The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks (April 2015)
Nicholas Sparks’ books always involve certain measures of romance, relationship issues and secrets, mixed with chapters where you find yourself sobbing into your hankie. Expect the same with the film adaptation, starring none other than Clint Eastwood’s rather dashing son, Scott Eastwood. The story focuses on two couples – one elderly and one young – who have little in common, but see their lives unexpectedly come together in a way that is both poignant and moving. Will the big screen be able to portray this? We’ll take our tissues, just in case.
Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith (April 2015)
The 2008 critically-acclaimed thriller is one of the biggest page-turners of recent years, focusing on criminality in the Stalin-led Soviet era. The story revolves around a security officer, Leo Demidov, who is investigating a series of shocking child killings. The movie version, released this month, is directed by Sweden’s Daniel Espinosa, who propelled to fame with 2012’s Safe House; a thriller starring Denzel Washington. The cast in this film includes the always-brilliant Tom Hardy, with support from Paddy Considine and Gary Oldman. There’s another two novels in the trilogy, so this film could be just the beginning of great things to come.
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (May 2015)
If you love a love triangle as much as us, then this is the book (and film) for you! Written in 1874, there’s a reason it’s gone down as a classic with timeless appeal and, although this is actually the fourth time the novel has become a film, this is the one likely to gain box-office recognition due to its cast and the fact that it’s written by One Day’s author David Nicholls. Set in Victorian England, headstrong and feisty farm owner Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) is the love interest of not one, but three very different men (lucky lady!). The film has been attracting fans of the book since its teaser posters last year to mark the novel’s 140th anniversary; now the wait is finally over.
Paper Towns – John Green (June 2015)
Famed for his 2012 YA book The Fault in Our Stars and the subsequent 2014 film adaptation, Paper Towns is John Green’s slightly darker novel, which focuses less on the love story and more on the suspense. The story begins with high school students Quentin ‘Q’ Jacobsen (played by Nat Wolff) and Margo Roth Spiegelman (played by model-actress Cara Delevingne) who embark on a night of revenge on those who have wronged them in the past. Margo mysteriously goes missing the next day, and has left a series of clues for Q to find her. But will she be found dead or alive? If you’re a fan of John Green’s books, this mystery-filled film should be well worth a trip to the cinema.
Jurassic World – Michael Crichton (June 2015)
It’s been 22 years since Steven Spielberg’s phenomenal blockbuster Jurassic Park was released, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. This is the fourth instalment in the film series and sees Spielberg act as executive producer – just one of the ingredients that will ensure it is a sure-fire blockbuster smash hit. The film franchise differs greatly from the novel, so if you haven’t read the original book, we suggest you do – it provides some scientific background, as well as some additional plotlines – perfect for getting your teeth into before you settle down with your popcorn.
The Moon and the Sun – Vonda N. McIntyre (April 2015 *postponed*)
Published back in 1997, The Moon and the Sun actually beat A Game of Thrones to win the Nebula Award for Best Novel in the same year. Will the film version manage to achieve this accolade, too? The story will follow Pierce Brosnan as he plays King Louis XIV, set in 17th-century France. The King, on his search for immortality, captures the life force of a mermaid – an act which will cause family conflict after his illegitimate daughter finds the creature. Sure to be an American, action-packed adventure movie, will Brosnan have the same on-screen presence as he did as 007?
So, which of these books will make your summer reading list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.