Tuesday 17 September 2019

Bookish Munchies, Reading Times and Mix Tapes!

I love participating in weekly bookish memes, answering questions and making lists, but sometimes the answers are not enough to make a decent post... On their own!
So, on those weeks, I'll be combining rather than skipping!

This week we're asked for our Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading.

To be honest? I don't eat much while reading.
Occasionally, I may munch on a biscuit ('cookies') or crisps ('chips') but it's not a regular thing... I also have a sweet spot for skittles and wine gums but I try not to buy them often because I. Cannot. Resist!

I do however always have drinks on the go while reading. 
Tea, water or squash. 

Mix Tape

Release Date: 20th January 2020

You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape.
But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.
Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.
For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind.

And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…
Because what if ‘what could have been' is still to come?

Question: How long does it usually take you to finish a book?

How long is a piece of string? 
There is no simple answer to this question. 
I can inhale a 600+ page beast in a day if I'm utterly engrossed. 
I can labour over a 250-page book for a week if I'm liking it but not loving it. 
I can take weeks if I'm not feeling it but, for whatever reason, want to finish it.
For a 'typical' book of 300-400 pages, that I'm really enjoying but not enough to abandon everything else I need to do to in order to finish it, it usually takes two days.

Audiobooks are different though as I can only listen to them under certain situations or I lose the plot, quite literally!
The audiobooks I've been listening to have been between 12 and 17 hours long and take about three or four weeks of commuting to finish. 
I could probably finish them faster but sometimes I need to think or want music instead.


  1. Oooh, Mixtape sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Mixtape is a new one to me and it sounds really good!

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    1. I hope so! I'm curious about what songs they're passing back and forth. :)

  3. I love it when music is incorporated into books. Thanks for sharing this one!

    1. I'm curious about what songs are featured in it!

  4. I saw Shelley @ Book’d Out mention Mix Tape a while back and it was on my TBR in a flash. I t sounds so good and I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint.

    Wine gums and squash... I’m going to have to look both of those up. Off to Google... ! :)

    1. I only just realized that squash isn't a thing in the states and you have powdered drinks instead... How weird, lol.

      Wine gums are THE BEST! They're gummy/jelly sweets. Kinda firm but also soft and chewy... And they have the names of various wines/alcoholic beverages stamped on them despite being fruit flavoured! :)

  5. OOoh! Mixtape sounds interesting! Great pick!

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  6. I have never seen Mixtape around, but it sounds so fun.
    I read at about 60 pages per hour, and that rate is fairly steady. Most of the books I read take between 5 - 6 hours.

    1. I've never measured my actual reading speed... I'd be curious to know though. :)

  7. Ooh I like the premise of Mixtape. I'm a sucker for mixtape stories anyway haha. I kinda want to get this one. :)

    1. I've never read a mix tape story! I'm looking forward to it. I used to love a good mix tape...

  8. I have the same reaction to skittles. That's why they're a rare treat for me! :)

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    1. Mmm... I could really eat some skittles right about now! It's been a long day, lol.

  9. I often read and eat during my lunch break at work. I'm not big on snacks while reading, but I usually have water nearby.

    Mix Tape brings back memories! The book sounds good too. 😊

    I can't give a simple answer to how long it takes me to read a book either. Too many extenuating factors.

    Have a great weekend, Nicci!

  10. Yeah I agree, too hard to answer a question like that! Generally I can read a 200 page book in a few hours if I get into it right away. Most books I can finish in two days other than 800 page books of course! That can be closer to a week if the writing is small.

  11. What is squash? I mean I know its a vegetable but you hint that it is also a drink?!

    And I agree! If I'm loving it then I can consume a book. Like right now I had all day to finish a book and read 10% because I'm hating it. :(

  12. er, drink. My drink preference whenever I'm reading is always something cold. I don't know why.

    Yep, my reading pace also depends if the book's interesting and I'm engrossed in it. If not, it'd take me forever to finish whether it's over 500 pages or just around 200.


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