August 15, 2012

Bout of Books 5.0 - The Candy Challenge!

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon



Hey guys! I'm so excited - I get to host my first. challenge. ever :)
And it bothers me a LOT that a mixture of my status as international blogger, stupid Amazon rules (in Germany) and my super-suspicious-when-it-comes-to-big-and-dangerous-internet-mom makes it pretty much impossible for me to combine a giveaway with this challenge :/
Anyway, to make this up to you it's a fairly easy challenge ;)

I don't know about you but I used to love eating and reading at the same time - I don't even know why. So for this challenge (also, because my rating system just screams candy) I'd like you to share either what's your favorite snack while reading - do you snack at all? Or do you - like me - sometimes try to eat (or drink) exactly what the characters in the story are having?

My reading-snack habits are...kind of weird:

Did you guys notice that Molly Weasley butters toast for Harry a LOT in those books? Yeah...that's why for YEARS I'd eat nothing but buttered toast whenever I was (re-)reading Harry Potter.


Or, a few years later when I read Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle Trilogy I'd have tons of cookies while reading. Because I just imagined people in that time period ate cookies all the time.


The whole snacking-while-reading thing stopped abruptly for me, though, when I poured hot chocolate (which - thank God! - wasn't that hot anymore!) all over my jeans and the book I was reading - Thirteen Reasons Why. You can still see the stain today and ever since that happened I try to eat after I put a safe distance between my books and food :)

But enough of my weird snacking habits - I want to know yours!

To participate in this challenge simply leave a comment down below - either to immediately tell everyone about your snacking - habits or to link us to a post on your blog :)

97 comments:

  1. I tend to eat a lot of chocolate digestive biscuits while reading. Either those, or grapes. I'll just take the bag and eat my way through it :-) Mostly I only drink water though for much similar reasons to why you no longer eat while reading!!

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    1. Yeah...it gets messy - and hot beverages hurt like hell - I can tell you as much :) But sometimes that steaming cup of hot something can be tempting... :)

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  2. Hey thanks for this challenge :).
    Ohhh you're are another european blogger :p. I'm french ! It's a good idea and I loved your answers. My answers are not as good or as funny though ^^.
    I wrote it in this post : http://ifmarybooks.blogspot.fr/2012/08/boutofbooks-read-thon-day-3_16.html

    Marie from ifmarybooks.blogspot.com
    ifmarybooks@gmail.com

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  3. I'm the same as you! I always eat and drink while I'm reading! Always. Reading's just not the same without a mug of tea and some snacks. :)

    I usually go for a steaming mug of tea or hot chocolate for drinks depending on the weather and biscuits, crisps, popcorn, chocolate or cakes for snacks. And I also eat lots of sweets!

    I actually poured a mug of (hot) tea all over myself and my beanbag chair while I was reading a few weeks ago but funnily enough, it didn't put me off. :D

    Fun challenge! x

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    1. :) I know exactlywhat you mean! When I'm reading, everything around me could explode and I wouldn't give it a second thought until I know how a story ends :) And I love hot drinks, too - especially in the winter time!

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  4. I never eat while reading but I always drink, usually coffe or tea or hot chocolate. And yes I tend to spill them all over my book too.

    The only books with which I ate where the Harry Potter books. And I would only eat Pasta Flora while reading them. But I guess that was mostly because I wouldn't stop reading them and I had to eat something. Funny thing is I did that while lying on my bedroom's carpet.

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    1. Haha, once the fever hit me I never stopped reading them, either. It was bad - I'd carry them everywhere I went, at least two books of the series in case I finished one (again) and eating was definitely something I would NOT put the book down for :)

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  5. It's not so much that I eat while reading, but I read while eating. I have always read during lunch, and I still take a book with me when I eat out alone. My favorite places to read and eat? Panera, Starbucks and IHOP. As much as I like to eat, I'm not much of a snacker, but I do love curling up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea. But now I just want to eat toast thanks to your post! Thanks for hosting a fun challenge!

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    1. Ohh, that's like totally cool - reading at Starbucks! Or do I just find it cool because I live like...100 kilometers away from the next Starbucks?? Anyway, I have to say the fact that I just convinced a person in this world to eat toast really makes my day :) Toast rocks!

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  6. I am totally a salty snacker. Yeah, I like sweets as much as the next girl, but salty and savory is where it's at!

    My all time faves are popcorn and/or chips with queso. CHEEEEESE.

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    1. Mhm...I'm pretty sure I'll find myself in the kitchen not long from now pouring cheese over anything I can find :)

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  7. I am a total popcorn girl! I will admit to having books with butter stains on it :)

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    1. Oh, another popcorn fan! I've actually never considered popcorn because we never make it...we only ever buy some when we go to the movies or something - but I guess not-making-popcorn-at-home is a german thing. And very lame. I guess I'll try it sometime :)

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  8. I'm a salty snacker as well. I like a slice of American cheese on my waffle. I only know of one other person who likes theirs the same way. @fromleft2write www.fromlefttowrite.com

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    1. Guys - stop talking about cheese! It's 9.30 pm where I live, I had dinner hours ago and I. Can't. Indulge. In. Cheese-snacks now! Seriously - can't! But I agree - salty snacks are definitely missing on my list :)

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  9. I don't usually eat while reading - I have a phobia of getting grease stains or something saucy on the pages, call it OCD if you will - but I almost always have a coffee or glass of wine around. That sort of depends on my mood/the time of day. : )

    Thanks for hosting the challenge - now I'm looking for my coffee!

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    1. I used to be a coffee fan. Big time even! And then I noticed that I gulped it down like water - and couldn't sleep anymore and now I stay away from it. But coffee is a great drink-while-reading...*sigh*

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  10. I eat (and snack) when I read but it isn't specific- I don't plan on it. I agree with Kate (above) I read while I eat. But if I am about to read a book from a series I love- I will buy some snacks because I know I will be there a while and I may forget to eat.

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    1. Totally know what you mean! I love days when I can curl up under a blanket and never stop reading - not even for food :)

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  11. One thing I love to eat while reading is cereal - DRY cereal! Oatmeal squares is one of my favourites. Cinnamony and sweet. :)

    I also love salty snacks -- favourite being Cheetos. YUM!

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    1. Oh, I used to eat dry cereal when I was younger! Just not while reading - I pretended to cook meals for my dolls...whatever! It definitely is a great snack :)

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  12. Depending on my mood and cravings, I could eat yogurt with berries and granola, cereal, leftovers, or one of my favorites, English muffins with melty peanut butter on them.

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    1. Mhm...all of that sounds amazing! I do the yogurt thing almost every day, not only as a reading snack, though. And if I could I'd totally eat a can of peanut butter every day. Like spoons of it. Just like that. I love it!

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  13. I generally don't snack while reading, but when I get a hankering, I love to have a grape sugar free popsicle.

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    1. You just made me so jealous! We don't have popsicles in Germany but I googled it a while back (yes. I totally am crazy like that) and man - those look fantastic!

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  14. I wrote my answer here: http://booklovingfool.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/seasonal-books/
    Thanks!

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  15. I snack while reading all the time. My #1 choice is Smartfood, which is a brand of popcorn coated with white cheddar cheese. It's completely addictive!

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    1. And I'm jealous AGAIN! We don't even have stuff like that in Germany - but it sounds so good!!! Maybe I'll try to do it myself sometime...

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  16. Oh my goodness, these pictures are making my mouth water! I think if you're reading a book where food is featured highly it always gives you cravings. Enid Blyton's picnics were terrible for that when I was little! I've written about my current dreadful reading snacking habits on today's challenge post:
    http://musingsofabookshopgirl.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/bout-of-books-thursdays-challenges.html

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  17. I’ll be honest, I try never to eat while I’m reading, mostly because I don’t want to stain my precious books, but occasionally I do pick up a snack and it’s mostly fruit and cereal bars. What I do consume *A LOT* while I’m reading are hot drinks, tea, cappuccino, coffee in general. (I'm boring. :p)

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    1. You're absolutely not! Boring, I mean. And the hot drinks seem to come with the love of books and reading - I haven't heard of one reader who doesn't love hot beverages :)

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  18. NOM NOM NOM! :)

    Here are my answers: http://www.smashattackreads.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-5-0-goals/

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  19. I love the buttered toast/Harry Potter thing, that's hilarious! I don't really eat that much while reading because a) it would be mindless eating and I'd just keep eating, and b) most of my books are library books and I'm afraid of spilling stuff/marking the pages. I've had a few books from the library with coffee stains and orange marks from people who were obviously eating cheesies while they read, haha. I do like candy sometimes while reading though...M&Ms are my favourite. :-)

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    1. Good point - I don't eat when I read library books, either! Oh, and I love M&Ms :)

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  20. I can only eat PopTarts and drink tea while I'm reading. Otherwise, I take a break whenever I'm hungry.

    You can read my full answer here :)

    http://olivroquedeuumpum.blogspot.pt/2012/08/bout-of-books-50-updates.html

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  21. Great question! I honestly haven't paid much attention to what I eat whilst reading, but I have a feeling that that's all I'll be able to think about now. Who knows... maybe I'll lose weight because I'll realize how much crap I eat without realizing it. LOL

    Here's my answer over at The Boyish Booklover:

    http://theboyishbooklover.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/bout_of_books_5-0/

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  22. I used to love to eat bread when listening to Hänsel and Gretel as a kid because of the whole breadcrumbs thing. Other than that, I don't really eat while reading because it'a just too difficult for me to manage without spilling things over the book. Soletti work, but only without something adding to drink...

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    1. Aww, the breadcrumbs-thing is adorable!

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  23. I have never ate or drank the same things as the characters I was reading about. I drink lots of Diet Dr. Pepper while I read and snack on whatever I have around the house - usually vanilla wafers or honey wheat pretzels.

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  24. I eat and drink the usual while reading if I eat or read anything.

    I tend to get really involved in the book and forget to eat.

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    1. I love when that happens - to me it almost always means the book is amazing from beginning to end!

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  25. Great question! I used to eat while reading, but not anymore. Firstly, because I don't want to stain my books, and secondly because when I get into a book I forget to actually eat. IF I do have a snack while reading, it is usually some pieces of chocolate. Nothing can ever trump chocolate, right?

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    1. Yeah...the stains are annoying! But I really only forget aout food if the book totally draws me in :)

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  26. I have never been a snacker while reading. First I am one hundred percent focused on what I am reading and couldn't possibly do anything else at the same time. Second it is messy and I don't want myself of the book messy.

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    1. I know what you mean - it's super annoying when you have to stop reading because you need to clean something up :)

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  27. I try to stay away from eating while I read, or it would be harder to stop! But when I do need a snack and a break, I usually have some trail mix (my own assortment) or some fresh fruit, especially strawberries!

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    1. Mhm...healthy! And I looove strawberies!

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  28. My answer can be found here!

    Enjoy the read-a-thon

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  29. I also love to drink hot chocolate when I'm reading! Although, and this is really weird, I've gotten into a habit of, when I'm reading during lunch time or breakfast or something, when I'm home alone, to making eggs. My mom has the recipe holder with little weighted strings on either side to hold cookbooks. So I just put my book there and eat my eggs and toast! It works really well, because I can eat a two-handed meal and not starve myself while all I do is read, hahah. (:

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    1. Haha, I can totally picture myself doing that, too! 'd basically do everything to keep reading :)

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  30. Mine is pretzels !!! I love the stick ones when I am reading!!! In fact... I want to eat some now!!

    Angie

    http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-mini-challenges-for-day-4.html

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  31. I did once drink champagne while reading The Fault in Our Stars. I needed it for therapy also. I try not to snack. But coffee is a must in the morning. Love wine in the evening, but makes me sleepy. Like a salty crunch as long as it doesn't show up on the pages.

    Post of my answer http://wp.me/p1h3Ps-1uK
    Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com
    bookgoonie at yahoo

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  32. It depends where I am reading but I do tend to read through lunch, lol. I did a post here http://www.brendasmum.blogspot.com/2012/08/reading-candy.html

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  33. I almost forgot to leave my answer -.-

    http://xjessiexbellex.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-read-thon-update-3-and.html

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  34. Interesting challenge. Here is my post http://srivallip.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/bout-of-books-50-day-4-challenges.html

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  35. I don't usually eat when I read, but when I do I usually like snacky foods. My favorite is definitely Twizzlers, because you don't have to worry so much about spilling them all over the floor, and they don't get your fingers messy when you try to turn the page!

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    1. Haha, just had to google that :) we don't have Twizzlers in Germany but they look really fun!

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  36. When I am reading books I like salty foods. I love cheeze-its cold. I keep them in the fridge and then snack away. I also like chips and if I am feeling something sweet I will normally go for chocolate or graham crackers dipped in nutella! Yum!

    Thanks for hosting this challenge :)

    chelle2006@aolDOTcom

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    1. Oh my...if I started dipping anything in nutella I'd probably never stop eating :) But it sounds like an awesome snack!

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  37. I'm always snacking/eating while I'm reading (although I did drop a book in melted cheese whiz once...it's still stained yellow). I prefer something easy to snack on that I can grab and munch without looking away from my book, like chips, M&M's, grapes, crackers, things like that. It depends on my mood whether it'll be healthy or junky for me!

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    1. You dropped a book in melted cheese whiz???? :D Ha, that tops all of my book-and-food incidences!

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  38. This was such a sweet challenge! It's gotten me all hungry now. :D Thanks for hosting it. It was fun! My snack/read's are here: http://unputdownablebookies.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-50-day-4.html :D Mine is pretty standard.

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  39. Here's my post: http://writingchristiannovels.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-50-day-4-challenges.html

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  40. Normally I don't eat snacks while I'm reading but lately I've just wanted hot chocolate. I think it's because my house has been cold and it's been rainy lately so nothing feels better than sitting at home with a book, a cat and a mug of cocoa on a rainy day!

    I love this challenge. Thanks so much for hosting it!

    amberinblunderland@yahoo.com

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    1. So true! There is nothing better to have on a rainy day - that's why I love the fall so much!

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  41. Oh, I do eat or drink when reading. Not frequently, but my beverage of choice would be a coffee or tea drink. Anything with either is fine. I'm more careful since the one time I spilled milk and coffee on my bed's stupid mattress, though. As for snacks, anything goes. Chocolate, anything nutty, cookies, a sandwich...

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    1. Yup, coffee (oh how I miss you!) and tea all the way!

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  42. Here's my post for this "sweet" challenge!

    http://zaraalexis.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/bout-of-books-read-a-thon-candy-challenge-08-16-2012/

    Thanks! I'm getting kind of hungry! :D

    Zara Alexis @ The Bibliotaphe's Closet

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  43. Those chocolate chips cookies....wanna eat them so badly right now.

    Here's my post, with some pictures in it:
    http://nijiclovers.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-read-thon-50-goals.html

    Thank your for hosting this delicious challenge! :)

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  44. When I'm reading and in a snacking mood I will eat any sweet in sight. Personally, I love mint Oreos and if I have them anywhere near me they will be gone in minutes, even while reading. I also eat gummy bears like they are going out of style.

    *off to find food...*

    Doodle @ Doodle's Book Blog

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    1. I don't know asingle person who doesn't love Oroes :) Also, sweets are awesome - I can't stop once I've started looking for them!

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  45. Great pictures...I'm hungry now :( lol I'm always eating chocolate when I read! Congrats, you have won the Liebster Blog Award on my blog! For more details visit my blog! http://itisabookthing.blogspot.com/2012/08/liebster-blog-award.html

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  46. Awesome pictures on this one! I have been trying to be really good and not snack. So right now snacking is a protein shake. Good news down 11 pounds :)

    Lisa @ Lisa's World of Books

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    1. Congrats! That's an option we all should probably consider...but I can't resist munching while reading sometimes :)

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  47. So much fun reading everyone's answers. My full answer is here

    http://heydorreads.tumblr.com/post/29571366703/boutofbooks5snack

    but the gist of it is: wasabi peas and tea.

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  48. Here is mine!
    http://bookbitereviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-read-thon-goalsupdates.html

    Thanks for challenge hosting =D, such a great idea, and I love your pictures and how you eat what the characters are eating!
    -Becky

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  49. I will eat almost anything while I'm reading however the one that sticks out most in my mind is eating homemade donairs(Nova Scotia food) while reading the Flowers in the Attic series. I had to eat one everytime I was reading :)

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    1. ha, just had to go google again :) but those look super-delicious! Man, my mouth is watering!

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  50. Oh my, now i want cookies and hot chocolate haha.

    I don't always snack and read, but sometimes it has to be done. Here are a few of my favs, it doesn't relate to what the characters are having in the book are anything.

    Drinks- Hot choc!!! Coffee
    Snacks- Chocolate! Popcorn!

    thanks for the challenge :)
    My update & challenge post

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    1. Wow, popcorn seems to be the no.1 choice here - apart from the hot drinks, of course! We never make popcorn at home but I'm starting to believe that we should :)

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  51. I like tea and pretzle sticks while reading :) good luck with your goals

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    1. I love tea, too! Green, fruit or black tea - doesn't matter :) Right now, I love orange flavoured tea - it's kind of summery

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  52. I've not really thought about it before, but I don't really eat that much while I'm reading—other than the back of cereal boxes and such. :) BUT, I did eat a popsicle while I was eating tonight. Weird, huh?

    Here's my post: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-50-mini-challenges.html

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  53. These days its potato chips that I snack on.

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    1. I love potato ships - just not so much while reading, somehow...but I love a good movie and a bag of chips :)

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  54. I love almonds and strawberry poptarts. MMMMMM. Great question!

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    1. Poptarts again! I think if I was able to get those in Germany I'd never eat anything else again!

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  55. This week of Bout of Books, I've found myself eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. On Monday, I picked up a package of the Dark PB Cups and ate them for an afternoon snack. On Tuesday, I had an ice cream sundae for dessert at supper; it was made with PB cup ice cream and chocolate syrup. And then this afternoon, I had a PB cup cookie at Starbucks with my Tall Decaf Coffee Frappiccino. It's been a PB cup week all around!

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    1. Oh my god. Stop. Don't you know how tempting it is for me to just run to find a jar of PB and dip everything in it that I can find??? :D

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  56. I really don't snack a lot while I'm reading...unless I'm reading Christmas books! When I'm reading Christmas books, I want sugar cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas pudding (Dickens!), Hot Spiced Cider...I could go on and on! So when I'm doing my yearly Christmas reading from Thanksgiving through after New Year's, I think my favorite thing to indulge in while reading is the hot spiced cider. I love it!

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    1. Wow, you just inspired me to do the exact same thing this year! Now I can't wait for christmas to come :)

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  57. I had never thought about eating what characters are eating, though every time I have them I think about Captain Cully telling Schmendrick to "have a taco" in The Last Unicorn. It's so random and sort of anachronistic. As a writer, I'm uncomfortable if my characters aren't eating and drinking regularly. During 24-hour read-a-thons, I seem to end up eating holiday candy. For week-long read-a-thons, I eat what I usually eat, but while reading. Lately, the food of choice has been "on a pita." (PB&J-on a pita. Turkey and cheese-on a pita. Eggs and potatoes-on a pita.) The non-book-friendly recent snack? Jalapeno Cheetos. Luckily, I'm reading mostly via Kindle Cloud Reader (aka on my PC). Additionally, pickles and vodka have been the house cocktail. Tasty. Makes me want to break out some Pushkin.

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    1. Haha, "on a pita" is awesome! I guess I'll have to go to the store soon and get myself a bag of pitas and try out all the amazing things you put "on a pita" :) Great answer!

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  58. As I usually read on the commute on my way to and from work I don't eat there, but there were a couple of books which made me quite hungry and envious of what the characters were eating, one of the most memorable ones was Table for One by Ros Clarke. The heroine is a restaurant critic and the hero a sexy chef, need I say more? lol :-DELICIOUS BOOK! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  59. Whoa, I never thought about eating what the characters are eating in the book. So I just love that Molly Weasley toast snacking =D

    I know I am late but I just couldn't not answer this question just for the fun of it. So here goes my answer under Day 4!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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