Thursday, February 23, 2017

Building Reading Habits For Baby Bookworms

We all like different things. It’s what makes the world turn. Things would be boring otherwise. Even when we like the same things, we like doing them in different ways. Take reading, for example. For some reason that we can’t quite fathom, it’s not for everyone. But even the tastes of established bookworms vary. And we’re not only talking genre either, though that’s one huge difference. Often, tastes change in the WAY people read. Some (lucky) people can read while walking. Others wouldn’t dream of picking up a book unless they knew they could finish a chapter. Some people can read while they cook or clean. Others like to snuggle down and get stuck in. But, what if you’ve just started on your reading journey? You won’t know what suits you yet, and the advice varies so much that it could be hard to decide. That’s why we’ve taken a look at some of the favorite reading spots out there. Whether you choose to take inspiration from each of these or follow them the way they are, they’re sure to give you some ideas.

The first thing to consider is comfort. Of course, it’s not necessary for everyone. Those who read while they’re walking have given up the quest for comfort to pursue their passion. For most of us, though, the more comfortable we are while reading, the better. We love books so much because they allow us to escape, right? So, it makes sense that we find a comfortable spot in which to escape! It can also help, with all these spots, to stock up on a hot drink and a pack of cookies. Because...well, who doesn’t want to be able to snack while they read? And trust us, once you’re settled in the perfect spot, you aren’t going to want to move!  With that in mind, let’s get started.

Let’s start with the big one, shall we? While it’s not necessary to surround yourself with books, it can help get you into the reading mood! Every book lover knows that have books all around makes the best reading environment. There’s something about those promising spines that encourages you to get stuck in. And, the best part? A library also gives you space where you can keep all those books you’ll be buying! So, if you have a spare room, you should give some serious thought to making a library. Or, as we like to call it, ‘reading nook.'

So, how do you go about making the perfect library? Of course, this all comes down to personal taste. There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll need bookcases. It’s worth buying more than you need. Book collections have a baffling habit of growing at a fast rate. Don’t worry if you have empty shelves for a while. Get creative and use them to display ornaments or things that add something to the room. You’ll be glad of those extra shelves. There’s nothing worse than having to curb your book obsession because you don’t have room for any more! Chances are you would buy them anyway and end up stacking them all over the place. Not that we’re against the odd book stack. But, if you want to keep your library neat, spare shelves are a must.

That’s the shelving taken care of, but how is this going to become your favorite reading spot? That’s where your library chair comes into play. Every good library has a comfortable chair. Think vintage, Sherlock Holmes and his pipe, style. Or not. Pick a chair that you can imagine yourself relaxing in. Think about your reading tastes as they stand. Do you like to stretch out, or are you happy to curl up in an armchair? If you want space, you could opt for a library sofa instead. Who said you have to stick with tradition? Then, stock up on blankets and cushions to suit your tastes. And don’t forget to buy a small table to go next to your chair. You’ll need it for your snacks and drinks!

Talking of readers who like to relax, many readers enjoy reading in bed. It makes sense. What better place to escape and unwind in the evening? Of course, there are more reasons to get the perfect bed than just making it right for reading. But, who cares about that? This is for the love of reading, right? Chances are, your bed is comfortable as it is. You can always improve it, though. To make this the perfect reading spot, stock up on new pillows from somewhere like Plumeria Bay. These will ensure you’re comfortable when you read and sleep. Why wouldn’t you want that? You ought to stock up on a nice blanket here, too. Yes, you could get under the duvet. Even so, that might be a little heavy for your reading time. Not to mention that it puts you at risk of dozing off. Instead, get into the habit of keeping a blanket at hand to drape over you. To make things more relaxing, you could also stock up on some candles. Nothing beats a little candlelight and a beautiful scent while you’re reading. To add to the atmosphere, you could stock up on literary inspired candles for the occasion. Go on; treat yourself.

Think, too, about the lighting in your room. Stark lighting isn’t going to help you relax. If anything, it’ll glare off the page and give you a headache. To ensure you can read for as long as you want, think about dimming that lighting a little. It’s worth stocking up on bedside lamps that you can turn on and off at your discretion. They’ll offer a much more relaxing ambiance to the room. They'll also ensure the glare on your page won’t be too extreme!

Reading on the couch is always a treat. Much like with reading in bed, it allows you to stretch out and relax. The good thing about couch reading is that your brain is less likely to think it’s bed time! That’s not to say that it’s not easy to fall asleep on the sofa. It most definitely is! If you live on your own, you’ll be able to enjoy all the uninterrupted couch time you like. The best part about this is that you can use it as an excuse to stop watching television! Instead of watching programs you have no interest, get lost in a book that you love. It can seem strange, at first, to sit in a silent room. The moment you get stuck into your book, though, you’ll get used to the silence and start to cherish it.

If you live with your family, however, it may be a little harder to find decent chunks of sofa time. Do your husband and kids turn the television on the moment they get home? No surprises there. Get into the habit of grabbing the chances when you can. If you have a free house for an hour, hop on the sofa and get reading. If your man reads too, you could encourage him to stop watching television in the evenings, too. It could do you both the world of good!

Okay, this one isn’t so much about comfort, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Many people seem to enjoy reading in the kitchen. It is, after all, the hub of most homes. The good thing about reading in the kitchen is that you’re close to everything you need. You can have all the hot drinks you like when the kettle’s right beside you. And snacks won’t be a problem, either! Bear in mind that there may be some traffic through the kitchen if you have a family at home. To perfect kitchen reading, you’ll need to learn how to block out distractions. That might not be such a bad thing, though. If you get used to people coming and going as you read, you might find you’re able to read when you’re out and about, too!

To add some comfort to the experience, stock up on some good kitchen chairs. It’s worth either buying padded seats or investing in some seat covers for them. Hours of reading on a hard chair are sure to leave you with a numb bum! Find a position that you’re happy with. It might be worth sticking your feet up on another chair (but don’t let the kids see you!) Think, too, about buying yourself a special mug for the occasion. As you’re going to be drinking more hot beverages, why not get a unique literary mug for your reading sessions? Look out for a mug of the cover for your favorite book. Or, opt for a generally bookish mug! Small rituals like this are sure to get you into the bookish mood. And, there’s nothing to stop you getting some literary candles for the kitchen, too. Just make sure you keep them away from the food!

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