrey writes for the Film/TV section of the Arts + Culture desk. You may have seen her writing previously published on Quack'd. On the side, she is the current editor in chief for The Odyssey- University of Oregon. She also thinks that there is no wrong time for breakfast burritos.