Book cravings, and some of my favorite flavors.

March 5, 2015 § 4 Comments

Sometimes I get cravings for very particular flavors of books.

There is no other way to explain it: sometimes I want one particular author or series, and nothing else will satisfy me.  Some authors’ works, and especially particular series, have very distinctive flavors: I can sometimes actually taste them on my tongue.  It’s not just genre or style or subject matter or mood, but a certain combination of the four along with a certain je-ne-sais-quoi, an X factor.  It’s tricky to describe, but perhaps you already know what I mean.

Here are three of my favorite flavors: some of the authors and series I crave most often, and for which I still have not found substitutes.

03_15 Flavor HP

Harry Potter

Only the seven novels will do; none of the accompanying books or anything else of Rowling’s I’ve glanced through have the same taste.  The later movies come close, but still don’t quite satisfy.  The Harry Potter books are something like Snickers bars: they have that sweet dark richness of chocolate, and the same addictive quality.

A Wrinkle in TimeMadeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books, and I was overjoyed to discover that all of L’Engle’s other novels – at least the ones I’ve read so far – have the same flavor.  It’s a combination of homey-ness and a kind of intellectual nuttiness, sweet and unusual.  Something like homemade apple pancakes, I think.  L’Engle writes adventures with the comforting idea of family and home always in the background.

03_15 Flavor MontgomeryL. M. Montgomery

There is no replacement for Anne; all other orphan dreamers can only ever be wannabes.  I devoured all eight books in the Anne series, and loved them: they are old-fashioned and sweet, but also wild and floral and grounded with that deeper note of heartbreak and growing up.  Emily of New Moon and its sequels have another flavor entirely, but one I love just as much: like big oatmeal raisin cookies, eaten in the dark.

Expect to see a few more of my favorite flavors soon. In the meanwhile, tell me: Do you get book cravings?  What are some of your favorite flavors?


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§ 4 Responses to Book cravings, and some of my favorite flavors.

  • A. Keyne says:

    Book cravings! Yes! Anything Dickens: something you can really bite into and chew, some kind of nougat or taffy dipped in chocolate. I don’t know that they make anything like that: they should!
    Sometimes I crave just something to escape into, read fast; you’re there while reading but once it’s over, it’s forgotten. It’s a Kit Kat bar – light, airy, no nutritional value, the only benefit is the actual process of eating it. Sweet but gone and left nothing behind.
    I read books for the sake of my dyslexic son, whom I homeschool. How to help, what to do?? These books are a huge heavy feast – I eat until I’m full but there’s still so much more!
    Books I read aloud to my son – a variety of different genres. Sometimes adventure, sometimes a bit scary, sometimes a bore (oh why did I start this one?), sometimes needs a bit of editing (woops!), sometimes so engrossing we read chapter after chapter. It’s fruit salad we share: always welcome, always juicy and flavorful, sometimes a bit comes along you can’t eat, but mostly a delight.
    The best book of all – my Bible. No other book leaves me as satisfied. It’s a plate of garden fresh vegetables, cooked to perfection. Eat and feel revitalized, fuller, healthier. The most worthwhile time spent reading – the best craving of all!

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    • Thank you so much for the thoughtful and even poetic comment! I so enjoyed reading it.
      I know what you mean about some nonfiction books being heavy, and feeling like you just can’t “eat” anymore after a while.
      And I absolutely agree about the Bible: craving it is a pure craving, not like the desire for chocolate or salty things. Satisfying this craving only leaves you feeling better. 🙂


  • mkrobson says:

    You’re making me hungry.


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