Does reading burn calories?

I am so darn hungry. I’ve been sitting around, doing nothing but reading, yet feeling hungry like I’ve just done five hours of hard labor.

I’m declaring it time for lunch.

Last night in a cooking frenzy I simultaneously prepared lunch and dinner for today’s festivities.

The lovely lunch pictured here is a quinoa and black bean salad filled with protein for strength. Also, it contains corn, which, as an Iowan by birth, I have no choice but to adore.

So — to the reading —
FDR’s Funeral Train is treating me well. Klara writes clearly and he includes the types of details I appreciate. For example, I learned on the fourth page that FDR’s Scottie Fala was code-named “The Informer” because he would blow his master’s cover wherever they went.

But this book is not about charming canine anecdotes — of course, it’s about the days immediately following Roosevelt’s death. So it’s a bit of a somber thing. Of course, I’m OK with that sort of stuff. 

And I’m charmed that Klara quotes Merriman Smith a number of times. Smith was one of the “Three Musketeers” — the three journalists who accompanied Roosevelt to Warm Springs — and his articles and memoir are great sources.

I imagine this book also would appeal to train buffs, who probably would have a better appreciation of the details about the rolling stock. I have not exactly been glazing over, but let’s say I’m not exactly committing those details to memory. It’s the human story I’m after.

I’m on page 67. The book numbers only 198 pages of actual text, followed by a list of characters, acknowledgments, and notes. I’m going to count 204 pages on this one, since I won’t actually read the notes (except for the paragraph-long ones, which usually are pretty juicy).

Stats thus far:

Books read: 1
Hours read: 3.75
Pages read: 264

Where I’ve read since the last update: living room recliner (aka the Frasier’s dad’s chair)

What I’ve consumed since the last update: a cookie, some almonds, an orange, lots of water; quinoa salad underway

What else I’ve done: photographed lunch

Now I’m back to it… with no thought as to what book will be next. I am living on the edge, people!

4 thoughts on “Does reading burn calories?

  1. Looking at pictures of good food makes me crave for some nice midnight snack.

    But looks like you're having fun. You're doing a good job so far. Just keep it up and have great fun reading!

  2. I like books
    I really do.
    Books with stories
    And pictures, too. (author unknown)

    Hope you enjoy everyone you meet and everywhere you go today.

    But your picture made me hungry!

  3. Readathon! Readathon! Rah rah rah!
    Readathon! Readathon! Rah rah rah!
    Readers got the books
    I’ve got a cheer
    You get to read all day
    I know you’ll persevere

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