Mornings are Better with Chocolat

It’s Monday. Please don’t read in a ultra chipper voice.

I’m dragging a bit this morning. I’ve had two cups of tea, hopefully they’ll kick in before I raid the Halloween candy. Someone really should put that out of my reach. I thought I would share a little about what I’m reading.

Musing Mondays is a meme ran by Jenn at A Daily Rhtymn. You chose one of these questions to answer in a blog post:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What fictional world would you love to live in, even if just for a day?

Love the random question.

I’m going with question one. I am currently reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris.

It’s part of my October TBR. Chocolat is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve been known to watch it over and over. Of course, I wanted to read the book as well. I was a bit scared, I didn’t want to ruin the movie. Generally, movies don’t live up to the book.  Anyway, I ran across the book a few weeks ago at the local library. I picked it up, cute cover, and thought it’s time. I tossed it in my bag and quickly forgot about it. After I tossed aside the book I was reading, I rummaged thorough the hoard of books and found Chocolat again. It must be a sign.

About Chocolat

Chocolat is a smallish book, only 300 or so pages. I’m currently 3/4 of the way thorough. It’s a paperback, so I read it at night before bed. Genre is magic realism, although my library had in in the general fiction area. There’s a hint of magic that runs through the book, just below the surface. It’s focused in the chocolate shop and it’s owner, Vianne. She has a severe case of wonderlust and never stays in one place long. The story is told mainly from her perspective and that of the priest, Reynaud. Vianne and her daughter are spending the Lenten season in a small French town. Reyanud and Vianne are engaged in a sort of emotional battle for the town. He is austere and old fashioned and she is free.

So far….

I’m not finished with the book, and I’m surprised how long it’s taking me to finish. It’s a bit melancholy at times. The writing is rich and beautiful. I find myself reading it slowly, so I don’t miss anything. Only a few chapters at a time. It’s nothing like the movie, yet neither takes away from the other. Both are beautiful. Chocolat is one of those rare books that I will buy, just to keep on my shelf. I may read it again, I may not. But I need it….like chocolate.

If you haven’t read it, you should. If you haven’t watched the movie, read the book first, then watch the movie.

 

 

What are you reading?

-CK

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4 thoughts on “Mornings are Better with Chocolat

  1. I really liked the movie Chocolat. I just finished reading The Martian, by Andy Weir, because I heard the movie was very good and our tiny small-town movie theater will be getting it next. I will go see it. The book is hard sci-fi, which I don’t usually read (I find it boring), but Weir’s use of humor throughout the book is fantastic. You wouldn’t think a guy stranded alone on Mars would have any kind of sense of humor at all, but Mark, the main character, is FUNNY. Weir makes the science accessible to laypersons like me, but the main character’s sense of humor is what kept me reading (and probably what kept him alive).

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