I read my copy of Seashell seekers so many times that eventually the pages gave up and they literally fell apart in my hands. Stepping back and forward in time, the novel tells the story of Penelope Keeling, the daughter of unconventional parents and her three grown children. It’s a comfortable, but at times heartbreaking, story about family, love, and loss. So beautifully written that each chapter feels like a familiar hug.
Circle of friends by Maëva Binchy
Speaking of books that I read until they literally fell apart … I have read every Maeve Binchy book a dozen times, and although I suggest you do that too, I had to go Circle of friends when it comes to that particular chocolate list. This is the story of longtime best friends Benny Hogan and Eve Malone who grew up in very different homes in the small town of Knockglen in 1950. Their lives change dramatically when they start attending University of Dublin. It’s a story that shows the better side of female friendships and the harder sides of first love.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Yes, the movie was great, but the book trilogy is always sweeter. Rachel, a teacher, is dating a man named Nick and can’t wait to meet his family in Singapore. However, she is devastated when she learns that Nick belongs to one of the richest families in the country.
Anne of the Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Yes, it is technically a children book, but I’m in my 30s now and still reread the whole series every few years. These classic books are about a young orphan named Anne Shirley who, by a twist of fate, is sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. It’s a series about imagination, family, friendship, and also contains one of the best love stories you’ve ever read.
Yes, technically they’re two different books, but read them back to back and you’ve got the most hilarious, chocolate-filled afternoon. Mindy Kaling is one of the most witty writers and every one of her sentences beats with heart. The books contain stories from his childhood and lead to his Hollywood years. Once you’ve finished them, you’ll also feel able to eat ball gown cheeseburgers in your car after a bad day at work.
Tell us, what are your ultimate books on vegan chocolate with vodka?
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