7 Books to Read Before You See the Movies This Fall

Some of our all-time favorite fiction and nonfiction reads will be having their debuts as films in the next three months. Here's what to enjoy on the page as well as on the screen.
The Hobbit

The Hobbit

320 pages; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Surely you remember what happened with The Lord of the Rings? Old friends, young nephews, cubicle co-workers, the guy at the McDonald's cash register—they all began talking emphatically about elves, because everyone on the planet had either read the damn trilogy or memorized it, down to the maps. There was a reason for this obsession. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie will have dazzling visuals and the genius of Peter Jackson, but the book lets you live in this world—making you believe in elves, dwarves and greedy wicked dragons for a few hundred addictive pages. 
— Leigh Newman