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Discussion: Reading Snacks

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Some readers dislike library books. They worry about the potential germs and slime and food residue. I'm not one of them (cheapskate beats germaphobe any day), but it got me thinking: do you snack while reading?
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I tend not to snack on food much because I want both hands for holding the book open and turning pages. But I do generally have a drink on hand. Usually water in the spring and summer and any one of several hot beverages in the fall and winter. (Hot tea, hot cider and hot chocolate are some of the regulars. Or Mountain Dew if it's been that day.)

Do any of you, or your kids, read at the dinner table? Do you munch on chips or popcorn like you might while watching TV or a movie.

Or, perhaps, do you find yourself eating or drinking more when using an e-book or an audiobook as opposed to a hard copy? I would love to see the stats on that one.

Or is reading an escape from eating? When I'm in the middle of a book and I just have to keep going, I don't really think about food or notice or act on my hunger until either I'm starving or I reach an acceptable stopping point in the story.

What about you guys? Anyone else curious about the correlations between reading and snacking? Have you noticed any eating patterns in your reading life?

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  1. Hmm you know I will read while I'm eating - or turn on an audiobook while I'm eating (if I'm eating alone which a lot of times is pretty frequent). I always have a bottle of water on hand because I drink like a fish. But as for snacking while reading usually no. Sometimes I'll have an apple or cheese or a piece of toast but I don't sit with a bag of goodies next to me.

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    1. Yeah, I've found eating usually goes more with TV than reading for me. Which probably means I should read more and watch less. ;)

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  2. I sometimes eat things that I can eat with a spoon! Makes life so much easier! ;P It's definitely easier to eat or drink when you're reading an ebook or listening to an audiobook. I don't ALWAYS eat something but occasionally, it feels nice.

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    1. Hmm...a spoon and a book...I'm not sure I'm coordinated enough to pull that off. But yes, on occasion, eating and reading together are nice. :)

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  3. Like you, I always have something to drink when I'm reading, but rarely do I snack. Every once in a while I'll snag a little plate of apple slices and cheese. But in general, snacking takes away from reading. ;)

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    1. At least your snacks are healthy! :)

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    2. Ha, not all the time. I do like my snickerdoodles and gingerbread snaps. ;)

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  4. The only time I eat or drink while reading, is if I'm reading something on my computer. In which case, sometimes I eat lunch/dinner at the computer if it's something not horribly messy like a sandwich and chips, or pizza. Sometimes I'll eat nuts or cookies.

    But if it's a physical book or ebook? No food or drinks for me. Don't want to take the chance of getting anything on the book or my Kindle! If I'm really thirsty, I'll put the book down and walk a few feet away to where I left my drink, drink some and go back to the book.

    I know that sounds strange, more worried about my book and Kindle than my computer. But really, I'm careful enough that if the worst happened, the most I'd have to replace is my keyboard. Which while a pain, is at least a cheap and quick fix!

    I've never understood the people that can eat while reading and not mind leaving food or drink IN the book. That would drive me up a wall every time I went to re-read the book and saw the stains in it.

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    1. That's very interesting. I can see the keyboard being cheaper to replace than a Kindle...and it might be cheaper than some hardcovers.

      I may sip a drink while reading, but spilling on the book is a no-no. It's still a little strange to open a library book and find crumbs, but the cheapskate in me keeps going back. ;)

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  5. I will read anytime so that includes when eating. So no specific food for reading, just what ever I am having at that time (though I won't be eating soup or bbq and eating I guess).

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    1. Yes, I can see soup or BBQ being slightly problematic. ;)

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  6. I cannot eat and read at the same time. I have been known to not eat for hours when the book is that good actually! I do however have coffee normally, or water when I realize I've only had coffee all day. lol

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    1. But of course! You need lots of caffeine to make it through those long stretches of reading. ;)

      I used to do regular coffee until I lost the taste for it, but I still do the occasional latte or frappuccino, usually paired with a good book.

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  7. I regularly drink chai while I'm reading, which is my hot drink of choice. I'm not opposed to snacking, but I think I'd be enormous if I spent all my reading time snacking! I try not to think about library book germs - I agree, the money saving is worth it. We don't usually read at the table. I've tried to eat lunch and read, but usually I end up doing that separately, or else I end up dropping things on my book, because I'm not watching the food go into my mouth. Thoughtful post!

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    1. Chai is the cinnamon drink, right? I wonder if your favorite reading spot or position plays into whether you drink/snack while reading. For instance, I love to be curled up on a couch/chair/bed- not ideal for eating. But if you normally read at a table? Hmm. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. I definitely sometimes start snacking while reading if the book is a bit boring >.> I just really love snacking is the problem, haha. I love the idea of tea with a good book, but I always end up forgetting about the tea until it is lukewarm D: Obviously I need to work on my snacking while reading in one direction or the other, ha!

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    1. I know what you mean, Anya. I like my tea either hot or cold, not in between. And snacking can be good, right? Like celery and apple slices and kiwi and...other healthy stuff? ;)

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  9. I could've sworn I had responded to this already. Oh well. *lol* I don't snack while I read, but I do enjoy a cup of tea with a good book.

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    1. Tea goes well with books. :) I wonder if that's a leftover from British literary traditions? Hmm...something to Google later. :)

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  10. I often read during my lunch break, which involves book or e-reader in my right hand and my lunch in my left hand. If I have simple bread as lucnh this works perfectly, although when I am lunchign noodles or food from the day before i don't dare read while lunchign as I am afraid to spoil my book or e-reader. So I guess it depends on what I am eating. I always try to be really carefull not to get any food on my book or e-reader.

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    1. That sounds like a great way to fit in some reading in your day, and I can see keeping the messy food away from the books. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I usually have a cup of tea to sip on while I read, but I'm not much of a snacker while reading. I'm a sucker for potato chips, and I'd be too inconvenienced to have to wipe my hands every time I had to turn a page. May as well just wait until the end of the chapter if I want a nibble.

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    1. I know what you mean. A chip mood hits me every now and then, but you either have to designate one hand for the bag and one for the book or wipe off the grease on every page turn. :)

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