12 Must-Read Books Becoming Movies in 2018

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Whether you're looking for a great new read or you simply like to know if the book really was better after seeing the latest film everyone's talking about, here are all the books being turned into feature films this year, from classics like A Wrinkle In Time and Peter Rabbit to newer favorites like Where'd You Go Bernadette? and The Leisure Seeker.

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a wrinkle in time
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle


The classic children's novel, first published in 1962, will hit the big screen this March. The story follows Meg, a young girl on a mission with her brother to find their missing scientist father. Along the way, the kids get a little help from three wise, magical women—Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey, respectively.

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the girl in the spider's web
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz


Fans of The Crown get ready! This book-turned-movie will star Claire Foy,who plays Queen Elizabeth on the Netflix series. In this sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (it's the fourth book in the series), Foy will be taking over the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, formerly played by Rooney Mara.

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horse soldiers
Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton


Discover the true post-9/11 story of a dozen American soldiers who fought against the Taliban while protecting a city with virtually no supplies—only "shaggy and thin-legged" local horses. The movie version, titled 12 Strong, is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon. It premieres January 19.

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the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer


In a series of letters exchanged by the main character, Juliet Ashton, and her new Guernsey Island friend Sidney Stark, writer Juliet gets to know the British island—which was occupied by Nazis during World War II—and the group of quirky characters that call it home post-war. Downton Abbey actors Matthew Goode and Lily James will reunite on screen for the film version.

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the leisure seeker
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian


Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland will star in this sweet film, which tells the story of a sickly, elderly couple with a passion for adventure. To escape their controlling children and overbearing doctors, cancer patient Ella and dementia-ridden John embark on an epic road trip.

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the long home
The Long Home by William Gay


This story follows Nathan Winer, a Tennessee carpenter tasked with the project of building a honky tonk in the Deep South for the man who killed his father. Things only get more complicated for Nathan when he falls for the man's daughter. The cast of the movie version includes James Franco, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Hartnett, and Courtney Love.

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the tale of peter rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter


The 1902 classic about an adorable but troublesome rabbit and his many adventures in the garden will be reinvented as a live-action movie featuring the voices of James Corden, Rose Byrne, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, and more.


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queen of scots
Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy


The film adaption of this compelling biography, dubbed Queen of Scots, is due out in November 2018. If you're fascinated by the British royal family or simply love historical dramas, you'll be captivated by this true story, which follows widowed Mary Stuart, the Queen consort of France, as she tries to overthrow her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and reclaim Scotland.

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the war with grandpa
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith


Peter is looking forward to his grandpa moving in with his family—until he learns Gramps is taking over his room. To reclaim his space, a humorous war breaks out between the two (with some help from Peter's friends). Read this book with your children or grandchildren, then head to theaters this February to see the film version starring Robert De Niro.

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mary poppins
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers


Yes, this beloved tale was a book first. Eighty-four years after it was published—and 54 years after the original film starring Julie Andrews premiered—the classic is set to hit the big screen once again with Mary Poppins Returns. The new version will star Emily Blunt in the title role—and watch out for a cameo from Dick Van Dyke!

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where'd you go, bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


Set to be released just in time for Mother's Day 2018, this story follows 15-year-old Bee as she tries to figure out just where her quirky and anxious mother has disappeared to.

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little women
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


PBS is remaking this classic novel into a . Get to know Meg, Beth, Jo, Amy, and Aunt March all over again before the network debut.

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