Saturday, 24 May 2014
The Chocolate Book Tag Challenge
Firstly, I would like to thank the very lovely Tara Ford for tagging me in this rather bizarre blog thingy! Here is her post: http://taraford.weebly.com/blog/chocolate-book-tag-challenge
Eating chocolate and reading kind of go together like Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, don't they? Or, if you haven't discovered the joy of Breaking Bad yet, like Danaerys and her dragons. Oh, you don't watch Game of Thrones, either? Okay - like a new Kate Atkinson and a nice bag of Cadbury's Chocolate Eclairs!
One of the nicest things any reader of my books ever said to me was that when a new one comes out she savours it like she does Lindt chocolates - and reads them WITH Lindt chocolates! When we were children, my sister and I would go to the library every Saturday afternoon and, when we got home, lie on our beds for hours with our chosen books, immersing ourselves in them whilst eating the once a week Saturday sweets. Ah, the innocent pleasures of a 1960s childhood! It was one of the highlights of the week.
The Chocolate Blog Tag Challenge requires me to pick six books and decide which item of (chocolate) confectionary would best go with them. Just thinking about it and compiling the pictures made me want to get stuck in, so I hope it does the same for you - or not, if you're trying to keep off the sweet stuff, as I am! Oh, and if you want to look at the book, just click on the title - I am absolutely made up that I've finally discovered how to do that!!
First of all, the book I am currently reading - The Night Porter by Mark Barry.
I'm really loving it! Now, although I'd like to think of the porter snuggled up at his desk with a nice cup of cocoa, the book is actually quite dark in places, with some wonderful cynical observations ~ and I would like to enjoy something dark, crisp, with a bit of a bite - what could be more appropriate than After Eights?
My next book is John Boyne's The Thief of Time ~ a marvellous story, about a man who is born in the 18th century but never ages past 50. Thus, he lives until the 21st century....
He's quite a multi-faceted gentleman, this character, and the book made me think of days gone by, which, for a reason I can't fathom, made me think of Raspberry Ruffles. Perhaps I ate them as a child! Anyway, a nice bag of these would go beautifully with this book, and a few cups of Earl Grey...
Now a ghostly Spanish mystery ~Mantequero a wonderful, longish short story by Jenny Twist.
The sequel, a novella called Disappeared, again about the mysterious Mantequero, is next on my reading list. I wanted to choose something a bit dark and exotic to go with this - yes, yes I know Old Jamaica is nowhere near Spain but Jamaica rum made me think of dusty Spanish mountainsides, for some reason... and I love the price on the chocolate bar! You could eat as many of these as you wanted, if the Mantequero got hold of you.... you'll have to read it to find out what I mean!
Next I've chosen fabulous adventure drama The Highlander by Zoe Saadia
Now, I don't know if there were such things as lions around in pre-Aztec South America, and suspect that there probably weren't (look, it's over a year since I read the book, okay?!), but I had to choose a Lion Bar to go with this, simply because of the wrapper/cover thing!
One of my favourite books EVER is The Big Picture by Douglas Kennedy
It's about a man who, because of an accident that would have looked like murder, has to disappear and become someone else, far away. It's a gripping story, and one of those ones you really can't put down - so to read it you're going to need a very comfortable sofa with lots of cushions, a big pot of coffee and, every fifteen minutes or so, a piece of chocolate... as I said, you won't want to put it down, so you'll need a BIG bar of....
Lastly and definitely not leastly ~ chocolate was made for chick lit, wasn't it? I'm not a big chick lit fan, but I do like the odd one if I'm in the right mood, as long as it's got a good story and a great writer. The very best chick lit book I've ever read is Mother of the Year by Karen Ross
I think of this genre as pure self-indulgent escapism, so what better to go with this book than the most self-indulgent confection of the lot? Thornton's Summer Collection - just WOW! If you haven't tried them, just... DO!
I can tag one other person, so if anyone would like to do it, please let me know in a comment
I'm tagging ... Ngaire Elder
I'm tagging ... The Green Wizard
(click on names for blog - yippee, now I know how to do this I'll be linking words to tons of stuff all over the place!!!)