If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more in 2015, here’s a list of books to read before they hit the big screen between now and June. But don’t forget, once you’ve read them all, no spoilers please!
Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L James
When innocent college student Anastasia Steele interviews the young, brilliant, and beautiful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she is surprised to discover that she desires him deeply. And as for Christian, he finds himself intrigued by, and unable to resist, the extremely attractive and independent Ana – but Christian makes clear that their relationship must proceed on his own terms.
Starring: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia and Jamie Dorman as Christian Grey
Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey.
Release Date: Feb. 13
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Insurgent – Veronica Roth
Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and – ultimately – the future of their world.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley and Theo James
Watch the trailer for Insurgent.
Release date: March 20
Serena – Ron Rosh
George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, maintain a close watch over a burgeoning logging empire in Depression-era North Carolina, ruthlessly ruling the woodlands while fighting off the efforts of environmental activists to turn their land into a national park. However, when Serena learns that she is unable to bear children, and that George has fathered an illegitimate son with a local woman, their intense, passionate marriage spins out of control, and Serena sets out to murder the son George fathered without her.
Starring: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
Watch the trailer for Serena.
Release date: March 27
The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
A 90-year-old man has a major car crash along an isolated road, where he finds himself snowbound and stuck inside his vehicle. While he drifts in and out of consciousness, the man sees, and speaks with, visions of his wife, who passed away long ago. They reminisce about their life together: his difficulties returning from World War II and being unable to have children with her because of a war wound, their emergence as an art-collecting power couple, and the man’s inability to recover and find meaning in his life ever since the passing of his wife. Meanwhile, another romance between a young art history major and a handsome bull rider, two very different people who come from diametrically opposite backgrounds, is unfolding, with the bull rider locked in a fight against time, as well as his past injuries, to save his family’s ranch. A strange event allows the two generations of lovers to guide each other as they persevere in life, love, and family.
Starring: Scott Reeves and Britt Robertson
Watch the trailer for The Longest Ride.
Release date: April 10
Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
Independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors; Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
Starring: Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts
Watch the trailer for Far from the Madding Crowd.
Release date: May 1
Paper Towns – John Green
A heartfelt story based on the novel by acclaimed author John Green in which our hero Quentin and his four friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing and elusive girl next door.
Starring: Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne
Release date: June 5