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?


Musing Mondays- What am I reading?

Miz B has another Monday meme, Musing Mondays.  Feel free to run over and join in the fun.  She has a list of topics to chose from.

What am I reading?

The Seat of Magic

J. Kathleen Cheney

This is book 2 in the Golden City series.  I love it.  It’s fantasy, but it’s also historical!  It’s very different than what I usually read.  That’s probably why I like it so much.  I’ll give you just a bit of info, I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Oriana is a nonhuman living in the Golden City in Portugal.  Nonhumans are not allowed in the city.  She is a spy for her homeland, but when her live is threatened she must rethink her beliefs.  She has feelings for Duilio, who is half human. He is trying to solve the grisly murders of young nonhuman women.

Now, I am just under half way through the book.  More has happened, but I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read the first book.  I will say this.  Cheney took a mythical creature and changed it to where it makes more sense.  The traditional view was always fun, but the way she has written this character makes it seem much more possible.  I don’t know if she is working from a different set of myths, than what I am familiar with.  Anyway, it’s a great read.  If you generally don’t read fantasy I think you may like this one.  It feels like a historical novel.

I am waiting for book 3.

What are you reading?

Musings Monday on Chapters

Monday Musings is another meme by MizB.  I had planned a post on chapters and it just so happened to go along with Monday Musings.  Here are the rules:

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I’ve just reading 2 books.  One had short chapters and the other had kind of long chapters.  It made me think of chapter lengths.  As a writer, you have to decide when and where to divide your story so it helps to move the story along.  It’s easy if you’re Rick Riodan, you just give each character roughly 3 chapters at a time before you jump into the head of another character.  And each chapter ends with a problem.  Other writers have different ways they decide on ending a chapter.  For some it is a length of time, each chapter is a day in the life.

When I write, my chapters tend to be centered around a goal, a little more than a scene.  The characters have something they are trying to accomplish.

As a reader, I prefer short chapters.  I usually read in small bits of time, between errands or at lunch.  Small chapters give me the chance to finish a chapter.  I can stop at a designated spot and not worry about having to find my spot when I pick it back up.  I’m notorious for losing my spot and having to start the page over.   Which is what I have to do with the book I’m reading now.  I’m not telling you what book it is, I haven’t decided if  I like it enough to finish.

In the great scheme of life, chapter length isn’t important.  I will read books with long or short chapters.  But I do have a preference and that preference influence my writing.  The flip side of that is, I love big fat books.  You know what I’m talking about, the ones heavy enough to cause lower back pain from the strain of carrying it.   The perfect book would be 4inches thick with 1090 chapters.

How do you like your books?  Short chapters or long?