Thursday, October 29, 2009

Answers: So what is a munchy book?

So you may notice that I have a post tag of "munchy books". I feel an obligation to explain what on earth I'm talking about.

A munchy book is a book that's suitable to be a reading snack - to be picked up and read for twenty minutes before falling asleep, or in the bathtub, or while waiting for the oven to preheat. Or when you want to gorge, it's the book that you take with you to the park for an afternoon, knowing that you're going to enjoy yourself.

A munchy book is so packed with stories or thoughts or factlets or theories or amusing phrases that you can open it at almost any page and start enjoying yourself. It's also likely to add to your store of knowledge, even if it's your store of knowledge about some esoteric and relatively useless topic.

Now, that's not to say that a munchy book is _only_ suitable as a snack food.  In fact, a really good munchy book, the kind that's worth re-reading and reading aloud to those around you (thus driving them mad, but the stories are so good that you just can't stop) is quite likely to also be a very good book.

Photo: Sakurai Midori. Wikimedia Commons; click for details.

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