It’s that time of the week again and I’ve been looking forward to this weeks prompt which is “Favorite places to read” because although I can read pretty much anywhere (other than on a car/bus which makes me feel sick usually) I love reading in most of these places and doing so makes me super happy. Thank you, as always to Steph over at alittlebutalot for this weeks prompt!
1. My bed.
I feel like reading in bed might be a popular one but it’s one of the places I read the most, even though I tend to nod off after about half an hour, usually I’ll get up, potter around a little bit and go back to reading. It’s super comfortable, my bed is HUGE so I can move into loads of different comfy positions and most importantly for me, I can move my legs around a lot. I suffer from mild restless leg syndrome and need to be able to move them around a lot or risk being very uncomfortable, I can do this easily in bed and sit however I like while being snuggly too.
2. A comfy seat in a bookstore.
There is a sofa in the Piccadilly Waterstones branch that I love to sit and read in. I travelled up to London alone for an important dentist appointment but got there so early I decided to check out this huge Waterstones and spent the next five hours on that sofa just reading and it was so peaceful and enjoyable that I completely overcame my anxiety and got through the appointment no problem. Although not easily accessable (£30 train fare!) and I don’t ever really have that amount of free time any more I think it may be my very favourite place to read.
3. Outside in the summer.
This is obviously a weather permitting one but in the Summer I would quite often leave a little earlier for work and spend 10 minutes having a cigarette (I’ve quit now) and reading under a tree on my route to work, it always calmed me down perfectly to face the day at a time when a lot of things stressed me out or upset me. I’ve always liked to read outside and can remember when I was younger that I used to sit in a tree by the duck pond my family lived near and just read all day. Sadly I’m far too big to fit in the gap on said tree anymore but I love walking past it and remembering. When given the opportunity (rarely) I still like to sit outside in the summer (and if we’re lucky, the spring) breathing in the (mostly) fresh air and listening to the birds.
4. The bath.
I always used to be worried about dropping my book in the bath so never used to do this but since having my little man it’s one of the few times I got any peace for a while so would kill two birds with one stone and read while having a nice relaxing bath. I have a really bad habit of reading for so long though that the water goes cold and I have to re run half of the bath to actually wash.
5. The Library.
I love our local library and almost every Monday after work and usually about an hour or so before my Dungeons and Dragons session about ten minutes down the road I quite often sit in my particular spot there and read or write. I discovered during a lot of time spent there during one NaNoWriMo that I loved the quiet atmosphere and it made me feel relaxed and could focus much easier. Now I look forward to it every week.
6. My Balcony.
I don’t use this one as often as I used to as I used to sit outside there to read and smoke simultaneously and I don’t smoke anymore but on rare occasion the weather has been mild enough I do sometimes sit out there to enjoy my book, we have a little slide out there so my son can play out there too but most of the time I tend to wait until he’s gone to bed so I can read in peace as he is the complete opposite of chill most of the time.
I realised looking back at all my favourite places they have to be reasonably quiet and relaxing with somewhere comfortable to sit, I don’t think I ask for a lot >.< I want to give an honourable mention to coffee shops, especially the Hotel Chocolat in Colchester as they serve my absolute favourite drink (white chocolate hot chocolate) and this particular branch is often relatively quiet and has, you guessed it! Comfy seats! Also lots and lots of chocolate! It doesn’t hurt that it’s less than five minutes away from the local Waterstones aswell! I’ve only been able to sit and read there a couple of times so far so I didn’t think it had been tested enough yet to make it to the official list quite yet but had to mention it because it’s potentially pretty high up on my list.
Where are your favourite places to read? Do we have some of the same ones? Let me know and make sure you use the #Six For Sunday hashtag if you share on social media so I can check out your posts!
P.S I finsihed Obsidio and my review will be up soon!