I thought I might do another fun tag, and since it is the first day of September and my beloved autumn is approaching, it’s the perfect day to do it. When I heard of this tag I just knew it was the right one for me. Books and chocolate, what more do you need? So, let’s do it!
1. Dark chocolate – a book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, lonlieness, bullying, death, etc)
The first books that come to mind are Carrie by Stephen King and The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, because the first deals with bullying and the other with suicide (obviously). But the one I would like to mention here is Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan. The story follows tourists on their visit to Burma, but it is much more than that. It is written from the perspective of their dead friend, who would have been their guide. Since she is dead, the trip goes all wrong. But what is really dark bout this book is that it delas with the horrible condition and mass murders of Burmese tribes by their government and the complete naivety of the tourists who cannot grasp what is really going on let alone help anyone. It is dusturbing to thin about how unaware and powerless we are in the face of the real horrors of this world.
2. White chocolate – Your favourite light-hearted/humourous read
Well, when it comes to fun, but still great literature, Terry Pratchett is the king. And Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman is so much fun, I think everyone should read it!
3. Milk chocolate – A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read.
Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb. I’m not sure if “hype” is the appropriate word, but Robin Hobb is a quite popular author. I have never read any of her books (shame on me!) and this series seems the best choice for me since it is all about dragons. I’m definitely planning to read this series soon.
4. Chocolate with a caramel center – Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it
I’m not really interested in gooey reads, not that I think they are bad but they are just not my thing. So, I don’t really have a lot of choice for this question. However, I think that The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philipp Sendker is a really nice story, and it did make me feel quite emotional.
5. Wafer-free Kit-Kat – Name a book that surprised you lately
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. I though it might be interesting, but I just loved it! It’s just brilliant. I never thought I would love it this much, even though medievalism is my thing. 😄
6. Snickers – A book that you are going nuts about
Lately? Well, I’ve been telling everyone how much I love the style of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. Yes, I know that everyone has read it long before me, but I read it just this year and it really stuck with me. I just want to buy all Du Maurier books right now! 😄 It really has something magical about it, something that drags you into the world of the novel and makes you feel what the narrator feels. When I read it, I just thought – I wish I could write like that.
7. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows – What book would you turn to for a comfort read?
Harry Potter series, without any second thought! These books are a part of who I am at this point. 😄 They just make me feel happy, even though they are often sad. I remember the wait for the next book and I just can’t stop smiling.
8. Box of chocolates – What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone
Can I say Harry Potter again? 😄 I don’t read a lot of series, so I’m not really sure… Maybe The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Riuz Zafon, though I wasn’t really impressed by the last one, but the first two are really amazing. And they can be read separately, though they do connect in the third book, but if you read them as stand alones you can enjoy them as well. And there really is a lot of everything in them – history, love, mystery, even some creepyness, and a lot of mention of books.
And that was it! Let me know if you have read some of the books I’ve mentioned and feel free to give recommendations, I love those! 🙂