If there’s one thing you should always do, it’s read the book before you see the movie. Hell, you don’t even have to go see the movie, but it is 100% accept­able to read the book any­way. Here at KU, they’re mak­ing 12 of the love­ly books we sell into movies this fine year. So, here they are in order of release date!

50 Shades of Grey

1. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L.James. Release date: 2/13/15.

When lit­er­a­ture stu­dent Anas­tasia Steele goes to inter­view young entre­pre­neur Chris­tian Grey, she encoun­ters a man who is beau­ti­ful, bril­liant, and intim­i­dat­ing. The unworld­ly, inno­cent Ana is star­tled to real­ize she wants this man and, despite his enig­mat­ic reserve, finds she is des­per­ate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s qui­et beau­ty, wit, and inde­pen­dent spir­it, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s sin­gu­lar erotic tastes, Ana hes­i­tates. For all the trap­pings of success—his multi­na­tion­al busi­ness­es, his vast wealth, his lov­ing family—Grey is a man tor­ment­ed by demons and con­sumed by the need to con­trol. When the cou­ple embarks on a dar­ing, pas­sion­ate­ly phys­i­cal affair, Ana dis­cov­ers Chris­tian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.


2. Insur­gent by Veron­i­ca Roth. Release date: 3/20/15

One choice can trans­form you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has con­se­quences, and as unrest surges in the fac­tions all around her, Tris Pri­or must con­tin­ue try­ing to save those she loves—and herself—while grap­pling with haunt­ing ques­tions of grief and for­give­ness, iden­ti­ty and loy­al­ty, pol­i­tics and love.

Tris’s ini­ti­a­tion day should have been marked by cel­e­bra­tion and vic­to­ry with her cho­sen fac­tion; instead, the day end­ed with unspeak­able hor­rors. War now looms as con­flict between the fac­tions and their ide­olo­gies grows. And in times of war, sides must be cho­sen, secrets will emerge, and choic­es will become even more irrevocable—and even more pow­er­ful. Trans­formed by her own deci­sions but also by haunt­ing grief and guilt, rad­i­cal new dis­cov­er­ies, and shift­ing rela­tion­ships, Tris must ful­ly embrace her Diver­gence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Paper Towns3. Paper Towns by John Green. Release date: 6/5/15

When Mar­go Roth Spiegel­man beck­ons Quentin Jacob­sen in the mid­dle of the night—dressed like a nin­ja and plot­ting an inge­nious cam­paign of revenge—he fol­lows her. Margo’s always planned extrav­a­gant­ly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a life­time of lov­ing Mar­go from afar, things are final­ly look­ing up for Q … until day breaks and she has van­ished. Always an enig­ma, Mar­go has now become a mys­tery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medal­ist John Green returns with the trade­mark bril­liant wit and heart-stop­ping emo­tion­al hon­esty that have inspired a new gen­er­a­tion of read­ers.



Scorch Trials4. The Scorch Tri­als by James Dash­n­er. Release date: 9/18/15

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean free­dom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.  There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out sec­tion of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the vari­ables and stack the odds again­st them. Friend­ships will be test­ed. Loy­alties will be bro­ken. All bets are off.  There are oth­ers now. Their sur­vival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re deter­mined to sur­vive.



5. Franken­stein by Mar­ry Shel­ley. Release date: 10/2/15.

Few crea­tures of hor­ror have seized read­ers’ imag­i­na­tions and held them for so long as the anguished mon­ster of Mary Shelley’s Franken­stein. The sto­ry of Vic­tor Frankenstein’s ter­ri­ble cre­ation and the hav­oc it caused has enthralled gen­er­a­tions of read­ers and inspired count­less writ­ers of hor­ror and sus­pense. Con­sid­er­ing the novel’s endur­ing suc­cess, it is remark­able that it began mere­ly as a whim of Lord Byron’s.
“We will each write a sto­ry,” Byron announced to his next-door neigh­bors, Mary Woll­stonecraft God­win and her lover Per­cy Bysshe Shel­ley. The friends were sum­mer­ing on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzer­land in 1816, Shel­ley still unknown as a poet and Byron writ­ing the third can­to of Childe Harold. When con­tin­ued rains kept them con­fined indoors, all agreed to Byron’s pro­pos­al.
The illus­tri­ous poets failed to com­plete their ghost sto­ries, but Mary Shel­ley rose supreme­ly to the chal­lenge. With Franken­stein, she suc­ceed­ed admirably in the task she set for her­self: to cre­ate a sto­ry that, in her own words, “would speak to the mys­te­ri­ous fears of our nature and awak­en thrilling hor­ror — one to make the read­er dread to look round, to cur­dle the blood, and quick­en the beat­ings of the heart.”

6. Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Release date: 11/6/15
This isn’t exact­ly a book but THIS IS MY BLOG POST AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT.  We love The Peanuts here at KU and we have enough salt and pep­per shak­ers in their like­ness to war­rant their inclu­sion on this list.


7. Mock­ing­jay: Part 2 by Suzan­ne Collins. Release date: 11/20/15.

My name is Kat­niss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.”

Kat­niss Everdeen, girl on fire, has sur­vived, even though her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new lead­ers. A rev­o­lu­tion is unfold­ing.

Dis­trict 13 has come out of the shad­ows and is plot­ting to over­throw the Capi­tol. Though she’s long been a part of the rev­o­lu­tion, Kat­niss hasn’t known it. Now it seems that every­one has had a hand in the care­ful­ly laid plans but her.

The suc­cess of the rebel­lion hinges on Katniss’s will­ing­ness to be a pawn, to accept respon­si­bil­i­ty for count­less lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feel­ings of anger and dis­trust. She must become the rebels’ Mock­ing­jay — no mat­ter what the cost.


8. Kram­pus: the Yule Lord by Brom. Release date: 12/4/15
One Christ­mas Eve in a small hol­low in Boone Coun­ty, West Vir­ginia, strug­gling song­writer Jesse Walk­er wit­ness­es a strange spec­ta­cle: sev­en dev­il­ish fig­ures chas­ing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight rein­deer. When the rein­deer leap sky­ward tak­ing the sleigh, dev­il men, and San­ta into the clouds, screams fol­low. Moments lat­er, a large sack plum­mets earth­ward, a mag­i­cal sack that will thrust the down-on-his luck singer into the clutch­es of the ter­ri­fy­ing Yule Lord, Kram­pus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse’s new mas­ter reveals many dark secrets about the cher­ry-cheeked San­ta Claus, and how half a mil­len­ni­um ago, the jol­ly old saint impris­oned Kram­pus and usurped his mag­ic.

Now Santa’s time is run­ning short, for the Yule Lord is deter­mined to have his ret­ri­bu­tion and reclaim Yule­tide. If Jesse can sur­vive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem him­self to his fam­i­ly, to save his own bro­ken dreams…and help bring the mag­ic of Yule to the impov­er­ished folk of Boone Coun­ty.


9. Dark Places by Gillian Fly­nn. Release date: TBA.Dark places
Lib­by Day was sev­en when her moth­er and two sis­ters were mur­dered in “The Satan Sac­ri­fice of Kin­na­kee, Kansas.” She survived—and famous­ly tes­ti­fied that her fif­teen-year-old broth­er, Ben, was the killer. Twen­ty-five years lat­er, the Kill Club—a secret soci­ety obsessed with noto­ri­ous crimes—locates Lib­by and pumps her for details. They hope to dis­cov­er proof that may free Ben. Lib­by hopes to turn a prof­it off her trag­ic his­to­ry: She’ll recon­nect with the play­ers from that night and report her find­ings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shab­by Mis­souri strip clubs to aban­doned Okla­homa tourist towns, the unimag­in­able truth emerges, and Lib­by finds her­self right back where she started—on the run from a killer.





Hologram for king10. A Holo­gram for the King by Dave Eggers. Release Date: TBA.

In a ris­ing Saudi Ara­bi­an city, far from weary, reces­sion-scarred Amer­i­ca, a strug­gling busi­ness­man named Alan Clay pur­sues a last-ditch attempt to stave off fore­clo­sure, pay his daughter’s col­lege tuition, and final­ly do some­thing great. In A Holo­gram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold him­self and his splin­ter­ing fam­i­ly togeth­er.







11. Room by Emma Donoghue. Release date: TBA.Room

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the pris­on where she has been held for sev­en years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has cre­at­ed a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curios­i­ty build­ing alongside her own des­per­a­tion, she knows that Room can­not con­tain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shock­ing, riv­et­ing, exhilarating–a sto­ry of uncon­quer­able love in har­row­ing cir­cum­stances, and of the dia­mond-hard bond between a moth­er and her child.





12. Pride, Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies by Jane Austen/Seth Gra­hame-Smith. Release date TBA.


It is a truth uni­ver­sal­ly acknowl­edged that a zom­bie in pos­ses­sion of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies, an expand­ed edi­tion of the beloved Jane Austen nov­el fea­tur­ing all-new sce­nes of bone-crunch­ing zom­bie may­hem. As our sto­ry opens, a mys­te­ri­ous plague has fal­l­en upon the qui­et Eng­lish vil­lage of Meryton—and the dead are return­ing to life! Feisty hero­ine Eliz­a­beth Ben­net is deter­mined to wipe out the zom­bie men­ace, but she’s soon dis­tract­ed by the arrival of the haughty and arro­gant Mr. Dar­cy. What ensues is a delight­ful com­e­dy of man­ners with plen­ty of civ­i­lized spar­ring between the two young lovers—and even more vio­lent spar­ring on the blood-soaked bat­tle­field. Can Eliz­a­beth van­quish the spawn of Satan? And over­come the social prej­u­dices of the class-con­scious land­ed gen­try? Com­plete with romance, heart­break, sword­fights, can­ni­bal­ism, and thou­sands of rot­ting corpses, Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies trans­forms a mas­ter­piece of world lit­er­a­ture into some­thing you’d actu­al­ly want to read.

So, what do you think?