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19 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters In 2017

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1. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

What it’s about: The tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition era of the Roaring '20s.

Release date: Jan. 13. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Scott Eastwood, Sienna Miller

2. A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

What it’s about: A surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Release date: Jan. 27. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid

3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

What it’s about: The second installment of Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia and Christian rekindle their searing sensual affair, but Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding boyfriend.

Release date: Feb. 10. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

4. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

What it's about: Taking place in 1630s Amsterdam, in the midst of tulipomania, wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort is smitten by his young wife Sophia — desperately yearning for an heir. When they fail to produce one, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. A romance forms between the wife and van Loos, leading to an epic and tragic climax.

Release date: Feb. 24. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What it’s about: Popular high school senior Samantha Kensington enjoys a fun, wild day in February — until she dies in a car accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning...and the next, and the next, and the next. Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Release date: March 3. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller

6. The Shack by William P. Young

What it’s about: Mack's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

Release date: March 3. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw

7. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

What it’s about: A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

Release date: March 31. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

What it’s about: August Pullman was born with a facial difference that previously prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now starting fifth grade at prep school, he just wants to be treated as an ordinary kid — but his classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The book begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Release date: April 7

Starring: Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay

9. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

What it’s about: In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century.

Release date: April 21. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson

10. The Circle by Dave Eggers

What it’s about: The Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, links users’ personal emails, social media accounts, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. When Mae is hired to work there, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Release date: April 28. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega

11. The Dinner by Herman Koch

What it’s about: The darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families united by the accountability of one horrific, criminal act their 15-year-old sons have committed. The foursome are struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal.

Release date: May 5

Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney

12. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

What it’s about: A quarantined girl who's allergic to basically everything and everyone falls in love with the boy next door, who becomes the biggest risk she's ever taken.

Release date: May 19

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

13. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

What it’s about: George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school — and now they've accidentally brought him to life. A story about two creative kids and the zany misadventures that follow when Captain Underpants leaps off the page to save the day.

Release date: June 2

Starring: Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Kristen Schaal, Ed Helms

14. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

What it’s about: A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Release date: July 14

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin

15. Valerian & Laureline by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin

What it’s about: Galaxity, capital of the Terran Empire in the 28th century. Valerian and Laureline are agents who protect mankind from rogue time travelers. Now they are sent to New York in 1986 to intercept Galaxity’s worst megalomaniac, Xombul — except that in 1986, the world is in ruins and New York is about to be swallowed by the ocean. The two agents must navigate the shifting waters of the past to make sure that the future will exist.

Release date: July 21. (Click here to watch the trailer.)

Starring: Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan

16. The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

What it’s about: Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Release date: July 28

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick

17. It by Stephen King

What it’s about: Seven adults return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers, an evil without a name: It.

Release date: Sept. 8

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher

18. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

What it’s about: A pair survive a plane crash in the mountains, where they are forced to trust each other and find safety while badly injured.

Release date: Oct. 20

Starring: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba

19. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

What it’s about: Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A "respectable American gentleman" lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside... Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment — and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.

Release date: Nov. 22

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad

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