It’s summertime, school’s out, and the days are long. That means you’re going to need books. Books to read while lying in the sun on the beach. Books to read at that boring family reunion your parents dragged you to. Books to read while you’re in line for the latest midnight screening, which, oh by the way, is probably based on a book. Here is your summer reading list of books that are currently making their way to the big screen.
All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Edge of Tomorrow hits theaters today, and it is absolutely fantastic. But All You Need Is Kill is still a better title, and the movie made us want to check out the source material, a manga by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. [Amazon]
The MaddAddam Trilogy By Margaret Atwood
We just learned yesterday that Darren Aronofsky is producing an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy, and we could not be any more excited. You can pre-order this boxed set, or pick up all the books individually if you don’t want to wait until August. Ours are already shipping. [Amazon]
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters this month, and writer-director Dean DeBlois recently told us how he wants to end the trilogy. (You can read it here.) If you don’t want to wait for it to play out on the screen, pick up this set of all eight books and get there ahead of us. [Amazon]
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jeff Bridges’ adaptation of The Giver will be in theaters later this summer, and if you haven’t read the book yet (or recently), get on it. It is brilliant, and it isn’t long. Then, if you want, you can read the three companion novels, set contemporaneously in neighboring “communities.” [Amazon]
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The first book of a trilogy, this 2011 release made all the year-end best book lists, and now it’s headed to the screen. An art student who hangs out with half-human, half-animal creatures finds herself at the center of a supernatural war. Hopefully, the movie will be better than other, similarly supernatural YA adaptations, but either way, the book looks like a winner. [Amazon]
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