Top Ten Tuesday: Places to ReadPosted: May 27, 2014 Filed under: On Books | Tags: top ten tuesday 13 Comments
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a “pick your own topic” week. Since I haven’t been doing the meme very long, I just browsed the list of past topics and chose one that took my fancy: top ten places to read.
One: the couch, with my son. Tonight after dinner, my son (who is too young to read his own books) was curled up on the couch watching TV, leaning against me while I read a few chapters of my current read: Wicked After Midnight by Delilah S. Dawson. I’m looking forward to the day when he can read a book instead and we can turn the TV off!
Two: bed. I do most of my reading here. I’m a single girl with a queen sized bed, so believe me when I say there is some epic sprawling that happens. I stayed up half the night reading Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash and, more recently, Unclean Spirits by Chuck Wendig.
Three: our courtyard. Regular readers of my blog will know I bought a new townhouse last year. It doesn’t have the gorgeous sun-drenched balcony my old house did, but the little courtyard has the same comfy outdoor furniture, and is surrounded by leafy trees. Last summer, reading until the summer light faded from the sky, I devoured a few books there: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and Running Home by Julie Hutchings.
Four: the bath. This is a dangerous choice, and you need to be prepared. I keep a dry facewasher on the edge so I can dry my fingers before turning the pages. And the first time I dropped a book in the bath I cried — I’ve never been brave enough to risk it with the Kindle. But I used to read heaps of books in the bath. I do it less often these days (since my bath is mostly the purview of kids toys) but I did finish Wicked As She Wants by (again) Delilah S. Dawson in the bath late last year. 🙂
Five: the dining table. It’s not ideal, I grant you, but if I’m eating lunch and want to read a bit over food (which I do a lot), this is the best place to do it. Remember how I said Lauren McKellar broke my heart into pieces when I read The Problem With Crazy? That’s where the tragedy happened. On the bright side, I was close to a dustpan and brush so I could sweep up the shards!
Six: public transport. When I went to university I used to have an hour of bus commutes each way. That time was my time; I didn’t study on the bus, I read novels. These days I have to drive so I can drop the child off at daycare or preschool, but when he’s older I’ll catch the bus to work to save on parking. (Most memorable bus read? Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. There’s a grim story to that, though — maybe one for another time.)
Seven through ten: anywhere else. Anywhere I have to wait, especially for appointments. Pretty much anywhere is far game except driving my car or having a shower. I’m an expert at reading while walking, and I don’t even bump into or trip over things. Which is ironic, really, because I bump into or trip over things when I’m not reading.
Maybe there’s something to that…
What’s your favourite place to read?
My favourite place to read: Planet Earth – wherever it is dry enough to not ruin books and/or ebook readers. 🙂
At the end of the day that’s pretty much my criterion too!
Great topic idea!
I usually read in bed or in my big comfy chair in my library/office–but I’ll read just about anywhere if I have to. I’ve been known to read in the car at extra long stoplights . . .
Wow, that’s hardcore!
The sofa in our living room followed by the bed. I’ve started reading a lot in public transport too nowadays 🙂
Great topic! Number 7-10 definitely applies to me. My favourite spot would definitely be my bed, that’s where I do a lot of my reading. I don’t get much time during the day so I read a lot between 12am-3am sometimes, I suffer the next day but it’s totally worth it. Here’s my TTT, I went with my favourite mind-blowing endings.
I definitely agree with you about Deathly Hallows!
I’ve got this wonderful armchair in my bedroom – even if it is getting rather frayed at the edges – and that’s where I do most of my reading. I also like to read on my parents couch and – as I carpool to work – I got a lot of reading done this morning as I was waiting for the driver to get our of a store.
That armchair sounds awesome. I bet it’s comfy as!
Most of my reading these days is in short bursts on the computer or iPad, which follows me everywhere. I am really enjoying “reading” audiobooks on my commute to work.
I’ve been meaning to experiment with audiobooks in the car. I just wish my smart phone could read my current paperback to me. In a David Tennant accent. Now THAT would be smart!
Yes, indeed it would! I must admit, though, I like it when the audiobook is read by the author. I am currently listening to “On Writing”, written and read by Stephen King – brilliant!
Ooh, that would be intense!