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10 Delicious Books for National Chocolate Day

National Chocolate Day is coming up this weekend! As chocolate and sweet treats play a big part in my novels, I felt I’d be remiss not to invite you to celebrate with me.

And, although mindfully enjoying a few squares of chocolate is clearly part of my plan, I wanted to offer some other ways to celebrate chocolate, too. The most obvious is to read about it. How many of these tasty novels have you dipped into?

Books for National Chocolate Day | Pauline Wiles

  1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris (also a good choice if you want to snuggle with a DVD)
  2. Chocolate for Breakfast by Martha Reynolds (first in a 3-part chocolate series!)
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (ahh, what child doesn’t adore reading this?)
  4. The Chocolate Lovers’ Club by Carole Matthews
  5. Sweet Pursuits by Pauline Wiles (clearly, I had to mention my own!)
  6. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (it’s been a while since I read it, but I enjoyed it very much)
  7. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (I haven’t read this one so I’m not sure how much chocolate is actually in in)
  8. The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors (imagine the magic ability to turn milk into chocolate!)
  9. The Chocolate Moose Motive by JoAnna Carl (love that title!)
  10. The Chocolate Cure by Roxanne Snopek (part of a huge series about love at a chocolate shop)

Don’t forget that as well as reading to celebrate National Chocolate Day, you can wear clothing inspired by it, decorate with it, slather yourself in it, or run a chocolate-themed race.

If you do choose to eat it, my favourite sources include:

What are your favourite chocolatey books? Or , what’s your ideal chocolate treat?

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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    October 24, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Like Water for Chocolate *does* have chocolate in the story – but chocolate is used in a more metaphorical than practical method. I love this book.
    There are a few quite online suggestions about what the title means (Google: explain the title of like water for chocolate )

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      October 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks, Melissa. I’m happy to have another chocolatey book (even if metaphorical) for my reading list!

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    Janet Barclay
    October 27, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I haven’t read ANY of these! :O

    1. Reply
      October 27, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Looks like you have a treat in store, Janet! Some are a little more literary than others, so you should be able to find something that suits your mood.

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    Claremary Sweeney
    August 4, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I’m a big fan of Martha Reynolds, too. I always keep a chocolate cupcake or two nearby when I’m reading her books.

    1. Reply
      August 4, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Yes, chocolate is a requirement for reading Martha’s novels!

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