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In celebration of WORLD BOOK DAY, I thought I would write and tell you about my love of reading, literature and how it led me to creating ‘ChocolatePages’.
This post is part of the World Book Day ( http://www.worldbookday.com ) campaign. I have been asked by My Voucher Codes ( http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk ) to tell my story of what literature means to me and how it inspired me to start blogging!…. And what a great subject to write about.
I have always loved reading, I remember going to the library to choose books when I was in primary school, it continued while I was in secondary school and still now I use my local library. I remember having my parents and relatives reading me bedtime stories, some were made up!! and some were from books. Both were as good as each other.
Reading for me, is like being transferred to another world. If a book is great, then your imagination will take you away into the land that the author wrote for you. There are so many amazing authors out there and a favourite Twitter quote of mine is this:
As I got older, I found that my friends weren’t as enthusiastic about reading as me. My Mum still liked to read, and we would chat for hours about the books we both read, our thoughts on the characters, what we thought of the plot, the endings, our favourite authors! Its great, we still do that now, and I love it.
I wanted to talk about books more though, and talking about books encouraged me to read more books. I decided to open a Twitter account, just to see what this ‘social media‘ craze was all about!! Never did I expect it to lead me to ChocolatePages!
As I was exploring Twitter, I stumbled upon #BookBloggers!!! As I explored more and found all these lovely people talking about books, authors, literature, I wanted to be involved. So then came about ChocolatePages.
I love blogging as much as I love reading. I love to share with this community about all the books I have read, am presently reading and are on my list of to be read. I love that via my blog, authors will chat to me. I even have a bookblogging journal now.
Authors are a lovely part of my blogging life, because they see my blog and ask me to read their books and review them. Now I get to a chance to write about the books I read and sometimes encourage other people to read them too.
If anyone celebrating World Book Week, doesn’t have a blog / Amazon / Goodreads account, I would say think about starting a blog! It’s an amazing way to air your thoughts and chat with other bookish people. There are loads of us out here!!……..Come join us! 😉
THE CHOCOLATE BOOK TAG.
I saw this tag on http://www.Confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com by Rachel and just knew this was the perfect tag for me. So, thank you Rachel for introducing me to this one. I hope you all like my choices.
If anyone would like to join in, feel free and please send me your links after you have written it so that I can read your choices too.
So, lets get started.
DARK CHOCOLATE: a book with dark content or theme.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was a great book that I really love. However, it does have a dark theme as the story revolves around Susie who is a young girl who was murdered. Susie watches from her heaven as her family attempt to deal with her death.
WHITE CHOCOLATE : a light hearted read.
My favourite light hearted author to read is Sophie Kinsella, for this topic, I will choose ‘Undomestic Goddess’. Samantha Sweeting makes a big mistake at work, so she leaves work, gets on the first train she sees and ends up being mistaken as an interviewee for a job as a house keeper. The story is light hearted and creamy – just like white chocolate.
MILK CHOCOLATE: a hyped popular book that you really want to read.
Well, I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and she has just released a new book called ‘Shopaholic to the Stars’. Lots of people have been talking about this on Twitter and everyone seems so excited by it and those that were super lucky enough to get a pre copy to review gave it glowing reports. So, I really really want to read this soon.
CHOCOLATE WITH A CARAMEL CENTRE: a book that makes you feel goey inside.
I think for this one, I will have to go back to my childhood favourite. My favourite then was The Folk of the Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton. I also really like a new children’s book called The Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury This makes me feel all goey because I read it to the autistic children in my class at school. They all love it so much, know all the words and all the actions to it. I love that the book can give them so much pleasure.
A WAFER FREE KITKAT: a book that surprised you.
Well, for this one I am going to choose a book that I have written a review on. ‘The Kabul Beauty School’ by Deborah Rodriguez. This is about the author herself who goes to Afghanistan to help out, she opens up a Beauty School to help the women of the war torn country. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I usually prefer chick lit and expected this to be quite heavy with political references. The book spoke of the problems of the country and the hard lives that the women were enduring, but the author also wrote of the strength and courage of the women. I really enjoyed it and will be reading more of Rodriguez’s books.
A SNICKERS BAR: a book you’re going nuts about.
Well, this will be an old favourite of mine called ‘The Food of Love’ by Anthony Capella. After I read this book, I bought a further FOUR copies and sent them to all my friends and family who had birthdays coming up. They all loved it too. It is about Laura who is on a trip to Rome, she is looking for sensual food and a sensual man. Laura meets Tommasso who introduces her to the amazing food of his restaurant, and behind the scenes loving Laura from afar is Bruno. Its BRILLIANT.
HOT CHOCOLATE WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND MARSHMALLOWS: a comfort read that you turn to again and again.
For this I am going to choose “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding, the first one. The first one is most definitely the best. I love the way this book was written in the diary form. I can read a few extracts and then put it away again, because I know the story so well. I love Bridget.
A BOX OF CHOCOLATES: a series that has lots of things that many readers will like.
Well, I thought and thought about this one and can’t really think of a series that I have read that would have lots of things for many different readers. Maybe perhaps, Roald Dahl’s books???? He has written a lot of different stories?? I’m not really sure about that one. I would love to hear your choices though, so please carry on the Chocolate Book Tag and share your answers.
Chocolate and Books – How Perfect!!
I have been lucky enough to be invited to be involved in a special project by a lovely lady Emma Louise (EmmaIsWriting). Emma has created #sunathon. As many of you already know, I love to read, so a project like this is perfect for me. It will let me read and also chat to other fans of the great world of books. Emma Louise is happy for as many people as would like to be involved in #sunathon.
Below is a quote from Emma of exactly what #sunathon is:
“From the 21st to the 25th July, book bloggers from around the world will be taking part in #sunathon. What is #sunathon? Created by Emma Louise (@EmmaIsWriting), for that particular week in the gorgeous sun (or rain if you’re in the U.K), we’re going to read. It doesn’t matter how much you read, as long as you make time for reading. There are a lot of people around the world who are blind to the magical world of books and its a shame. More of us should read. I’ve decided to make it full week – Monday to Sunday because a lot of book bloggers have full time jobs and they squeeze reading in between. I’ve made it longer just for them.”
If you want to join in, I would be happy to book chat with you, and I know Emma would too.
I have my summer book list all lined up. A few books I bought myself and a book I had as a gift. I work as a learning assistant in a special needs school. My lovely teacher gave me a great looking book, so I think I will be starting with this. The first books on my to be read list is “Written in the Stars” by Ali Harris.
Also “The Kabul Beauty School” by Deborah Rodriguez”.
I’m looking forward to reading both of these books, especially as it will be part of #sunathon. I hope many of you will join in, read, chat, enjoy.
This is one of the books I will be reading, I read a mix of `real` books and books on my kindle.
A great big shout out and thank you for organising this fab idea. Thank you Emma Louise @EmmaIsWriting. Heres to a great #sunathon.