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The Call of the Wild – Jack London

This incredible adventure demands to be read. I loved this book so much that I struggled to take notes; I just wanted to read and to enjoy it. I found myself immersed in the cold wasteland, sitting by the fire watching Buck as he adapted to every new curveball thrown his way. I cannot recommend this book more; it was such a complicated little book. London has a way of tugging your emotions and throwing you off balance, only to catch you and ease you back into the story. This book is violent and introduces themes of death for both humans and dogs, and at times it is truly heart-breaking. This is the book to read when you want to cry, but also the book to read when you want to conquer. There is such strength at the core of this book; you come away from it understanding that in the greater scheme of things you are going to be stronger than you first were.

Freewriting: How To Develop an Effective Writing Habit

Freewriting can be a tool that helps you unlock the emotions behind what you write; it allows you to filter out what is unimportant effectively and really acknowledge what you value. It will enable you to highlight key phrases and ideas that you might not have been able to recognise without the use of Freewrite. Freewriting is also useful for establishing a daily writing habit. It’s great for writers who don’t have a specific topic or theme to their writing. It helps you establish useful information that can be stored in your story bank and pulled out as needed.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Verne

I cannot say I recommend reading this book; I found it very difficult to finish as the plot did not live up to the first few chapters of writing. I can recommend up to chapter seventeen, after that I began to rapidly lose interest. There are of course chapters here and there that contained more action and less science and those I appreciated greatly. The ending for me left me with a lot of questions, it almost felt like there should’ve been a part three. However, the writing at the end was very good and I enjoyed reading those last few chapters also. I have you all to thank for getting me to the end of the book otherwise I would not have written a review this week. But it’s worth noting that I normally devour books in a few days and this one took me a month to read. Maybe Verne’s writing style just isn’t for me, but I had to leave an honest review, even if it is an unpopular opinion. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments or share your frustrations.

Clustering: How To Effectively Develop Your Writing!

Clustering helps writers take in everything that they actually know about the topic and not just what the think they want to write about. It’s a great way of helping you come to grips with elements that you want to introduce into your story and is helpful in most forms of writing. This technique is useful if you’ve been given a topic that you’re unsure about or just want to figure out the truth behind what you’re saying and where that connection comes from. Obviously, you won’t use everything in your cluster, so feel free to highlight what interests you and discard what doesn’t. Clusters give you the freedom to decide what you really want to write about after you’ve determined all end results.

The Complete Short Stories: Volume One – Roald Dahl

Dahl writes in a dark and sinister way about things that happen or could be happening behind any closed door. I thoroughly recommend this book as it was a delight to read and easy to pick up! If you would like your child to read this book you should probably read some of them yourself first because a few of them are disturbing. I would, however, recommend picking this read up for anyone else, the wide range of topics and themes means that there is something that everyone can enjoy. If you were a fan of Dahl as a child or a grown up, I would encourage you to read his more adult stories as they are just as brilliant as the childhood classics!

Ink – Alice Broadway

Alice Broadway’s Ink (Book one in the Skin trilogy) was a delight to read and has to go onto my all-time fastest devoured books list! It was an enchanting book, and I cannot wait to read the second part of the trilogy. I think this is a fantastic book and recommend it for readers aged 13+, but readers should be aware that Ink deals with elements of death, political uprising, there are a few instances of aggression, and there is a process called skin-flaying (it is what it says on the tin).

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