It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a good book must be in want of a place to read. And in the immortal words of Hollywood, sometimes it really is all about location, location, location. Because while we readers may love reading no matter where we are, there are still certain spaces that are conducive to good reading, and they’re different for all of us.
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It may still be the middle of winter for some of us on the western hemisphere (though “winter” can mean some interesting things these days, including gorgeous beach-worthy weather) but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of sunny, sandy, well-sunscreened reading.
In Front of the Fireplace
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So while for some of us it may be shiny-happy-people-holding-hands kind of weather (see #1), for others it’s still darn cold, and there’s an immense comfort to be taken in reading in front of a crackling fire, as long as you keep your books well away from the licking flames.
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Tea, coffee, pastries, some light pop-rock… Your local indie cafe most likely has all of these and more. Some franchises of big chains even have little free libraries that you can peruse if you forgot to bring your tablet, book, or newspaper with you (which, if you’re a reader, is farfetched, but it’s nice to have options).
Cozy Bar (Yes, Bar!)
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While this particular bar (Swan & Edgar in London, England) is pretty epic and has lots of appropriate book decor, it doesn’t take books on the walls to make a bar a suitable spot for reading. First, books pair quite nicely with your beer or bourbon. Second, shake the stigma: you can be that person at the bar reading a book. In fact, it’s a pretty fun way to unwind (and feels particularly appropriate with certain boozy books).
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Whether you’re on a bus, a train, a subway, an el, a monorail, a streetcar, or a helicopter (if you’re reading this, Mr. President), there’s only one concern about reading on public transit: whether or not you suffer from motion sickness. And if you don’t, then read, read, read away!
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There are window seats that are simply destined to be snuggled and read in. This is one of them. But honestly, any place where there is a bench indented into a window and some cushions for your butt is the right kind of window seat in our opinion.
The subtle difference between a window seat and a reading nook is that a window seat can be a reading nook, but a reading nook needn’t be a window seat, as shown above. Any crevice (or cupboard under the stairs) that feels cozy to you is a good reading nook, whether it was created artificially for the purpose or not.
This may be an obvious one, but then again, libraries are where people usually come to either take books out or sit and study in. But libraries’ soft-spoken atmosphere, smell of old books, and studious atmosphere is often conducive to some seriously intense reading.
Some bookstores have strict no-reading-and-sitting policies. Our favorite bookstores are the ones that enforce the even stricter beanbags-or-other-comfy-seats-for-reading policies. We’re big fans of those. Because like at a clothing store, sometimes you need to try a book on before you know if you want to take it home, and what better way to do that than in comfort?
This may be more appropriate for warmer days, but reading in a hammock is a rare, beautiful experience that not all of us have gotten to have (*ahem* this writer right here *ahem*. Rocking chair, yes. Hammock? Not yet), so if you’re one of the lucky few, have a swinging time of it.
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Not all of us have hearts made of metal (or muscles strong enough to stay comfortable reading on concrete like this awesome statue is) but we still can share this Tin-Reader’s love of being bookish outside in a park. And because we’re flesh and blood, we can bring some nibbles with us as well (but careful not to let anything stain your precious books, unless you’re comfortable with the well-loved look books can acquire that way!)
What are some of your favorite places to read? What would you add to our list?