With The Girl On The Train being released into theaters this weekend, and with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Inferno to come, libraries are probably having a hard time keeping those books on the shelves. The big reason is that folks want to be able to say whether the book or the movie was better, as well as to find out whether they'll want to see the movie in the first place. Considering how many book to film adaptations there are out there, that's a lot of reading if you don't do it right.

Thankfully, we've got a handy rundown of the most important book to film adaptations that are coming in the next couple of years. In addition to our quick summaries for the book/movie combos you're about to research, we're also including links to both our Preview pages for each film, as well as an Amazon link to purchase these books for your own perusal. Bibliophiles rejoice, as we're about to conjure up that new book smell and run through a laundry list of books you should get your hands on between now and 2018.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Joe Alwyn
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Written by Ben Fountain, 2012 - Read the Book!
Movie Release Date: 11/11/16 - Get more info here.
Ang Lee's follow-up to his previous literary adaptations, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk follows the story of the titular war vet, and his reflections on everything surrounding an act of heroism that has sent him home on a "victory tour" celebrating his platoon's actions. While the trailer is selling a wistful film that's heavy with emotion, Ben Fountain's original novel contains more of a satirical and darkly comedic edge mixed in with a heavy punch.