Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Chocolate Book Tag

Clara tagged me for this wonderful Chocolate Book Tag. Before we begin, I'll hand out some imaginary internet chocolate for you all to enjoy while you're reading this. *gives out chocolate* Okay, is that everyone? Good. Let's get started!

1. Dark Chocolate (a book that covers a dark topic)
The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb

 
This is an old book with a dark, creepy setting. It's told in a sort of ballad-like form, with no quotation marks. I was very impressed with the way Mr. Grubb wrote the character's dialogue. He got the West Virginia accents down to a tee. There were, however, a few words I don't exactly approve of. Definitely a book for mature readers.
Poverty-stricken Mr. Harper kills a clerk and robs a store in a moment of desperation, and hides the money before the police catch up to him. He goes to jail and is executed for his crimes. A murderous ex-convict, Harry Powell, knows about the hidden treasure and has come after Mr. Harper's two children. He calls himself "Reverend Powell" and cons their mother into marrying him, hoping they will tell him where their father hid the money. When they fail to share the secret, he does something terrible to their mother and the two children flee to the countryside. "Preacher" comes after them, hunting them like a fox stalks its prey.
The creepiest part? This book was based on the true story of Harry Powers, who was hanged in the 1930's for killing three widows and two children. (I apologize if I've just given you all nightmares.) Recommended for people who like thriller novels, Southern Gothic, and realistic dialogue.

2. White Chocolate (a light-hearted and humorous read)
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

The Willoughbys

A newer book by one of my favorite authors. Very upbeat and funny. I laughed out loud several times while reading it.
Tim, the twins-- Barnaby A and Barnaby B-- and their sister Jane are not a normal family. One day their parents decide they don't want to be burdened with children anymore and leave them in the care of a nanny. The four have many adventures, including encounters with an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and a mother and son who were thought to be lost long ago.
Recommended for anyone who likes humor, references to classic works of children's literature, and parodies.


3. Milk Chocolate (a book with a lot of hype that you're dying to read)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 
I know you chose this one for Milk Chocolate, too, Clara, but I've been dying to read this book for so long! I haven't seen the movie, but I've heard it's amazing. I've also heard equally positive reviews about the book. I cannot wait to read it!


4. Caramel-filled chocolate (a book that made you feel all gooey inside)
Girls of Lighthouse Lane #4: Amanda's Story by Erika Tamar

 

A Victorian-era twist on Romeo and Juliet, but with a happy ending. This was the first "romance" book I really read, and it's just so sweet. Recommended for preteen girls, people who like happy endings, and people who like Victorian settings.


5. Wafer-less Kit-Kat (a book that surprised you)
Book Three in the Divergent Trilogy: Allegiant


Caution: Do not read unless you have several boxes of tissues. I can't tell you why this book was so sad and surprising without spoiling it for you.
Recommended for anyone who likes dystopian novels, The Hunger Games, and books with lots of action.

6. Snickers (a book you're going nuts about)
I would say The Fault in Our Stars, but I'm afraid I'd end up fangirling too hard and embarrass myself. So I'll say The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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I just read this book two weeks ago, after hearing about the movie which Taylor Swift plays in, and decided to read the book. AMAZING. Definitely a very original book.
Jonas lives in a society that has converted to "Sameness". Sameness got rid of all pain and strife, but also did away with all emotional depth and personality in people's lives. When Jonas turns twelve, he is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories, the person who stores all the past memories of the times before Sameness. He meets the Giver, who transmits these painful memories to him, and Jonas learns the truth about his dystopian society.
I didn't realize until halfway through the book that the people in Jonas's community couldn't see in color. Only he and the Giver could. This I thought very creative thinking on Ms. Lowry's part. Recommended for anyone who likes dystopian novels, futuristic settings, and different novels.
 
7. Hot Chocolate with Mini-Marshmallows (a book you turn to for comfort)
The Bible. God's word is my refuge and my comfort.
 
8. A Box of Chocolates (a series you feel has something for everyone)
The Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis. (Also Oracles of Fire and Children of the Bard, which are continuations of Dragons in Our Midst.)
 
 
 
This series is wonderful because it has something for all ages. It was written for teenagers, but kids and adults would enjoy it as well. It has believable characters, tons of action, a little romance, a complex plot, some laugh-out-loud moments, and-- most importantly-- it's a Christian series that is based around biblical stories.
Recommended for anyone who likes fantasy, knights and dragons, Christian books series, and humor.
 
I tag:
And the first person to comment "I love chocolate!"
 
--Rebecca Jane
xoxo

17 comments:

  1. Thanks Very Much! :D I am very busy but will get to it when I have time if thats ok?
    ~Evie

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  2. Thanks for tagging me! This looks like a lot of fun! :D

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    1. You're welcome! I look forward to reading your post. :)
      --Rebecca

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  3. Wow. This tag is so original and looks like fun. Allegiant completely surprised me too, and I can't wait to read If I Stay either. The book is sitting just behind my laptop screen, literally. And yeah the movie's great ;)

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. Yes, it was very fun to write!
      Oh my goodness-- Allegiant-- I think I shed at least a gallon of tears! "Why, cruel world, why?!" Haha. Dramatic me. :) It was a great book, regardless. I hope If I Stay is just as good.
      --Rebecca <3

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  4. Haha! "I love Chocolate!"
    Do you mind if I just post on Tsamina's blog??? ;)

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    1. Sure! That would be great. :D
      --Rebecca <3

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  5. Thanks for tagging me! I really want to read If I stay too!

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    1. Ooh, we're going to have to have some sort of blog party when we all finally read If I Stay!
      --Rebecca <3

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  6. Awesome post, Rebecca! I know! If I stay looks so awesome! I just found out we have it at our library!!!!! But it is out for another week :( Oh yeah! Thanks for the chocolate!!!! :)
    In Christ Alone,
    ~Clara~

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    1. Thanks! (And thanks again for tagging me.)
      Oh, bummer! Well, I wish whoever has your library's copy of If I Stay returns it very soon so you can read it. :)
      --Rebecca <3

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  7. Awesome post! What a great list of books:)
    -Lauren xoxo
    pretty-things-a-n-d-polka-dots.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! Yup, some of my faves. :D
      --Rebecca <3

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  8. I love Lois Lowry! She is my all-time favorite author. :) I loved The Giver. I read Allegiant, and I cried like a baby at the end. ;) I just found your blog and couldn't help but follow! <3
    My blog

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  9. It's funny how this tag gets around! I was awarded by a blogger, then I awarded a friend and that is how you were awarded. :D I really like your blog; I just followed! Have a great day!

    writingforhisgloryblog.blogspot.com

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Love,
Rebecca :)