The Fairydust Book Blog’s Top 3 Books for Easter

Hi everyone! Happy Easter from the Fairydust Book Blog! In case you’re sick of chocolate and in need of some reads, here are my top 3 Easter-related books. Enjoy!

1. ‘Chocolat’ by Joanne Harris

Blurb from Amazon:

When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial.
As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?

Review:

This has to be one of my favourite books EVER- regular readers of this blog will know that my love for all things related to Joanne Harris is deep, true and meaningful- I even heard her give a talk at a literary event last year- and that the film version of this book is one of my favourite films, too. I try to read this book at least once every year- I adore how exotic outsider, Vianne Rocher, brings her own unconventional Easter rituals- and mouth-watering chocolates- to a sleepy, buttoned up French town in the midst of Lent. Vianne was even one of my #Literary Heroes of the Month. The book itself begins with a joyous Mardi Gras parade through the town, heralding the arrival of Vianne, with her love of red dresses, sandalwood, Tarot cards and mendiants, and her playful, imaginative daughter. They immediately cause friction and tension with some of the more forbidding residents, but- after trials and tribulations- are (SPOILER) eventually welcomed with a special Easter festival celebrating, above all things, the irresistible magic of chocolate.

2. ‘Magus of Stonewylde’ by Kit Berry (Book 1 of the Stonewylde Series)

Blurb from Amazon:

How far would you go to save your child?

Exhausted single-mum Miranda is prepared to try anything. Suffering from baffling allergies and illnesses, her teenage daughter Sylvie has been written off by doctors. An offer of alternative therapy at a grand Dorset estate may be her last hope and so, against her better judgement, Miranda grabs this life-line.

Stonewylde is a beautiful and magical place, a sanctuary free from modern taint. The retreat is remote, hidden away behind high walls and iron gates, and soon the rat-race outside fades to insignificance. Stonewylde is ruled by the charismatic Magus, who vows to cure Sylvie and give both their hearts’ desires. He promises the earth and it seems he can deliver.

But everything comes at a price. Life at Stonewylde is too idyllic, too wholesome, too perfect. The ancient rituals in the stone circle are not quite what they seem and neither is the Magus, whose sinister sensuality hides a darker secret. Sylvie and Miranda join the community and both fall in love for the first time. But their arrival triggers a brutal chain of events that could destroy the unique world of Stonewylde.

Mother and daughter will eventually discover the truth: Stonewylde may cure, but it can also kill.

Review:

Easter is traditionally a time for cute fluffy wuffy bunnies- everyone knows about the Easter Bunny- but the idea of the Easter Bunny itself comes from the mythical ancient goddess, Eostre- who is connected to the moon and fertility- and whose totem animal was the hare.  (‘Eostre=’Easter‘, geddit?) Within this book, Sylvie, a City girl with fragile health, finds shelter and security within the strange and remote community of Stonewylde, which is surrounded by a stone circle,  bound to the seasons and cycles of the year, and rife with hares that frolic under the moon. Sylvie herself is connected to hares, which seem to follow her about, and discovers the power and allure of the moon as one of Stonewylde’s rare ‘moongazy’ girls. When she meets the handsome yet taciturn Yul, she falls into a heady, dangerous romance. This YA series is for anyone who likes dark romance, enthralling magic, sinister cults and absorbing descriptions of nature.

3. ‘The Velveteen Principles: A Guide to Becoming Real’ by Toni Raiten-D’Antonio

Blurb from Amazon:

Who wouldn’t want to go back to when life was simple and a stuffed animal could fix all your problems?

Botox parties. Extreme Makeovers. “Reality” TV. These are just some examples of how we have lost sight of something so basic yet so essential to true happiness: On our way to becoming status-seeking super-humans, we forgot how to be Real.

This charming gift book guides readers down a simple path to reclaiming joy, fulfillment and individuality, using an unconventional source-the children’s classic The Velveteen Rabbit. By sharing the timeless insights and poignant quotes from the popular children’s book, the author identifies 10 keys to becoming Real, with the promise that when you become Real you will love and be loved with all your strengths, weakness, faults and gifts. As the Skin Horse explains to the Velveteen Rabbit:

“Real isn’t how you are made . . . It’s a thing that happens to you. . . . Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes droop and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But those things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Destined to be a classic in its own right, The Velveteen Principles delivers a simple yet profound message for the ages.

Review:

Like ‘The Tao of Pooh,’ this little gem of a book expounds uplifting lessons on happiness,  fulfilment and what it means to be ‘real,’ in today’s often superficial popular culture, using as a guide the classic children’s tale, ‘The Velveteen Rabbit.’ An interesting and accessible take on philosophy and dare I say it, self-help, that you can easily read after scoffing your last Easter egg.

 

Happy Easter everyone! 🙂

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