The Call of the Wild by Jack London (new read)
One of the biggest “challenges” of this list, is having to read books that I have had no interest in reading. This book is one of those.
The Call of the Wild takes place during the Klondike Gold Rush and tells the story of Buck, a sled dog. We follow him on his journey from owner to owner and his fight against his wild nature. That’s really all you need to know, as it’s a short novel (less than 100 pages).
Jack London is a talented writer, but this book was hard to read. It was quite intense with a fair bit of violence. Because of that, even though it was short, it took me a long time to get through.
If you like dogs, you will probably like this book. I was not a fan. I am a little confused as to why it’s considered a “young adult” novel though.
VERDICT: Because of how well written it is, I’m going to say it should be included in the list.
This is, by far, my favorite Roald Dahl book (and he is one of my favorite authors!). I picked this book as a great escape after suffering through the previous one.
I find it hard to believe there is anyone who doesn’t know the basic premise of this book, so I will be brief. Willy Wonka, a candy factory owner who hasn’t been seen in years, decides to put five “Golden Tickets” in his candy bars. This would allow five lucky kids and their parents a chance to tour his factory and receive a lifetime supply of chocolate. One of the lucky five is Charlie Bucket, and while he is not the narrator of the book, the reader gets to see more of his journey and background than the other winners.
One of the reasons I like this book so much is because it’s just the ultimate fantasy. Tour a chocolate factory? Receive a lifetime supply of chocolate? Meet the famous Willy Wonka? Sign me up! I got completely lost in the journey and all of the wonderful things the characters encountered, just as I’m sure anybody else would. I really think anybody would enjoy this story!
VERDICT: This should absolutely be included on the list, although, once again, I think it leans more towards being a book for kids, rather than young adults.
**The original movie (1970s?) stays fairly faithful to the book, aside from the title. They did add a couple of scenes that didn’t happen in the book and made the Oompa Loompas songs much more palatable, as they were much longer and more mean spirited in the book. Also, the way the Oompa Loompas are described in the book is nothing like the way they appear in the movie.