Book Habits

Books for Breakfast

Admit it, we all have an addiction to taking a picture of our books next to our breakfast. Something about the contrast of white pages to black coffee draws us in, and convinces us that we must share our morning with the world. I’m guilty of it, and more than likely, so are you.

This morning I’ll be sharing with you all some of my favorite book and breakfast combo pictures, breakfast stories, and reminiscing on some of my favorite dining room scenes from stories I’ve been reading.

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Obviously if we’re talking breakfast, we need to talk about Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Some background: Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the story of Holly Golightly and her adventures in 1950s Manhattan. She thinks there’s no place in the world as amazing as Tiffany’s. In the movie adaptation of the novel, the film opens with a scene of Audrey Hepburn, dressed to the nines, eating her breakfast outside a Tiffany’s window. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my all time favorite stories. I’ve read it so many times! From the relationship that develops between Holly and Paul Varjack, to the mystery and intrigue that surround her life, I’m hooked from page one!

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Other books in Capote’s arsenal include In Cold Blood, a non-fiction horror story about a murder in Holcomb Kansas. Definitely read this one at breakfast, and not at night, in bed, with the lights turned off. I learned my lesson with that one.

But back to breakfast.

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Many other authors have used this breathtaking meal as inspiration for famous scenes or lines in their novels. Anyone remember a classic line from Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll? “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as  six impossible things before breakfast.”

Breakfast is the starting point of your day. Everything that happens before that first sip of coffee or bite of a bagel is just the prologue to that days story. Breakfast is chapter one. So it makes sense for us bookworms, that we want to start chapter one by reading a chapter of our favorite novel or most recent library check out.

It doesn’t have to be a spread worthy of the Hogwarts dining hall. Any sweet snack before eleven a.m. is worthy of the book-breakfast combo. Extra brownie points if you’re reading a food scene at breakfast.

One of my favorite meal scenes in particular comes from Pride and Prejudice. For anyone who has read this Jane Austen classic, you will remember Mr. Collins. He is the cousin to the Bennett family, and the man the Bennett’s wish Elizabeth to marry.

In Chapter nineteen, Mr. Collin’s proposes to Elizabeth at breakfast! His proposal is one of the funniest moments of the entire novel, and it is a rather humorous novel. He drafts his proposal like a three part essay! Most of these points are him restating the fact that a man in his position, a clergymen, should be married. Mr. Collins also finds it appropriate in this proposal to tell Elizabeth that he won’t make a fuss about the fact that her dowry is so small, but he assures her that when he inherits Longbourn estate from her father everything will be fine. Of course, Elizabeth refuses him; however, in his stupidity, Mr. Collins assumes that she is saying no to be polite. He goes on to say that he knows many women deny the suitor when he first asks. The man cannot take a hint. When I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time, I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard at this scene. Best of all, for this circumstance, it takes place at breakfast!

The breakfast table will continue to be a favorite place for me, and many of my favorite novels. I can’t wait to read more authors who take advantage of the morning hour for their scenes! And I promise to keep the book and breakfast combo pictures coming on instagram, because no one can resist.

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