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Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: 2014 book list
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: 2014 book list

An over indulgent book haul and my summer reading list.
Have I mentioned my book habit on the blog before? I'm trying to remember, but I'd hazard a guess that I haven't really explored books and all that at DB.

Having said that, this year I've been investing plenty of time and money into refreshing my book habit and getting back into reading for the sake of, well, reading. I realised that while books and fiction are a huge interest of mine, I rarely read anything other than a blog or Buzzfeed list and quickly set about book hauling.

Here's my summer to-read list:

The A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George RR. Martin
Oh yes, I caved. Nudged in the right direction by my good friend Sarah and some of my colleagues at work, I settled down about three weeks ago with the TV series and finished the first three seasons within a fortnight. Social lives, who needs 'em?! I then raced out to pick up the books (so far) and am currently a quarter way through ASOIAF.

As a sidenote, I'm of those annoying book girls that must read the books before beginning a series or film. But for the first time ever, if you're considering getting into A Game of Thrones I'd possibly recommend watching the TV series before reading the books. Just my two cents!

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Murakami is one of my favourite contemporary authors. Following my obsession with 1Q84, Norwegian Wood and Hard Boiled Wonderland, I browsed a couple of his other titles and knew I needed this in my collection. I love the way his writing seamlessly brings harsh realities together with mesmerising surreality, and can’t wait to get my teeth sunk into this!
Blurb: Toru Okada’s cat has disappeared.
His wife is growing more distant every day.
Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has recently been receiving.
As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada’s vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
Another Murakami number, this is supposedly more love and romance oriented than his other tomes. I think what draws me to Murakami’s novels the most is the focus on post-war Japan, just a smidge of history teamed with plenty of dreamy writing and harsh truths. Just lovely! I think I’m going to read this right after ASOIAF if not alongside it.
Blurb: Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to his father’s record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch.
Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery.
Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.
The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I’m a sucker for an English classic and love to crack one out once in a while. This is hailed as Hodgson Burnett’s best work and is apparently often overlooked in favour of The Secret Garden, another favourite. It deals with post-Victorian marriage and I hear it has hints of Cinderella and is wildly romantic.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Very much a YA piece, this deals with two best friends - a witch girl and a princess - who are taken to the much-feared School for Good and Evil. I must admit I didn’t research into this one at all, I was just hoping for a simple, fantasy inspired read for the summer!

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
Did anyone else have an INSANE obsession with the film Fairytale when they were younger? I used to spend every Saturday and Sunday afternoon looking for fairies at the bottom of my garden and by the pond. Anyway! I spotted this on a blog a few months ago and instantly needed it. Heralded as a very English story that is full of enchantments of the everyday, I’m SO excited to read this and rekindle my fairy obsession. Aged 23…

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
I can tell you the exact moment that I decided to buy this book: moseying around in the basement of Selfridges waiting for one of the girls to finish work. I’ll put my hands up and admit that I pretty much picked it up for the cover, but the 1962 setting drew me in and then the fact that the novel fasts forward to today, when an elderly man begins searching for a woman he last saw 50 years ago. I LOVE these kinds of tales.

What are you hoping to read this summer? Leave me even more suggestions below!

38 comments

  1. You can go wrong with Murakami I totally adore him! :)

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    1. One of my favourite contemporary authors - I think I'm going to start one of his novels this evening actually!

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  2. Great picks! I've been meaning to read The making of a Marchioness for a while now, can't wait to see how you like it.

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    1. Thanks Maria! I'll be sure to write a review on here when I've got round to reading and finishing it (:

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  3. Popping all of these on my to buy kindle list! I'm about 80% through ASOIAF and want to finish it before starting the series. Hopefully it'll be this month. Need to dedicate more time to reading!
    Sophie
    x

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    1. Good gal ;) I'm quite enjoying having watched the series' and started the books late - they're so addictive, I just need to find the time to get reading!

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  4. I read the first 5 books of Game of Thrones and I thought they were amazing. After that it started getting too complicated, too many characters! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

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    1. I'm really enjoying them, I'm spending most of my time reading instead of blogging now and love it!

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  5. Have heard some good stuff about South of the Border, I have Norwegian Wood on my TBR read list for this year too, am keen to get on this Murakami bandwagon! Xoxo

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    1. I might start it this evening - shall keep you updated Ria! I also joined GoodReads today btw ;)

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  6. I have SO many books that I need to read, I need to disconnect from the Internet and just enjoy them I think!

    Maria xxx

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    1. Me too! Going to dedicate some time to it tonight (:

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  7. I've only read the ASOIAF series out of these. I'd say the books are as addictive as the show! Until the latest one, at least.

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    1. They're so good! The latest series or book, you mean?

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  8. I keep putting off the Game of Thrones books, I have them all stacked up and ready to read as I don't like to watch things until after I've read them, but I keep putting them off.
    Would be interested to hear what you think of the Marchioness - lovely book!

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    1. Haha I so know the feeling! I didn't know if I could commit to the books so started by easing myself in to the series and now I'm honestly addicted. You should get to it! And I'll make sure I review the Marchioness once I've finished it, Char! xx

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  9. Great choices! Yes! I remember Fairytale! It was randomly on TV just after Christmas, I watched it and it brought back so many memories! x

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    1. Thanks Sophie! Ah I'm going to have to find a cheap DVD somewhere and relive all my childhood memories - I was heartbroken when I found out the fairies weren't real! xx

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  10. The ASOIAF series are so addictive! I'd say possibly even more indulgent than the TV series - the way George R.R. Martin writes about food is so evocative. Also loved 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' - it sat on my shelf for a good two years before I was brave enough to dip into it, but was so worth it once I'd made the effort. Enjoy your summer reads, would love to see more bookish posts like this :)

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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    1. I know right! I can definitely see what you mean so far, I'm about a quarter way through the first and already find it so much richer than the series (obviously). Thanks Tamsin, I'll be sure to pop some reviews and blog chatter posts up over the next few weeks! x

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  11. The Game of Thrones books have been on my to-read list for a long time! x

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    1. Get to it Lily! I think you'd really enjoy it!

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  12. Clash of Kings the second in the series to a Song of Fire and Ice is the book I'm currently reading. I have to admit it's taking me a while but I'm really enjoying it so far :)

    Enjoy your new reads!

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. I think I'm going to devote my weekend to reading - it's so immersive! x

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  13. GOT will definitely be one of the best series you'll ever read, they can be a bit hard going at times but you just have to stick with them!


    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're really engaging, so so addictive, I love a good fantasy but this hardly reads as one - I'm so immersed in the story!

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  14. Omg I used to looove spending time in Waterstones picking a good pile of fresh books to take home (mainly because it was the only type of shopping my mum would happily pay for). This post makes me want to go book shopping! I'm definitely going to start reading again this summer. Still determined to get you to read Lang Leav's Love & Misadventure!

    Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

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    1. Me too! My Mama used to treat me to the 3 for 2 offer and then a Tammy Girl item of my choice at the weekend ;) oh to be young! Oh yes, adding that to my GoodReads list now!

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  15. I enjoyed Norwegian Wood it took me a while to get into but towards the end I couldn't put it down, I'm currently reading The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I'm an avid follower of the GoT the TV series but I haven't had the chance to read them, the dilemma is whether to start from the first or where I'm up to in the show...

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    1. I absolutely LOVED Norwegian Wood. I think you'd really enjoy 1Q84 (: how are you find TWUBC? I've started the books from the first and am up to date on the show - really worthwhile to read it from the beginning, if only for the amazing character development. x

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  16. I heard and read so much about Murakami so I decided to buy Norwegian Wood. What do you thing about this book?
    Wish you a nice day!

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    1. I loved Norwegian Wood, I've even reread it a few times! Such a clever book, really haunting and nostalgic.

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  17. THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series is so, so amazing. More subversive than Harry Potter and just a total demented version of a Disney story. I've read the first book 3x and the second book 4x already! So glad you picked it up!

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    1. Ah really?! I've been putting off reading it because I wasn't so sure, but I'll be sure to read that next! x

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  18. Oh gosh, I'm so ready for this summer when I can read whatever I want. University reading is wonderful, but it's towards the end of the academic year that I start longing to read some of the things on my TBR shelf! xo

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    1. I'm so envious! I don't have a train commute to read on anymore, but I'm pushing aside laptop time in favour of reading time in the evenings now.

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