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Byron (byft) | 1080 comments So.. Where do you read??

Earlier today I spent the better part of lunch time in a spot where I LOVE to read... Sitting in my local botanic gardens...


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I love reading outside and relaxing to the sound of nature (mostly nature in the city!)

BUT - I read EVERYWHERE.. I'll haul myself out to a local cafe, while cooking dinner, every work break I get, while watching a film..

My challenge to you is Share your favourite reading spot with the rest of the group..


Darkm | 175 comments Byron that place is a dream, I could stay there for ages and never be tired.

When it's summer and I am in the country I use to read cuddled on the porch swing. Otherwise I sit somewhere in the house. I always have a book in my purse though so whenever I have time, even if I'm not home, I read.


Byron (byft) | 1080 comments I would have stayed today as well but I was stuck on public transport sunday time table.. ~shudder~

OMG.. a porch swing, romantic side of me thinks that would be an AWESOME place to read... ESPECIALLY in the country..


Byron (byft) | 1080 comments Damn, but I forgot you were in Italy Darkm... that would be even MORE romantic out in the rural area's...


Sammy Goode | 4647 comments In my hometown (which I visit often due to an elderly Dad) there is an ANCIENT library--old gothic stone building--inside wood (real wood) panels, a few stained glass window and the most fabulous book smell you can ever find. THis library hs several large book ares and upstairs has several smaller reading rooms as they call them. There is one in the very back of the building--it's only source of natural light is a tall narrow window--the rest of the room is covered in bookshelves. This room houses the history resource books--so unless you are researching an era in history--you never go there. This is where I find reading bliss--for tucked away by that little sliver of a window is an old padded rocking chair--oak--beautiful and huge. I bring my book and tuck in there for HOURS at a time--no one ever comes by--no one ever talks--it is quiet and peaceful. The best part is that the tall narrow window overlooks the library courtyard--where the old ladies have lovingly planted a small flower garden--sublime.

Otherwise--I am much like you Byron--I read everywhere--I carry my kindle to all sorts of places--never without it!


Byron (byft) | 1080 comments Sounds beautiful Sammy.. Does the sun hit the window?


Sammy Goode | 4647 comments Oh yes By--in the late afternoon--right before closing time at the library--that's when the old lady librarians would come around to tell us it was time to leave and begin to switch off all the library table lamps--that little room is still there today--with that same rocking chair--hard to believe that I have been going there since I was 10 years old--amazing!


Byron (byft) | 1080 comments I'm sort of surprised that it's still there and they let you in so readily... Library's here are a nightmare of moderninity..

My other fav place to read is in bed... where I'm heading NOW.. I'm yawning like nothing on earth.. and I want to get a wee bit further into this book..


Sammy Goode | 4647 comments Nighty-night By!


Darkm | 175 comments Sammy sound like a very cool place to read, here I saw some libraries but they are too modern and cold for me, I'd rather be in the quiet of my house or in a garden.

By the country is quite beautiful here, yes, especially opposed to the nightmare of grey that the city I live in is becoming.
ps Good Night, the bed is one of my favourite places as well, especially after I bought the kindle cover with the light included. A blessing!


Sammy Goode | 4647 comments Darkm--I'm thinking about getting a kindle fire--for nighttime reading--easier than my itty bitty booklight!


Darkm | 175 comments Sammy2006 wrote: "Darkm--I'm thinking about getting a kindle fire--for nighttime reading--easier than my itty bitty booklight!"

It really changed my life that cover. It's a lot more easier to see than the normal booklight!


Kaje Harper | 8395 comments Bed is definitely the best place to read. But for a variety of reasons my dog is banned from our bedroom (chewing and allergies issues - not all his fault.) So these days I sit on the dining room floor, leaning up against the furniture cabinet that was custom made for my Grandmother on her wedding, and look out the patio doors at my back yard which is full of trees. My little dog comes and curls up in my lap, with his nose tucked under one small white paw, and I read like that until my foot goes to sleep so badly we have to move.


Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments I think bed is the best place to read and that overstuffed armchair in front of the fireplace in the living room (although I have to sit on my Doms lap to do so, it's his chair LOL).


Moderatrix Lori  (ModeratrixLori) My dog dictates where I read as well. During the day I sit in the backyard so she can play. At night I sit in a bean bag chair in the Florid room so she can lay at my feet and then at 10:00 when it's her bedtime and she goes in her kennel in my bedroom, I move to my bed.


Kaje Harper | 8395 comments Kat wrote: "I think bed is the best place to read and that overstuffed armchair in front of the fireplace in the living room (although I have to sit on my Doms lap to do so, it's his chair LOL)."

Seems like that would make it even better. Especially today.


Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments Kaje wrote: "Seems like that would make it even better. Especially today."

LOL You're right :)


Patricia Lynne (patricialynne07) Right now, I read in the same chair I write in. I have this unnaturally ability to curl up and fit into any size chair (and fall asleep in positions that don't look comfortable in the chair too) At my parents' house, the best place to read was in the big chair next to the fireplace in the winter or up in my brother's old room, leaning against the chimney and soaking up warmth.


Jordan Lombard (JSLombard) | 28 comments Wow! That library sounds amazing Sammy! I hate to say it, but our libraries are not cozy at all. I wouldn't want to stay there and read. Not unless I'm doing research for something.

Kat, that sounds cute and comfy! And in front of a fireplace to boot! Total awesomeness!

*sigh* I wish I had a dog to curl up next to me while I read. Someday...

For me, like you guys, I always have a book with me wherever I go. It's part of the reason why I stopped bothering with purses and switched to a small messenger bag. I can fit more books/notebooks in it along with all my other essentials, and be hands free at the same time. I read on the bus in the morning, on my lunch break, whenever I'm not writing, I'm usually reading.

But for me, the place I read the most is in bed. Every morning I grab a bowl of cereal and eat in bed with a good book. At night, I have to read something in order to be able to fall asleep. lol, no arguments with that at all, of course. So those are the times I get most of my reading done.


Kaje Harper | 8395 comments One of the benefits of my Nook; it fits better in my purse and is less likely to get bent/smooshed than the paper books.


Fangtasia | 13 comments I live on a tropical island so it's summer weather all year-round. Most of my reading happens out in my back yard. But I do carry my Kindle in my purse and take it EVERYHWERE I go. If I have to wait 5 minutes, I'll whip it out and read.

It's the best thing ever invented.


Jordan Lombard (JSLombard) | 28 comments Oh... Tropical island? I'm jealous. That's where I'd LOVE to live. I hate winter. lol. Tropical island with my dog. Perfect.


Fangtasia | 13 comments Jordan wrote: "Oh... Tropical island? I'm jealous. That's where I'd LOVE to live. I hate winter. lol. Tropical island with my dog. Perfect."

Yep, only problem is hurricanes, but that's an issue for all of the East coast of the US.

I did live in the US for a couple of years, NJ, so know what you mean about winter. Believe me, first chance I had, I booked it back to the nice, warm weather and STAYED!


Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments You guys don't like winter? Really???

Fireplace, nice book, Sir's lap, eggnogg.... nothing is better :D I love winter!!


Elci   | 826 comments Fave place to read while at home is on the sofa. All cozy comfy. Though I carry my Kindle pretty much everwhere. So anywhere is a good spot.

@Kat, winter ugh. Winter driving double ugh. In my next life I want to live on a tropical island.


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Fangtasia | 13 comments Kat wrote: "You guys don't like winter? Really???

Fireplace, nice book, Sir's lap, eggnogg.... nothing is better :D I love winter!!"


Beach, nice book, hubby's lap, "Coquito"...that's MY kind of winter... ;-)

ETA: For those of you wondering what "Coquito" is, here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coquito


Patricia Lynne (patricialynne07) Kat wrote: "You guys don't like winter? Really???

Fireplace, nice book, Sir's lap, eggnogg.... nothing is better :D I love winter!!"


I have one word for you, Kat: SNOW. x_x


Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments Patricia wrote: "Kat wrote: "You guys don't like winter? Really???

Fireplace, nice book, Sir's lap, eggnogg.... nothing is better :D I love winter!!"

I have one word for you, Kat: SNOW. x_x"


I love snow :) We get lots of it every year. I add snow angels to my winter list :)


Patricia Lynne (patricialynne07) Where I live gets lots of snow too, but my endearment for it wore off a long time ago. lol


Fangtasia | 13 comments Kat wrote: "Patricia wrote: "Kat wrote: "You guys don't like winter? Really???

Fireplace, nice book, Sir's lap, eggnogg.... nothing is better :D I love winter!!"

I have one word for you, Kat: SNOW. x_x"
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Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments Nice view :)

I like my city in winter when the trees have Christmas lights and there is snow :)

Bild


Fangtasia | 13 comments Kat wrote: "Nice view :)

I like my city in winter when the trees have Christmas lights and there is snow :)

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Wow...that is breath-taking!


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Elci   | 826 comments Damn Kat, your city is breathtaking.


Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments Yeah, it is :) I really love it here.


Jordan Lombard (JSLombard) | 28 comments Kat that is beautiful! And I agree, I LOVE a fireplace, hot chocolate... if I had a Sir, or some equivalent (a boy would be nice). lol.

I have a thing for fireplaces. They're just amazing. I can stare into one of them for hours, never needing a book or anything to do. Love the heat, and the flames and the crackling, the smell... the whole shebang. lol.

But I really only want snow for about a week or two around Christmas and New Years. Otherwise, I want it 80 and sunny. I'm always cold myself, and it's a pain to have to bundle myself up every day, so warm weather is definitely my friend. AC is not. lol.


Byron (byft) | 1080 comments Damn.. I just realised I don't think I've ever sat infront of a fire place to read.. or curled up with someone special.. :( and it's heading into summer now so I guess I've got time to set up for BOTH!! hehehe


Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments To curl up in front of a fireplace is sooooo great. I feel like a cat when I do that :)


Kaje Harper | 8395 comments Fireplaces can be over rated, but the someone special - that I do recommend highly. And it can be done at any time of year, so good luck!


Patricia Lynne (patricialynne07) Byron wrote: "Damn.. I just realised I don't think I've ever sat infront of a fire place to read.. or curled up with someone special.. :( and it's heading into summer now so I guess I've got time to set up for B..."

Dude, you so need to set that up. You are missing out otherwise.


Darkm | 175 comments Byron wrote: "Damn.. I just realised I don't think I've ever sat infront of a fire place to read.. or curled up with someone special.. :( and it's heading into summer now so I guess I've got time to set up for B..."
Be glad you'll be having summer.
Here winter is coming and no fireplace either :(


Jordan Lombard (JSLombard) | 28 comments Darkm, electric fireplaces are AWESOME if you can't have a real one. I bought one that's just fantastic. Relatively cheap, and it heats up the whole room, (ok, it's a small room, but so what?) It looks real, and puts out heat. Just doesn't crackle like a real fire.

I've got the fireplace, but the heat in my building, which I don't control does all the heating for me these days when it's super cold out.

Never curled up with someone special though... and with my luck... ah well. I've got the fire, so guess I'm good.


Kat (cutestsubever) | 3720 comments Awwww, Jordan, you'll find someone to curl up with. *hugs*


Jordan Lombard (JSLombard) | 28 comments Aww, thanks Kat. Hope you're right... though my writing does take up a lot of time... if only I didn't need a full time job I'd have more time for other, more fun things. lol.


Scylar Tyberius (Scy_Ty) Byron wrote: "So.. Where do you read??

Earlier today I spent the better part of lunch time in a spot where I LOVE to read... Sitting in my local botanic gardens...


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Mg..."


So that's Melbourne, huh? Reminds me of Jungle Gardens at Avery Island where I grew up. Thanks for the pic B.


Kaje Harper | 8395 comments Where's Avery Island?


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K (K-polipetl) | 3915 comments My avatar thing shows one of my favourite places to read, ok, not in the stream, but out on the moors... but only if it's warm and sunny. My other favourite place out of the home is a converted old railway station building which houses a book shop and cafe.

I do most of my reading whilst either sat in the kitchen with the dogs, or whilst curled up in the corner of the sofa (oh, again with the dogs... though reading through a dog is quite hard and a couple of them like to hang round my neck).

My favourite place to read at home though is in bed, normally whilst lying on my front, with the cats sleeping on my back, ear phones plugged in and a nice hot drink.


Scylar Tyberius (Scy_Ty) Kaje wrote: "Where's Avery Island?"

Southern part of Louisiana. Tabasco is grown and bottled there. Beautiful place.


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Kaje Harper | 8395 comments Scylar wrote: "Kaje wrote: "Where's Avery Island?"

Southern part of Louisiana. Tabasco is grown and bottled there. Beautiful place."


My non-wimpy family members love Tabasco (ie. everyone but me)

Although if I remember right, you did mention kick-ass mosquitoes. That's the problem with reading outdoors here in MN. When I was a kid in Canada I had a treehouse and I used to read up there on nice summer days. Went through Lord of the Rings up there in the treetops every year for almost a decade. But here, if it's nice enough to read outside, the mosquitoes are lurking in wait. Outdoor activity is fine, outdoors sitting still in the shade - not so much. So I envy all these welcoming gardens and moors a bit.


Ahlaam | 66 comments Now that I think about it, I have no favourite place. I read pretty much everywhere, be it 10 minute class breaks (if my friends haven't dragged me out to socialise), 5 minute car rides, at the dinner table etc. I guess my room is the best choice (no distractions) although not favourite.


Kaje Harper | 8395 comments Ahlaam wrote: "Now that I think about it, I have no favourite place. I read pretty much everywhere, be it 10 minute class breaks (if my friends haven't dragged me out to socialise), 5 minute car rides, at the din..."

Wonderful, another member of the "always carry a book just in case" club.

Recently the biggest need has been when my daughters are trying on clothes at the store - I've gotten halfway through a novel in one of those waiting room chairs (and with the Nook, no one can see what I'm reading ;)


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