Top Ten Tuesday: Book to Movie To Read List 2014

We love movies. We love books. We love movies based on books. BUT! It is part of the magical experience of reading to be able to create your own imagery in your mind, rather than having it predetermined by the movie you happened to see before reading the book it was based on. So hurry up, you have only a few months to catch up on your reading before these books hit the big screen in 2014!

 1. SUITE FRANÇAISE (Irène Némirovsky)

Suite Francaise

 Taking place in occupied Paris during the Second World War, the book tells the story of men and women whose lives are changed beyond their control, as they must learn to live with the enemy. It is a tale of fear, hardship, unexpected friendships and romance. It is a book I really want to read in any case, but definitely before it comes out as a film I really want to see!

Film by: Saul Dibb
Starring: Michelle Williams, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley
Release date in 2014 not finalized

 2. A LONG WAY DOWN (Nick Hornby)

A long way down

A tale of four people who come together on New Year’s Eve on the roof of Topper’s House – a place famous as a last stop for those wishing to end their life. Nick Hornby is no stranger to seeing his novels transformed to the big screen. ABOUT A BOY and HIGH FIDELITY are good examples of his humorous and slightly tragic yet relatable stories, and A LONG WAY DOWN will not disappoint fans of the former.

Film by: Pascal Chaumeil
Starring: Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette
Release in March


The fault in our stars

A love story about terminally ill Hazel and the boy she meets in a cancer support group, Gus. I am one of the few who has yet to be introduced to the cult of John Green, but as I am a sucker for tearjerkers, I am looking forward to reading this and (as I assume will be the case) becoming one of his fans.

Film by: Josh Boone
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe
Release in June

4. GONE GIRL (Gillian Flynn)

Gone girl

I am also one of the last ones in the UK not to have read GONE GIRL, so I guess I must hurry to dive into this bestselling thriller mystery about a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary.

Film by: David Fincher (!)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Release in October

5. MOCKINGJAY (Suzanne Collins)


Hold up – you mean to say you haven’t read MOCKINGJAY, the last in the amazing phenomenon that is Suzanne Collins’s trilogy about Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games she has fight in, for her life and Peeta’s? Scandal! Go to your room and get started, before the first part of two comes out in theatres near you.

Film by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman…
Release in November

6. PADDINGTON (Michael Bond)


It’s everyone’s favourite Peruvian teddy bear in London! If you didn’t read it as a child, now is the time.

Film by: Paul King
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
Release in November

7. WINTER’S TALE (Mark Helprin)

Winter's Tale

A burglar begins a love affair with the woman he meant to rob, and when she dies in his arms he sets out to stop time and bring back the dead. A magical and beautiful novel to read before watching the, hopefully, equally romantic and fantastical film.

Film by: Akiva Goldsman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Russell Crowe
Release in February

8. VAMPIRE ACADEMY (Michelle Mead)

Vamp Academy

For all of you vamp lovers out there, this book will transport you to a boarding school where vampires are educated in magic and where half-humans train to protect them. Love, magic, danger and sin – what more could you wish for?

Film by: Mark Waters
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Sarah Hyland
Released in April

9. DIVERGENT (Veronica Roth)


In a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions according to the particular virtues they are to cultivate, Beatrice finds that she doesn’t quite fit into any of the factions. She is declared Divergent – a secret she must keep hidden in order to survive – and she must choose between her family and following her own path. Having finished the Hunger Games trilogy, I for one am dying to get my hands on a new dystopian YA series!

Film by: Neil Burger
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet
Release in April

10. SERENA (Ron Rash)


In 1929, two newlyweds, George and Serena, travel to the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire. George fathers an illegitimate child, while Serena finds she can’t bear children. So of course she does what any woman would do in such circumstances: she decides to kill George’s illegitimate son. An intriguing book I want to get in my head before watching the film that’s bound to be a good one – with the super duo of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and by the super director Susanne Bier.

Film by: Susanne Bier
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans
Release date in 2014 not finalized

Are you adding any of these books to your to read list or do you think we missed an important one? Let us know in a comment or on Twitter @HotKeyBooks!