Friday Fun – Favorite place to read

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, writing-related question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: We all have our favorite reading spots – that special chair in the quiet front room, a cafe in town, on the beach. What’s your favorite reading spot and why?

Jamie Wallace: I can read anywhere, but if I had to choose a favorite place, I’d have to say right at home on my own couch. Though I enjoy the ambiance of a cafe or even a train, there are few spots more cozy and comfy than my own sofa. In the winter months, I have hot tea and a fire nearby. In the summer, a fan keeps me cool and I can refresh myself with lemonade or a fruit popsicle from the freezer. In all seasons, I have my two kitties to keep me company – Miss Cinder kitten and her mama, Bella. They are the most wonderful reading companions – adding warmth and camaraderie to the space without ever interrupting the flow of my reading.

Susan Nye: If it’s cold, my favorite place is by the fire. When it’s hot, I like to stretch out on an Adirondack chair on the porch or under a tree by the lake. And in a pinch … in the bathroom while I brush my teeth, in a too-long line or waiting room, here, there, anywhere, everywhere, on a boat, with a goat, in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse … I always have a book with me.

Julie Hennrikus: My favorite indoor reading place(s) all involve reclining. My couch. My bed. The porch couch at my folks’ Cape house. I have a chair near a window that view wise would be a great place to read, but the chair isn’t comfortable. But I love reading outside–at the beach, on a deck, floating on a raft. Relaxation plus reading equals bliss.

Lisa J Jackson writerLisa J. Jackson: My super large/super comfy sofa, with a lot of poofy pillows, including one to prop on my stomach so I don’t have to hold the book. And when I want a nap, all I have to do is put the book down. My sofa is really really comfortable and oversized. Second favorite is the associated chaise that is in front of the sliders to the deck.


Deborah Lee Luskin: It depends what I’m reading and the time of day. If I’m reading for work (something I want to take notes on), I read at my desk, book propped up, notebook and pen nearby. If I’m reading while I’m eating (I know, bad manners, bad for the digestion, bad for the waistline, but I do it anyway when I’m eating alone at home), I’ve got the newspaper spread on the table, or a magazine propped up against the salt shaker. I also try to keep a book of poems or anthology of fiction or back issues of magazines in the car, so I can read while I’m (inevitably) waiting.) But if I’m reading because I’m engrossed in a good book, I’m somewhere comfortable. Depending on the season, I’m either on the porch, by the fire, or in bed.

8 thoughts on “Friday Fun – Favorite place to read

  1. In my big leather chair or couch by the fireplace in the winter. In the nice weather, outside is great. Once in a while, I take a drive to a nearby lake, park my car facing the water, and read with the sun streaming into the car, resting my book on the steering wheel, watching the people walk by periodically. When I get tired I close my eyes and doze for a few minutes. I like to read at the beach under an umbrella chair. A bit of sensory experience is good with reading I guess – wind, rain, snow – it deepens my focus.

  2. My reading can take place wherever it is quiet – but what is more important to me when I read is that I have a pen or pencil in my hand. Having a “utensil” causes me to focus more on what I am reading – I usually read for information. My books end up with clear evidence that they have been read. There are scribbles, starts, sticky-notes, and such throughout the entire book. Once I have read it and assessed it – then I can re-read for enjoyment. So – I guess my favorite reading place is beside my pen! (grin)

  3. I read anywhere and everywhere. Be it a book, tablet, or my phone. I read. My favorite place to read would be the bath tub. There is nothing better than soaking in bubbles with a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

  4. My favorite reading spot is on a hammock up at a cottage. But that is only a few days out of the year – best few days of the year at that! The next favorite spot is on an old couch in my den. No-one ever goes there so I can lie back and savor.

  5. Put me under an air conditioner and give me a big, comfy blanket! I love being snuggled up in the covers, whether it’s on the couch or in bed. I’m already lost in my own little world when I’ve got a book in my hands, and being swathed in blankets with just the top of my head peeking out helps add to that.

  6. There is a shady tree behind my kitchen and I have asked my husband to build me a bench there. I read books amidst the refreshing wind and it has lulled me to sleep many a times.

  7. I enjoy reading anywhere. I read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and talks about reading. Specifically, reading in small bites. I have a Nook and the Kindel and Nook Apps on my IPhone. So reading anywhere is my favorite place!

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