By Cori Cagide, Publicist
Spring is almost in the air! After having our fair share of snow this Winter season, I think I can speak for everybody in the northeast when I say, “Bring on the warmer weather!”
With warmer weather and sunny skies also comes our seasonal desire to start fresh. Whether that means kicking your workout regimen into high gear for the Summer, shedding winter coats for light raincoats, or day dreaming about your next beach visit at work (not me, of course), tis’ the season for Spring cleaning!
Spring cleaning doesn’t necessarily mean swapping out your seasonal clothes or finally being able to open the windows for some fresh air without developing hypothermia – it can also mean updating your reading list. While you’re at it, why don’t you add some literature to that list that will be adapted into a movie this Summer.
Here’s my top 10 picks for must-read books for Summer 2015 (these selections were pulled from a longer list on Buzzfeed):
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick
Okay, let me start off by saying the most important thing – Chris Hemsworth. *Swoon* Based on the book that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, In the Heart of the Sea is the true story about the tragedy that fell upon the Whaleship Essex in 1819. Twenty crew members aboard the ship left Nantucket bound for the South Pacific. While on their journey, the ship was attacked by a sperm whale, leaving the crew members to survive horrific weather, avoid starvation and disease, and rely on drastic measures to survive for over 90 days at sea. This is sure to be a Titanic-esque film, equally as exciting of a movie as it is a heart-racing read.
Release Date: March 13th
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy & Charlotte Riley
Insurgent (Divergent Series), by Veronica Roth
Tris is back and ready to take down Jeanine Matthews in the second installment of the Divergent trilogy. If this movie is anything like the first, it’s sure to be a fast-paced, exciting dystopian thriller. With Shailene Woodley being badass as ever, and Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, I’m excited to see if it will stick to the same storyline from the book (as I think the first drifted from some of the bigger elements in the book).
Release Date: March 20th
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort & Kate Winslet
Serena, by Ron Rash
In addition to starring in the final Hunger Games (more on that, below), Jennifer Lawrence will also be starring in the film adaptation of Serena, by Ron Rash. Lawrence plays Serena Pemberton, the wife of George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), who seems to be a quite eccentric new bride, as she looks to murder her husband’s illegitimate child after finding out she cannot bear children. As a pair they’re not much better, killing all who come in their way as they look to build their timber empire. JLaw has already starred alongside Cooper in both “The Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” so I can’t wait to see their on-screen chemistry once again.
Release Date: March 27th
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper
The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
I’ve never particularly been a fan of Nicholas Sparks books, not because I don’t think he’s a good writer, but because I felt shunned from reading any of his romantic novels (inevitably turned-rom-coms) after I was the only girl who didn’t cry during The Notebook. Sorry, just not my style.
However, as with any Sparks novel, The Longest Ride is sure to be a tear-jerker starring an absolutely gorgeous male lead who may also bring you to tears. Look out for breakout star Scott Eastwood (yeah, Clint Eastwood’s son) in a movie about a boy and girl who come from completely different lives trying to make their romance work. Haven’t we seen these types of movies enough? Oh well, I guess some on-screen eye candy never gets old.
Release Date: April 10th
Starring: Scott Eastwood & Britt Robertson
Paper Towns, by John Green
Um, YES. As you’ve seen from my previous blog post, I am mildly obsessed with John Green’s books in the same way that the generation before me idolized John Hughes movies.
Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars (and, I’m sure, the forthcoming Looking for Alaska), John Green’s YA novel Paper Towns is coming to the big screen this Summer. It will star the super edgy model Cara Delevingne playing the unattainable girl next door (literally) alongside Nat Wolff (of the Naked Brothers Band for anybody with younger siblings). After his neighbor and secret crush, Margo Roth Spiegelman, disappears, Quentin (“Q”) goes above and beyond to find her, following the bread crumbs of clues he believes she purposely left behind for him. This is sure to be a hit for anybody who also liked The Fault in Our Stars (minus the whole bawling your eyes out part). I, obviously, already read the book and can’t waitttt for the movie.
Release date: July 24th
Starring: Cara Delevingne & Nat Wolff
The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner Series), by James Dashner
I can’t lie, The Maze Runner is just about the only popular trilogy that I haven’t read yet. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but most agree that the first book is the best, so hopefully the second movie is able to keep up the same pace as the first one did in yet another dystopian thriller. The very talented Dylan O’Brien will return in attempt to find a cure for the Flare virus. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the series either, you have until September to read the first two. I know I’m going to give it a shot after dropping the ball on the first one.
Release date: September 18th
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario & Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Black Mass, by Dick Lehr & Gerard O’Neill
As soon as I saw the cast for this movie, I immediately assumed it was going to be right up my alley. “Black Mass” is the true story of a secret deal gone wrong between FBI agent John Connolly and Irish mob leader-turned FBI informant, James “Whitey” Bulger. The most infamous and violent criminal in the history of South Boston, “Whitey” was also the brother of a state senator who wanted to take down another mafia crime family who had invaded his turf. After their deal goes terribly, terribly wrong and leads to drug deals, racketeering and murder, things spiral out of control. This is sure to be a chilling and gruesome tale of a true story. I also can’t wait to see Johnny Depp with his new do (or lack thereof).
Release Date: September 18th
Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson & Sienna Miller
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Okay, before you skip this one entirely because you dread being taken back to your 9th grade English class, bear with me. This is not your average Frankenstein adaptation, because it stars none other than freaking Harry Potter. Well, in this film, Harry Potter will be played by Daniel Radcliffe, who will be playing Igor, Victor Frankenstein’s hunchbacked young assistant. I’m intrigued by the plotline of this book, which turns its attention to Igor, rather than mad scientist Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein and the monster he creates in his lab. Honestly though, HP is back, so, need I say more?
Release date: October 2nd (just in time for Halloween)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe & James McAvoy
The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling
Once again, um, YES. One of our beloved childhood Disney movies is back in the widely-anticipated live-action/CGI adaption of The Jungle Book. With one seriously kickass cast, the classic story of Mogli and his adventures in the jungle is sure to be one amazing blast from the past.
Release date: October 9th
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken & Ben Kingsley
The Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Series), by Suzanne Collins
It’s finally happened. The last of The Hunger Games movies will come at the end of this year. *Tear* In part two of the final installment (based on the third book, The Mocking Jay), Katniss leads the rebellion to take down the Capitol, and President Snow with it. After the cliff hanger from the last movie, I’m literally quivering thinking of what I’m going to do in the days leading up to the opening. I’m not looking forward to the sadness that will overcome me when it’s all over. This is going to be Harry Potter all over again. As long as Disney creates a section for it in their parks, I think I can manage.
Release date: November 20th
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth
Why not freshen up on what’s sure to be the season’s biggest blockbusters, by reading the book, first. (We all know the books are usually better, anyway).
Related: No “Faults” For John Green