Settling down with a good book has always been one of our favorite things. Particularly great fiction with their very own movie adaptations to help us flesh everything out the way we imagined. Here are the top 10 fiction books in our list, in no particular order:
- “Hope to Die” by James Patterson – we’ve been a fan of James Patterson since Alex Cross burst into our collective consciousness with “Along Came a Spider.” If you’re into madmen, kidnapping and a devious ploy to frame Detective Cross as a serial killer, this thriller is the tome for you.
- “Revival” by Stephen King – we’ve been crossing our fingers and hoping against hope that our go-to horror and macabre novelist gets his ‘70s and ‘80s mojo back. After disappointing flubs, like “Cell,” “Joyland” and “Mr. Mercedes,” we’re actually overjoyed by this one.
- “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn – we fell in love with this thriller in a goosebumps-inducing way. Particularly since it’s been adapted into a movie starring Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck’s penis. We kid you not!
- “Praying Drunk” by Kyle Minor – this book is you. It is all of us. It’s a collection of short stories peppered with takes on God and death that grabs us by the throat and rams our face into the reality of our lives.
- “An Untamed State” by Roxanne Gay – a story of hardship and survival, but above all, compassion, a value so badly needed in our fast times.
- “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan – read the haunting story of the Burma railway and POWs.
- “Boy, Snow, Bird” by Helen Oyeyemi – in a magic retelling of Snow White, Oyeyemi takes the fairy tale into a story of race in America.
- “Every Day Is for the Thief” by Teju Cole – if you’ve never been to Lagos, now’s your chance to explore Nigeria through the eyes of a man returning to his hometown after years in America. It’s worth a repeat read from the author of “Open City.”
- “Girl Online” by Zoe Sugg – yes, its a YA novel, but it resounds so realistically with teens and their relationship with the Internet. If you’re a parent of a tween or teen, pick up this book to understand your child better.
- “Guy Martin: My Autobiography, My Life at Breakneck Speed” by Guy Martin – if you’re a speed freak, then this bio of this racer’s take on road racing, adrenaline rush and the obsession to win will have your heart pounding at breakneck speed.
Did we just mention we love the “Gone Girl” book? Here’s a clip of the movie adaptation to sink your teeth into:
That’s our list of the 10 best fiction books for 2014. Share yours on the comments. For more entertainment updates, stay tuned to Movie News Guide (MNG).
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