The Books Behind the Blockbusters: Books-A-Million Features 5 Must-Reads from Oscar-Winning Adaptations

Movie buffs can add award-winning movie titles to the bookshelf

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2016 Academy Awards was a night of movie magic, celebrating the best
and brightest cinematic efforts of the year with a star-studded audience
straight from the silver screen. Before hitting the Hollywood limelight,
many of these movie masterpieces were based on best-selling books. Fans
of “The Revenant,” “The Martian,” “The Big Short” and more can read the
beloved literary stories that brought these screenplays to life. To
spotlight noteworthy novels that have been adapted into award-winning
films, Books-A-Million has released their top five picks
of motion picture must-reads.

“The Revenant : A Novel of Revenge”

By Michael Punke

A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the
nineteenth-century American frontier, “The Revenant” is the
astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass.

“The Martian”

By Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people
to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die
there. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills and a
relentless, dogged refusal to quit, he steadfastly confronts one
seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.

“The Big Short : Inside the Doomsday Machine”

By Michael Lewis

From the author of “The Blind Side” and “Moneyball,” “The Big Short”
tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who
predict the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else.

“The Danish Girl”

By David Ebershoff

Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, “The
Danish Girl” eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines
every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in
transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her
marriage and her own ambitions and desires.


By Emma Donoghue

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where she has been
held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has
created a life for him in this 11-by-11-foot space. But with Jack’s
curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that
Room cannot contain either much longer. “Room” is a tale at once
shocking, riveting, exhilarating–a story of unconquerable love in
harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a
mother and her chi

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