Monday, September 22, 2014

Chocolate Book Meme

Chocolate and books are my two favorite things. (Outside of the people in my life of course.) When I saw this post on Chachic's Book Nook, I knew it was something I had to do too as it combines my two great loves.

Dark Chocolate: a book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death, etc.) 
Melina Marchetta is definitely the first author I think of when I think of someone who writes these books well. I love all of her realistic books: Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, Jellicoe Road, and The Piper's Son. (Saving Francesca is my favorite. I know, I'm strange. Everyone else's favorite is Jellicoe Road.)

White Chocolate: your favorite lighthearted/humorous read
I can't thing of humorous books without To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis jumping into my mind. Julia Quinn's novels also come immediately to mind, particularly her first five Bridgerton books (those five are my favorites of hers).

Milk Chocolate: a book that has a lot of hype that you're dying to read
This is a hard one for me. Hype usually turns me off a book rather than making me want to read it, and I'm fortunate enough to read so many books in advance and have access to an excellent library that I don't have to wait long to read books. So for this I'm choosing two 2015 releases already garnering talk that I can not wait for: Shadowscale by Rachel Hartman and Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein.

Chocolate with a Caramel Center: a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it
No one makes me have that feeling better than Laura Florand, who writes romance centering around chocolate and French desserts. She deserves to be on this list more than anyone. :)

Wafer Free Kit-Kat: name a book that surprised you lately
Emma Barry's books Special Interests and Private Politics. I knew they were contemporary romance novels set in Washington D.C. and centering around politics, which is what attracted me to them, but I was unprepared for how smart and funny they are. This is now one of my favorite series and I'm really looking forward to the third book.

Snickers: a book you are going nuts about
Books I can't stop talking/thinking about that I've read lately are: Greenglass House by Kate Milford and The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas.

Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows: what book would you turn to for a comfort read?
The Queen's Thief books by Megan Whalen Turner. ALWAYS. Most people wouldn't find these "comforting" maybe, but to me they are. They are the best hot chocolate made with dark chocolate, slightly bitter but still sweet and they stick with you long after you've finished them.

Box of Chocolates: what series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone
I'm changing this from series to author and saying Diana Wynne Jones. She wrote so many books and though they are all fantasy, they cover a great deal of sub-genres. And I think that even die-hard realistic fiction readers could find at least one of her books to love.

What do you think of my choices?

It's your turn now! If you participate let me know so I can read your post.


Brenda said...

This is a wonderful post, love all the chocolate inspirations. Such fun! It beautifully highlights your varied tastes in books.

Anonymous said...

Yay, I'm glad you decided to do this too! We both picked Melina Marchetta for dark chocolate and Laura Florand for the caramel. I wonder if you've tried reading Juliet Marillier's books? I really should read To Say Nothing of the Dog soon. Like you, I also can't wait for Black Dove, White Raven. Yes to MWT's books as comfort reads, even if they're not exactly "comforting". I'm really curious about Greenglass House because The Book Smugglers have said it's very good. I read The Boneshaker before and thought it was just okay.

Brandy said...

I like the way it has book in pretty much every genre and age category I love to read.

Brandy said...

I've read Wildwood Dancing, the sequel to that, Heart's Blood, and Daughter of the Forest. I didn't love Daughter of the Forest. I think I just prefer her YA stuff.

Greenglass House is VERY different from The Boneshaker. It's a mystery set in an inn where every one is stuck.