Let’s Talk Bookish – Eating & Reading

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.

APRIL 8: EATING & READING: YAY OR NAY? (suggested by me!)

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?

Welcome to another LTB here at DTRH everyone! Today’s exciting, because it has come around to a topic I suggested! Please indulge me as I answer my own questions, although I really want to hear what all of you think about the relationship between food and books. Yay, or nay?

For me, I have always been scared of dirtying my books, so I generally don’t eat while reading. Although if I do, I will try and eat it with chopsticks or another utensil to avoid oily fingers. Actually, thinking about it now, I did eat while reading a lot when I was younger. My nose was always in a book and even at lunch or dinner with my family I would be reading it! So rude in hindsight…

Nowadays, it has been made even easier for me by e-books. Now I can read and eat even easier (oops!). I imagine this might be easier in an audiobook format, but arguably with earbuds in I would seem even more rude.

I also read a lot of food-themed books, so sometimes it does make hungry though. On the other hand I also read a lot of murder mysteries which takes away my appetite. A fun book I can imagine being good on vacation, on the beach with a drink in hand or something, though I think there’s always a danger with bringing books outside too.

How precious are your books to you? Would you ever eat while reading? Maybe I’m just weird. Let me know in the comments below!


11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Eating & Reading”

  1. So thoughtful of you to have used chopsticks! I work at a library, and grease stains always present such a dilemma. They’re usually too minor to easily label as a “damage,” yet too difficult to just ignore. And when I do end up having to charge people for minor damages, they can often get quite upset. 😦

    So I guess my contribution to this discussion is: yes, eat and drink around your own books and ebooks (I love doing that too), but please protect the library books!!

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  2. Thanks for suggesting this week’s topic!! I had so much fun writing about it, although it wasn’t something I’d ever really thought about before. I’m always reading at meals when I’m not with my family, and I snack a lot while reading as well. In the mornings, even if I don’t have time to sit down with a book while I eat breakfast, I still usually listen to an audiobook!!

    I also try to be as careful as possible with not getting books dirty, and that has definitely been made easier for me as well with ereaders!! Great post 🥰

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! And it seems like e-readers are a good thing all around, especially in the eating department. Listening with an audiobook in the morning while eating breakfast sounds quite dreamy too!

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