Sunday, January 25, 2009

Where Do You Read? The Ideal Reading Area

As I was reading in bed the other night I mumbled to myself that there has to be a better way to relax and read before I put the light out. Years ago my dad rigged up a clamp lamp that attached to the headboard, it could be tilted in any direction depending on how I was reading (on my back, on my side, sitting up). It totally died some time back and I've not been able to find anything that fit the need so well. The floor lamp I'm using now just doesn't do it.

So I got to thinking what would be an ideal reading corner and since it's a fantasy I went for big and expensive. I'm thinking one of those all-season rooms with floor to ceiling windows with a northern exposure for the natural light. I'm not big on the sun so it was an opt-out for a southern exposure.

The back wall would be all custom shelving, floor to ceiling, sized to accommodate both paperback and hardcover books - one row deep, thank you very much. I'm so tired of double rows and the shuffling needed to find just one book you KNOW you saw in a back row months ago. Maybe I could finally have some order to my books, no more books in boxes, or authors' backlists scattered all over the house. Just once in my life it would be lovely to have even ONE author's books together in one place

What else is needed? A comfortable recliner in one corner, maybe a small table for the laptop, some kind of unit to hold my K-coffeemaker and a Bose for music. The places where I read now no way resemble my fantasy reading room.

What would your ideal reading nook be like?


Evy said...

It feels good just to envision my perfect reading nook. This would be in my bedroom over by the double windows that overlook a huge tree that turns a flaming red in the fall. I would have nice silk curtains at the window with a floor lamp and an oversize sofa with lots of cusions. This sofa or lounge chair would be log enough to accommodate my 5ft. 9 inch frame. Of course I would need a small table that can accommodate a few books and my laptop (oh and a cup of coffee). I prefer to have my books in a separate room (library) what would be no so much for reading but more for cataloging, etc.

In the meantime, a blank space on the sofa will just have to do.

Do you love to read? said...

Hmmmmm, my ideal place to read a book would be in a nice comfy recliner with a soft pillow under one arm. Nearby would be a ice tea, with soft music playing in the background. Hopefully.,.:)
no interruptions from the "daily chores" - and just when the story gets good,..hopefully I can finish at least the chapter before I have to put it down.