If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I love to eat. In my old job, all of my co-workers knew this. Mostly because most of the employees there were workaholics who skip meals because of work or if they bother to eat, they eat in front of their laptops while working. I was different because I always make a point of eating whenever I’m hungry. Plus I’m enthusiastic about the food places that I love so I always tell people about these places and thus encourage them to try the food there. Before I left, they were joking that they should compile a list of the food items that I persuaded people to eat.
I’m writing about this because hakaw has asked me before this question: if I had to choose between good food and books, what would I choose? I said I honestly don’t know. Up to now, I haven’t given her an answer. I remembered it because this topic has been brought up in one of my Goodreads groups. One of my friends there said that she had to make this choice before – there wasn’t any food in the house so she decided to get take out but then she saw a book that she really wanted but she only had enough money for food. She decided to buy the book and just skip dinner.
My top three favorite activities are eating, sleeping and reading (yes I know, those are all activities for the lazy) so it’s really a tough choice for me. But I realize that while I’ve always liked reading, I wasn’t into food when I was younger. I was a really picky eater and I didn’t enjoy good food like I do now. I didn’t even eat Japanese food back then! When I really think about it, I’m more excited about getting a book that I really want than eating at a great restaurant. For example, if I had to choose right now between having a copy of A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner and eating at a hotel buffet like Heat, I’d choose the book right away. So there, I guess I choose books. hakaw, I finally have an answer! I’m just really thankful that I can afford to buy books and eat out from time to time.
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
— Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
How about you, what would you pick if you had to make a choice, food or books? Or have you ever had to decide between two favorite things?