The Bookaholic’s Breakfast…

March 16, 2010 § 11 Comments

What makes a bookaholic’s breakfast?

     A cup of coffee (make a full pot, because when mixed with reading, the coffee will turn cold halfway through the mug and will need refilling from the pot. So, to say one drank a whole pot of coffee in this case would NOT be true, really, but rather that one drank an entire pot of half cups.) Still, bookaholics (with underlying writing tendencies) tend to exaggerate for good effect.

     A piece of toast or bagel or scone, which is dry but still a bit more dressy than the first two. The bookaholic does enjoy a light but upscale breakfast and might even spring for a yogurt “sundae” , that being yogurt, some fresh fruit and some granola because it’s healthy AND pretty. However, the bookaholic will not consume a huge breakfast, knowing that he/she will not be running 5 miles but more likely will be reading for five hours (obviously, on a weekend day because during the week, like everyone else, the bookaholic is out there earning in order to be able to purchase more books and other bookaholic parapharnelia – to be discussed in a separate entry.) Still, the bookaholic knows that a good breakfast is important, but in the excitement of actually getting to the table with  reading matter in hand, is very likely to have a bowl of cereal which takes the least time and so allows for getting down to the reading faster, eating and reading. 

     The newspaper, for those who were raised on any one of them and still have a morning paper (really? where do you live?) is a wonderful companion.
A magazine like The New Yorker for those who used to live there and now don’t, OR any other mag with real stories. But fashion and decor mags do not a good breakfast mag make.
A book (and this is the time of day when it’s good and fun to crack open a new book, OR gambol through a page-turner already underway.

Breakfast companions are not required. Should they arrive on the scene, the bookaholic will greet them heartily and briefly and return to reading. Such companions are best if they are not garrulous in the morning, if they do indeed enjoy a good read with said meal or if they have merely stopped by the kitchen for some juice and will then be returning to whatever room from whence they came.
Often, the bookaholic will be careful to discourage conversation, pretending instead to be listening or engaged (all politely done) in whatever any companion on the scene may be nattering on about. It is not with some relief or contentment that the bookaholic returns to the engaging reading matter as the “interrupter” does any of the following – leaves, remains quiet or also engages in reading.

The morning read is one of the great pleasures of life, something pursued before the day stirs and is truly underway, a gorgeous bit of time between waking and running out the door to work or any other schedule. 
And while the bookaholic seems to be a bit of a rough go in terms of breakfast companionship, it’s just not true. We won’t talk your ear off, or ask a  million questions, or make limp conversation. We won’t be grumpy or overly effusive.  And we will always always look up with a smile, albeit a dreamy one, and wish you a wonderful day.

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§ 11 Responses to The Bookaholic’s Breakfast…

  • Nora says:

    I tend to read during lunch hour, always a book in my car, a trait i learned from someone I know (wink, wink) in particular. I’m too bleary-eyed to read in the morning, but maybe I should work on changing that. At least I could on a weekend day!?

  • shoreacres says:

    What a joy. You’ve drawn the lines perfectly – the pot of coffee, the yogurt sundae (preferably lemon, with banana, strawberries and granola)and always the New Yorker, because, after all, we have to work our way into this reading business gently. A couple of small pieces, while we’re still warming up.

    I must confess the other advantage of the yogurt sundae is that it works nicely at a computer. Put it in a good, deep oatmeal bowl, and all is well.

    Being without human companions in the morning, my only other responsibility is to first brush kitty, and converse a bit with her. Then, it’s time to flip open the page or turn on the screen. I’ll bet every one of us does it!

  • Ruth says:

    Sometimes I wonder if I would like living alone. I do love my morning quiet time and would rather not converse. But I imagine in a few days I would be dying for a conversation.

  • mandy says:

    The solitude of reading in the mornings, alone is a guilty pleasure (we still get a morning and an evening paper, quaint little small town along the OH river). I love to read on my lunch hour as well. I can often be found sitting alone at a picnic table, book in hand soaking in the feeling of just being outside and indulging in one of my favorite pasttimes

  • jeanie says:

    I love all of this — every single word; you simply nailed it. But my favorite part was this — I think you’ve been hanging out either inside my head or watching from a little spot inside the wall!

    “However, the bookaholic will not consume a huge breakfast, knowing that he/she will not be running 5 miles but more likely will be reading for five hours (obviously, on a weekend day because during the week, like everyone else, the bookaholic is out there earning in order to be able to purchase more books and other bookaholic parapharnelia – to be discussed in a separate entry.)

    Bravo!

  • qugrainne says:

    I can see the sun shining in the window and a gentle breeze wafting through… since it is spring…

    Unfortunately, I don’t get to read until noon, when I try to fit in a few pages of the morning (yes morning) newspaper between walking the dogs and heading back to work. Evenings are reading time.

    Except in the summer. Then I can read first thing, and all of the above applies.

    Bookaholics unite!

  • Arti says:

    I totally agree with your description about the bookaholic at breakfast, or anytime of the day really. While we’re not misanthropes, we would rather be by ourselves most of the time, especially when we’re responding to the serious calling of reading… cereal boxes including.

  • typehype says:

    “The morning read is one of the great pleasures of life, something pursued before the day stirs and is truly underway, a gorgeous bit of time between waking and running out the door to work or any other schedule. ”

    Yes! definitely! You are so right. It’s the same with me, except that my morning happens in reverse. I awake, run out the door, and then open the book because my reading takes place on the subway. The upside is that I don’t have to worry about being rude to anyone — it’s sort of expected.

    Thanks for a fun post 🙂

  • Becca says:

    What a comfort to know that the sacred morning reading ritual is not must my peculiarity! (And now my husband’s too,because he sets his clock extra early just for reading time.) You’ve nailed this perfectly. I love imagining all of us readers out there this morning, with our noses in our books.

    Great post 🙂

  • Jeannine says:

    Wonderful oh! You’ve raised a very serious issue – the relationship between books and food, eating and reading. Some books are yogurt sundae books, but not many.

    Red wine and chocolate or cashews for PD James, Ruth Rendell etc; a deep bowl of pasta for winter travel reads; Camembert on crackers and white wine for serious fiction. . . you get the idea.

  • ds says:

    Brava, bookaholic! Lovely ritual; wish mine were the same. Multiple cups of coffee, a sniff at the paper & out the door…but in the evening, in my chair, with tea (and cat)? Bliss. As is this post. Thank you.

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