It’s Top 5 Tuesday time again and I honestly can’t believe how fast the weeks roll around, I swear it will be Christmas soon (wishful thinking?)!
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm and this week’s topic is dream reading spaces. I don’t necessarily have any complete ideas of dream reading spaces, so I thought I might make a list of the elements that are needed to make up a dream reading space for me!
Although I do a lot of my reading before I go to sleep, tucked up in bed, by lamplight, my favourite time to read is during the day when I can see by the natural light streaming in through the window. Better yet if that light is from the sun and not from that weird completely white sky that sometimes happens in autumn and winter! I’m lucky at my family home to have big bay windows in the living room which makes it a fantastic place to read on those summer and spring afternoons.
I say seat although my favourite place to read is on my bed, propped up by loads of pillows! We also have a recliner sofa at home so that’s a pretty good second best. I need somewhere where I can tuck my knees up to my chest because this is my favourite reading position!
When I’m not on the train (where I like to blast my music so loud I can’t hear anything over the sound of my own thoughts…yes, I’m sorry, I’m that person!) I like to read without music or other distractions in the background. Even so, I love hearing natural noise in the background, be that birds and trees rustling in my family home in rural North Wales, or the occasional car passing by in my uni house in the city! Rain against the window is also a good one!
Although it’s nice to have a warm drink by my side when I am reading (especially in autumn and winter) I often find it is more practical for me to have a cold drink like squash. This is because when I’m reading on my own, most of the time I read aloud (I think it’s something to do with being an auditory learner?!) which helps me to process what’s going on, but does make me very thirsty!
This condition probably has the least to do with actually reading but is possibly the most important. I seriously cannot concentrate on anything, including reading when it is cold! I have really bad circulation in my hands (like, hands turn blue, fingers swell, bad circulation!) so I need it to be warm both so I can actually think about the words I’m reading and not how cold I am, and also so that I can turn the pages!
So there are my top 5 things that make up a dream reading space for me…I feel like basically what I am saying is that my dream reading space is on my bed at home!
I hope you enjoyed this post! I had loads of fun writing it because it’s something a bit different and let me talk about some of my own reading habits, which I haven’t really done on my blog before!
So, do you have any conditions for a dream reading space? Do you prefer hot or cold drinks when your reading? Natural light or artificial light? Music or no music? Let me know!
As always, happy reading!