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14 Books I Want To Read in 2014

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Thanks to a few crazed charity shop sprees and a weird devotion to the written word, I own quite a few books. Books that I have yet to read. Books that I have picked up and put back down. Books that I probably should have read ages ago but haven't out of fear or lethargy or being busy or BECAUSE I LIKE TO WATCH BACK TO BACK EPISODES OF CATFISH, OKAY?! If you read my new year's resolutions the other day, you'll know that I was planning on setting myself a book challenge for the year. After much deliberation, I decided to set myself the challenge of reading 52 books in 2014. I'm hoping that this challenge will encourage me to use my spare time more wisely, and to embrace texts that I've either been frightened of or have been putting off for a while. If you'd like to keep up with my progress, you can follow me on GoodreadsInspired by some of the booktube videos I've been watching lately, I thought I'd pick out 14 unread books on my bookshelf to show you that I definitely want to have read by the time 2015 rears its futuristic head. Let me know in the comments below what books you want to read in 2014 so we can have a little natter and everyone can find lots of recommendations! 

vivatramp uk lifestyle blog lolita #beesreads book reviews

date of pub: 1955
ISBN: 024195164X
PAGES: 352

I bought this as a present to myself a little while ago and it's a read that I really want to get round to reading as soon as possible. This book seems to get gleaming reviews from everyone, and a few people have recommended it to me before now so I'm going to sit down soon and pay it the attention that it supposedly deserves. And yes, this cover is really beautiful!  

update: read my Lolita book review

uk lifestyle blog vivatramp the ask and the answer patrick ness book review
date of pub:2009
ISBN: 1406344478
PAGES: 553

I'm actually currently reading this book. I picked it up from the sorting office yesterday and I couldn't help myself but start it there and then, despite the fact that I had LIFE STUFF to tend to. I recently finished the first installment in the Chaos Trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and I loved it! I'm about 100 pages into this little beauty but I've already fallen back in love with the world that Ness so wonderfully crafted, and I can't wait to see where the characters end up next. Ness seemingly has a gift when it comes to pacing, and all of his books that I've read so far have been those sorts of reads that you feel you cannot leave until they're over, and even then you don't really want to leave them. I would strongly advise you to also pick up A Monster Calls (featured in my Netvouchercodes haul). It's one of my favourites! 

1984 george orwell book review uk lifestyle blog vivatramp

1984 by george orwell 

publisher: penguin (modern classics edition)
date of pub: 1949  
isbn: 014118776x
pages: 355

I feel like the shoddiest literature student in the world in admitting to not having read this modern classic before but, hey! I have never read 1984. However, I'm intending 2014 to be the year that I finally get round to it. I've bought Luke a copy too so I'm thinking we could do a little read along thang which would be super nerdy quite cool. 

UPDATE: READ MY 1984 book review.

wildwood colin meloy uk lifestyle blog vivatramp
PUBLISHER: balzer + bray
date of pub: 2011
ISBN: 006202468x
PAGES: 541

I've had this on my bookcase since July of last year and I haven't found the time to read it just yet. It's quite difficult to transport around because it's so chunky, so I think I'll pick this up when I have a few spare days at home.  I read the first couple of pages, out of interest, and really enjoyed them so I'm hoping this will be one of my favourite adventure-y reads of the year. And yes, Carson Ellis' illustrations are perf.

book review to be read booktube vivatramp slaughterhouse 5 kurt vonnegut

date of pub: 1969
ISBN: 0099800209
PAGES: 157

Another modern classic that I should have already read! Are you getting the jist yet?! I did sit down not long ago and read the first chapter though, and I really enjoyed it. I was pretty captivated by the whole 'So it goes' thing. However, life intervened and Slaughterhouse 5 got put back up on my shelf. It's not very long so I think I'll leave this for an afternoon where I've got a bit of time to kill. 

UPDATE: READ MY slaughterhouse 5 book review

vivatramp uk lifestyle blog shirley jackson we have always lived in this castle

PUBLISHER: penguin (deluxe classics edition)
date of pub: 1962
ISBN: 0143039970

I've had this on my bookshelf for a year or so now and I have no idea why I haven't read it in full yet. I've picked it up a few times now and got a few chapters in, and I found that I really enjoyed Jackson's writing style and that I really warmed to the characters. I've got a feeling I'll really like this book once I pay it enough attention. I'm looking forward to it!

haruki murakami norwegian wood book reviews uk lifestyle blog vivatramp

PUBLISHER: vintage books
date of pub: 1987
ISBN: 0099448823
PAGES: 389

I want 2014 to be the year I properly get into Murakami. Everyone talks about Norwegian Wood so I should probably get with the programme, read it and be cool for the first time in my life. I read the first page and it appears to be the sort of thing I can see myself really enjoying so I'm feeling pretty good about this one. I want to read a lot more translated texts in 2014 so this will go towards that little reading goal too. Perf.

on the road jack kerouac book review uk lifestyle blog vivatramp
PUBLISHER: penguin books
date of pub: 1957
ISBN: 0140265007
PAGES: 281

I featured On The Road in a charity shop book haul back in July 2013 so it's probably about time that I got round to completing this. I did pick it up a while ago and get a little way through it but life once again got in the way! I'm really interested in the Beat generation so I'm looking forward to picking this up again in the coming months. 

UPDATE: READ MY on the road book review. 

date of pub:1979
ISBN: 0330508539
PAGES: 199

I feel like a lot of people talk about these books yet I'm yet to read any of them. I have the entire collection. Lets hope I bloody like them, eh?!  

UPDATE: i sold them!

uk lifestyle blog rebecca daphne du maurier

PUBLISHER: virago press
date of pub: 1938
ISBN: 1844080382
PAGES: 441

My Mum's work friend kindly gifted this to me after my crappy summer last year which was rather lovely of him. I've heard so much about Du Maurier's works so I hope they meet my expectations. I love love love Gothic classics though so I'm sure they will! I also own Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel, both of which I am also yet to read. I always feel some sort of connection to Du Maurier because my birth name is Rebecca and I do actually have a cousin called Rachel. I'm ridiculous, I know! Lets see if that tedious connection pays off!

UPDATE: read my rebecca book review

to the lighthouse virginia woolf books uk lifestyle blog review vivatramp

PUBLISHER: wordsworth classics
date of pub: 1927
ISBN: 1853260916

As you may know, I'm wary of Woolf. Mrs Dalloway and I didn't really get on very well when I attempted to read it back in 2011 for my degree. However, I bloody love the sea and lighthouses and shit so I'm hoping Woolf pulls some sea-related imagery out the bag and, thus, wins me over. I think I'd really enjoy Woolf's writing if I read it free from the pressures of undergrad study so I think I'll try and read it before I head back to university (where I'll be having to read it for my Modernism class!).  Wish me luck!

brave new world aldous huxley book reviews uk lifestyle book blog vivatramp
PUBLISHER: harper perennial modern classics
date of pub: 1932
ISBN: 0060850523
PAGES: 259

This book is another modern classic that I want to get round to reading. I'm not sure what started it off but I've been really interested in dipping my toes into the mystical waters of classic sci-fi and dystopian lit of late. Brave New World is one of those must-reads of the genre so I'm really looking forward to it.

UPDATE: READ MY brave new world book review

PUBLISHER: penguin (penguin english library edition)
date of pub: 1910
ISBN: 0141199407
PAGES: 382

I was actually meant to read this for my Edwardian module in my second year of university but I never got round to it (such a good student...). I have sat through a 3 hour seminar bullshiting my way through this novel so I'm hoping that helps, somewhat! I've heard some really good things about this novel though, and I do love Edwardian literature. I also really enjoyed Forster's The Machine Stops so that's promising, right?! I've also got Forster's A Room With A View on my shelf so I'll try and pick that up this year too if I particularly enjoy this one. 

wild abandon joe dunthorne vivatramp book review blog uk lifestyle
PUBLISHER: hamish hamilton
date of pub: 2011
ISBN: 024114406x
PAGES: 243

I featured this book in my Netvouchercodes haul a little while back but I've yet to devote time to it yet. As I said in that post, I absolutely loved Submarine so I'm hoping that this book will be equally as good. Wild Abandon follows Kate and Albert, a brother and sister, who have grown up on a secluded communal farm, that has slowly begun to disintegrate, along with their parents' marriage. I may be wrong but I think this may be relatively light reading to enjoy in between some of the heavier books I intend to read in 2014. It should be a good'un!

UPDATE: READ MY wild abandon book review

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which should I get round to reading sooner, rather than later? There's lots of other books that I want to read this year, and hopefully I will get through a considerable amount of them by the time 2015. Have a lovely weekend! 

*This post contains some affiliate links. Basically, if you click the link and buy the book, I'll get a tiny commission and will be able to buy books with it in about 300 years time when it actually amounts to something! Ace, right?!



  1. Awesome selection! I loved Rebecca, Slaughterhouse 5, and Brave New World in particular when I read them years ago. Rebecca probably wins out as a favourite though. Very haunting and memorable. xx

  2. Nice selection! I added a few of them to my own to-read list! Especially curious to wildwood!

  3. Ahhh just reading your list of wordy treasures makes me excited! What is it about diving head first into new literature??! Good luck with these my sweet. I intend to look out for your reviews and perhaps enjoy some of your picks!

    Gemma x

    Faded Windmills

  4. Lolita and Nineteen Eighty - Four are awesome books. And On the road is one of my all times favorites, I've read it at least 3 times. If you saw the movie, it's not as good, book is waay better! :))

  5. Great book list :) I made an effort to get through some of the classics on my shelf last year and I loved 1984 and Brave New World (my little boy is called Huxley!) but I've tried to read On The Road about 3 times now and have never quite managed to finish it. I find Jack Kerouac's writing style to be slightly tedious and I much prefer John Steinbeck.
    I'm going to have to add a couple of these books to my Amazon wishlist I think! The illustrations on the cover of Wildwood would be enough to convince me to buy it!

  6. Sounds like a good list and all with their most beautiful covers! a couple there I have never read but sound interesting so have added them to my to-read list too :) Also thank you for your post on youtube book bloggers, something I hadn't thought about before but now love!! - Charlotte x

  7. This is quite a nice selection of books :). I've read Lolita and liked it — as much as you can like a book like this but I won't tell you more and let you see for yourself ;). A lot of people have been talking about Rebecca recently and I'm really curious about this novel.
    A Room with a View is an amazing book. I haven't read Howards End but since I thoroughly enjoyed Forster's writing style, I think I might get round to it this year as well!
    Happy reading :D.

  8. I've been trying to read a little more over the past year and continuing this year, I try and do a chapter before bed. It's really calming I find!

    I started reading Lolita a few months ago but I find it just an uncomfortable read, it brings me pure anger actually and I'm struggling to read it so I've neglected it. I know it gets praised for the way it's so well written and the language used but I found it hard to digest.

    I'm in love with the cover of Wild Wood, it's stunning. I'll have to check out some of these reviews!

  9. Ooh thanks for sharing! I want to read more this year, and I often come to your blog for ideas for books! I love love loved Rebecca, I couldn't put it down.

  10. Excited to see Murakami on this list :) While Sputnik Sweetheart and Kafka on the Shore are my personal favourites, Norwegian Wood is great too and definitely more accessible than the others!

    I really would like to finish Lolita one day and Orwell is on my list for this year too. Happy reading!

  11. Lovely picks and some sound amazing and going on my TBR list.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  12. Oooh good list. I've read a fair few of these (mainly the classics) and those are on my reread forever pile. . Brave New World and 1984 are good to read one after another for a full on terrified of the state of the universe feeling! More seriously, I read them and realise we aren't the first generation to feel angst! Actually, looking back over this list I I feel you might need to space these pretty well with some light stuff!! We'll find you dressed in all black and smoking gauloise cigarettes and stressing over existentialist ideals otherwise

    Chambray & Curls

  13. Rebecca is SO FREAKING GOOD and Lolita makes me uncomfortable - more so that people reference this book incorrectly & draw the wrong conclusions about it. Really worth reading though! I'm currently reading The Knife of Never Letting go and OMG SO AMAZING. To The Lighthouse is on my list but I really don't like the author's writing style.. I have huge book lists I follow including 'The 1001 Books To Read Before You Die' and then a personal list of books I like the sound of.

    I've entered the Goodreads challenge again this year, my target is 100 books.. easily done IF I manage to find the time.

  14. I've only read Rebecca out of these and I loved it. I don't think I could manage 52 in a year, I've gone for thirty and ten of those have to be ones on my bookshelf already! Good luck with your challenge. Can't wait to read all your reviews.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

  15. Great list! Rebecca's on my list too - Jane Eyre is my All-Time Favourite Book Ever, and I've been told that Rebecca's got some similar things going on. One of those books I've been meaning to read for years but have never gotten around to.

    I read Norwegian Wood a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I don't remember much about the plot, but I remember being really absorbed by it, and getting to the end and thinking I'd loved it but didn't want to read it again. Do you ever get that with books?

    I did my dissertation on Woolf. She's a bit dense (not like that, you know what I mean....) but I agree she's easier to read without the pressure of having to study her.

    One of my goals for this year is to make more time to read - maybe I'll make a list of my own! You've inspired me. Happy reading - looking forward to hearing what you make of these :)


  16. This is a great selection! It's helped me add even more books to my tbr list too :)


  17. lolita is just perfect, i really hope you enjoy as much as i did!

  18. One of my new years resolutions was to start writing about books on my blog, inspired by you! & you've got the same copy of Howard's end as me! I'm planning on posting a review soon... as a literature student I think its terrible that I haven't got any book related stuff on my blog...

    Also picked up a copy of Brave New World from the library recently, I was meant to read it in sixth form but never got round to it! Love dystopian fiction, have you read the handmaid's tale? x

  19. You have picked a varied selection. The only book that I have actually read from your list is Rebecca, and I urge you to read it! My copy had been sitting collecting dust for some time until I finally picked it up last year - no regrets, well, besides wishing I had read it sooner. It is a great read for the colder months. I'd pick not autumn time to read it personally.

    As for Haruki Murakami, I attempted to read 1Q84 not too long ago and just couldn't get in to it. I know a lot of people enjoy his work though.

    I'd love to hear about some of the translations you get to read this year. I've only read a couple in my lifetime but am keen to read more (hence 1Q84).

    Enjoy your reads!
    Bits & Bobs

  20. The only one I've already read is 1984. Oh man, that book made me think! I definitely need to tick a few of yours off my 'to read' list though! x

  21. Although I've never read Rebecca I did read du Maurier's Don't Look Now and Other Stories last year and really enjoyed it. I may have to give Rebecca a go. I really want to try Norwegian Wood too!

    Lauren | Bits and Bobs xx

  22. I heard only about Lolita because of Pretty little liars, but I'm not into that kind of books so I will sure read some of other that you suggest. :) ❇♥ Blog written by two friends: ♥❇

  23. I love your book recommendations. I also have a long list of books I need to read, the first being Elizabeth Jane Howard's All Change :)

  24. Oh you will love Rebecca. It's the most beautiful and haunting book. I didn't appreciate it the first time round, because my Mum had told me to read it and I was determined to hate it (!) but I picked it up again this year and was totally captivated!

  25. Love your list of books to read! So many classics! :)

  26. There are some great choices here, and lots that I'd love to read too! I started off the Murakami experience with Norwegian Wood and I loved it so much that he's now one of my favourite authors. Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle are great if you enjoy Norwegian Wood :)


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