2017 is set to be a great year for the world of literature. Many books are being adapted for the TV and big screen, and there are hundreds of fantastic new releases to look forward to. I have picked some of my favourites for you to choose from:
1. Jumanji - Chris Van Allsburg
You may not realise this, but Jumanji was actually adapted from a book. Since a remake of Jumanji is being released later this year, now is the perfect time to pick up the book. Okay, so it may be a picture book, but it is still supposed to be a fun read. For those of you not familiar with Jumanji, it focuses on two children who come across a mysterious boarding game and are soon sucked into it. Unlike the original film, which starred Kirsten Dunst and the late Robin Williams, the 2017 remake features four teenagers. You'll recognise some famous faces, including Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Missy Pyle, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas. The film will be released at the end of December.
2. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures tells the true story of three pioneering African-American women who worked at NASA during the 1960s. The astronaut John Glenn would not have been able to travel into space if it had not been for those women. The film is directed by Theodore Melfi and stars Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons. The release date for Hidden Figures is 17th February.
3. The Circle - Dave Eggers
Beauty and the Beast isn't the only film starring Emma Watson this year; she has also been cast as the lead in James Ponsoldt's adaptation of the novel The Circle. Emma Watson plays a young woman who is hired by the most powerful tech company in the country. The film also features Tom Hanks and Karen Gillan, and will be enjoyed by fans of sci-fi.
4. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall follows a similar premise to Groundhog Day, except it's aimed at a teenage audience. Popular girl Sam keeps reliving the last day of her life and has to try to figure out why this is happening to her. Zoey Deutch (Vampire Academy) has been cast as the lead. Let's hope Before I Fall fares better than the 2014 TV version of Lauren Oliver's novel Delirium.
5. Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
Nicola Yoon's heart-breaking debut novel Everything, Everything is set to become a film later this year, and I personally can't wait. It will star Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) as Madeline, with Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as her love interest. The book (and film) centres on a teenager who suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency and has been stuck inside all her life. This all changes when a boy moves in next door...
6. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel Big Little Lies is coming to the small screen early this year in the form of a TV series directed by David E. Kelly. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley portray three mothers whose lives start to unravel after their kids become friends.
7. All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
All the Bright Places is a tearjerker that is perfect for fans of The Fault in Our Stars. Elle Fanning plays Violet, a teenage girl who is dealing with the death of her sister and falls in love with a boy who is fascinated by death. According to director Miguel Arteta, "Violet and Finch's achingly heartfelt and authentic story is the most convincing portrayal of teenage life I have ever come across...It's such a privilege to bring it to the screen."
8. Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy who was born with a facial deformity. Auggie has to attempt to fit in at a regular school after being home-schooled his whole life. The film is directed by Stephen Scbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
9. History is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera
History is All You Left Me is one of the most anticipated YA novels of the year. According to Nicola Yoon, "Adam Silvera is a master at capturing the infinite small heartbreaks of love and loss and grid. History is All You Left Me is a beautiful meditation on what it means to survive devastating loss. This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more."
10. Doing It - Hannah Witton
Hannah Witton is a popular British Youtuber who vlogs about feminism, sex and books. If you keep up-to-date with Hannah's social media, you'll know that she is working on her first book, which will be released sometime in April. Unsurprisingly, the book, which is called 'Doing It', will be about sex and relationships, and touch on some intimate topics, for example puberty and masturbation.
11. Caravel - Stephanie Garber
Stephanie Garber's spellbinding new novel Caraval has been hailed as the new The Night Circus. It focuses on a mysterious show that captures the attention of sisters Scarlett and Tella. However, Tella suddenly vanishes and Scarlett has to try to find her before it's too late.
12. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
The bestselling author of The Girl on the Train is back with her latest offering, Into the Water. Like The Girl on the Train, Into the Water is a psychological thriller that is full of twists and turns. It deals with human instinct and how it can be deceptive. In an interview, Paula Hawkins stated that "This story has been brewing for a good while. For me there is something irresistible about the stories we tell ourselves, the way voices and truths can be hidden consciously or unconsciously, memories can be washed away and whole histories submerged. Then two sisters appeared, and the novel began to form."
What books are you looking forward to reading this year? Have you read any on this list?