The Chocolate Book Tag

the-chocolate-book-tagI found this tag over at Tea, Books & Fun and I thought that I would give it a try. I love chocolate and I couldn’t resist the chance to relate books to this amazing food of the gods.

So, here we go.

Warning: I may have used some inappropriate GIFs and you may leave this tag with a sudden craving of chocolate!

Dark Chocolate
A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, lonlieness, bullying, death, etc)

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll definitely fits this bill. When you read reviews you don’t see a lot of discussion about some of the violence in the book, but there is a lot of dark material within this book.

White Chocolate
Your favourite light-hearted/humourous read

The most light-hearted book I have read so far this year is Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. I am not sure it is entirely light-hearted but there is a lightness to the prose and a love of food that binds all the characters.

It’s a great read in general and I would highly recommend it for someone who wants an easy read with romance, a bit of conflict, and maybe one or two nervous breakdowns.

Milk Chocolate
A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read

 A hyped book that I am dying to read is All the Light We Cannot see by Anthony Doerr. This book sounds right up my ally. It’s historical fiction set in World War II and I heard that the writing is just out of the world.

I’ve been avoiding spoilers regarding it because I just want to experience this amazing book for myself.

Chocolate with A Caramel Center
Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

 I have to say Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t think that I would like this book when I picked it up, mostly because I am not the biggest fan of romantic comedies. This book pleasantly surprised me though. I loved the relationship that Rowell creates between two misfit kids and I found myself smiling a lot while I was reading it.

Wafer-free Kit-Kat
Name a book that surprised you lately.

I really liked A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley. This book is another romantic comedy that I didn’t expect to like as much as I did, but it was really well-written with characters who were both likable and flawed. I also liked the pacing of this book. It wasn’t too slow and it wasn’t too fast. It felt like a realistic slow burn for a resolution.

A book that you are going nuts about?

I can’t say enough about Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. This book made me laugh and cry for days afterwards. (Okay, actually it may have been weeks!)
I originally wanted to read Lily and the Octopus because of my relationship with my own dog, but it is really a book about a friendship that you would do anything to hold onto. Rowley captures Ted Flask’s relationship with his dog really well and the octopus is the perfect villain.
I will never stop talking about this book. It has a permanent place on my shelf.

Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows
What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

Paperweight by Meg Haston may sound like an odd comfort read, but when you consider the portrayal of something really difficult, but the progression towards a resolution is all about reframing. It’s a psychological technique that I am trying to implement with my own self-talk so I feel like it’s a good reminder for me of what I should be doing.


Box of Chocolates
What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone

I don’t read many series so I picked a book that I think has some mass appeal. City of Thieves by David Benioff is a book that I love because it is adventurous, has great character development, and a sense of camaraderie that doesn’t seem forced.

Really if you haven’t read this book yet, just order it and you will love it! Ola approves!

That’s it for the chocolate book tag! I don’t apologize to anyone who might be craving chocolate after reading this. I am however, going to tag a few people to keep this going. 

Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books
Jasmine @ These Paper Words
Annie @ The MISSTERY
Jemma @ My Literary Wonderland
Taylor @ Taylor Reads Books
Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

And anyone else who has happened upon this tag and wants to give it a try! Please don’t be shy! 

As always if you’ve done this before or if this isn’t your cup of tea, you can ignore this tag and I won’t take it personally. 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

30 thoughts on “The Chocolate Book Tag

    1. Chocolate is just the food of the god! I will be honest, those three books you mentioned are some of my favorites this year. I didn’t even know about Kitchens of the Great Midwest until my local book group picked it, but it’s a GREAT read. I love it.

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  1. I confirm – You have to read The City of Thieves! 🙂
    Also, the gifs just made me hungry and crave chocolate! I’ll be doing this tag, because CHOCOLATE! I want to use those gifs on my blog too 😀 Is that ok if I’ll get your choices?


  2. Mmmm I have a craving for chocolate now ! Those gifs are great ! The books you listed seem wonderful reads too.. I haven’t read any of them yet.. I had Luckiest Girl Alive in my hands today though but I put it away because it wasn’t in English and I want to be able to appreciate it fully 🙂


    1. I totally understand that. The Luckiest Girl Alive is a good book. I think they marketed it wrong when it came out. It’s not so much a thriller as it is a novel of suspense or a psychological thriller.


  3. I have had All The Light We Cannot See since last year on my shelf and I seriously need to pick it up. Do you plan on picking it up anytime soon? Btw, thanks for this made me want to eat all my chocolate lol!


  4. I love the design of your blog! AGH those gifs are making me VERY hungry!! I’m actually craving chocolate so much now hahaha. Okay so I’m like 3/4 through All the Light We Cannot See, and I bought it and started reading it for the same reason you want to: because of ALL the hype (it even won the Pulitzer Prize!). The first half was great, but honestly I got a little lost with one of the main characters, Werner, so for every chapter that focuses on him, I am TOTALLY confused. A lot of math is incorporated into Werner’s story and I honestly DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY, because I’m again just so lost! He has to use triangulation for something and then all this other complicated stuff to find something, and maybe it’s just me, or because I’m like 14 years old and reading this book that adults read, but still. I don’t know what happened…I recommend you try it though, because it probably is just me, and it’s DEFINITELY one of those books that’s absolutely bound to become a classic someday.


    1. Thank you! I just redesigned it and I am slowly making edits to get it to look exactly how I want, but I am really pleased with this layout.

      I definitely have plans to read All the Light We Cannot See! Now that it’s in paperback, my book group is going to breading it in August or November (I know September is Lily and the Octopus)…and I am really looking forward to that. Plus, motivation!!!!!

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  5. Eleanor & Park is such a perfect book to pick with a melting caramel center. I really loved this book, it made me feel like first love all over again, which wasthe point I guess? Anyway, it worked ahah. Fantastic answers! 🙂


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