Miscellaneous Musings: The Best Snacks for Reading

Losing myself in a good book is one of my favorite ways to pass the time when the weather is too hot, cold, rainy, or snowy outside to be enjoyable.

There’s something relaxing about spending a couple of hours reading something truly wonderful. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in a storyline that I block out everything around me even if the wind is rattling the windows or there’s a loud clap of thunder in the distance.

Other than deciding which book to pick up, of course, one of the most important decisions you can make about your reading time is what kind of snacks to have on hand. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble making it through any kind of emotionally tense scene without something to nibble on to take the edge off of my worries about what might happen next to the characters.

Some types of food work better than others for this kind of snacking. A piping hot bowl of soup, for example, isn’t going to be easy to drink if you’re also trying to hold your book open with one hand.

Often I’ll have a bowl of sliced fruit or vegetables when I start reading something really good. Many of them can be finger foods, and the messier ones can easily be eaten with a spoon or a fork. It’s hard to eat too much produce as well. The fiber in it usually fills me up pretty quickly.

I’m not quite as interested in salty snacks, although I do indulge in homemade soft pretzels occasionally. If they’re made the traditional way with kosher salt and a little butter, they’re not messy at all.

By far my favourite thing to eat on these days are cookies. To be specific, I crave homemade chocolate chip cookies that are still warm from the oven. Chocolate chips somehow taste twice as good when they’re gooey.

There’s also something irresistible about tasting its sugary, chewy texture while I read. This reminds me of happy childhood memories and fully satisfies my sweet tooth for severe months until I indulge again.

Do you snack while you read? If so, what do you like to munch on?


  1. Poinsettia says:

    I make my own mix of peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms and keep some in my house at all times. I like the combination of the sweet raisins and M&Ms, and the lightly salted peanuts. It has a nice crunch to it too. I put a few spoonfuls in a bowl and it makes a tasty snack that isn’t messy. Perfect for reading!

  2. I don’t snack while I read. I’d probably choke. I can’t do two things at the same time. lol
    But if I did snack then it’d have to be something disgusting like rice cakes. The scale and I are not on mutual terms these days. 😉
    If I could snack on anything then I’d want chocolate. Any kind of chocolate would do. Except dark, yuck, that to me is burnt milk chocolate. Ha ha.

    • Heh, I actually like rice cakes and dark chocolate quite a bit.

      Regular chocolate is delicious, too, though.

      • Poinsettia says:

        I really like dark chocolate as well! I like all types of chocolate though, except white chocolate, which isn’t really chocolate.

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