Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chocolate Book Tag

Yay, another blog tag! These things are so fun. Reyna, from the beautiful A Peace of the Past, tagged me for the Chocolate Book Tag.

(I was about to answer all these questions with The Book Thief, and then I realized that that wouldn't actually work, hahaha. I'll try to answer with books I've read this year.)

Dark Chocolate (a book that covers a dark topic): 

Schindler's List. Talk about overwhelming sadness. I never really got sick reading this; I just couldn't process it. I think eventually my brain couldn't handle the unbelievable horrors and just completely shut down after a few chapters.

White Chocolate (a light and humorous read):

Well, it wasn't super-funny, but it was very informative and not heavy on the thinking. Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith.  I found it at work, and read it in a week. Basically, Charles Darwin was an agnostic, but his wife, Emma, was a devout Unitarian, and somehow, they never let their different views interfere with their marriage. I don't completely understand that, because I've always felt like Christ should be the center of a marriage, but it was interesting to watch their relationship grow. It gave me a whole new perspective on the man behind Evolution.

Caramel-filled chocolate (a book that makes you feel all gooey inside):


Oooooohhhhhhh...I read The Return of the King for the first time this year. Between Faramir and Eowyn, and the Grey Havens, and Theoden dying, and Aragorn being crowned king, and Sam coming heart was certainly caramelly inside.

Milk Chocolate (a book with a lot of hype that you're dying to read): 

Um, let's see. Oh, Jane Eyre! I've heard many good things about this gal, and I'm anticipating her story. Apparently, Jane is one strong lady, and Mr. Rochester is his own kind of Darcy.

Wafer-less Kit-Kat (a book that surprised you):

Here's where The Book Thief belongs. Some people said the movie was great, and some people said that Death narrating the story was weird. So I wasn't sure what to expect. 

Guys, it was beautiful. It's a Holocaust story. What more appropriate narrator than Death? The characters are gut-wrenchingly real. It's a black cloud with a thin silver lining: Liesl's story and situation is so overwhelmingly sad, but she never loses hope for better days. I cried for her at the end, but I cheered her on at the same time.

Snickers (a book you're going nuts about):

Uh, Wuthering Heights, most definitely. Whew. That thing turned me upside down for about a month, and not in a good way. To say it rocked my reading world is an understatement. It took a Sherlock readalong, an Emma party, and the Avengers 2 teaser release to pull me out of that funk.

Hot Chocolate with Mini Marshmallows (a book you turn to for comfort):

Well, like Reyna, I go through my Bible when I'm down, but......that's more than just 'a book'. So I'm cheating, too. :-)  The only book I have read as much as (more than?) the Bible is An Old-Fashioned Girl. I grew up with Polly, so I whenever I was mad or sad, I'd go read a chapter to see 'what Polly would do.' She usually gave good advice. ;)

A Box of Chocolates (a series you feel has something for everyone):

Well, the only series I've read this year was Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and its 'followup' series, The Heroes of Olympus. In my opinion, either one of these has something for everyone. It's hilarious, it has guy and girl heroes, it has mystery, it has action, it's clean, it has a tiny bit of romance, and it's an easy read. Granted, its target audience is middle-schoolers, so it isn't as deep as Bronte or Tolkien, but it's so fun. 

I'm too tired to tag anyone for this, and I have 3 other tags left to do anyways, so if any of you want to do this, blog away! :-)


  1. This is a scrumptious idea. Do you mind if I steal it? :) God bless you!

    1. I would love if you stole this. Your posts sincerely entertain me. Tag away, I say! :-)

  2. Did Blogger eat my previous comment? Oh, phooey. Um, it appears it did. Weird.

    What I said was that I would not compare Mr. Rochester and Mr. Darcy at all. They're both proud, rich men, that's true. But Mr. Darcy is just a bit socially stiff around strangers. Mr. Rochester can be charming and socially smooth when he chooses to, but he is also temperamental, volatile, and prone to making bad decisions. Not to mention haunted by a tragic past. I much prefer Rochester to Darcy as fictional characters, but if they were real and I met them, I'd probably be either annoyed or scared by Rochester, whereas Darcy would be perfectly fine to be around.

    1.'re saying Rochester has Darcy's manners but Heathcliff's disposition? Now I am curious.

    2. Kinda. He's moody like Heathcliff, and bitter about his past, but not about everyone in the universe. And he is capable of kindness. AND he learns to change. I think of Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast as being a lot like Mr. Rochester.

    3. Ah. So then Jane becomes the sweet young girl who unwittingly breaks down the monster's shell?

    4. Yeah, kinda. She's the pure, innocent, brave, intelligent young woman who teaches the monster there's some good in this world still, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth reaching for.

    5. (I see what you did there...)

      Wow. I need to read this. Which means I need to finish Phantom of the Opera. Why oh why do people have to step on my tablet...

    6. You're making me want to reread it too. I actually have it in my Kindle account and can read it on my phone if I am stuck waiting somewhere.