– Let’s Talk Bookish – April 8th

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Aria @BookNookBits. Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about, this week we will be discussing…

Prompts:  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? Do any books ever make you hungry? Is there a time and place for a nice snack or meal with a good book, or should books be focused on independently?

Great question Fives. As someone who happily dog-ears paperbacks and thinks nothing of bending the pages/cover back on itself, I’m sure you can guess my standpoint on this. I do show the appropriate respect to borrowed books, but once I’m absorbed in the pages of a good book I don’t want to stop reading, basic bodily functions and needs can be seen to whilst clutching the book in one hand, or having it propped up and wedged open!

Audiobooks just don’t seem to do it for me, though I’ve only tried a few and all were narrated by voice actors from the US. Perhaps I need to find a book where the audio is done with a British accent. I only read e-books, so any smears of jam or food crumbs are pretty easy to clean off. I guess spilling a drink on it might cause some issues, but so far I’ve managed to avoid it.

My mind isn’t able to build detailed images from descriptions, so reading about food or cooking doesn’t make me hungry. Smelling food is more likely to have my stomach rumbling, so unless it’s a scratch-and-sniff book it is very unlikely to affect my appetite.

As a person who can breathe, blink, talk and move whilst doing other tasks, I find myself also able to read whilst doing something else. Eating doesn’t take my focus away from the story, I can also brush my teeth, get dressed, do my hair, visit the bathroom and do a wide variety of activities whilst reading. My husband moaning that I’m reading again, or trying to engage me in conversation prevents me from focusing entirely on the story – and it earns him a glare that I keep just for those special moments. That said, I wouldn’t read at a dinner party or during a meal out with someone… I do have some boundaries. But that is more about being polite than any worry about damaging the book.

So, to snack or not to snack? That very much is the question.

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6 thoughts on “– Let’s Talk Bookish – April 8th

  1. I don’t care if people eat while they read. I’m not one of them, though. My mind wanders easily and I lose my where I am on a book quite easily too. This is why I’m such a slow reader. So, I don’t interrupt my reading with anything except drinking water. I also don’t listen to audiobooks unless I’m driving. When I drive, it’s the only time I can concentrate enough on the narrator because I’m already absorbed in driving. I don’t know if that makes any sense.

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    1. I only listen to music when I’m driving, I don’t enjoy it at any other time, so I wonder if an audiobook would work in the same way. Hmm, something to try!


  2. I read on a Kindle, so food and pages are not an issue. I often read while eating my lunch – a nice break in the day. I often drink tea and have a snack when reading. (there is a difference!).

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    1. The biggest risk for me of eating whilst reading a kindle is food spillage down my clothes. Especially if it’s a white top. 😂


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