Eat a Donut, Read a Book!

Posted by Jamie Canaves

(Image source: Heather Ford on Unsplash)

News flash — we love donuts so much that we're celebrating National Donut Day ALL MONTH LONG. If you’re thinking, "But if I eat a donut while reading, I'll get my book/e-reader all sticky and the ants will come!” Don’t worry. We've mastered eating donuts while reading.

Option 1: Designate one hand for page turning and one hand for donut holding—never switch.

Option 2: Go the prim and proper way and eat your donut with a fork and knife, a method even a Queen would approve of—or Meghan Markle. Now on to the important stuff: which donut to eat with what book?


(Donut mug image source: @mojodonuts instagram)

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodríguez McRobbie

Oh, we’re getting messy and ordering donuts AND fried chicken from Mojo Donuts! Forget the bib, forget the designated hands, we’re behaving badly and we’re putting all the toppings on our donut and we’re getting the icing all around our mouths. We may even play the “Like seafood?” game and show you the donut and fried chicken in our mouth. “Ahhhhhhhhh.”

*Polishes icing and grease out of our princess crown*



(Donut image source: @sublimedoughnuts instagram)

The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

Get your geek on and get your love on—by finding that person that will love all the geek about you. And once Smith has helped you find that geek love, present your date with a raspberry filled heart with dark chocolate from Sublime Doughnuts—even dinosaurs love it! We promise this book, and a donut, is the way to someone’s geeky heart.


(Donuts image source: King Arthur Flour)

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Speaking of geeks and love, can we love Geekerella any more? We cannot! We are filled with love for this fairytale retelling where Elle Wittimer is a geek with step-sisters who are standing in the way of her winning a cosplay contest. Being a Cinderella retelling and Elle working at the Magic Pumpkin food truck, you know we’re going with a pumpkin donut here. Forget waiting for fall, pumpkin is delicious all year round and King Arthur Flour has a pumpkin cake doughnuts recipe we’ve been dying to try. Your house is going to smell amazing!


(Donuts image source: @dunkindonuts instagram)

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

Look, Obama and Biden don’t have time for fancy gourmet donut shops with lines around the block—they’re on a mission to solve a railroad conductor’s death in a suspicious accident! So they have a box of Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins and they can lob donut holes into each other’s mouths like best friends do. And when they high five, they create mini powdered sugar clouds.


(Donuts image source: @voodoodoughnut instagram)

Back to the Future by Kim Smith

Cap’n Crunch cereal. Is there anything more ‘80s?! Okay, so yeah tons of things are very ‘80s like Aquanet, and the Coreys, and short shorts/high socks on men. But if you grew up in the ‘80s, you probably ate Cap’n Crunch. You probably even watched Back to the Future for the hundredth time–recorded from TV on a VHS tape without commercials–while eating a bowl of Cap’n Crunch. Obviously what we’re saying is we’ve paired this picture book with Voodoo Doughnuts’ Oh Captain, My Captain. Clearly, we’re living our best life over here.


(Beignets image source: Sean Z. Paxton)

Stuff Every Beer Snob Should Know by Ellen Goldstein

We’re gonna be beer snobs—oh, yes, we are—and we’re gonna make beer beignets from this recipe. We’re gonna read all about buying and tasting beer and we’re gonna test out which beers taste best in beignets and which taste best to drink with beignets. Cheers!


(Donut image source: The Holy Donut)

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

Speaking of drinks, for those who prefer cocktails or liquor we’re gonna fight some monsters—as one does after college—and we’ll leave the donut making to The Holy Donut. Allen’s coffee brandy donut + bartenders in Chicago fighting monsters is our idea of #squadgoals!


(Donuts image source: @giggles_galore Instagram)

Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman

We have binged the original Charmed and we are super excited for the reboot ofCharmed—we are all about witches! We’re gonna read the witch out of this book, eat the witch out some donuts skewered with broomsticks, and then we’re gonna create our own spell—for more books and donuts, of course. *Licks fingers and laughs maniacally*


(Donut image source: @doughnutplant Instagram)

Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Jenn Woodall

Is there a more iconic duo than peanut butter and jelly? There is not, which is why come October we plan to read about these awesome women who teamed up and did great things in history while enjoying the perfect team of peanut butter and jelly—in a donut! This counts as lunch, right? How far off from a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a peanut butter and jelly donut? Don’t answer that. It’s definitely the same thing. 


Now that everyone is properly stuffed with donuts and books, our job here is done! And the sofa is calling our name for a nap. A donut, book induced coma-nap.