Hi again! I thought I’d indulge in another listicle. I seem to have been doing lots of tags at the moment- which I have absolutely loved!- so I promise more book reviews and creative writing pieces coming soon! But until then, how about a cute listicle of the best places to read a good book (or even a bad book can be made better by a good place to read). You can read another of my listicles here. Oh, and a listicle is like an article and a list mashed together, just in case I’ve never said that before!
1. The library
Okay, so a bit of an obvious one, but the greatness of libraries can never be undervalued and I would certainly say that a library is a nice, quiet, warm place to enjoy a good book, away from the noise and distraction of the outside world. For me, stepping into a library is like stepping into a haven- absolute quiet and the chance to enjoy one of the many books on the shelves, or just read a book you’ve brought along with you. The fact that you can read in a place that is surrounded with books on every side of you seems like a heavenly idea to me.
2. The park
I love to get outside and do some reading and I think one of the best places to enjoy a good book in the summer is on the freshly cut grass, or leaning up against a tree. I love being able to smell all the spring and summer scents in the park while reading, taking in the natural world as I read my book. I feel that the surroundings while reading a good book are important, whether that is while smelling the scent of old books or the scent of the flowers around you.
3. The river
Not in the river! In my local woods there is a beautiful lake (a very small lake) and there is a bench right in front of it and this is one of my favourite places to read. I’m not saying everyone can come and sit on this bench, or that everyone can have a specific place like that, but sitting by the river is such a relaxing, calming experience. While reading by the river I have peace in terms of there is no distractions, but also as the water ripples and the grass next to me falls onto the bench I feel calm and stress free. That all sounds so hippy-ish, but trust me, reading next to water is so relaxing.
4. Under a duvet
This might sound a bit Harry Potter, but I mean more on your bed, snuggled up in a blanket or duvet to stay warm and cosy. Add a drink of tea and a piece of cake and you’ve got a perfect reading experience there! For me, there’s nothing better than waking up late in the morning, reading a novel while staying cosy under the bed covers and scoffing some sort of breakfast. I don’t actually do that as much anymore, as I’m always feeling as though I should get up and do some school work, with reading for pleasure always making me feel guilty, but I do this as much as I can and I recommend it!
5. The beach
I love, love, love the beach, and reading on the sand or even right next to the sea is enough to keep me calm and happy. While reading on a beach you can soak in all the great beach sounds and smells, as well as all that sunshine (you never know, even England gets the occasional heatwave ;)). I love to read a good book with my face turned to the sun, listening to the gentle lull of the waves and the cry of the seagulls and smelling the salty sea air. I even, when me and my family go on holiday to the North Yorkshire coast, sometimes go out later at night (in summer, while it’s still light and warm) and sit up on the pier above the waves, and while I read I can hear the waves crashing and falling below me, which always feels magical somehow and definitely enhances any book, especially if it’s a Gothic mystery, like Daphne Du Maurier.
I hope you enjoyed reading, check out some of my other listicles and try out some of these great places to relax with a good book! Where’s your favourite place to read? Do you enjoy reading different books in different places and with different foods to create the perfect reading experience? This is the idea that the milk and honey blog is based on, the idea of creating the perfect reading experience and I think it’s such a cool, interesting idea! 🙂
Currently reading: ‘Carry On’ by Rainbow Rowell