Reading has long been an important part of my life, however finding somewhere peaceful to relax and really enjoy it these days is increasingly difficult. Those of you with children added to the mix, rather than just a husband to contend with, I salute you, I don’t know how you find the peace and quiet!
I do find myself seeking out this quiet time more and more these days, it’s a coping mechanism for me, and in times of stress and anxiety, it’s one of my go to strategies, alongside Netflix binges and “colouring in” of course!
I think the fact that I’m an only child means that my own company is often the BEST company and the alone time really helps my mental wellbeing.
I do have a few favourite places to read, not any old place will do! I wonder if these are similar to yours…
In the garden
This is a pretty seasonal one, and given that weather “up north” isn’t that amazing, most of the time, I always cherish the time I get to spend reading in the garden.
We have a little suntrap at the bottom of the garden under the trees, where I can indulge in some YA fantasy novels whilst listening to the birds above me… usually with a G&T, I mean why not right?
In my study
I recently redecorated my study, it’s pretty much the opposite of my husband’s “man cave” (otherwise known as our living room!) and apart from this being where I do most of my blogging and wedding stationery orders, it’s also where I’m most likely to be found reading. It’s peaceful, bright during the day, and cosy during the evenings. I can pamper myself by popping on my favourite scented candle, pulling on something luxurious and comfy like this lovely DKNY super soft robe and relax, pure BLISS!
There’s also something really comforting about being surrounded by books. I don’t keep a huge number of books after I’ve read them, mainly due to space, but those that I do keep often hold great memories for me. My selection of point horrors for example (remember them?). I just can’t bear to part with them, as naff as I would probably think them, if I attempted to read them again. The 12-year-old me however, LOVED them, so there they will stay.
For most people I know this is a big nono, and although we don’t have a TV in the bedroom, I do often find myself in bed with a book. During the winter I don’t think there’s anything better than snuggling up under the duvet with a brew and a good book.
There’s always the danger of nodding off though of course, so I try and keep the late night reading to a minimum. It’s not uncommon for my husband to find me fast asleep with a book open snoring my head off. He says, obviously I DON’T snore….ever.
I can almost always guarantee that I will be joined by one, or both, of my furbabies. I like to think it’s the pleasure of my company, rather than the warmth but I’m probably kidding myself! I’m sure fellow cat owners will agree that a cats purr is one of the most relaxing sounds you’ll ever hear. Izzy’s belly is certainly my definition of a worry ball ?
So how do they compare to your favourite reading spots? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
Thank you to UK Lingerie for providing the robe as a gift, it truly is as comfy as it looks and is a new “reading uniform” staple for me.