Do you read the book before you see the movie?  Here’s a reading list to prepare you for the film adaptations being released in 2020.  Happy Reading!

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Movie release date:  Jan. 17, 2020)

When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.

Call of the Wild by Jack London (Movie release date:  Feb. 21, 2020)

The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s best known book. It follows Buck, a huge Saint Bernard, as he is kidnapped from his comfortable life in California and transported to the Klondike Gold Rush. His abductors sell him to be used as a sled dog for the miners in the North. He slowly discovers his ancient roots as his civilized upbringing is slowly eroded by the harsh realities of life on the trail. London drew upon his experience in the Yukon to produce a realistic adventure.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (Movie release date:  Mar. 13, 2020)

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (Movie release date:  April 15, 2020)

Anna Fox lives alone — a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies… and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells, a perfect family, move next door. But when Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble — and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Movie release date: Aug. 14, 2020)

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

The Witches by Roald Dahl (Movie release date:  October 16, 2020)

Turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch when he discovers her plot to destroy every child in England, a little boy–aided by his intrepid grandmother–takes on the witch and her coven.

Dune by Frank Herbert (Movie release date: November 20, 2020)

This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the “spice of spices.” Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence. The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don’t want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet’s harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what’s rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Movie release date: December 25, 2020)

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.