Friend and fellow Chicken, Fletcher Moss, has only gone and tagged me on one of these blogging memes. But, y’know, I can step up to the challenge. I can do this. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it involves chocolate and books, two of my very favourite things. The idea is to recommend three books in a chocolately kinda way, but seeing as I write books for adults and younger readers, I’m going to recommend six books.
Here goes . . .
White Chocolate – It doesn’t even taste like chocolate but has a creamy flavour and vanilla undertones. It can be a bit too much at times, but it always leaves you wanting just a little bit more.
The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
This book is Non. Stop. Right from the first page, it grabs you by the scruff off the neck and hurls you from chapter to chapter. You just don’t want to stop reading. You’ve got to know what comes next, you have to know what the grievers are, you have to know what . . . oh, it’s getting late and you’re tired and you’ve read far too much.
The Beach (Alex Garland)
Another book that makes you want just one more chapter. You can’t pick it up and have just one, because that wouldn’t be enough, so you keep on reading and then, whoa! That ending. When the book is done, there’s definitely an aftertaste.
Milk Chocolate – Milk chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes and has pretty much any filling you can imagine, so there really is something for everyone. It’s good at any time. Whenever, wherever.
Holes (Loius Sachar)
There are so many stories intertwined through this book, that there really is something for everyone. You will laugh out loud, you will reel in horror, and when it all clicks into place you will marvel at how brilliant it is.
Out of Sight (Elmore Leonard)
Oh, Elmore Leonard, with your books you are spoiling us! Every single one is brilliant. If they were chocolates, you could fill a box with them and put a menu on the inside of the lid. There’d be hard centres and soft centres, but non of the fruity ones that no one likes. Out of Sight is one of the best – hard and soft centred.
Dark Chocolate – Now we’re talking. Bitter. Sweet. Complicated. Delicious. This is the cheeky devil of the chocolate world. It lurks in the shadows and beckons.
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
One of my all time favourite books. Ever. This is one for the top end of the young readers, because although it sounds like an exciting adventure – boys stranded on jungle island – there’s a dark and menacing side to this book. A bitterness that makes it all the sweeter.
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
Another of my all time favourites, this is the best chocolate you can buy. High in cocoa solids, straight from the Incan temples of Peru. It’s dark, pure, and unrelenting. Everyone should try this at least once in their life, even if they find it too rich for their taste.
So now I have to pass the torch to the next blogger. Who’s it going to be? You’ll have to wait and see . . . watch this space.