I PREPARED for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.
You don’t have to believe me.
A friend of mine used to call snacks “snackums,” a practice I found super charming.
THESE ARE MY FAVORITE READING SNACKUMS.
1. HOT DRINKS
WE HAVE HIT THE BEST-EVER READING SEASON.
TIME TO GET OUT THE READING SUPPLIES.
- WARM BATHS
- SNUGGLY BLANKETS
- COZY SWEATERS
- MICROWAVE LAVENDER ANIMALS
- PETS (optional)
I like to drink tea, especially chamomile or apple spice.
I sometimes drink coffee, but that gets me too AMPED, so I stick to tea.
When winter hits, I switch to hot chocolate.
The importance of hot drinks to setting the right reading mood CANNOT be overstated.
2. ICE CREAM
Whenever I have a stressful day, I come home needing a hot bath, a good book, and a bowl of ice cream.
…yes, all at the same time.
I swear by this.
(Bonus points for chocolate ice cream.)
(Also: I’m considering moving to a unit without a bath tub. I could try doing this in the shower…?)
(Ooh, I’ll buy a HOT TUB. This is a good use of my funds.)
3. COLD PIZZA
I own multiple Bibles and I will swear on all of them that this is a good reading snack.
Pizza is my favorite food.
I like some cheesy, salty comfort bread when I’m reading something intense.
4. FANCY CHOCOLATE BARS
I’m talking FANCY.
Reading chocolate needs to be gourmet or fair-trade or salt-encrusted or filled or SOMETHING.
Reading is a sacred practice.
You can’t honor books with HERSHEY’S. COME ON.
This is another bathtime snack for me because READING + SNACKS + BATH IS A FORMULA THAT MAKES SENSE TO ME.
(Guittard’s Soleil d’Or bar is one of my favorites.)
(I also love Vosges but I haven’t been able to find it where I shop.)
…okay, I said Hershey’s chocolate wasn’t acceptable, but M&Ms are the exception.
THE CANDY SHELL PREVENTS THEM FROM MELTING.
(Unless you sit on them. Would not recommend.)
If you need a quick, colorful, chocolaty burst while reading, EAT M&MS.
(Why am I doing free advertising for M&Ms?)
Sometimes I get stressed out while reading and eat sweets like popcorn.
Caramels are my FAAAAAVORITE but they are rare in large quantities.
(Except for those apple-making caramels with the cellophane wrappers, but that’s too much work.)
Cocomels makes vegan, wrapper-free, chocolate-covered caramels that I can SHOVEL INTO MY MOUTH WHILE READING…IN THE BATH.
HAVE YOU NOTICED A THEME YET?
(Or “crisps,” for non-American readers.)
Salt cures stress. It’s just science.
(Cannot verify that claim. Please don’t look it up.)
Fritos are my favorite, though I’ll take a bag of Kettle chips every few moons.
I get a thrill from combining two things I enjoy (in this case, junk food and reading.)
Reading by itself is great.
Reading + chips (crisps) is sublime.
I’m not supposed to eat Cheezits…but I love them.
I also love a nice box of Wheat Thins or some Pepperidge Farm butterfly crackers.
Boxes of crackers pair nicely with mystery novels.
9. PEA PUFFS
Are these just chips (CRISPS) under a different name?
I love pea puffs!
I can eat a whole bag!
They’re super addicting. It’s a problem.
Upgrade to plain ol’ edamame if you like to be fancy.
(Refer to note about reading as a sacred practice.)
Did I start this post as an excuse to gush about my favorite foods?
THAT’S NOT IMPORTANT.
For a read-a-thon, Oreos will do.
(That’s not a knock on Oreos. I love Oreos.
And Chips Ahoy!
For ULTIMATE cookie enjoyment, though, I get cookie delivery.
YOU HEARD ME.
Listen – a place in Seattle delivers cookies (AND ICE CREAM) until 2 AM.
And…THEY OFFER VEGAN OPTIONS.
I order from them…all the time.
Oh, uh, for READING purposes. Right.
Making that list was a great palate cleanser!
Could this be a food review blog AS WELL as an unofficial Ronan Lynch fansite?
Hmm. I’ll have to think on this.