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6 books to read before they come to a screen near you in 2023

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A new year means new movies and TV shows, and 2023 is already looking good. But before you head to the movie theater or start binging the latest release, why not read the book?

Not only are books usually better than their screen adaptations, but you’ll be even more excited to dive into the movie or show when it premieres. Plus, you can flex on your friends by asking, “Did you read the book yet? I can lend it to you.”

Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on six popular books coming to a screen near you this year that are definitely worth reading beforehand. (Seriously, they all have at least 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon!)

1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Hitting theaters in 2023

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$9.97 $16.99 at Amazon

In the mood for a clever, modern rom-com? Red, White & Royal Blue follows the secret love affair between the president of the United States’ son and the Prince of Wales. Politics and romance? We’re in.

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The first episode premieres Mar. 3 on Prime Video

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$10.16 $17 at Amazon

Daisy Jones & The Six is by the same author behind The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and promises plenty of drama, wild parties and rock n’ roll as it tells the story of an up-and-coming band in the ’70s.

3. Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune: Part 2 hits theaters on Nov. 3

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$8.29 $10.99 at Amazon

Dune came to theaters in October 2021, but the story’s second half debuts this fall, so it’s not too late to catch up on one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time.

4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Hitting theaters on Nov. 17

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$14.62 $27.99 at Amazon

Fans of The Hunger Games trilogy will race to theaters to watch this prequel that follows a young “Coriolanus Snow [as he] mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.”

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Coming to Netflix as a limited series in 2023

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$13.08 $18 at Amazon

All the Light We Cannot See is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that follows the tumultuous lives of a blind French girl and a German boy during WWII. The cast includes Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie, so you know it will be good.

6. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Coming to Apple TV+ in 2023

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$17.83 $29 at Amazon

One of the most popular books of 2022 is heading to Apple TV+ this year! Lessons in Chemistry tells the story of a “scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show.”

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