You probably associate reading your favourite books with a special place. Perhaps you read Little Women for the first time in your old home, by a window in the living room that overlooked the street, or you read Harry Potter while sitting in a garden on a warm summer's day. Books can bring back memories of special places that are dear to us!
We all have favourite book reading places; some people enjoy a feel-good novel on the beach or in a café, while others prefer to read away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the comfort of their own home.
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Here are ten great places to read a book
1. On a comfy armchair in front of a roaring fire
Nothing is more magical than sitting in a comfy armchair in front of a roaring fire with a good book. Add a delicious hot chocolate and a cosy blanket, and you have the perfect environment for some much-needed relaxation.
2. On a train
Some people might not like this one (perhaps because of motion sickness), but we find that reading on a train can be surprisingly pleasant. Listen to the hum of the engine, feel the gentle swaying of the carriages, and enjoy being lost in a story.
3. In a cafe
Another very popular and well-tested place for reading a book is a cafe. Enjoy your favourite hot or cold drink while being surrounded by the buzz of people and the smells of freshly ground coffee and baked pastries. Gaze out of the cafe window and watch people walk by who might remind you of the characters in your book.
My favourite cafes are the ones with a vintage flair; the kind with worn-out wingback chairs, art on the walls, and quirky knickknacks. Somehow, an environment like this makes it easier to get lost in the story.
4. On a picnic blanket in the park
Reading books outside is always a delight, especially if it's a nice day! Reading on a picnic blanket, preferably after or while enjoying delicious cakes, is heaven. Feeling the sun on your skin and gazing out into nature and its beauty can prove to be a very calming experience.
5. At a library
Obviously, this one goes without saying: libraries are the perfect places for reading! Usually, libraries are very quiet. You are surrounded by many books that you might never have heard about before; thus, it is also the perfect place to make new discoveries.
6. In your bed
Nothing beats the comfort and convenience of reading a book in your own bed. Put on your pyjamas and pull up the quilt; snuggle down and get lost in the world of your book
7. On the beach
We have already mentioned this one, but here it is again. This is such an obvious choice - something about the sound of the waves, the feel of the sand under your feet, and the warm sun on your skin just make it so much easier to escape into a book.
8. In the garden (on a sunny day)
What could be better than reading in a garden on a warm summer's day? Take a blanket and your favourite book, find a nice spot, and get lost in its pages. The sound of the birds and bees buzzing around you will become a sweet melody.
9. On a plane
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you're a frequent flyer and are looking for something to help pass the time, a book is the perfect companion. Get lost in a story while listening to the hum of the engines and watching the clouds drift by outside your window.
10. In a bookshop
Of course, you can pick up a book and start reading the first few pages in a bookshop. This can be a great way to get a feel for the story (which is why I love bookshops so much!). Another option for enjoying a good book is to take your little one to a storytime at your local bookshop. It's a great way to spend quality time together and introduce your child to the wonderful world of storytelling and books. For example, we offer Storytime + Arts and Crafts Workshops sessions for kids; they are super fun and educational.
Do you have another favourite place to read a book? Share it with us in the comments below!