Book adaptations have always been a staple of the big screen, and we are going to be treated to some terrific films in this genre in 2014.

However, we are already looking forward to 2015 and there are a string of books that you really need to read before the films are released.

We take a look at the top six books that we are super exciting to see on the big screen in 2015.

- Wild - released 23rd January 2015

We are going to be seeing plenty of Reese Witherspoon this year, and she kicks off 2015 with Wild.

The movie is based on the autobiography by Cheryl Strayed, who chronicled her 1,100-mile solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

The journey was a personal recovery for Strayed who had lost her mother to cancer, struggled with addiction, and separated from her husband.

Witherspoon will take on the role of Cheryl in the film, while Jean-Marc Vallée returns to the director's chair.

This will be the first film for Vallee since the success of Dallas Buyers Club, and promises to feature a great solo performance from Witherspoon.

She is not totally alone on the cast list, as Gaby Hoffmann & Laura Dern are some of the other names on board. But could this be one of the films in the awards mix at the beginning of next year?

- Inherent Vice - released 30th January

Another film that is being considered an early Oscar contender is Inherent Vice, which is an adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

The movie marks the return of Paul Thomas Anderson to the director's chair; he has also penned the screenplay.

The book was released back in 2009, and it is reported that Pynchon himself has given Anderson's adaptation his blessing.

A terrific cast has been assembled as Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro & Owen Wilson are all on board.

In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fuelled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

If crime/drama is your thing, then Inherent Vice is the film for you, and it looks set to kick this genre off in fine style in 2015.

- Fallen

We have been treated to a whole host of young adult adaptations in recent years, and Fallen is one to watch out for in 2015.

Insurgent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 will both be out next year, but Fallen will offer us something new.

The book is an adaptation of the gothic/romance novel by Lauren Kate, and is the first in a series of four books.

Addison Timlin will take on the central role of Lucinda 'Luce' Price, while Jeremy Irvine & Harrison Gilbertson will star as Daniel Grigori and Cameron "Cam" Briel.

Scott Hicks in the director's chair for the film, in what is his first movie since his adaptation of The Lucky One.

Fallen follows Lucinda Prince, a young girl who finds herself in a reform school after therapy since she was blamed for the death of a young boy.

At the school, she finds herself drawn to a fellow student, unaware that he is an angel, and has loved her for thousands of years.

No UK release date for the film has yet been announced.

- Inferno - released 26th December 2015

Dan Brown has been behind a series of terrific books, with The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol, Deception Point & Digital Fortress all going on to be best sellers.

We have seen The Da Vinci Code & Angels & Demons adapted for the big screen, and now Inferno is the latest to be made into a movie.

Ron Howard looks set to be in the director's chair for the film, while Tom Hanks will return to the central role of Robert Langdon.

Inferno is another terrific read from Brown, and sees Langdon - who is suffering from memory loss - jump into the world of Dante.

Other than Hanks, no other members of the cast have been announced.

- Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth is another movie to watch out for next year as Vera Brittain's autobiography gets the silver screen treatment.

Covering 1900 - 1935, Testament of Youth is about a young woman coming of age during World War I and the impact that the war had on the lives of women at that time.

The book has been adapted for the big screen by Juliette Towhidi, and will see James Kent in the director's chair.

The movie will mark the feature film directorial debut for Kent, having worked predominately in television during his career. Filming is still underway.

Alicia Vikander will take on the role of Vera Brittain, while Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson, Dominic West, and Miranda Richardson are also on board.

- Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is the debut novel from Ransom Riggs, and was released back in 2011.

The story follows sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman, who travels to Wales to find out what really happened to his grandfather after he was murdered by a make-believe creature.

20th Century Fox have bought the rights to the film, and Jane Goldman has been brought on board to adapt the book into a screenplay.

Tim Burton is on board to direct the film - this gothic fantasy really should be right up his street.

Other books to check out before next year include Seventh Son, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Brooklyn.

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