Now that summer is winding down, Hollywood is shifting from the blockbuster superhero comic-book adaptations to a fall lineup of book-to-movie adaptations. Obviously, the Library won’t have the DVDs in the media department quite yet. However, we’ve got the source material. If you’d like to check out the books that inspired and informed the movie adaptations, here’s a list:
The Light Between Oceans: On a remote Australian island, a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.
The Girl on the Train: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, flashing past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect … until she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything is changed. Rachel goes to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
The Queen of Katwe: Traces the story of an Ugandan teen who was introduced to chess by a missionary mentor and struggled to overcome formidable levels of poverty to become her country’s national champion.
A Monster Calls: Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk:A satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A description of beasts, believed by Muggles to be mythical, like the Quintaped, the Puffskein, and the Knarl. Presents a facsimile edition of a book from the world of Harry Potter–the text for Hogwarts’ Care of Magical Creatures class.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
The Circle: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
The Lost City of Z: Interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon, with the author’s own quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett’s final journey and the secrets of what lies deep in the Amazon jungle.
November Criminals: Obsessively investigating the murder of a high-school classmate while dealing drugs to other teens and pursuing a complicated relationship with his best friend, senior Addison Schacht unapologetically writes about his exploits in a college application essay.
And just so you know–slated for release in 2017