I think reading for the comps has turned me into a caffeine addict. No, wait. I'll take ownership of that statement: I've turned myself into a caffeine addict during the latter half of my comps reading.
Last spring, when I was reading in the office at school every day, I ended up drinking a cup of coffee a day. It was always the same story: someone else had made coffee and then offered me a cup, and it just smelled so nice and I was trying to stay conscious through just one more book.
But then the coffee was starting to make me jittery and I'd be crashing in the late afternoon, and so I cut out the caffeine for a while.
But then I later started drinking tea more. Mostly green tea, the high quality kind where you have to drink a whole pot of it to equal a cup of coffee.
And then I started drinking a pot of tea a day. It was a nice way to structure my reading: put on the kettle, and drink tea while I read. It was so comforting.
And then it became more like two pots of tea a day.
(I've cut to the chase and made coffee today.)