Ones worth bothering to read the novel first, for all you people who have forgone the library.

1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Limited release in September. By the author of The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go will star Kiera Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garflied, Charlotte Rampling and Sally Hawkins. A conversationalist novel, the book is stirring and simply heart breaking in the most minimalist way. The book will leave so much unanswered that it can only benefit you to read it before the film, one that is surely to garner Oscar buzz.

2. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. In theaters November 19th. No argument needed. If you haven’t read any, you have a couple of months before the first part of the final chapter comes out. Get on it. Now.

3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Now in post-production, this adaptation will start Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Hoping that it will be both better than the Twilight series for Pattinson and better than the 2004’s Vanity Fair adaptation Witherspoon was in, we can all breathe a bit easier knowing how well put together the book is. Fingers crossed.

4. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson. In post-production/2011 release.

5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.In post-production/2011 release. Such a massive undertaking with a somewhat unknown director. The list is filling up with things to read right?

6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Currently shooting. Cannot wait. But Kristen Stewart?? Hooo-humm.

7. Snow Flower & The Secret Fan by Lisa See. In post-production/2011 release.

8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. In development. David Fincher is set to direct the first American-Hollywood version of this series. I have yet to read them, but I am quite sure they are worth delving into, at least to know what all the fuss is about.

9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. In development. Not to be missed or left unread.

10. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Roald Dahl. In development. If you didn’t read this as a child, you truly missed out. And although Jim Carrey has just been attached to this project (odd choice?), I am still fascinated to see how this will be pulled off.

NOTE: I cannot even acknowledge or discuss the umpteenth adaption of Jane Eyre or some old novel knock-offs coming out in 2011. But another installment will be up again soon! Happy reading!

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