As everyone knows chocolate is life…but so are books. To end the debate by book lovers everywhere I found a Booktube tag that combines both in one beautiful union, allowing everyone to enjoy the best of both worlds. So what books do I feel deserve connection to the best food ever to grace this planet? Read on and find out!
1. Dark Chocolate- A book with dark subject manner.
In Ashley Hope Perez’s debut she told the story of a first generation Mexican girl struggling to achieve her dream of being the first person in her family to receive a college education. It was a heart wrenching and unflinchingly honest book that brought a voice to millions of teenagers from every background. Out of Darkness is just as gritty with twice the darkness in this head on take of the deadliest school disaster America has ever faced. Not only is that horrific, and largely unknown, part of our history examined but it is merely the jumping off point for an even more in depth look at 1930’s race relations in Texas. That’s right, could a book be any more doomed than one of a Mexican girl and a black boy’s romance in the boiling pot of racism? Oh and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Sad as it may be it is also deeply moving and profoundly written, a must read in my opinion for anyone looking to have their heartstrings strung with all the right notes. For my full review click here: Out of Darkness.
2. White Chocolate- Your favorite light hearted read.
That’s right ladies and gentleman, before E. Lockhart was spending her time writing mysterious books surrounding a hoity toity rich family and their murderous secrets she dwindled her energy reliving her high school years with the scandalously fun Ruby Oliver series. Not only is it both light hearted fluff and a love letter to all the travesties that are sure to befall girls between freshman and senior year, but an LOL/ROFL look at not taking yourself too seriously and just rolling with the punches. I read all these books years ago and whenever I’m looking for some throwback Thursday nostalgia they never fail to deliver all the raucous laughs, lust, and admiration for Ruby herself that they inspired years ago. Sweet and quirky the perfect book for girls!
3. Milk Chocolate- A book you can’t wait to read with lots of hype surrounding it.
Hype is a complicated thing. In the age of marketing and public relations it is everything to a books success, in fact I very rarely read a book that hasn’t in some way been “sold” to me through an interesting plot synopsis, a beautiful cover, endorsements from my favorite authors, or a release from one of the big name publishing houses. Yet more and more often I seem to be let down by the most highly anticipated new releases. I just experience that in Red Queen (review coming next week!), where my expectations simply were to high due to ever be actually achieved. I’m willing to brave the risky waters though with The Wrath and the Dawn, one of the hot new books of this past summer I never got around to reading but saw massive success in the Booktube community. It’s a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, and I’m due for a fixing of some fresh takes on fairy tales. I am still largely in the dark on the actual gist of the plot but I’m excited to go in blind and see what’s in store!
4. Caramel Chocolate- A book that made you feel soft and gooey.
I read this book two years ago when I was a slightly less critical reader so my perceptions may be slightly clouded with time, but I remember this book turning my insides soft and gooey with the romance and sweetness of the plot. It’s one of the few instances I’ve read where the author successfully navigates the tricky waters of second person narrative, the whole book is a love letter from Judith to long time crush Lucas, to create an atmosphere that will cause the reader to fall even harder for the characters. Despite having a dark beginning (Judith was kidnapped four years ago in this 1700’s Puritan society and came back with her tongue mutilated, subsequently causing her shunning from the rest of the villagers) the strong romance, friendship, and family ties will leave you going “Awww…”
5. A Wafer Free Kit-Kat- A book that surprised you.
I love zany, quirky, off the wall books. In my opinion they’re quite honestly the only “genre” of sorts that consistently churns out new, fresh material free of the hand me down remains that dystopian and contemporary YA recycle from the bestseller list. As such I was curious about No One Else Can Have You, a book about a Wisconsin girl trying to find her best friends’ murderer in a town where anyone could be a suspect. Also, I won’t lie, the author got herself in quite the jam with a catfishing scandal on Goodreads that subsequently caused this book to be blackballed among the top reviewers on the site (it’s pretty interesting if you ever are interested in the news articles surrounding it), and I wanted to see if the art could be separated from the artist. Unfortunately, the book was just way too left of center for me to ever recommend to a friend. Far out is good, but the message must be grounded in some kind of semblance of normalcy that readers can connect to it, which is where Hale really failed. It was kind of like she looked in the mirror one morning and just said “How can I make the certifiably strangest, weirdest book ever to grace this planet?” and then just did it. Sigh…
6. Chocolate Nuts- A book you’re currently going “nuts” for.
Ryan Graudin is an edgy writer. With both her debut and Wolf By Wolf she took every convention of the young adult writing formula and just tossed it out the window. While in both books the protagonists are teenaged young woman, hence the labelling, this is one of those YA books that doesn’t neatly fit in one category. I can see the appeal for both teenagers and adults to read this and as such why I’m recommending it to everyone. Not only that, but I can’t even describe what genre it fits into. It has break neck action/adventure, chapters spent on nothing but character development, meticulous detail to historical accuracy, a semi-dystopian plot, and some light hintings at romance in the next book in the series. While all those things may seem strange together, Graudin takes it like a champ and writes a one of a kind book. For my full thoughts please check out my review: Wolf By Wolf.
7. A Box of Chocolates- A series you feel has elements for everyone to enjoy.
I know, I know. Readers come to blogs to discover the latest and greatest books for them to add to their TBR, not see a trilogy that’s been on everyone’s radar for the last four years. Well in my defense, I’m just not a series reader. I can count on one hand the number of series I’ve read in their entirety in the last two years. Even if I was that kind of reader though the answer to this question will forever and always be The Hunger Games trilogy. It truly combines everything (well except humor I guess) from action/adventure, the buzz words “dystopian society”, romance, the original kick butt heroine, and much deeper context in comparison to our world for those who like their reading with a side of theme. Books don’t simply become the defining pop culture phenomenon of our generation for no reason, surely these has to be SOMETHING to back it up, and THG certainly has earned all its accolades.
So do you guys agree with my list? Let me know in the comments!