by Caitlin Lamb)
If you cried your way through The Fault In Our Stars, and gripped the edge of your seat during Divergent, you know that 2014 is already quite the year for book-to-movie adaptations.
If you want to be prepared for the fall movie season (when you’ve swapped novels for textbooks), use this as your summer reading list:
1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
A perfect world means one in which no one holds any memories of life outside of the strict rules and constant watch of “the Elders.” But when 10-year old Jonas is selected as the next “Receiver of Memory,” he will discover that everything is not as perfect as it seems. If you didn’t read this one in middle school, squeeze it in now, and catch this flick before you head back to campus, on August 15.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
After losing his job, Nick Dunne relocated himself and his wife from New York to a small town, and opens up a bar with his wife’s trust fund money. Tension builds as their marriage falters and Amy Dunne longs for her life in New York. That is, until their fifth wedding anniversary, when Amy goes missing. Told from both Nick and Amy’s point of view, this New York Times bestseller is sure to have you at the edge of your seat come October 3rd.
3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Sparks is at it again with yet another tear jerker perfect for reading on the beach. High schools sweethearts Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole reunite in their hometown after 25 years apart. They fall in love again, but destiny has other plans for them. Catch this one in theaters October 17.
4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
If you haven’t already binge-read the entire Hunger Games Series, read the third and final book before it hits the big screen November 21. Katniss Everdeen becomes the reluctant symbol of District 13′s revolution, while Peeta remains captive in the capital, as war envelops the districts.
Caitlin Lamb is a contributing writer for USA TODAY COLLEGE and a Mass Communications student at Miami University. She is a writer for the Miami Student newspaper, and has worked as an intern for Cincinnati Magazine, where she wrote pieces for Cincinnati Home magazine, Cincinnati City Guide, and Cincinnati Baby Guide.