Best Snacks to Eat While Reading Based on Genre

  •  Romance: Chocolate or Vanilla Flavored Foods

chocolate and vanilla

When reading a romance novel, you’re usually so entranced with the book that you don’t notice what you’re eating. But, what if, in the middle of a really sappy and cute part in the story, you bite down on your snack and BAM! It’s spicy or savory. You don’t want to make your brain multitask with the flavors in your mouth and the book, so eat something sweet to mimic the sweetness of what you’re reading. Classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla will definitely maintain the mood.

  • Horror/Mystery: DON’T SNACK

horror novel

This is coming from personal experience! When you are already spooked out because of a scary story or are set on edge by a murder mystery, the last thing you want is to bite down on something and be frightened by the crunch. It’s especially bad when you’re all alone.

  • Realistic Fiction: Chips


In realistic fiction, you don’t have to try to remain in a fantasy world, because the book is based off of reality. So, take these kinds of books as your chance to eat as many crunchy foods as you like without having to worry about being distracted from the fictional life.

  • Fantasy: Hummus and Pita Chips or French Fries and Ketchup

french fries

During a fantasy novel, it is imperative that you pay close attention to everything that’s going on so that you don’t miss an important detail. Studies show that doing something with your hands will help increase focus, such as dipping your pita chips in hummus (or your french fries in ketchup if you’d prefer something a little less healthy).

  • Classic: Tea and Sugar Cookies


The purpose of book snacks is to keep you from being hungry while keeping yourself in the mood. With classic novels, you need to transport yourself to an era where wealthy meant fancy and where food was simpler. Tea and simple sugar cookies should do the trick.

  • Historical Fiction: Coffee


Historical fiction doesn’t really go with any kind of food, because that would just ruin the mood. However, you can never go wrong with coffee, the most classic drink of all. The flavor is so timeless that it will blend right in with whatever story you’re reading.

  • Fanfiction: Any Kind of Nut Butter

peanut butter

The main reason why people read fanfiction is to live on in the lives of their favorite characters. Since you have such a passion for these fictional worlds, you might have a tendency to rant when reading stories of this genre. To save yourself from getting worked up, try eating a nut butter. Not only will you stop talking to enjoy the flavor, but the butter will be stuck inside your mouth for so long that in the process of eating it all, you’ll forget to rant or your mouth will be too tired to!

  • Science Fiction: Gummy Worms or Gummy Bears

gummy bear

Science fiction novels are always the most engrossing. When I read these kind of books, I don’t like to be disturbed. Gummy worms or gummy bears are the perfect solution, since they make no sound when you bite them. Also, the food kind of reminds me of something extra-terrestrial, because what the heck are they made of?

  • Biography/Autobiography: A Grilled Cheese Sandwich

grilled cheese

I don’t know about you, but when I read biographies, I feel old and unaccomplished. So, to ease up on myself, I like to make a grilled cheese sandwich to remind myself of my childhood and how simple things used to be. Also, the process of making it is so quick and easy, you can spend your time trying to finish the usually gigantic life stories instead of looking for a snack.

  • Textbook: Anything Spicy

spicy food

I don’t know about you, but when I try to read I textbook, I find myself falling asleep. Spicy food is known to counteract tiredness, because the unexpected flavor wakes you up. So, next time you sit down to study, try to snack on some wasabi peas or Spicy Hot Cheetos and see if it helps.

I hope you enjoyed this. Thank you!


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