Chocolate Books?!

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.

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 14.30.16The 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.

 

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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.

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 14.30.55Holes (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.

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 14.31.16Out 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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 14.31.31Lord 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.

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 14.32.08The 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.

That’s all.

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6 thoughts on “Chocolate Books?!

  1. Love it! (Both chocolate and books, that is.) Have eaten five out of the six chocolate books you’ve recommended. But since you’re too modest to suggest which type of chocolate the fantastic Dan Smith novels are, I shall attempt it here instead:

    White chocolate: Dark Horizons — talk about more-ish. Three years after reading it I’m STILL desperate to know what happened to Alex and Helena!

    Milk chocolate: The Child Thief has it all, suspense, honour, atmosphere, human frailties and strengths, all tied together in a stunning narrative. A story for everyone, whenever, wherever.

    Dark chocolate: got to be the original for me — Dry Season. a story so brooding, with such a close atmosphere, you can almost feel the humidity coming off the pages.

    • Awesome choices Mark! I like you’re thinking.

      So, you’ve read five of the six? I’m guessing that Maze Runner is the one you haven’t read. Give it a try, it’s very good – and you’ll be ahead of the film that’s coming soon . . .

      • Loved Maze Runner and am currently halfway through Scorch Trials. No, believe it or not the one I hadn’t read was Out of Sight. Seen a couple of the films (Get Shorty, Jackie Brown) but never actually read any of the books. Will now have to read Out of Sight just so I can say I’ve gone 6 for 6!

  2. I’m reading Scorch Trials now, too! Taking a bit lounger than usual because things have been hectic here, but it’s a great read. Looking forward to the film. And you haven’t read Elmore Leonard? Better get started on him, then, he wrote some excellent books!

  3. Hiya i was there today when you came in to talk to us and i think ur life must have been hard when you were a kid moving around the place i didnt get time to ask you this but did u like moving around alot? do u wish you stayed in one place?

    • Hi Libbie, great to see you today. As for your question, well, I was very lucky in lots of ways. I had the chance to do loads of exciting and interesting things that would never have happened if I’d stayed in one place. I might even have ended up being a different person! At the time I didn’t really think about it very much – it was just what my life was like. All things considered, I’m glad things happened the way they did!

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