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Ask Lizzy

Hello readers, it’s finally time to get round to answering your questions as to the Q+A I posted a little while back now. There have been so many posts to fit in and get written up for you so this one is a little overdue. I received a number of comments and emails with questions and I’ve picked seven to answer in this post.

So firstly: Are you a SuperWhoLockian? Or watch at least one of those three shows? Are you a Marvel (movie/TV) fan?

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned many a time I am a really big supernatural fan. I was introduced to it by my boyfriend at the time and it’s developed into a full-blown addiction. Before you ask Dean wins as to my favourite of the two. I am also a definite Sherlock Holmes fan both the books, films and the television show. Benedict Cumberbatch is just, sublime. Doctor Who, not so much. My aversion to Sci-fi has killed that interest unfortunately.

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Next, If you could travel to one place in America, where would you go?

I can only visit one place? I think if that was the case it would have to be New York. I could explore the bustling Times Square, peer up at the Empire State Building, gaze upon the Statue of Liberty and finally I could munch on a bagel whilst sunbathing in Central Park. Ugh, can I go now please?

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What are your thoughts about the book-to-movie trend that’s been going on much more so than usual recently?

For me, as long as I’ve read the book, if I want to then I think it’s great. For me I’m unlikely to go and read a book after seeing the film but many a friend has mentioned that they now ‘have to go read the book’ and I think anything that gets people reading more is just brilliant.

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When you were little, which literary character did you want to be friends with and why?

I think Matilda, because all she wanted to do was read and from such a young age she adored books and was just lost in them. I was often teased for how long I spent in the library and all I wanted was someone who just understood the magic and fantasy of reading.

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What is the most random thing you’ve ever watched all the way through on Netflix?

Well, this one is a little weird. I was watching Netflix with some friends and as a giggle they had picked lots of favourites that were the polar opposite of the shows the person would normally pick to watch. One of the suggested television shows was ‘Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse’ and we decided to watch an episode. As a mention it was me and four guys who were watching this; the episodes were really sarcastic and ironic and we were all looking at each other as in, what is going on? Needless to say we watched a number of episodes and the next time I was round I managed to convince them to watch it again. A random choice, but a rather wonderful one at that.

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Who is a character from a TV show or a book that you’ve always resonated with?

Good question, I think honestly Amber from The Chocolate Run, she’s one of my favourite bookish characters of all time. We agree on ambition, following your dreams, love of chocolate and never being quite okay to open up and let people see everything about you. I think she is an adorable character and I see a lot of the qualms she’s dealing with currently in my own life. We could watch films together, eat chocolate and hide from the world for a little while.

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Gin, vodka, or tequila?

Tequila, tequila, tequila.

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So seven brilliant questions and seven hopefully interesting answers; thank you to everyone who commented and emailed.

The Second Coming: The Chocolate Book Tag

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So I’ve been really into book tags recently and this one is definitely right up my street. Chocolate and books what could be better? I’m currently tucking into some Easter egg whilst writing this, which is a little wonderful and also a little fitting. I found this book tag on the lovely blog readerlygeek.wordpress.com you can see her answers here.  As always if you fancy re-blogging and writing your own, comment below or tweet me @littlebookblog1 so I can read your brilliant answers; *breaks off another slab of chocolate and devours*

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The Chocolate Book Tag 

1.) Dark chocolate: a book that covers a dark subject

I think Complicit by Nikki French; it revolves around the finding of a dead body in a flat by Bonnie Graham. She is the immediate suspect but things aren’t quite what they seem. It’s a well-constructed plotline that pulls the reader in by separating the book into two times before and after the crime. I utterly loved it and writing about it I now want to read it again.

2.) White Chocolate: Your favourite light-hearted/humorous read

I think it would have to be Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Book by Morgan Matson. Although it does have a number of deeper themes  and lessons running throughout I thought that this had a humorous or sweet way of making them become aware to the reader. The illustrations and receipt tickets also add to this and make it more of a light-hearted read.

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3.) Milk Chocolate: a book with a lot of hype you’re dying to read

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins; I still have not read this book! It’s on my TBR Spring list but I haven’t yet got round to it. I’ve heard so much about it and I’ve read so many reviews from book bloggers that I really want to add my opinion. If only I could get round to reading it.

4.) Chocolate with a Caramel Center: A book that makes you feel all gooey inside

This is probably going to seem like a really obvious choice based on the subject of this book tag but Chocolat by Joanne Harris has such a delightfully gooey sense of lyrical writing. The style of the novel as a whole is stunningly beautiful and simply gorgeously written.

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5.) Wafer free KitKat: A book that recently surprised you

A book that surprised me? I think maybe Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. At the beginning I found it really diffiucult to really get into but as I worked my way through it made more and more sense. I found by the end that I missed the real meaning behind the book and actually went back and read bits again to get the final feel. It really made me think and I loved that about it.

6.) Snickers: A book you are going nuts about

I’m currently re-reading Enduring Love by Ian McEwan and I am really enjoying it. I can’t believe how much I disliked it back in English Literature class; boring, lacking in anything, lack lustre I didn’t even finish the book however second time around it’s really rather special and I can’t wait to write it up and review it for you.

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7.) Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows: a book you would turn to for a comfort read

Leftovers by Stella Newman I think. The book revolves around Susie who is looking for a promotion so she can give up her terrible job and launch herself into a career in food. The book revolves heavily around Susie’s Italian roots and her love of pasta and throughout Susie disperses wonderful pasta recipes based on her Grandmother’s belief that there is a pasta dish for every occasion. It is a warm and cosy read and perfect for snuggling up in bed with.

If you’d like to do The Chocolate Book Tag get book tagging and let me know in the comments or tweet me! Just answer the questions and share your love of books and all things chocolate-y too!

The Chocolate Run: Dorothy Koomson

Good afternoon readers, hope you’re all having a wonderful Thursday. The weekend is finally in sight after another busy week at work. I’ve got some exciting bits to bring you in the next few weeks and a plethora of new books spilled into my inbox yesterday so lots of reading to do. I have, however, had a little bit of a wobble with my reading in the past week. I’ve been the busiest I’ve been in months, and with my little sister having to go into A&E yesterday and today and a rather stressful evening last night I’ve had no time to think let alone read. However, I thought I would bring you today one of my all-time favourite books. It’s one I go back to time and time again and whenever I’m suffering from a book hangover or just need something to spark my interest I go back to this time. My copy is battered and bruised through the sheer number of times I’ve read it but I fancied finally giving it the review it deserves; enjoy.

 Amber Salpone doesn’t mean to keep ending up in bed with her friend Greg Walterson, but she can’t help herself. And every time it ‘just happens’ their secret affair moves closer to being a real relationship, which is a big problem when he’s a womaniser and she’s a commitment-phobe. While Amber struggles to accept her new feelings for Greg, she also realises that her closeness to Jen, her best friend, is slipping away and the two of them are becoming virtual strangers. Slowly but surely, as the stark truths of all their lives are revealed, Amber has to confront the fact that chocolate can’t cure everything and sometimes running away isn’t an option. The Chocolate Run is a delectable tale of lust, love and chocolate

 The reason I have yet to review this book is that I’m worried about not getting across how wonderful it is so I’m going to try my best. The book ultimately revolves around four characters; Jen, Matt, Amber and Greg. See, Jen and Amber have been friends since before they can remember and when Jen invites her to meet the new man in her life he brings along the rather wonderful Greg. Greg is utterly beautiful but Amber quickly works out he really knows it. They strike up a strong friendship like two peas in a pod. However they end up tumbling into bed together; Amber is hiding her commitment issues relating to her parents’ divorce as a child and Greg is a fully-certified slut. He’s a womaniser who cannot help himself. Mix in Jen who will do anything to keep the two apart and Matt who is a mysterious and quiet character it looks like it’s all going to end in tears? Or will it?

 So now that bit is done onto the good bits; I find it really difficult reviewing books I absolutely love but here I could go on for days with why I loved this story so goddamn much. The characters are wonderfully written. Amber is a regular girl. She eats chocolate for breakfast and loves binge watching films. Both sarcastic, witty and also a little insecure she’s a real character and I adore her. Greg is a flirt but he is adorably sweet and his affection for Amber comes in the bucket load. Throughout we see them grow; Amber learns to let people in whilst Greg begins to yearn to settle down. Jen and Matt are equally well described; she’s bubbly and excitable but she hides a serious jealousy complex, Matt is your typical bloke but he’s quiet and difficult to warm to.

 The story weaves well, plotting a number of different story lines including the hiding of the burgeoning relationship between Amber and Greg, the splitting of the friendship between Jen and Amber, the secrets that Greg is holding for Matt they all weave and bob along giving us more and more information until we hit the final climax of the story. The book moves with pace and dexterity so that it’s always throwing more at us. It moves forwards and backwards in time at places to allow an interesting development of Amber and Greg’s relationship. I’ve just thought I bet you’re wondering about the chocolate part of the book; well Amber loves chocolate and the theme of it is woven throughout. A lot of the book is focused on dependency and Amber, when struggling with something ultimately depends on chocolate. Throughout it plays a large part in symbolising Amber’s need to let go and allow herself to trust someone. She constantly thinks that Greg is going to up and leave and this constant toying with the idea of trusting him is written beautifully.

 In terms of writing style throughout, it is also absolutely beautiful; for example. Our friendship was getting more and more tenuous. Etheral. We weren’t even like two Twix, seperated before consumption, any more. We were more like Dairy Milk and Caramel. Two chocolates made by the same people, but so different you couldn’t put them together under any similar category. …We melted at different temperatures, we felt different, we tasted different, we were different. Now, nothing but our source linked us. Just brilliant. In one of my favourite scenes in the book she describes the four of them as different types of chocolate and as we meet more supporting this is continued. It’s a rather delightful and wonderful additional theme for the book to take.

In all honesty I adore this book and I don’t say that very often. It’s one that if you did ask me my top ten this would be the chick-lit that makes it and I haven’t read anything that comes as close. I think it’s because there is so much in there to be explored. The friendships, the secrets, the dependency on others and the constant use of chocolate there’s just something incredibly special about this book and I for one cannot wait to read it again.

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The Chocolate Run: Dorothy Koomson

Sometimes I just need to sit down with a girly chick flick of a book after a hard days work of academic essays. However I understand that they are not everyone’s cup of tea. I am an absolute sucker for a good romantic book and being as soppy as I am I’ve read a fair few and very few have come anywhere near to ‘The Chocolate Run.’ You only have to look at my copy of this book to see how well read and well loved this book is. Its pages are well thumbed, with the corners turned over. The pages are discoloured from being dropped in the bath and left to dry on the radiator, as I couldn’t put it down.  It is fair to say I love reading and re-reading this book and although I have so many times, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be reading it again soon! So I needed to share it with you!

Amber is not a chocoholic but instead a chocolate sniffer. She thinks in chocolate, compares her friends to chocolate, and mostly cannot make it through the day without a few guilty pieces. However going on a chocolate run is not going to help Amber in this situation. Amber is hiding a relationship with her best friend Greg, and its causing a rift between her and her other best friend Jen. This book follows the rollarcoaster life of Amber and her group of friends as they begin to struggle under the pressures of relationships and friendships.  From the very first page we cannot help but fall for Amber. A loveable, sarcastic, bubbly character with her head in the clouds and addicted to chocolate, Amber is a character I think a lot of us females can relate to. Her sarcastic tone and honest opinion about love creates an instant connection between reader and writer.

The characters are beautifully described and easy to picture. As a reader it is extremely disconcerting for me when I cannot fully formulate a character in my mind, however this is not the case with these characters! Greg is perfection on a plate with his minstrel brown eyes and long liquorice hair, a serial womaniser who has Amber frozen in the headlights. Jen is the beautiful princess, long blonde hair and a figure to die for, but a darker, catty side. Matt is distant and pensive, however he has a deeper side that develops throughout the story.

The theme of chocolate runs throughout the book, as Amber struggles to contain her feelings and to deal with the changes occurring in the group and many of the descriptions in the books revolve around the chocolate theme, seen in this description of her and Jen’s crumbling relationship. ‘Our friendship was getting more and more tenuous. Ethereal. We weren’t like two Twix, separated before consumption, any more. We were more like Dairy Milk and Caramel. Two chocolates made by the same people, but so different you couldn’t put them together under any similar category. We melted at different temperatures, we felt different, we tasted different, we were different. Now nothing but our source linked us.’ You cannot help but be drawn along by this beautiful chick lit, as the group struggles to stay afloat.

I will not lie to you, I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. It was brilliant rollarcoaster of emotions, chocolate and friendship and I couldn’t put it down and I haven’t since. I would definitely recommend this book!

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