3 Ways to Improve Your Reading Experience

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!

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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!

three season room loveseat

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.

Reading Blankets

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.

Tea Mug book

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?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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16 thoughts on “3 Ways to Improve Your Reading Experience

  1. James J. Cudney IV June 25, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Wonderful post. I’m not very particular, but it has to be quiet. I can’t have any other sound while I’m reading, as my focus will trail. Trying to read outside but not sure it’s working for me. Still best in either bed or a corner chair.


  2. Jennifer June 25, 2017 / 11:13 am

    I love to snuggle up in blankets on the couch or in bed and have a good read! I don’t care if it’s summer, A/C creates conditions that require a blanket!

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    • anhistorianabouttown June 30, 2017 / 10:46 am

      I always freeze in A/C!! That’s why I love giving throws as gifts, they are ALWAYS useful!!


  3. thebeasley June 25, 2017 / 11:39 am

    My main reading routine, is making sure my child is not in the house. I promise I don’t just lock her outside every time I fancy a read. Though….that is an idea….

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  4. fattymccupcakes June 25, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    LOVE! Somedays, the only thing that makes me excited is looking forward to my dedicated reading time. My latest favorite place to read is outside, sitting in the yard, in the shade! I LOVE IT!


  5. Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] October 26, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Yes, I can relate to the cuppa and a book, though it doesn’t happen as much as I would like!! Great tips about the not snacking, I am finding writing a good blocker for snacking ๐Ÿ™‚


    • anhistorianabouttown October 27, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      I am setting aside Friday nights now for myself- and that includes reading!! I need to make it a priority again ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, busy hands are the best for snacking!!! (Or should I say not snacking?)

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  6. Rated by Hanna October 26, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    It’s been so long since I’ve read for pleasure. I felt terrible when my husband let me borrow his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy anthology haha and I still haven’t gotten past like page 10 ๐Ÿ˜“. These are excellent tips though. I love how you have 3 fuzzy blankets. Is yours a Starbucks Mug from Pike’s Place?


    • anhistorianabouttown October 27, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Hitchhiker’s Guide is a great book BUT I have to be in a very specific mood to read books like that! (It’s true of all books and reading in general for me, I have to be in the mood.) I am slightly ashamed to admit that I have no less than 8 fuzzy blankets if I’m being honest :/ (I CAN’T SAY NO. EVER.) It is from Pike Place Starbucks! I think it might be the only location you can buy it from, but I’m not 100% sure on that. I actually prefer the older style mugs to the “You are Here” collection, but I’ll take what I can get!

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      • Rated by Hanna October 27, 2017 / 9:21 pm

        If it were socially acceptable I would wear fuzzy clothes 24/7 haha so I love fuzzy blankets! I also have a huge collection of mugs some of them we are just using for decoration ๐Ÿ˜‚


        • anhistorianabouttown November 11, 2017 / 7:21 pm

          I have so many mugs, some of them are holding pens, and one is holding my make up brushes in my bathroom… It takes all of my willpower to say no to new mugs!!

          Liked by 1 person

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