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: 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.