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The book is always better than the movie. If you’re a reader, you probably want to get your hands on the written word before you buy tickets to watch the film adaptation. 

There are several big movies coming out this fall that are inspired by popular novels. Now is your chance to read the book before you see the movie, so grab your library card and get started.

The Little Stranger - August 31

In a couple of weeks, this dark mystery will start showing in theaters. It follows the story of Dr. Farady, a country doctor who takes on a new patient. Unfortunately for him, this new patient is haunted by something disturbing. The original 2009 novel by Sarah Waters has been praised for its chilling tale by dozens of critics. Stephen King even claimed that this novel guarantees "several sleepless nights."

The House With a Clock in Its Walls - September 21

Although this novel by John Bellairs was written for kids, there's something deliciously dark about it. Adults and their children will both get a kick out of the quirky story. Read the book as a family, then head to the theaters in September to watch a film that will instantly put you in the mood for Halloween.

Boy Erased - November 2

Nicole Kidman and Lucas Hedges star in this movie-adaptation about a church-supported gay conversion program. The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate against his will, and his story is one of bravery and redemption. Labeled as "wrenching" and "moving," Boy Erased is one movie/novel combo you won't want to miss.

First Man - October 12

Written by James R. Hansen, the book First Man details the incredible life of Neil A. Armstrong and his mission to land a man on the moon. The movie version stars Ryan Gosling and is directed by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, so you know you're in for a treat once this film hits theaters.

The Girl in the Spider's Web - November 9

If you're a fan of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (either the book or the movie), you absolutely must check out The Girl in the Spider's Web before its movie comes out. David Lagercrantz hasn't let his readers down with any of his books, so don't expect anything less than genius from this installment in the Millennium Series

Mary, Queen of Scots - December 7

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan star in this dramatic take on the relationship between Queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary Stuart. Antonia Fraser originally wrote Mary, Queen of Scots in 1993, and it has since been heralded as one of the most fascinating takes on this slice of history ever created.

Holmes and Watson - December 21

This movie adaptation is only loosely based on the original classics by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but still, any excuse to revisit Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick is a good one. Head to the theaters to watch Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly bring the stories to life in a whole new (and humorous) way. 

Which of these are you excited to read and then watch? Let us know in the comments! 

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