Top Ten Places To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature organized by The Broke and the Bookish.

I would read in a box with a fox, in a house with a mouse….ok, no, I probably wouldn’t. I need to have the right atmosphere or I just end up reading the same paragraph over and over. Here are my top ten places to read:

  1. Bed: I know all those sleep researchers say that bed is for sleeping and you shouldn’t be doing anything else in it. I don’t listen to them. Maybe that’s why I am tired all the time. I love reading in bed; it’s warm and comfy, and when I’m exhausted from not being able to put the book down, I can pass out without having to go anywhere.
  2. Couch: My couch is a lot like my bed. It’s also only like 15 feet away from it because I live in a room that functions as both bedroom and living room and office space. The couch is super comfy, though, and I have lots of blankets on hand at all times. It’s nice to be able to go back and forth between the bed and couch to alternate positions a bit when I read for a long time. The only problem with the couch is that it is tiny, so I sometimes have to fight with Wiki for a spot on it.
  3. Yard: I love reading out in the yard. I live on a huge property right now, so there are a lot of nice places to go out with a blanket and read outside. (Not right now, it’s freezing, but when it is warmer.) Outside is free from technological distractions, which sometimes helps when I’m having a hard time walking away from the computer to read inside. It also has the added benefit of enabling me to play ball with Wiki and read at the same time. Multi-tasking is extremely important.
  4. Parents’ Yard: When I’m staying with my parents in CA, they have the most gorgeous backyard ever. I’ve spent a lot of days camped out in a chair in their backyard while reading by the pool. And playing ball with Wiki, but ball there tends to involve citrus or apples that Wiki has picked from the fruit trees herself. I have the hyperpigmentation from citrus juice all over my leg to prove it.
  5. Bus: Now that I have to ride a bus twice a day for work, even for short periods, I’ve found that it can be a really wonderful place to read. I mean, it’s only a bus from the parking lot to whatever building I have to work in at the time, but it’s something. Again, it’s a few minutes without technology, so I can usually get in a chapter or two each way. This has gotten a little more difficult lately, though, because it has been colder and wetter, which means more people on the bus and a greater need to protect my books from their sogginess.
  6. Next to a fireplace: There should probably be some sort of instinctive need to protect my flammable, papery books from getting too close to any kind of flames. Apparently my pyromania overrides that. I love reading by a fireplace.
  7. Coffee shops: I used to be a much bigger coffee shop go-er than I am now. That’s probably because I have Wiki at home and don’t like leaving her for long. I think I’m also more distracted by people in coffee shops now than I was in years past. Really, though, I used to practically live in coffee shops. They knew all my favorite drinks and everything. This isn’t necessarily my favorite place to read fiction because it can be hard to get swept up in another world with lots of people around, but it’s a good place for nonfiction, which often requires lots of caffeination and a nice table to sprawl my highlighters and post-its on.
  8. In my car: I’ve only listened to a couple audiobooks so far, but I found that the car is a pretty great place to get some reading done. I have a long enough drive into town and back that I can get through an audiobook in about a week, and if I am stuck in traffic at all I don’t mind as much because I at least have something to do.
  9. In airports and airplanes: I haven’t done much flying lately (thankfully), but when I do have to travel, I get a LOT of reading done. There aren’t many other things to do, and reading helps keep me sane while dealing with the long days and frustrations of air-transit. And there are always frustrations. Airports and planes are by no mean the comfiest places to read, but I do enjoy sticking in my headphones and pulling out a book on the plane, where I can create my own little world 30,000 feet up.
  10. Anywhere I get stuck: I always carry a book with me. I was never a Girl Scout, but this is one way in which I like to be prepared. I actually get kind of nervous if I go out without a book now. It feels like I’m inviting something bad to happen. (This is possibly a symptom of OCD or something, but we won’t worry about that too much now.) I like to know that if I get stuck somewhere and have to wait around, I’ll have a book to read. This also comes in handy if you are meeting somebody and they show up late or you’re just in a long line and need to entertain yourself. I don’t like having to pull out the emergency book, but it’s good to have on hand at all times!

What are your favorite places to read? Leave them in the comments or link me to your TTT list and I’ll check them out!


15 Responses to "Top Ten Places To Read"

  • I am so with you on audiobooks and fireside reading and couch reading.

    I’m not much of an outdoors reader though, first it gets too hot, then too windy, then cold, then rains. Sigh… The weather never cooperates with my reading.

    1 April (Books&Wine) said this (December 7, 2010 at 9:43 AM)

  • Your rhyme is too cute!
    Here is my list, but like you, I will read most anywhere

    2 brandileigh2003 said this (December 7, 2010 at 9:53 AM)

  • Thank you, but I can’t really take the credit seeing as I stole it out of Green Eggs and Ham.

    The outdoors reading can be tricky, and it is certainly very seasonal. It’s a little easier to do on the west coast, though, in general.

    3 Melanie said this (December 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM)

  • YES to the yard! I so wish we had a yard or even a nice porch for reading. Luckily, there is a GIANT park directly across the street from our apt where I can read. Though, creepy men jogging by usually hit on me when I do so, which is nasty, so I avoid it more often than not.

    4 Anna said this (December 7, 2010 at 10:26 AM)

  • I think I would feel awkward laying out to read in a park. I don’t know.

    I would love to have a wraparound porch with a nice swing or comfy chairs on it someday. Dream house will have that and a library with fireplace and more comfy chairs. And lots of coffee.

    5 Melanie said this (December 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM)

  • lol @ Anna!

    I carry the book around at all times too. It’s become a staple in my purse, along with the cell phone, wallet, keys, & chapstick! You just never know when you may get the chance to pull it out & read!

    6 Ginger @ GReads! said this (December 7, 2010 at 10:29 AM)

  • I’m such an outdoor you can tell from my list! But I always need to be cozy when I’m inside. Lots of blankets and fluffy things! lol

    7 Jamie said this (December 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM)

  • I also always have a book with me — you never know when a train is going to break down on the tracks! Sitting by a flickering fireplace does sound nice.

    8 smellincoffee said this (December 7, 2010 at 1:35 PM)

  • Yes, the airport! When Hubs and I went on vacation this year I got 2 books read on airplanes and at the airport! A WHOLE TWO BOOKS. I really need to start carrying a book around with me, because I don’t have much time to read but sometimes I do get stuck in situations where I have to wait. A book would definitely be handy.

    9 thatcovergirl said this (December 7, 2010 at 1:48 PM)

  • Your list sounds fabulous! So many amazing places to read! 🙂

    10 Bree said this (December 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM)

  • Carrying a book is a good idea. I never used to do it, but now it’s a can’t leave without it item.

    The other day I got my car’s oil changed on the way home from work. It took approximately forever. I didn’t really mind because I just sat and read.

    11 Melanie said this (December 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM)

  • Great places! If I had a nice yard, or a yard in general, that would be an ideal place for me.

    New follower 🙂

    12 Cyndi said this (December 7, 2010 at 4:59 PM)

  • My parent’s yard is one of my fav places to read too! Specifically a bench on the porch.

    13 Alison said this (December 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM)

  • I always carry a book on me too. Like you said, not having one on you is just asking for some long delay.

    14 Alley said this (December 7, 2010 at 6:05 PM)

  • I always have a book with me too, but it’s become a problem lately because my handbags seem to have grown smaller over the past few years and my books are too big to fit in! I’ve just ventured into audiobooks too, I’ve been listening to Harry Potter read by Stephen Fry. Simply wonderful!

    15 Kayleigh said this (December 8, 2010 at 12:31 AM)