Hungry for Books: Eating and Reading

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Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series created by Rukky at Eternity Books and hosted by Aria at Book Nook Bits. The full list of April topics can be found here.

This week I am doing last week’s topic which is Eating and Reading.

Do you ever (carefully) eat and read at the same time? Or are your books too precious to possibly get dirty? Perhaps eating and an audiobook?

Every morning I read while drinking my coffee. This is so heavily ingrained in my daily routine that I almost don’t even consider it as eating/drinking while reading. Some books are difficult to hold while also holding a cup of coffee but somehow I make it work!

As for eating, I generally don’t eat and read at the same time because I tend to hold books with both hands. As for audiobooks, I’m usually at work when I listen to those so I can’t say I’ve ever eaten while listening to an audiobook.

Do any books ever make you hungry?

Yes, absolutely. The first book that comes to mind is everything in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay. It is impossible to read one of those books and not have a massive craving for a cupcake during or immediately after reading!

Off the top of my head I can’t think of other books that have had the same effect, though if a book ever includes Thanksgiving, I do tend to start craving those holiday foods!

Is there a time and place for a nice snack or meal with a good book, or should books be focused on independently?

Now that I think about it, I do often read magazines while I eat breakfast. That counts, right? I think for casual reading there’s something about having a snack or meal at the same time that make both activities enjoyable and relaxing.

Do you have any pressing thoughts on eating and reading? Tell me in the comments!

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