I was asked to take part in this blog chain by the utterly cute Jack Croxall (he likes it when I say he’s cute), author or the brilliant Tethers trilogy and X. The idea is that you match chocolate with similar(ish) books, and then tag some other bookworms to do the same. It took me quite a while to compose my list of yummy goodness, but here it is. Hope you enjoy! Now I have to go and eat some actual chocolate. All these metaphors made me hungry!
1) Dark chocolate: a book that covers a dark topic
The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain. It’s not even been released yet, but it soon will be and you will definitely want to read this book! In a dystopian future, Britain has descended into violence and terror as criminals run rampant. In response, the Phoenix Project is created—a system in which inmates from prisons across the country fight to the death, cheered on by a bloodthirsty public. Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who is unable to forgive himself for his past crime, struggles to come to grips with a present in which he is forced to kill others. As he faces one of his fiercest battles yet, Raven appears to find an ally in Alexia—a woman who provides both the means for Raven’s disturbing methods of self-harm and the strength to resist it. He begins to realize he will either die in the ring or live and achieve stardom; but before he can fight for his life, he needs to find a reason to live. His real enemy is not the man pitted against him; it is the monster inside himself.
2.) White chocolate: your favourite lighthearted/humorous read
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. This book made me laugh so hard, I actually developed abs! Bridget Jones is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year’s Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The troubles begin when her charming, though disreputable boss takes an interest her. Add a bunch of slightly eccentric friends, a slightly arrogant and dull, but handsome man and a dysfunctional family into the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. Rather charming disaster, but still, disaster. It’s also very loosely based on my favourite book, Pride and Prejudice.
3.) Milk chocolate: a book with a lot of hype that you’re dying to read
Well, I’m not actually dying to read it, but I’m still rather curious to see what all the fuss is about. So I would have to say Fifty Shades by E.L. James. It follows the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM).
4.) Chocolate with a caramel centre: a book that makes you feel all gooey in the middle while you read it
I’m somewhat embarrassed to say it’s The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. It’s my guilty pleasure. I just love Edward and Bella is described beautifully. For those of you who are blissfully unaware of this phenomenon. The Twilight Saga consists of four books. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. The story revolves around Bella, a 17-year old girl who’s moving from Phoenix to live with her father in Forks. She falls in love with the mysterious Edward, who, of course, turns out to be a vampire. From there it’s a roller-coaster ride which turns Bella’s life completely upside down.
5.) Wafer free kit kat: a book that has surprised you lately
X by Jack Croxall. I was never one for short stories, but X turned me around completely and I’ve been reading other short stories since then. The story’s about a fifteen-year-old girl, who we only get to know as X. It’s obvious she thinks she is going to die. Shacked up in the cellar of an old farmhouse, she starts a journal to document her last few days. Much less than a few days if the things outside manage to get in.
6.) Snickers: a book you are going nuts about
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. It drives me absolutely crazy! Not only is it the final book of one of my favourite series of all time, but Rowling goes ahead and murders some of my beloved characters. Won’t say who, in the off chance someone’s out there who hasn’t actually read these books. If you’re that person, buy it. Like, now! I’m serious, what are you still doing here reading this blog?
7.) Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows: a book that you would turn to for a comfort read
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Whenever I feel alone or sick, I read this read. It’s my comfort blanket. The characters are sublime, the love stories breathtaking and it’s actually very easy to read. After just a few pages, it reads like a modern romance novel. And in everybody’s mind lives the question: will the witty, but prejudiced Elisabeth end up with the handsome, but proud mr. Darcy? Don’t watch the movie or BBC series. Wait until you’ve read the book, it will increase your fun. Trust me on this one.