Finding a good book is great, but reading a good book in your favourite reading spot is simply wonderful. We all have our favourite places to read. The weather can be an important factor, sometimes the time of day and quite often the spot you prefer can depend on what you are reading.
Some people have very odd habits with their favourite reading locations. My choices are quite unoriginal, but nothing makes me enjoy a book more than reading it in the places listed below.
In a Café with a Cup of Tea and Cake
Sometimes you just want to get away for an hour or two. Leave all your dirty washing and other household duties behind and have a bit of time for relaxation and indulgence. We all need somewhere to escape to! I have many favourite cafés in different cities across Europe that I have visited. My choice of food and drink doesn’t often change though – A cup of tea and cake!
In the Bath
Now that it is no longer seen as a chore that I am forced to do, I have discovered the pleasure of having a nice long soak in the bath. Every now and again, after a particularly difficult day, I like to fill the tub with steaming water and bubble bath and relax with whatever book I happen to be reading.
In a Garden
So long as it is a bright and sunny day, reading in the garden can be the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone: Make the most of good weather and relax with a captivating book.
Preferably the garden should be private and quiet (apart from birds twittering and the gentle rustle of leaves in the breeze). Public gardens are fine, so long as there are plenty of hidden corners and strictly no ball games allowed. Beautiful flowers, trickling fountains and rose covered archways are a bonus. If you have your very own garden, that’s great because you can sip on a white wine spritzer or other drink of choice.
The perfect book for a lazy day in the garden for me would be a long, descriptive book filled with beautiful landscapes and dramatic story-lines. Something like Atonement by Ian McEwan or Victoria Hislop’s The Island.
On a Journey
Whether by train, plane, coach or boat, having a good book on a long journey is vital. My preferred mode of transport is by train. I love watching the scenery slip past the window and the country change as you come closer to your destination. Knowing that you have a set period of time until you reach the end of the journey, and that you don’t have to feel guilty about using that time selfishly, gives a wonderful feeling of freedom. Some people like to catch up with all the celebrity gossip with Hello! magazine, others to play on their favourite nintendo game and I like to spend that few hours losing myself in a good book.
Of course, reading on a beach does have its difficulties; sand in unwanted places, uncomfortable stones and children running around spraying sea water all over the place. However, on the right beach, reading can be perfect. What you need is: A towel, a big bottle of water, a sun umbrella/sunglasses and sun cream. Late afternoon is the best time, as you will be avoiding the scorching midday sun. To avoid the crowds, the best thing is to do a bit of research to find a destination that isn’t the usual package holiday.
People like to read light hearted, simple books on holiday, but for me beach reading can be whatever you want it to be. Take time to choose a variety of books so that you have plenty to choose from. Take a new book by one of your favourite authors, or go out and buy an extra special book that you have been wanting to read for ages. Then, sit back, take a swig of water, and enjoy.