If you are one of those people who prefers to read a book before it's adapted into a movie or television show, get ready to read to your heart's content this spring, because, some of the biggest Hollywood movies being released in 2020 are literary adaptations.
While there are a few standouts like The Graduate, The Devil Wears Prada, Brokeback Mountain and The Godfather that made more of an impression as movies than books, more often than not, the book is more impactful. So, this spring, devote your weekends to reading some of these titles before they become highly anticipated movies:
What's It About: This historical thriller, set among the post-war ruins of Germany, tells an enthralling tale of love, betrayal, retribution, and forgiveness. It follows the story of Colonel Lewis and his wife Rachel who are forced to share a house with its previous owners, a German widower, and his troubled daughter.
What's It About: The Best of Enemies is based on the real-life friendship of C.P. Ellis, a member of the Ku Klux Klan and Ann Atwater, a single mother and civil rights activist. The book offers a vivid depiction of a relationship between a white man and a black woman that defied all odds and flourished against the backdrop of South's ruthless bigotry and unyielding power structure.
What's It About: Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a comic caper about an agoraphobic MacArthur-winning former architect, Bernadette, and her gutsy teenaged daughter, Bee's determination to find her when she goes missing before a family vacation.
What's It About: Dark, edgy and intriguing, Three Seconds captures a heinous world of violence and betrayal of Scandinavian crime. The novel cross-cuts between several gripping characters, including Ewert Grens – a police detective, Piet Hoffman – a criminal who has become a double agent, Erik Wilson – his handler and Lars Ågestam – a public prosecutor.
What's It About: The Woman in the Window is a clever, sophisticated, powerful and twisty novel about Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman living in New York City. She spends her time drinking wine and spying on her neighbors. But when one night, looking out her window, Anna witnesses something she shouldn't have As her world begins to crumble, she has to figure out what's real and what's not. Because in this diabolically gripping novel, nothing is what it seems.
What's It About: This 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old boy, who is sent to live with an affluent family in Park Avenue after his mother's death. Bullied by his schoolmates and agonized by his unbearable longing for his mother, Theo is captivated by a painting that eventually draws him into the underworld of art.
What's It About: Roy, an elderly con man who has lived all his life, is about to pull off his last con by duping Betty, a wealthy widow he meets online. Told backward in time, the novel reveals long-held secrets with the turn of every page.
What's It About: After her family dies in a plane crash caused by an act of terrorism, Stephanie Patrick joins an extremely covert intelligence organization. The Rhythm Section is not just a thriller about a terrorist hunt, it is also about a catastrophic crisis of identity that Stephanie goes through while attempting to reclaim herself.
What's It About: This classical feminist novel by Louisa May Alcott follows the journey of the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – as they come into womanhood and learn about love, loss, and motherhood.