11 Books to Read Before They Become 2019’s Blockbusters

So when the next big film hits theatres, you can aggravate everyone around you by claiming: "the book was better."

When Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians had its big Hollywood moment in 2018, year-over-year sales for the book trilogy increased 300 percent. After watching the lavish lives of Singapore’s elite come to life on film, fans were anxious to get their hands on the source material and dive deeper into the story.

The book isn’t always better, but it does always offer more context. Which is why, if you love a story, you should both watch the film and flip through the pages that inspired it. And, in the midst of this high-profile book-adaptation boom, it seems you have ample opportunity: some of the biggest films of 2018—If Beale Street Could Talk, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Annihilation, A Wrinkle in Time, Boy Erased, Beautiful Boy, First Man—were adapted from best-sellers.

Here’s a rundown of the books you might want to pick up in preparation for 2019’s big-screen lineup: