This is not normally my kind of read, not even close. BUT WOW. I‘ve read this multiple times since purchasing it years ago. This is an excellent book.
This book is bittersweet. There is a lot of heaviness and sadness. It's not magical realism as I am accustomed to and I think that makes this book a bit more of a stand out in the genre. They say don't judge a book by the cover but the title of this book is perfect for the story. It's strange, beautiful and full of sorrow. The longer I mull the story around in my mind the more I love it. Just bittersweet. 4 out of 5 for me.
So, it's Friday and I've kicked off the #BFC with an #audiowalk in the rain.
Having tea now and checking my Fitbit Vernal Falls solo-adventure stats. Some people might manage 9.600 steps in one day, it took me two and a bit, but I'm proud of myself. I could be sitting on the sofa instead.
"Love makes us such fools."
A story told over about the generations of the Lavender family on how they faced the agonies of the human heart.
Their ubiquitous emotions of hesitation to heal and their vulnerability were amazingly relatable. This left me a mixture of emotions: shattered, joyful, vexed, and charmed.
Started reading because of the gorgeous cover. It is a beautifully written YA magic realism novel on the life and family history of Ava Lavender. Ava lives in Seattle with her mother, twin brother, grandmother, and family dog. There are some elements of magic realism and a lot of descriptions of baked goods, which made me hungry. It is a quick read and has an encouraging message of hope and persistence, although there are some tragic sections.
This book was strange yet beautiful, as the title implies.
It tells three generations of stories about love and relationships between both family members and significant others.
Some scenes were so intense that I found myself gripping the book tighter, my breath stopping and my face paling as I read on, completely emotionally invested. The ending gave me lingering chills.
Definitely one of my new favourites of all time. Please read it!
'Death just seems to follow some of us, don't it? Death's been following me for years. It's easy to spot your own kind. That kind of sorrow you can't just wash away; it sticks to you. And people, they can tell. They can feel it. And ain't nobody likes the feel of death.'
Although I am not yet done reading this book but I am so attracted to the style it hold, painting a perfect picture that one can imagine. It has the effect of pulling you to the characters souls' and minds', making it easy to relate to them. I would recommend this book. #love #perfect #Ava #Fave #AllTime
#BookMail Pt2 is this gorgeous book about being born different & about how love makes not just fools of us all, but also victims.Ava Lavender is born into a family full of heartache,to make it worse,she‘s also born with wings.Mistaken for an angel by a pious young man,her naive foray into the world ends in tragedy.Laced with magic & written like poetry, it‘s been on my wishlist for a long time.
TRIGGER WARNING: there is a traumatic rape scene
After the first few chapters the book got easier to listen to. I just don‘t think I‘m good with audiobooks. Probably going to buy the physical copy at some point to re-read. But the book was overall very interesting, no complaints except for my terrible attention span.
This book is hard to listen to bc of my terrible attention span so I‘m thinking of also getting the physical copy. But it‘s pretty good from what I can pay attention to 😂
This reads like a combination between Alice Hoffman‘s work & Heather O‘Neill‘s “The Lonely Hearts Hotel.” It‘s magical with a focus on love & loss, the sacred & mundane, but it‘s got more darkness & kink to it than Hoffman‘s work normally does - which makes it totally bizarre that it‘s usually labeled as YA! It‘s not perfect. There are some WEIRD sentences & the end is cheesy - but the writing can also be beautiful & the characters are compelling.
This book has some great names in it: Emilienne, Margeaux, Henry, Beatrix (one of my absolute faves! It just has the cutest nicknames ever. Plus, the Beatrix Potter association? It truly cannot be beat).
What are some of your favorite names?
These are the books I have in audio AND print or ebook. I need to knock many of these out this year. Some I've started but not finished for whatever reason. Which ones do you recommend I move to the top of the #TBR list??
This was the other book that was recommended to be today by my employers 13 year old daughter. This book was required reading for her at her school and from what I understand it has some pretty intense scenes. Her mother wasn‘t too happy it was require reading! Any thoughts?
I read this book because I liked the cover and I wanted to fulfill the “read a book for its cover” category for my reading challenge. Since that is usually not the best way for me to choose my reading material, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.
However, I wasn‘t over-the-moon for it...
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This was truly a strange, beautiful and often sorrowful book. I loved this book! The magic realism of the writing is completely enchanting, and I truly do love family sagas. The writing is so lyrical, so simplistic yet beautiful and it is easy to get lost in this tale of love and loss. Also, it is one of those books that almost broke me by the end... This will be one of those books that stay with me.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is a polarizing book for me. For a long time, I craved to read it and I finally got my hands on it. It has a really nice aesthetic in all the settings used. All the events and characters were really unique and nicely weaves together. Although, it was a bit... dark, at times. Some of the scenes were pretty gruesome- but they were just as vivid- so major props to Leslye Walton!
I really expected to love this book because I love this genre, but it was a little too heavy in the fantastic and the story got lost. I just didn‘t find the story as compelling as I thought it would be. The writing is beautiful, but maybe this would be better as poetry?
This book was lovely in a lot of ways, and as a Seattle-ite I enjoyed the setting. I think magical realism just isn't my cup of tea though. It feels like too much telling versus showing. Thanks to @elkeo for sending me the book though!!!