Books to read before watching in theaters

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – East Tennessee schools and universities are back in session. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to read books for fun. Many films out in theaters in the coming months are based on top selling books. Here are some books you might want to read, before buying a movie ticket.

September

The Light Between Oceans

M.L. Stedman’s book tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife. The two find a baby lost at sea on the coast of Australia. The child is raised as their own, however, years later the biological mother comes to live in the couple’s town. The book is available at the Knox County Library and bookstores.

Queen of Katwe

The Disney film stars Lupita Nyong’o and is based off the book “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and one extraordinary girl’s dream of becoming a grandmaster” by Tim Crothers. The book was inspired by the story of Phiona Mutesi, an international chess champion. Mutsei grew up in poverty in Kampala, Uganda. The book is available at the Knox County Library and bookstores.

October

FILE - In this April 11, 2016 file photo, Emily Blunt arrives at the LA Premiere of "The Huntsman: Winter's War" in Los Angeles. Blunt will star with Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Mary Poppins Returns," a sequel to the 1964 classic, which will be released on Dec. 25, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
FILE -Emily Blunt  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The Girl on the Train

The 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins tells the story of Rachel Watson who recently ended her marriage with her husband Tom. One day on her daily train ride, Watson believes she witnessed a murder. The film stars Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Rebecca Ferguson.

A Monster Calls

The film is based off the novel by Patrick Ness. After his mother becomes sick, Conor, 13, starts to have nightmares involving a monster. However, one night the boy finds a monster inside his house, unlike the one he has dreamed about.

American Pastoral

The 1998 book by Philip Roth received a Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of Swede Levov, wife Dawn and rebellious daughter Merry in the 1960s. Merry is accused of political terrorism and turns the family’s world upside down. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.

Inferno

The book by Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code,” tells the story for Harvard professor Robert Langdon who finds himself inside an Italian hospital. Langdon and his doctor are chased by an assassin through the streets of Florence. The film stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.

November

From left, British actor Andrew Garfield, U. S. director Martin Scorsese, and producer Emma Koskoff pose during a press conference for their new movie "Silence" in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
From left, British actor Andrew Garfield, U. S. director Martin Scorsese, and producer Emma Koskoff pose during a press conference for their new movie “Silence” in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Silence

The book by Shusaku Endo tells the story of two Jesuit priest who go to Japan in the 17th-century. The two men hope to convert residence to Christianity. The film stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: November 

The J.K. Rowling book explores the creatures from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The film stars Eddie Redmayne and takes place in New York City before the birth of Potter. Redmayne plays Newt Scamander who wrote the book that is inside the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s library.

December

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The film is directed by Tim Burton and is based off the book by Ransom Riggs. It tells the story of Jacob, 16, who goes to an island near Wales after a family tragedy. The film stars Eva Green and Asa Butterfield.

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