Jan 04201515 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters in 2015

If you are looking for a good book to read, check out this AWESOME list of 15 Books Becoming Movies in 2015.

UPDATE: Don’t miss our new list with 16 Books Becoming Movies in 2016

This is going to be an exciting year for books and movies. Hollywood has some hot adaptations being released in 2015. If you are looking for a good book to read, check out this list of books becoming movies in 2015. I always love to read the book before I see the movie, this list should give you a great head start.


#1 Mortdecai

What It’s About: Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

Amazon Review: “The Mortdecai Trilogy” by Kyril Bonfiglioli (4/5 stars)

Release Date: January 23, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow


#2 True Story

What It’s About: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption.

Amazon Review: “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa” by Michael Finkel (4.1/5 stars)

Release Date: January 23, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones


#3 Brooklyn

What It’s About: Set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, a young woman is torn between her family in Ireland and the American who wins her heart.

Amazon Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (3.6/5 stars)

Release Date: November 25, 2015 (Watch the Trailer)

Starring: Emily Bett Rickards, Domhnall Gleeson, Saoirse Ronan


#4 Love, Rosie

What It’s About: A young woman and her best (male) friend/star-crossed lover are planning to head to the States for college together when she discovers she’s pregnant after a crazy night out with the most popular boy in school. She encourages her friend to go without her and over the next twelve years their lives change but an undeniable connection remains.

Amazon Review: “Love, Rosie” by Cecelia Ahern

Release Date: February 6, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse

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#5 Fifty Shades of Grey

What It’s About: Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. 

Amazon Review: “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James (3.5/5 stars)

Release Date: February 13, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle


#6 Serena

What It’s About: Set in the rugged mountains of 1929 North Carolina, “Serena” follows a man named George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they create a timber empire. Serena not only takes to the woods, but she also pushes her husband to commit more and more ruthless acts. When she learns she cannot bear a child, Serena sets out to murder the son her husband fathered illegitimately.

Amazon Review: “Serena” by Ron Rash (3.8/5 Stars)

Release Date: February 26, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans


#7 In the Heart of the Sea

What It’s About: Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.

Amazon Review: “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick (4.6/5 stars)

Release Date: March 13, 2015 (Rent It)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson; Director: Ron Howard


#8 Insurgent 

What It’s About: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

Amazon Review: “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (4.5/5 Stars)

Release Date: March 20, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James


#9 Paper Towns

What It’s About: A young man, Quentin, and his four friends, embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.

Amazon Review: “Paper Towns” by John Green (4.3/5 Stars)

Release Date: June 5, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, Halston Sage


#10 Me Before You

What It’s About: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But,the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.

Amazon Review: “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes (4.6/5 Stars)

Release Date: POSTPONED to 2016

Starring: Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke


#11 Black Mass

What It’s About:  The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Amazon Review: “Black Mass” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill (4.2/5 Stars)

Release Date: September 18, 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, Sienna Miller


#12 Dark Places

What It’s About: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.

Amazon Review: “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn (4.2/5 Stars)

Release Date: Fall 2015 (Rent It | Buy the DVD)

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks

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#13 The Martian

What It’s About: An astronaut gets stranded on Mars in an accident, and then must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home.

Amazon Review: “The Martian” by Andy Weir (4.6/5 Stars)

Release Date: November 25, 2015 (Watch the Trailer)

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig; Director: Ridley Scott


#14 A Hologram for the King

What It’s About: After failing in America, a struggling businessman heads to a rising Saudi Arabian city for a last ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and do something memorable.

Amazon Review: “A Hologram For the King” by Dave Eggers (3.3/5 Stars)

Release Date: POSTPONED to 2016

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Skerritt, Sarita Choudhury

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#15 Silence

What It’s About: In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

Amazon Review: “Silence” by Shusaku Endo (4.6/5 Stars)

Release Date: POSTPONED to 2016

Starring: Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver; Director: Martin Scorsese


Here are a few others that are slated to be released in 2015 but don’t have release dates or many details. Even if they don’t make it for 2015, you’ll have a head start on 2016!

I am REALLY excited about SerenaMe Before You and Dark Places. Then I think Brooklyn and Love, Rosie look really cute. I think I’m going to add those to my Kindle queue. After seeing the cast of The Martian and Silence, I think I’ll have to add those to my watch list for this year. They look really promising!

What titles are you excited about from this list?

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  1. Great post! I’m a big fan of reading the book before the movie, so I can over-analyze every detail! haha
    I’m looking forward to “Fifty Shades,” even though the book wasn’t great, those previews are irresistible!
    After reading Gone Girl, I’ve gotta check out anything Gillian Flynn is writing!

  2. Gillian Flynn!!! Dark Places #1. Fifty Shades!! #2. Serena!! (okay move this to #2) Me Before You! The Ocean one, why haven’t I heard of that one?? Thanks! Gonna have to check that one out of my library – Awesome list! cannot wait 🙂

  3. Oh I love that you put this list together! It’s awesome! I’m all about reading the book before seeing the movie. Sharing this on my FB page tonight…

  4. Chris Tunbridge says:

    I am reading Serena now and it is actually kinda boring. Not sure if the movie will be better or not.

    • I thought the same thing! It picked up at the end. I had a hard time keeping all the different characters straight. I’m hoping that the faces and difference of dress will make them more clear in the movie. After reading the book, I think this is one of those rare ones where the movie has the potential to be better than the book. We’ll see….

    • Shellie…you are right. Haven’t read the book, but saw the movie…it was good. But then I like Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. How can it be a new movie since I saw it on Netflix? They never put anything new on!

  5. I have read abo a third already, I was excited to see Light Between the Oceans. I picked it up on a whim and loved the story. Also I read the Rosie book when it was published under Rosie Dunne.

    I tried Serena and couldn’t get through it. Heart of the Ocean is on my list as well as another I read about Child 51 (could be41)takes place in ussr about child disappearances looked interesting as well. B

    Will be checking out some others as well.

    • I read Child 51 and only found out after I made this list that it was going to be a movie! I also recently found out it’s a trilogy so apparently I have 2 more books to read!

  6. i loved the post. i´ll read Mordecai, Me before you, Black Mass and Dark Places 🙂 the movie cast is great!

  7. I just finished reading dark places yesterday and it was so good. I am excited to see how the movie turns out.

  8. Deborah Valdez says:

    I would recommend “The Revenant” that is being made into a movie starring Leonardo di Caprio. I believe it comes out in 2016. It’s an amazing story of a fur trapper left for dead in the wilderness, only to recover and set out to find the men who abandoned him.

  9. Linda John says:

    I read “Me Before You ” and would recommend it to anyone. “Paper Towns” may have been for young adults, but I am a senior adult and I had a lot of good laughs from the three teenage boys. Both good reads.