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Reading Sanctuary is created by University graduates to help tie the link between books and movie adaptation releases. Ever watched a movie and then later realized the film is based on a book? Or have you read a book but was unaware of a movie release either before or after you read it. This is where we come in. Check out the adaptation section to see the major book to movie adaptation. Reading Sanctuary also shares popular books in the public domain. To find out more about us check out the About Us section below. We are also looking to start a forum, let us know what you think via the Contact Us section below.

The Martian

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Author:      Andy Weir
Published:   2011
Language:    English
Genre: Science fiction
PDF File: Yes
Movie:       Yes
Movie Release Date:  25 November 2015

From IMDB cast list

Kate MaraKate Mara
Beth Johanssen
Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain
Melissa Lewis
Kristen WiigKristen Wiig
Annie Montrose
Matt DamonMatt Damon
Mark Watney
Mackenzie DavisMackenzie Davis
Mindy Park
Sean BeanSean Bean
Mitch Henderson
A botanist and mechanical engineer, Mark Watney is stuck on Mars. Mark was presumed dead by his five crewmates aboard the NASA shuttle, Ares 3. They are forced to abandon the landing zone after a dust storm in Acidalia Planitia. With very little resources, a damaged EVA suit and no way of contacting his crew mates or Earth, Mark is left with only his intellect, knowledge and will to survive.

‘The Martian’ finds a way to get a signal to Earth. Aware of his limited supplies, they arrange a means to get him, and his crew restocked. Meanwhile, Mark attempts to grow his food. He predicted it could take another four years before the Ares 4 could rescue him. He begins to modify one of the Ares 3 rovers to prepare for the journey to Schiaparelli crater where the Ares will land when it arrives. During this process ‘the Martian’ accidentally shorts out the equipment which allowed him to contact Earth. To escalate matters, NASA discovered that another dust storm is heading his way but cannot communicate a warning to him.

An unorthodox rescue mission with a tried crew to rescue one, intelligent but unlucky human is underway. Will they succeed? Or will the unpredictability of a new plant seize their hopes? Or worse!

Check out The Martian movie trailer below. Those of us who have read the book, are you please to see such a quick book to film adaptation? I sure am and would like to see much more.

Download link to The Martian eBook from Amazon.com written by Andy Weir.

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner Pdf

Published:   May 29, 2003

Author:     Khaled Hosseini
Language:    English
ISBN-13: 978-1594631931
Book File Type: PDF
Movie:        Yes

Release Date: 11 January 2008

From IMDB cast list

Khalid AbdallaKhalid Abdalla
Atossa LeoniAtossa Leoni
Shaun ToubShaun Toub
Rahim Khan
blankSayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada
Zekeria EbrahimiZekeria Ebrahimi
Young Amir
Ahamad KhanAhmad Khan Mahmoodzada
Young Hassan


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a story about a memory by a man named Amir. The memory is of his youth, as a boy living in Afghanistan. The story discusses the hardship and frequently graphic nature of life in Afghanistan. The novel has also been adapted into a movie, directed by Marc Forster.

The story begins quite jovially, as Amir lives with his father, Baba, in a comfortable home in Afghanistan. The family has two servants of a “lesser” ethnic minority, Ali and his son, Hassan, who are Hazaras. Hassan and Amir are a similar age, so they quickly become friends. During this time Afghanistan’s king is overthrown, and the country undergoes a significant amount of change. One day, when Hassan and Amir are playing in the streets of Kabul, they encounter a group of boys who threaten to beat up Amir for befriending a Hazaras. Hassan attacks the kids with a slingshot, and the two boys escape the fight.

Later, during the winter, the two boys take part in a kite-fighting tournament. The objective of the competition is to cut the kite string of your opponent by covering your kite string in shards of glass. When a kite string is cut, the owner of said kite loses and the boys take off to retrieve the kite, an activity known as kite running. Amir ends up winning the tournament, and Hassan takes off to retrieve the losing kite.

When Amir goes looking for Hassan, he finds him at the end of an alley, surrounded by the group of three boys who initially wished to fight them. Amir then witnesses Hassan being raped by a boy named Assef, while the other two boys hold Hassan’s arms. Amir runs away, leaving Hassan at the end of the alley. When Hassan later returns with the kite, Amir pretends that he saw nothing. The two boys begin to drift apart and Amir, who is racked with guilt, decides that either he or Hassan must leave. He then decides that he should frame Hassan for theft. Amir tells his father that Hassan stole from him, and upon confrontation, Hassan admits to it regardless of having taken nothing. Shortly after this, Hassan and his father move away from Kabul.

The story then progresses ahead to when Amir and his father are escaping Kabul, which is now a war zone being invaded by the Soviets. They are heading to Pakistan and after an arduous journey, they arrive. Two years later, Amir and his father move to California where Baba works at a gas station and Amir attends high school. To make extra money, the two of them sell things at a Sunday Market, where Baba encounters an old friend, General Taheri. General Taheri’s daughter, Soraya catches the eye of Amir. Amir and Soraya begin to talk when General Taheri finds them and tells Amir that he needs to approach the situation appropriately. After this occurs, Baba is diagnosed with lung cancer, and Amir asks him if he thinks General Taheri will approve of Amir’s request to marry Soraya. General Taheri does approve of his request, and the two marry quickly. Shortly after the marriage, Amir’s father passes away.

Later, Amir gets a call from an old friend of his father, Rahim Khan. He wants Amir to visit him in Pakistan as he is sick. Amir does go to Pakistan, and Rahim tells him of the travesty perpetrated by the Soviets after Amir and his father had left. He asks a favor of Amir but first decides to tell him about his old friend, Hassan. Hassan and his wife had a child, a boy named Sohrab, and Rahim had convinced the family to come live with him in Kabul. On a trip to Pakistan for medical treatment, Rahim received a call from a neighbor saying that the Taliban had arrived at the house and shot Hassan and his wife. With his parents dead, the young Sohrab was sent to live in an orphanage.

Rahim asks Amir that he go to Kabul to find Sohrab and bring him back to Pakistan where he can live safely with a family that will care for him. Amir agrees and heads to Kabul to find Sohrab in the orphanage that he was growing up in. Amir does eventually find Sohrab after searching around Kabul, but not before he encounters old enemies and suffers a beating.

The novel provides a dark look into the hardships endured by families living in Soviet and Taliban occupied Afghanistan. The development of emotional attachment to the characters is unavoidable, and will likely leave you gasping in awe at the atrocities perpetrated during the novel. While the general tone of the novel is shocking, you will find yourself cheering for the protagonist during the progression of the story.

Download links to The Kite Runner – ePub and Hardcopy versions are available from Amazon.

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Fifty Shades Freed Written by EL James | PDF Download

Author: E L James
Published: January 17, 2012
Language: English
GenreErotic romance
File Type PDF: Yes
Movie: No
Movie Release Date: None

There has been no movie release date set for Fifty Shades Freed, and I am doubtful that there ever will be; due to the controversy surrounding the release of Fifty Shades of Grey. Also, Shades of Grey is by far the favorite of the trilogy.

Fifty Shades Freed Summary

Fifty Shades Freed is the third book in the E.L James fifty shades series. And is one of the most searched for novel online in its category. For those who like Fifty shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker, this novel is an excellent addition to your eBook Liliary.

After Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey met, it sparked a shocking, one-sided sensual affair that changed both of their lives forever. But Ana demands a deeper, more meaningful relationship; Christian now obsessed with her agrees.

Now they have it all, love, wealth, passion and a life to live together. But relationships are not perfect – especially this one. Ana must preserve herself while sharing Christian’s lavish lifestyle. And he must confront the demons of his past and find a way to fight his intense desire for control while loving all of Ana’s Fifty Shades. When it seems like their strength can conquer all obstacles. Ana deepest fears concur to turn into a reality.

Get a copy of the Book PDF from the link given below. Note the download is from Amazon, due to copyright issues, I cannot offer the e-text for free.

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Macbeth Full Text by William Shakespeare


Title:       Macbeth
Author:      William Shakespeare
Published:   1606
Language:    English
PDF File: Yes
Movie:       Yes
Movie Release Date: 2 October 2015
Name: Macbeth

Summary of Macbeth

Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and finally Macbeth the last of the four great Tragedies published during 1606. Comparatively speaking it a short play but deemed by many scholars as Shakespeare’s darkest work. Macbeth, unlike the other three plays, introduces a supernatural aspect which adds more dimensions to the story.

The story of Macbeth leads us through his bloody rise to power followed by the demise of the warrior. The three witches consulted Macbeth and informed him that he would be, King of Scotland also they prophesied that the successive kings would not descend from Macbeth but of a fellow army captain, Banquo. Prepared to let fate play out, Macbeth becomes impatient and confused when the next appointed heir was not him.

His wife convinced him that the quickest way to kingship was through the murder of the king. And persuaded by her ambition and also his greed Macbeth slain the king during a visit to his castle. After this, Macbeth is proclaimed the new king of Scotland.

Later, Macbeth approaches the witches and is revealed the second prophecy:
Macbeth will be invincible in battle until the time when the forest of Birnam moves towards his stronghold at Dunsinane and until he meets an enemy “not born of woman.” Dismissing both of these predictions as nonsense, Macbeth prepares for invasion.

Will Macbeth be able to change the outcome of this prophesy as he twisted the first or will his evil deeds and sins of his wife catch up to him and destroy him?

Download or read online Macbeth eBook from the link below from shakesphere.mit.edu


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Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Book Title: The Heart of Darkness
Author:      Joseph Conrad
Language:    English
Movie Release Date: February 1899
Genre: Fiction
Book File Type: PDF
Movie:        Maybe
Release:   2016

More info on the possible film adaptation here.

The Heart of Darkness published by novelist Joseph Conrad, is a true story, published in three parts in the Blackwood’s Magazine. In 1998, the Heart of Darkness was ranked sixty-seventh, of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century. It paints a picture of the life of African blacks living along the Congo River in Central Africa, under some hard and gloomy conditions. Look into the history concerning the height of darkness during the European imperialism period. The incredible sounds, sights, and smells of the times are captured in this heart-wrenching experience of “Charles Marlow”, the main character. His passion for sailing and experiencing Africa led him on a journey he would remember for life.

We get a look into the history concerning the height of darkness during the European imperialism period. The incredible sounds, sights, and smells of the times are captured in this heart-wrenching experience of “Charles Marlow”, the main character. His passion for sailing and experiencing Africa led him on a journey he would remember for life.

During his trip, he witnessed racism and the inhumane reality of the Africans under their natural leadership. This book has been translated into many other languages, each intriguing the hearts of many to glance further into his experience and learn from the history that is so descriptively painted on every page. His story will take you through ‘valleys and mountains’ encountered on his journey.

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Paper Towns

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Paper Towns is a young adult novel by John Green. The movie adaptation is set to be released, summer 2015 starring international model Cara Delevingne & Nat Wolff. Mr. Jake Schreier will direct the film adaptation.
Paper Towns‘ is taught in several high schools and colleges. Due to the clever construction of this fantastic book’s story, it was ranked #5 on the New York Times bestseller list, and also won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.pdf icon

Quentin Jacobs spent most of his life admiring Margo Roth Spiegelman, who is the girl next door. Margo decides to ask Quentin if he would join her for a nighttime adventure. This offer was quite an appealing one to him since he was head PDF Author of Paper Townover heels for her for such a long time. Quentin was definitely on board with the thought of accompanying her. After their escapade that night Margo went missing the next morning. A trail of clues seemingly meant for him was left behind. Quentin made it his sole mission to try to find Margo at all cost.The metaphors and puns help to make this book a great read along with the characters who are relatable. The characters mirror the average student and their peers. The mysterious aspect of the novel keeps the reader on their toes. Read this book and see if he even finds Margo Roth Spiegelman at the end of it all.

The download link for this book is available for your Kindle and other e-readers for purchase from Amazon using the link below.

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The Great Gatsby

great gatsby book coverAuthorF. Scott Fitzgerald
Published: April 10, 1925
Language: English
Genre: Novel
File Type PDF: Yes
Movie: Yes
Movie Release Date: May 10, 2013

The Great Gatsby is another great book to movie transition. This book was one of the greatest classics of twentieth-century literature.

Nick Carraway is the narrator of the novel. He lives in a rented house in West Egg next to the Gatsby Mansion. Mr. Jay Gatsby is a mysterious, wealthy man who came from a poor background. For years, he was in love with a woman named Daisy Buchanan who was privileged to live a lavish and luxurious life with her wealthy husband, Tom Buchanan. Jay wanted to marry Daisy, but when they first met, he was financially unable to support her.

Through his friendship with Nick, he was able to meet up with Daisy again after five long years. After spending some time with her, he learned that her marriage was on the rocks. Gatsby wanted to prove to Mrs. Daisy that he was able to give her the life of luxury that she always had.

Dan Cody mentored Jay as a young man and taught him how to make his dreams a reality. He showed him how to live a life of adventure and climb the ladder of social status. All the characters and circumstance brings this novel to an unexpected climax.

Get a copy of the book from the link given below. Also, note the download is from Amazon. The Kindle version is available for free for a limited time. Enjoy!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Title:       Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author:     J.K. Rowling
Published:   2001
Language:    English
Genre: Novel
PDF File: Yes
Movie:       Yes
Movie Release Date: 18 November 2016 (USA)

From IMDB Partial Book to Movie Cast list

Colin FarrellColin Farrell
Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne
Newt Scamander
Ezra MillerEzra Miller
Samantha MortonSamantha Morton
Mary Lou
Katherine WaterstonKatherine Waterston
Dan FoglerDan Fogler
Alison SudolAlison Sudol
Jenn MurrayJenn Murray
blankFaith Wood-Blagrove

PDF version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Synopsis

Fantastic Beasts (FBAWTFT) written by J.k Rowling is a reproduction of a book written by Newt Scamander who is a magizoologist as called in the Harry Potter world. In other words, the book contains information on magical creatures. The title is quite self-explanatory, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them contains 85 different magical creature species located worldwide. Scamander compiled this fantastic list of animals through his continuous travel over the five continents.

In Harry Potter, this book is required for first-year Hogwarts students. Though it is unsure why since such magical beasts/creatures are not studied in said year.

We have a movie coming out in 2016 details are above! Also, check the video below for some additional details. Shooting started in August.


“Imperfect understanding is often more dangerous than ignorance.”
J.K. Rowling


“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure Muggle purchasers that the amusing creatures described hereafter are fictional and cannot hurt you. To wizards, I say merely: Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.”
J.K. Rowling

Speaking of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, read our short summary for more info on the last book in the series.

Download FBAWTFT pdf from Amazon in PDF/EPUB format for your eReaders. Also, hard copies are available. Enjoy!

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The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde



Book Title: Picture of Dorian Gray
Author:      Oscar Wilde
Language:    English
Date: 1890
Genre: Philosophical fiction
Book File Type: PDF
Movie:        Yes
Release:   9 September 2009 (UK)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Movie Cast)

ben barnesBen Barnes
Dorian Gray
john hollingworthJohn Hollingworth
Patrol Policeman
blankCato Sandford
Rent Boy
pip torrensPip Torrens
fiona shawFiona Shaw
ben champlinBen Chaplin
Basil Hallward
Caroline GoodallCaroline Goodall
Lady Radley
Maryam d'AboMaryam d’Abo
Fact: The Picture of Dorian Gray was used against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895 as evidence. As earlier readers were greatly disturbed by the suggestiveness of horrible sins in the book.

Let’s begin a very brief summary. Dorian Gray made a bargain with the devil to sell his soul in exchange for everlasting youth and beauty. He is under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton and is forced to live a double life; one where he is a gentleman to society while still engaging himself in his twisted desires. Only Dorian’s picture shows the truth of his decadence.
An analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society, the Picture of Dorian Gray offers the story of a man coming to confronting the reality of his soul. Written by Oscar Wilde if you are interested, one of the PDF’s film adaptations is available below.

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Mockingjay pdf

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Books or Movies more for men or women?

A poll with 2000 British men indicates that men prefer the big screen films to the origin books. Of course, the study also indicated other facts, men read more slowly than women also they generally read less than them. In fact, nearly 3/4 of men would rather see the movie than reading a novel.

The majority of men blamed this on a lack of time while others simply don't enjoy reading. Some even admitted to reading certain literature only to appear more knowledgeable. Even though this reason might be true we believe the inherent nature of men is to be more visual. Women prefer to use their imagination. Books, even though very descriptive still leave a lot of gaps to be filled by the readers own creativity. Movies are a bit more straightforward, the visuals automatically fill that gap for you.

Of course watching a movie will save you time rather than reading a novel. Motion picture visualization already takes away the need for any in-depth descriptions. Remember that phrase a picture is worth a thousand words - cannot be truer than in a movie adaption. Men being visual creatures can then argue that watching a movie is a time-saving activity as opposed to reading the corresponding literature.

But there are other advantages to reading rather than viewing film adaptations. Such as improving vocabulary, comprehension and other important traits. Maybe reading is why women are more in tune with their emotions or can relate to others better than men can because they literally speak the same language.

As a guy myself, I will put in the effort to read more rather than just changing the channel to watch. With the increase in books being changed to movies, I am sure there is not a shortage of novels to satisfy a slacking of visual stimulation. Thanks for reading!