What’s your favorite reading spot?

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At home, my favorite reading spot is in the armchair in my office, preferably with the computer turned off and the sun streaming in through the window. The living room couch is a close second, though there’s more competition for the space and I often have to share.

Lately, though, I’ve been working on a project that takes me in and out of the city each day, and have been doing the bulk of my reading on the subway. Like many New Yorkers, I’ve gotten pretty good at finding poses to make this work, depending on the train’s crowdedness — leaned against the corner of a car or the back of a door, elbow slung round a pole so I can hold the book in both hands, or one hand on the pole with the book balanced on my arm. Sometimes, though not often, I get a seat. Either way, while it isn’t ideal, there’s nothing like the subway to help you gauge whether or not you’re truly engrossed in your reading. If something holds your attention in an awkward pose in a crowded car… well, I want to hear about it.

What’s your favorite reading spot?

5 thoughts on “What’s your favorite reading spot?

  1. I can’t seem to be able to concentrate enough to read unless I’m lying in bed. This of course makes it hard to read on a daily basis, but it makes it a great pleasure when I can take a few hours out of my day before going to bed or before getting up to read a few chapters.

  2. Our third and last child was married last summer and moved out, so now I have a “new” den/study to use with newly refinished wood flooring and baseboards, an antique, arts & crafts (mission) desk/drawer, an old barrister bookcase and a creaky wood chair with cushions. Just last night I spent some time reading Moby Dick. Most of my reading & writing is early morning, however. My 2nd favorite spot is at the library park about 2 blocks from the house. 3rd favorite is at the nearby Donut Bank in the afternoons when hardly anyone is there.

  3. I went through the same thing when I lived in Toronto–learned to read in awkward positions on the subway. Actually, most of the time, my favorite place to read is on the bus (public bus, not coach bus), because for some reason I find it easier to concentrate! That or outside somewhere, like a park bench. I suppose it’s because “there’s nothing else to do” nearby that could be distracting.

  4. Before I got a Kindle, my favorite spot was the bathtub. I have two kids under two so that’s the only time I don’t have to be “on” as mom. Now, I’m paranoid I’ll drop the Kindle so I read in bed late at night and much less often.

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