The Chocolate Book Tag

Friday 25 April 2014

I came across this tag on booktube recently and thought 'why not give it a go?' Even though I don't make videos, I can still do that, right? Right. And seeing as it's about books and chocolate, I couldn't resist. So, here you go: The Chocolate Book Tag.

Dark Chocolate
A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death, etc)

Stephen King isn't exactly known for writing 'nice' books, but I feel like Full Dark, No Stars covers a lot of dark topics in quite a short space.

Considering it's a collection of short stories, some of them being no longer than about 100 pages long, it's jam packed with things like death, rape, loneliness, revenge, and torture. The stories were compelling reads and, while not everyone's cup of tea, definitely worth a read.

Big Driver in particular, I found, was very well composed and creepy - there were several times where I had to stop reading because my hands were shaking so much

White Chocolate
Your favourite light-hearted/humorous read

I'll admit, I'm not a big fan of John Green's books or writing style, but combined with David Levithan, I found it to be bearable. I won't say enjoyable, because that's a lie - I found Green's chapters dragged in comparison to Levithan's, which just flew by for me.

That being said, Will Grayson, Will Grayson was one of the funniest - and most relatable - books I've read in a long time. While the subject matter could be considered quite heavy, I found it to be just the opposite. I will admit though, the plot seemed to be quite lacking, but that didn't diminish the fact that this was a quick, easy, and fun read. 

This is probably my second favourite or favourite John Green book, so you should definitely check it out.

Milk Chocolate
A book that has a lot of hype that you're dying to read

While I have heard mixed things about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I've heard more good than bad about it. Apparently, it's a psychological thriller about a girl who was in an accident, or caused an accident, and who has now lost her memories and all her friends are dead. Or something like that. I think.

Either way, I really want to pick this up, and soon if I can help it. The title (and the cover, which is stunning) have really intrigued me and I want to know more about this mysterious girl.

Hopefully I'll get the chance soon.

Chocolate with a caramel centre
Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

Okay, I understand that this is a bit of a cliché choice, but can you blame me? I don't really go in for romance or nice, gooey stories, so Fangirl was an odd read for me. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it and there were several times where I was sat with the biggest grin on my face, mentally squealing at the characters.

Totally out of character for me - I know - but gosh darn it, this was so cute! I'll admit, I was rather let down by the ending, but I found that the majority of the story more than made up for that, and it didn't do anything to make me regret feeling all mushy or anything. 

I don't know. I just get rather smiley thinking about this book.

Wafer-free Kit-Kat
Name a book that surprised you lately

I'm a big fan of not only the TV show The Walking Dead, but the graphic novels as well. So when I saw this at my library I snatched it up, and boy am I glad I did!

I really had no idea what I'd be getting into when I started this, seeing as it's about the Governor before he became the Governor, and so far we've only seen Rick and his group's story, but this was very interesting and provides a much needed back story.

However, the surprise really lay in the twist at the end! I could already see it coming, thanks to the TV show (and I'm quite good at guessing plot twists anyway) but that didn't stop it from taking me aback. I'm very much looking forward to finishing this series.

A book that you are going nuts about

Why did I put off reading this for so long?! I'm so annoyed with myself because I couldn't remember anything from The Lost Hero or The Son of Neptune while reading this, ugh. And now I have to wait until October again for The House of Hades to be released in the matching paperback, so I'll have forgotten stuff again. Double ugh.

Annoyance at myself aside, I just... I cannot with this instalment. Rick Riordan is one of my favourite authors, and he did not disappoint with The Mark of Athena. It was action packed, character driven, made me wonder, made me mad, made me experience basically every emotion possible, and that ending! 

I just really need to read the next book before I go insane.

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows
What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

Whenever I'm in need of a pick me up, or some comfort, or just a mindless read, I can always count on Katniss to be there for me. I owe her a lot, as well, as she's the one who really got me back into reading properly in my teenage years, so I think re-reading The Hunger Games countless times is the least I can do for her.

I feel like I have such a connection with this trilogy, and that I get it and that it gets me. Cheesy, I know, but it's true. These three books never let me down, never fail to amuse me, and never fail to have me on the edge of my seat. Combined with the films they're even better, and I really do owe the books (and Suzanne Collins) a lot. 

I'll stop before I get too far from the point and leave you with this: I love The Hunger Games an awful lot.

Box of chocolates
What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

Do I really need to say anything about Harry Potter? It has so many different elements that really do appeal to all sorts of people. In my family alone, I know of at least three generations that have all read and enjoyed Harry Potter's world multiple times. 

There's magic - obviously - but there's also mystery, action, romance, friendship, family, death, loneliness, comfort, sports, education, everything, all squeezed into seven books. I can't think of any reason why someone would not enjoy the series. 'There isn't enough action.' Um, battle of Hogwarts, anyone? 'It's too confusing.' If you continued reading you'd find things are actually explained rather well.

I just don't see how anyone could dislike Harry and everything that comes with him. It just... baffles me.

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