Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Chocolate Book Tag

A couple weeks ago, Reyna Nicole (from her lovely blog A Peace of the Past) tagged me with the Chocolate Book Tag and (as it’s thoroughly delicious and bookish) I’ve greatly been looking forward to it. Thank you, Reyna!

Dark Chocolate (a book that covers a dark topic): Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (the Constance Garnett translation). I’d definitely only recommend it for older, mature readers—but it’s literally incredible in its exploration of what the effects of sin really are and also the appearance and coming of grace. 

White Chocolate (a light and humorous read): A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse and (by extension) really anything by P.G.W. Damsel, however, is one of my top favorite books of all time. 

Milk Chocolate (a book with a lot of hype that you're dying to read): The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. The story of a temporarily invalided Scotland Yard inspector unraveling the centuries old mystery surrounding Richard III, his two nephews, and Henry VII. (Note: I’ve heard a lot of good about it, but I’m not recommending it yet, as I haven’t read it. ;)) 

Caramel-filled Chocolate (a book that makes you feel all gooey inside): Song of the Voyageur by Beverly Butler. The story of a young woman on the early Wisconsin frontier deciding where her heart and future lie: back to the polish and sophistication of Boston with the charming and urbane young man of the East, or further into the wilderness with—quite a different man (and I am sorry, but if I described him more I would totally give away the story—if I haven’t already. :)) 

Wafer-less Kit-Kat (a book that surprised you): Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. I vividly remember the first time I started it. My brother and I were on an airplane (flying to and from a cousin’s wedding) and I had no idea at the time it would prove so absorbing.

Snickers (a book you're going nuts about): A selection from the last year… Behold the Dawn by K.M. Weiland. You can read my review here

Hot Chocolate with Mini Marshmallows (a book you turn to for comfort): Greenwillow by B.J. Chute. Lyrical and beautiful, I would describe this title particularly more like fresh strawberries, warm sun, and cold brook water—but I definitely turn to it for comfort. 

A Box of Chocolates (a series you feel has something for everyone): The Henry Reed books by Keith Robertson and particularly the first four: Henry Reed, Inc., Henry Reed’s Journey, Henry Reed’s Babysitting Business, and Henry Reed’s Big ShowIllustrated by Robert McCloskey and thoroughly down-to-earth, they’re lighthearted and often hilarious. 

Thanks again, Reyna—this was tremendous fun!

I’m not specifically tagging anyone this time, but if you’d like to do it I’d love to see your answers! I’ve copied the questions out for you again below and feel free to use the button at the top of my post.

Chocolate Book Tag 
Dark Chocolate (a book that covers a dark topic): 
White Chocolate (a light and humorous read): 
Milk Chocolate (a book with a lot of hype that you're dying to read): 
Caramel-filled Chocolate (a book that makes you feel all gooey inside): 
Wafer-less Kit-Kat (a book that surprised you): 
Snickers (a book you're going nuts about): 
Hot Chocolate with Mini Marshmallows (a book you turn to for comfort): 
A Box of Chocolates (a series you feel has something for everyone):


  1. Wow....you must be a well-read reader. By that, I mean the only book I've heard of here was Wives & Daughters. You picked random titles, which are more interesting to read about. :-)

    For some reason, that Henry Reed cover reminds me of the artwork for Homer Price. I loved reading those when I was younger. Oh...apparently McCloskey wrote those, too. Never mind. :-) Did you ever read "Make Way for Ducklings"? That one was one of my favorites.

    1. Joanna,
      Thank you -- I had a lot of fun picking them! (In fact, it's really quite a tremendously fun tag altogether. ;))

      And I see you figured out the McCloskey connection.... The Henry Reed books are by Keith Robertson with pictures by McCloskey (who illustrated his own picture books, as well as Homer Price and Centerburg Tales). Of his picture books, I love Make Way for Ducklings! Lentil, Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine are other family favorites... (And I think Burt Dow: Deep Water Man is where I first started loving sweet peas. ;))

    2. I forgot about Blueberries for Sal. That one is adorable. I can get books for a discount at work, so I'm collecting the "important" children's books, and "Blueberries" is in that pile. :-) I'm not sure I ever read "Burt Dow". I'll have to check that out.

  2. I love the Henry Reed books! love the Homer Price books more, though. I've gotten my son into both series already :-D

    I have a copy of W&D, but haven't read it yet. One of these days!

    1. Hamlette,
      Aren't they both just great reads? I'm always smiling about the fun McCloskey had with the Homer Price books---making them such a combination of the Greeks and Chaucer. :)

    2. It wasn't until I got them for my kids that I realized that "Centerburg Tales" is a play on "Canterbury Tales." Having never read Chaucer as a child, lol.


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