Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Chocolate Book Tag Challenge

Well, who could resist? Not me. Invited to talk about books and chocolate in the same breath?

Thanks to author of the Calling All series, Tara Ford, for involving me in this caper. Have a peek at Tara's post here - very fun and much more aesthetically pleasing than mine, I'm sure! -

So the rules are that you should choose between 6-8 chocolate bars or types of chocolate and link them to books you think they might be a good accompaniment for.

Dark chocolate
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - a tale of the 'true' story of Dracula, it leads us into deepest Transylvania. Believe me you'll be locking your doors when you go to bed after reading this, but it's an amazing book, and of course it involves books about books which I love.

White chocolate
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman  (part of His Dark Materials trilogy) - there's so much snow in that book, as well as the alabaster skin of Marisa Coulter - the baddie, for those of you who haven't read it - that it was a hands-down winner. I couldn't resist the lure of Iorek Byrnison, head of the ice bears in the Arctic!

Green and Black's dark chocolate with spiced chilli - my personal favourite
The Food of Love by Anthony Capella - a wonderfully delicious book, about, funnily enough, love and food and marrying the two. I keep saying I am going to read more of his books, as this was such a masterpiece, but I simply haven't had time. If you haven't read this book, you must. You simply must! Did I mention it was set in Italy?

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.
Well, Bridget is first and foremost a bit of a flake, whilst always trying to be the goddess we see in the Flake adverts (actually do they still air those ads with the woman in the flowing white dress? Thanks to Sky Plus, I just fast forward through adverts these days!) Bridget's also messy and clumsy - has anyone ever eaten a Flake gracefully, apart from yon bird on't telly?!

Belgian Chocolate
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie - well this is sort of cheating, but in a good way. Since there were 33 novels, 50+ short stories and only 1 play featuring our little Belgian friend, Hercule Poirot, I opted for the play, which I actually have (and I don't read many plays these days). Plus, I figured coffee goes very well with chocolate. And you have the usual mix of suspense, family feuds, Hastings and Inspector Japp to help make it a good 'un.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - my favourite childhood book and one of my favourite books of all-time. Like Fudge it epitomises childhood for me. I can recall my mum buying into the marketing spiel that a finger of fudge was just enough for kids to eat between meals. A happy day would have been having a Fudge and reading The Neverending Story, but watch out for the flying dog - the film version looked nothing like that of my imagination!

Well, that's it from me. A few author friends have agreed to get involved as the next step, so you can check them out here and look out for their posts next Sunday

Author Maria Savva has more strings to her bow than I can count on two hands, and must never sleep to achieve everything she does!

And new Scottish author, Kayrin McMillan, is going down a storm with her debut novel The Bluebell Wood  Check out what's new with her and the songs accompanying the book here -

And last but not least, author of the Evolution Trilogy, Vanessa Wester - can't wait to find out what her choices are next week! -

I'll be back on Tuesday for that interview with Trish!
Have a great Sunday


  1. Thanks for tagging me, Sooz! It seems like a fun challenge. Great choices! By the way, I love Green and Black's chocolate too! :)

    1. you're welcome, Maria. Yes, I love the ginger one as well! Enjoy putting your post together

  2. Great books and choccies. I will read some of the books you have mentioned as they sound very interesting - obviously I'll eat the recommended chocolates too :)

    1. What a hardship, Tara, having to eat those chocs, eh?! Thanks again for inviting me to do the post!

  3. Just responded on TT's blog of this: White chocolate- Victorian novels. Dunno why. Fancy doing a blog on Books I read as a child and matching choc ..remember Fry's 5 Boys?

  4. Thanks a lot, Sooz... now I am off to find inspiration! What type should I eat first? LOL