Elizabeth Entenman
February 02, 2018 4:00 pm
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This is peak awards show season, people. The 2018 Oscars are a mere month away, and we can’t wait to see who brings home top honors. We’re binge-watching the award-winning TV shows we missed and seeing as many nominated movies as we can before the big day on March 4th. But in the meantime, there are plenty of new movies and TV shows to look forward to as well. There are a lot of books becoming movies in 2018. And there are quite a few books being adapted into TV shows and miniseries, too.

February’s new movies and TV shows are some of the most exciting and most anticipated of the year. There’s something for everyone: Sci-fi lovers will dig Altered Carbon. Your girl gang will go gaga over Every Day. And the whole family will adore Peter Rabbit. So, if you want to stay a step ahead of the box office critics (and avoid spoilers on Twitter), read these books becoming movies and TV shows first. Then, let the great debate begin: Was the book better?

Here are 7 books you should read before they become movies and TV shows in February!

1Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, on Netflix February 2nd

Altered Carbon will seriously take you for a ride. We don’t want to give too much away, but it’s set in a future where you can transfer consciousness from one body (or one “sleeve”) to another. You’ll breeze through Richard K. Morgan’s book just in time to binge-watch Season 1 on Netflix.

2Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James, in theaters February 9th

Ok. You can pretend like you don’t want to see Fifty Shades Freed. But you know you do, and you know you’re going to. The third and final installment of the original trilogy hits theaters just in time for Galentine’s Day.

3The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, in theaters February 9th

Chances are you read The Tale of Peter Rabbit when you were a kid. The film adaptation, simply titled Peter Rabbit, is the feel-good film that will cure your winter blues. James Corden was destined to voice a mischievous bunny.

4Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, in theaters February 23rd

Usually we like to form our own ideas about what characters look and sound like. But as you read Jeff VanderMeer’s mind-bending thriller, you probably won’t mind picturing Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac.

5Every Day by David Levithan, in theaters February 23rd

We know what you’re thinking: But I don’t have time to read all of these books becoming movies! But you’ll consume the charming love story of Every Day in one sitting. You might even read it again before the movie comes out.

6The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith, in theaters February 23rd

This feel-good family comedy stars Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, and Rob Riggle. What’s not to love?

7The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, on Hulu February 28th

Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. And now, it’s been adapted into a 10-episode limited series on Hulu. It centers around those involved in the 9/11 attacks. It’s heavy, but it’s captivating.