My one-month hiatus from chocolate does not mean I stopped reading about it or salivating over it when I get the chance. So when I stumbled across this post at Books are Delicious, I thought it to be a happy medium. I love books and I love chocolate, so the pairing just seems natural!
And it satisfies Day 12 of the Zero to Hero challenge, though you know this is the last reason my shy self is posting this. The Chocolate Book Tag is a terrific idea, because we should all:
I’ll be honest, after reading Harry Potter a few years ago, I struggled for a long while to find a satisfying read. But I worked hard at it, so I made it a point in this post to not include any HP (though I love, love, love them). I’m a little slow on the uptake here, as this is an Easter themed tag where you choose books which correspond to different kinds of chocolate. But chocolate is good all year round, so here we go!
Dark chocolate (a book with dark content/theme): Divine by Karen Kingsbury. Now, ultimately, this story has anything but a dark ending. But to get to that happiness, the reader has to go through heart-wrenching, deep dark tales of human trafficking, child abuse in all forms, loss, unworthiness, and just deep, deep sadness. It’s depressing and a lot to digest at once, but if you can get through it you will not be sorry. The story of redemption is real and amazing.
White chocolate (a light-hearted read): The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren. A novella, this story is relatable, a breeze to read, and hilarious – I laughed out loud I don’t know how many times. I read it in just a few days and it lifted my spirits way up high.
Milk Chocolate (a hyped/popular book you really want to read): Divergent by Veronica Roth. I usually have a very strict policy against seeing a movie then reading the novel on which it was based, but the opportunity presented itself to see the movie and I couldn’t resist. And now the book is sitting on my counter waiting for my eager fingers to leaf through it. To create the world these sci-fi authors create just fascinates me, and I’m interested to see if what transpired on screen is visible in Roth’s words.
Chocolate with a Caramel Centre (a book that made you feel gooey on the inside): Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul. Another novella, this is a sweet, magical story of love. I still curl up a smile when I think of the main character and her journey from lonely to loved. Paul’s writing is so descriptive, you think you’re in the quirky shop or on the crazy streets of this story.
A Wafer-free Kitkat (a book that surprised you): Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Firefly Lane was my first book after Harry Potter. I was satisfied, but I was also devastated. I could see my best friend as Kate and me as Tully, and it rocked me to my core. I cried so hard that when my husband walked in he rushed over and asked, “Oh my gosh, sweetie, what’s wrong?” Through heaving sobs (this is not an exaggeration) I told him what was going on in the book. Devastating, and probably more so because I wasn’t expecting it!
A Snickers Bar (a book you’re going “nuts” about): Wonder by R.J. Palacio. A story I truly believe everyone and their mother should read. It is endearing, true (in the realistic sense), heart-warming, heart-breaking, and has timeless lessons taught from the mouths of 5th/6th graders. Genius writing, genius characters. Fabulous.
Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Marshmallows (a comfort read you turn to again and again): Island Dreamer by Robin Jones Gunn. First, it takes place in Hawaii. Second, it takes place in Hawaii. And third, it’s the 5th book in my all-time favorite book series, the Christy Miller series. Every good decision I made as a teenager and young adult was rooted in RJG’s stories of Christy and Christy’s adventures. Christy has gone places I long to visit, and this book holds every dream and every promise of a 16-year-old girl that doesn’t fade just because we move into adulthood. I’ve read this probably close to a dozen times.
A Box of Chocolates (a series that has a lot of things many readers will like): Betty White’s autobiographies. So technically, this is not a sequential series. However, Ms. White pens a few non-fictions that when read in a group put together a story of one of the classiest ladies in Hollywood. If You Ask Me (and of course you won’t) and Here We Go Again are my two favorites. She is snappy (in a great way), full of wit and candor, and you’ll want her to be your friend and grandmother when you’re done (if you don’t want that already). If you like non-fiction, the business of television, great story-telling, and tales of old-time nostalgia, go read these. You won’t be sorry!
You tell me:
What are your picks? Leave a comment below or post about it and link back to me. I’m excited to see what you choose!