Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Oh – but Chocolate can overcome anything!

I love answering tags and I am deeply grateful to all who tag me—but my list of ones to answer was growing startlingly fast and whether they are fun to answer or not, I have only so much writing time. Hence, recently I decided I must retrench. I was retrenching...until this tag came along and Heidi convinced me to do it. I don't even feel half guilty about it because I feel that sharing about terrific stories is a very public minded task, and I totally love almost every single one of these books, so I can't wait to tell about them (besides which, the reveling in said stories is delicious fun)!

Dark Chocolate (a book that covers a dark topic): Slavery under the Romans, the life of a galley slave,  the state of being utterly unloved by any human heart: “Outcast” by Rosemary Sutcliff could not be much darker, yet strangely enough I love it very much.

White Chocolate (a light and humorous read: Most anything with Bertie Wooster. He is my hero, how could I not love anything about him?

Milk Chocolate (a book with a lot of hype you are dying to read): “A Bunny Christmas” by Rick Walton. I have not exactly heard a lot  of hype about this book, but I personally have been talking about this book a great deal of late so it will have to suffice. And what is this book? Only one of the cutest, coziest and most festive picture books ever, and if I ever have a baby you can give it to me—that is, if I don't get it before that time.

Caramel-filled Chocolate (a book that makes you feel gooey inside):  “Light of the Western Stars” by Zane Grey. What can I say? The heroine is cultured, feminine, and adventurous. The hero is a man of the wilderness, a superb horseman, intense and silent. Their story, set upon the mesas of early 1900's New Mexico is gripping and memorable, with a secret which, when first discovered, is quite startling and in after experiences never fails to give a little trill of excitement when Certain Events are happening.

Wafer-less Kit-Kat (a book that surprised you):  “The Talisman” by Sir Walter Scott. I procrastinated about reading this book longer than my honor will allow me to name and then (though mostly for the sake of Saladin) relished it greatly.

Snickers (a book you are going crazy about): Almost every book on this questionnaire might suffice, but I will go for “Shattered Summer” by Madeline Polland. (You can read my review here.) There is just something about this story that gets in my heartstrings.

Hot Chocolate with Mini-Marshmallows (a book you turn to for comfort): “A Tangled Web” by L. M. Montgomery. One of my Absolute. Favorite. Books. Ever. (As in book that I always read when I'm happy or ill or anything.)

A Box of Chocolates (a series with something for everyone): Cherry Ames... Nancy Drew... the Lord of the Rings. To quote the Queen of Hearts, “Take your choice.”
Do you like any of these stories?
If you would like to do it, hold yourself tagged... you can either answer it on your blog or in the comments!


  1. I love Outcast too! It's one of my favorite by Rosemary Sutcliff, that, and Eagle of the Ninth.

    My sister loves L. M. Montgomery, but I don't think she's read that one. I'll have to tell her about it!

    1. Bethany - I am so glad to find someone else who loves "Outcast" and I hope your sister enjoys "A Tangled Web"! :)

  2. Thanks to you, I have this minute added "The Light of the Western Stars" to my Kindle collection. (I don't actually own a Kindle, but my new phone has the Kindle app, and so I like to sample books with it if I can get them for free, and then if I like them enough, I buy a real copy.) I really like Zane Grey, but haven't read that one yet.

    I should read more LM Montgomery. I've only read the Anne books (several times) and the Emily books (once each).

    And I think we may have discussed Cherry Ames before :-) So sweet and fun!

    1. Hamlette - I actually read "LOTWS" on Gutenberg, but I would like to get a real copy too. I have not actually read any other of Zane Grey's stories. What are your favorites?

      Ah, and you definitely must try some more L.M. Montgomerys!

      And hooray for Cherry Ames! :)


    2. I'm like seven chapters into LOTWS right now and totally hooked. I've read several of his other books, most recently Riders of the Purple Sage, which was amazing (I reviewed it here) and a collection called "The Ranger" and Other Stories (reviewed here). When I was a kid, I read several others, but I can't totally remember which anymore. But I heartily recommend Purple Sage!!! The collection of stories was good too.

    3. Oh goody! And now that you mentioned it, I just recollected that I have actually read "Riders of the Purple Sage", and I will be sure to check out your reviews. :)


I don't want to say good-bye

via pinterest My word for this year is daring,  - dare to do that thing that scares me, dare  to take that first step into that imposs...