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Posted on December 29, 2016 at 4:54 PM by Lindsey Kult
8. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle COMING OUT IN 2018
This is a classic and a Newbery Award winner. The first attempt at turning this book into a movie was a failure and the author refused to even view it. Now Madeleine L'Engle has passed away so we'll never know if she would enjoy this version. Unfortunately the release was pushed from July 2017 to April 2018 - not a good sign.
"It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?"
Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis will star with Oprah Winfrey.
http://sam.llcoop.org/search/?searchtype=X&SORT=D&searcharg=A Wrinkle in Time&searchscope=35
9. It, by Stephen King
Yet another remake of a movie based on a book and yet another Stephen King work being transformed to the big screen. I was always too scared to watch the original and don't know if I'll see either Stephen King movie on this list - He's good at what he does!
"The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values."
This movie will star Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, and Jaeden Lieberher.
http://sam.llcoop.org/search/?searchtype=X&SORT=D&searcharg=It stephen king&searchscope=35
10. The Mountain Between Us, by Charles Martin
If you've asked Susan for a book to read this past year, there is a very good chance that she recommended this book for you! It is a very popular book here already and will surely become even more popular in the summer of 2017. (The movie comes out October 2017)
"From the author of Where the River Ends, comes this page-turning story of love and survival. On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness-- one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States. Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot's dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive. Fortunately, Ben is a medical professional and avid climber (and in a lucky break, has his gear from a climb earlier in the week). With little hope for rescue, he must nurse Ashley back to health and figure out how they are going to get off the mountain, where the temperature hovers in the teens. Meanwhile, Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has some serious emotional wounds to heal as well. He explains to Ashley that he is separated from his beloved wife, but in a long standing tradition, he faithfully records messages for her on his voice recorder reflecting on their love affair. As Ashley eavesdrops on Ben's tender words to his estranged wife she comes to fear that when it comes to her own love story, she's just settling. And what's more: she begins to realize that the man she is really attracted to, the man she may love, is Ben. As the days on the mountains become weeks, their survival become increasingly perilous. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever? Both a tender and page-turning read, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us."
Idris Elba is going to have a big year in 2017! He stars in this with Kate Winslet.
http://sam.llcoop.org/search/?searchtype=X&SORT=D&searcharg=The Mountain Between Us&searchscope=35
11. Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews
This is going to be a great role for Jennifer Lawrence. From the description, this book was meant to become a movie. Let's just hope that they transition the plot and characters well!
"In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin’s intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel’s impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller."
This movie will star Jennifer Lawrence and possibly Joel Edgerton.
12. All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven COMING 2018
This is a young adult book by newcomer Jennifer Niven. It has been compared to John Green's Fault in Our Stars.
"Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink."
This movie stars Ellie Fanning and has been moved to 2018.
http://sam.llcoop.org/search/?searchtype=X&SORT=D&searcharg=all the bright places&searchscope=35
I hope you found some interesting new books to read this year. This is a short list that doesn't come close to covering the variety of books available in the library! Personally, I can't wait to see many of these movies and to rent them when they eventually are purchased by the library.