The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

This book was an amazing read, and I loved it. Walton takes on a difficult topic in the themes of love and what causes people to love, and also to refuse to love. Walton in this story strives to explain the complexities of love in relation to the painful process of living. If you choose to pick up this book prepare to laugh and cry… an ugly cry that is. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a book that has quickly nudged itself into my top ten reads of all time. Everything about this book was so well done, from the stunning cover to the themes central to the story. I cannot help but bring up the beautiful and impactful payoffs brought about by intentional repetition. Anyone who is in desperate need of a good book needs to pick this up!

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.

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.

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).