Book snacking on The Lounge

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailDo you ever eat your books in three courses? Have one on the go as your entree (like a biography), one as main course (like ‘literature’), and one for dessert (like trashy chick lit)? Or is that just me? Sometimes I even eat them like Maccas Happy meals.

I get that it’s the usual way to eat your books like noodles in a box. You start at the start, and stop when there’s none left. I have never, ever finished a box of noodles. I get bored partway through, and just stop eating. With books, I sometimes like to mix up the flavour depending on my mood too, and have a few on the go at a time so I can munch on the right one at the right time of day. So I’m not eating figurative dinner books at figurative breakfast book time. Yep. I know. I’ve been told I’m crazy already. Too late to change now.

Over summer I snacked on the hard copy Hunger Games while on the beach (sand – you know. Ate some of that too. Crunchy.) I reserved the main meal books for the Kindle back at the ranch (aka the beautiful beach house de friend I love dearly). I’ll outline my course choices for you below, and explain why the flavours complement each other so beautifully.

The breakfast read:
An area I’m fairly sure I could excel in 2014 is as trash mag rogue photo editor. This is not even a book, but I need to read something while I eat cereal. A trashy mag sits in front if me? I’ll read it. Beats the milk carton nutrition information. Perfect for the slowly unfurling brain. Now, beware… I’m not sure if you want to copy this look as they suggest, but I sure as hell don’t. No extra appendages for me this year, thanks.

What's wrong with this picture? Look closely. Is Kate sporting an extra appendage?

What’s wrong with this picture? Look closely. Is Kate sporting an extra appendage?

The mid-morning entree
The Princess Bride – William Goldman. A classic. Hilarious, light, funny. It has adventure, swords, princess Buttercup, and razor-sharp narration from William Goldman that you miss out on in the movie. And bonus? It was only 99c on the Kindle store. Read. This. Book. If you need any more convincing, do I need to remind you? “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare, to die.”

I’ve quoted this line with such glee so often over the years, completely randomly and out of context, it’s been really enjoyable seeing it in its true home.

Main course
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery. This is LITERATURE, people. But also very, very good. Smart and funny, brilliantly witty writing with an intriguing and unusual story about  interpersonal relationships and hidden identities slowly creeping to the surface. I love the nuances in this book. It takes time though, to soak in the words.

Afternoon tea
Me talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris. Cheese and biscuits. A light snack for me. He’s very witty and amusing, but this is real life, and I don’t like too much of that. Reality? Pah. He is clever though.

No-one ever Has Sex on a Tuesday – Tracy Bloom. This one is pretty obvious. Marshmallows with Persian fairy floss on top. My tired tiredy-pants brain is often skipping straight to dessert at the moment. This is fun fluff about a woman accidentally getting knocked up. Token gay bestie, two men fighting over the same woman, etc. It’s a good larff, with an ff. Can’t remember much else about it but it’s funny. Oh, and it was only 99c at the Kindle e-store.

I think you can probably understand the benefits of my literary nutritional style. I get all the value, without the bloat. I should point out though, that I haven’t actually finished ANY of these books as yet. The concept kind of assumes I have vast uninterrupted barrowfuls of time to gorge myself on these book meals, rather than having, say, CHILDREN. So I eat them like fast food. Munch on a cold chip here and there, for about 3 months. Eventually I finish them. I enjoy them just the same.

Mmmmmm books. YUMMY.


16 thoughts on “Book snacking on The Lounge

  1. Kids really flourish in nature. If you take the ipad/device away, at first they complain. But if you take them to a great natural environment, it’s surprising how quickly they get active and forget about the virtual game they were playing!

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  3. I love your book diet! :) But I must confess I can rarely read more than one at a time — the only way I can manage is if one is fiction and the other is a book of short stories or non-fiction. By the way, how beautiful is The Elegance of the Hedgehog?! I fell in love with it and the lyrical writing. The movie is pretty good too…
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    • What?!? There’s a movie??? I’d better hurry up and keep reading before I’m tempted with the junk food version. I’m intrigued to see how they’d cast it. Thanks for the heads up! :)

  4. I am comforted by the fact that you graze on different books throughout the day. I thought this was just a particular fault of mine. The obvious downside is that you are reading the same books for months, rather than finishing one and moving on to another. The upside, however, is that if a blog post asks what you are currently reading, you look dazzlingly well read.

    Ahem. (Image crafting alert!)

    At the moment, I’m working my way through “Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons, “The Red and the Black” by Stendahl, a Bart Cummings book by Les Carlyon, some Alistair Cooke essays (the broadcaster, not the cricketer) and some 1960s Japanese fiction “Diary of a Mad Old Man” by Junichiro Tanazaki. As one does.

    I should read some David Sedaris, though. He seems to be much loved.
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    • Haha! Consider me dazzled! I’m glad I’m not alone in this unusual reading technique. I did, I’ll admit, finish dessert first. Simple gluttony. And I’m still dragging my heels through David Sedaris. I cope so much better with the unreal.

    • Reading is a grab in bites scenario for me too Kylie – mostly on my phone. Before bed I’m lucky to squeeze in a page before my eyeballs hit the floor!

  5. I usually only have one book on the go. But wen I say that, I mean my main ‘reading’ book. I then have things I refer to when I’m writing, probably a magazine or two that my mum’s brought over, catalogues, and yes, if I’m reading something heavy or uber-wordy, I might start a light one to balance it out.

    Okay, okay. I confess. I’m the same. You know I’m totally engrossed in a book if it’s the only one on the go, though. The Fault in Our Stars, The Green Mile and April Fool’s Day are those.
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    • Ok, I’ll admit that one. I read the Fault in Our Stars like a block of chocolate. There was only one, during that. You do need to break up the heavy, hey. Otherwise your brain explodes. Messy.

  6. Love the concept Kim. I think I’m a lot more random in the way I approach books. I kind of let them come to me. Sometimes literally (publisher sends book and says ‘please review this by Tuesday’) but sometimes more serendipitously – like someone recommends JUST the right book to coincide with some real life drama I’m experiencing. Today might just be serendipity because I realise I’ve never read The Princess Bride! I’ve seen the film of course, but never the book. And my Kindle needs feeding. Thanks :)
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    • Ahh I have been wary of the review thingy since a particularly stinking galley made me follow the old ‘if you can’t say anything nice’ adage… You are a more adult and diplomatic person than I :)
      I never looked into the cheaper Kindle offerings until I had some time over Christmas… Turns out there’s some gold in there! Enjoy Lara :)

  7. Love the Princess Bride (the bit about denim had me guffawing loudly for ages.) (can you guffaw any other way?) Elegance though, was not such a fan – the whole world recommended it to me – that’s never a good thing, better if I stumble across it or think that it will be bad, and I guess I just found it a little obvious. Of course, that is not most people’s reaction to the book…so never go on my recommendations on books…
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    • Well, Elegance is taking me a long time. I enjoy it, but only in small bites. The Princess Bride is so much dunnier than I imagined it would be. Very unexpected. Oops. Funnier, too, I mean. Damn autocorrect.

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