If you are new to the blog or only read one area of the blog, I’m a big reader! I mean, I’m physically petite but I tear through books in no time. No matter what is happening, you can always cozy up with a good book and get lost for a few hours. Fiction, biography, mystery, history, suspense, even cooking books- grab a book and let yourself go! A new book that you’ve been waiting to read or an audiobook that has a fantastic narrator, there is a book out there for you right now. Today’s post is all about to improve your reading experience and make the most of your time to yourself!
We have so little time to ourselves nowadays, that an hour or two of reading with ourselves is a luxury. A lot of us fit in a few minutes of reading while we are waiting somewhere or in the small window between getting into bed and zonking out for the night. Life is busy and allowing yourself these few hours of indulgence is the perfect escape!
1. Find Your Reading Space
Find a couch, your bed, a swing, under a tree, in a blanket fort, a space that you can go to to read and immerse yourself. For me it’s either the love seat in our three season room when the weather is warm enough, or it’s the couch in the loft when the world is cold and wintery. I can stretch out or curl up, I can lounge with my head upside down and my feet in the air- it’s whatever I want to do. So find or make that space for yourself, and give yourself the time and room to enjoy your reading. I completely believe that we can all find a book that we will enjoy, and setting the stage for yourself will help you along the way.
2. Haul Out the Accessories
Maybe it is a book light, maybe it is a pair of weirdly expensive reading socks, maybe it is an antique pocket watch that you ignore when you fall into the hole of your book. I have to have a fluffy throw. It’s either a chocolate throw from Chapters (you can buy them as a promo every year at the holidays) or a Bow Wow Blankie (yes, it’s a throw meant for a dog. I don’t care.) I get cold easily, and I am not comfortable when I am cold. Henceforth, I make sure that I’m not cold and I have some soft to close out the world around me! One nice aspect of reading and the accessories that accompany it is that it’s typically fairly affordable. A cozy blanket or sweatshirt doesn’t cost a ton, and you can borrow books from the library- it doesn’t have to be an expensive escape.
3. Pick Your Beverage
My personal recommendation is to not snack while you are reading. You are either getting potential grease and dirt on pages or on a screen, and neither is a great option. (If you are trying to cut down on snacking, not snacking while you read is a good way to stay in check!) However, I am firmly in favour of enjoying your favourite beverage while you peruse those pages! I’m all about the tea. Hot tea when it’s cold and rainy, iced tea when it’s hot and muggy (okay, so pretty much tea whenever there is weather). Embrace the coziness that is reading and find the drink to match. If you want bonus points, make your beverage match the book!
Do you have any reading routines?