I Blame the Books

How do you like to read?

I have a few places around the house where I can just sit for hours and get into a good novel.  There’s my window seat, where the sun is mostly shining during the summer.  There’s my back patio or the hammock in my backyard, but since I hate reading hard copies of books while lying on my back, the hammock is usually reserved for those rare occasions when I crack open my Kindle.  And then there’s my sun room, which has big windows and is a great place to sit on a rocking chair and read.

In these places, I can enjoy my book more.  It’s where I’m rarely disturbed and can have a constant light source as well as a peaceful environment.  These places are often where I’m happiest, to tell you the truth.  There is nothing like sitting down in a comfy spot with a good book.  If I’m not completely at ease where I am, I tend to fidget a lot and thus read more slowly and can’t get into the story as much.

The view from my window seat. Oh, and Tiger's here, too.

So I’ve covered my favorite places to read.  But there’s more to how I like to read than that.  I often also like to have a snack near me, especially during the summer.  Usually it’s of the salty variety: pretzels or Goldfish or tortilla chips.  A couple of years ago it was often M&M’s, as we had a near-constant supply in our house at the time.

I don’t know what it is about food and books, or about sunny, quiet places and books, but for some reason it just clicks for me.  I find that my reading sessions are often longer and I can concentrate more on the book when I have something to munch.  Perhaps it’s an extension of the I-eat-when-I’m-bored thing, except in this case it’s the mere act (or, rather, the lack thereof) of sitting still for a long period of time without doing much physically.

I know it’s probably not a healthy habit, but it certainly helps to put me at ease and relax when I want to just settle down and escape into the pages.

When I start gaining weight, though, I’ll blame the books.

What about you, lovely readers?  Do you have a specific place where you like to read?  Are you an eater as well as a reader, like me?

Oh, while I’m here I should probably acknowledge the fact that this is my 100th post.  For some reason or another, I don’t put as much stock in the number of posts as I do in, say, the blog’s yearly anniversary, but it’s nice to know how far I’ve come.  Honestly, I’m surprised it’s only this many posts I’ve done.  Ever since joining WordPress, I’ve had so much fun and learned a lot in the process of writing more than I used to, not to mention the fact that I’ve come in contact with so many awesome bloggers along the way!  It feels like I’ve been doing this for a lot longer than 100 posts.  Well, here’s to another 100, and another, and another…

Happy reading!

P.S. Sorry there was only one picture today.  Apparently WordPress isn’t liking me taking photos from other sites.  I don’t know what’s up.

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12 thoughts on “I Blame the Books

  1. I’m the sort of person who can read almost anywhere–in the car, at school, outside, in my room. Nowadays I get most of my reading done just before going to sleep, but on weekends and vacations I like to curl up on my living room couch with a book. On cold nights, the fireplace is often blazing, or if it’s raining, there’s that pitter-pat sound on the windows that I love.
    I do like to snack while I eat, but I try not to. If the book comes to an action scene, I’ll start eating faster, and if the book is boring, I’ll keep eating even if I’m not hungry. It’s like buying snacks at the movies for me–I try not to, but the experience is somehow more fun if I do.

  2. Congrats on your 100th post 🙂
    Your reading spots around your house sound great! I don’t really have a regular spot, because I tend to get interrupted a lot, (whoa rhyming, cool) so I tend to end up reading in bed when I know no one will bother me, or in the bath haha. In the summer however I like to read on a swing seat outside, with the radio in the background. But my main spot, although I don’t get to go there that often, is a little walk away at the rocks. I climb up to the top level, jump over the small crevice and up onto the other side where there’s a large reasonably flat ledge. The views amazing, surrounded my rows of trees and it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset and read a book in peace 🙂
    I don’t tend to eat food while I’m eating, I get to absorbed in the story, however, I’m a huge food muncher when it comes to watching films 🙂

    • For some reason I can never get completely comfortable reading in bed. I don’t know why. Those rocks sound amazing, though. I would love having a place like that near me.
      I’m the opposite of you when it comes to films. During the previews I’ll eat some popcorn or candy, but when the film starts I hate to divert my attention away from the screen.

  3. My absolute favorite place to read is on the beach! Sitting in my chair, feeling the sand under my toes, the ocean breeze keeping me cool while the sun keeps me warm…that is the stuff right there! But, if that’s not available I like to read in this huge tree in my front yard. Especially if I’m reading (or re-reading) the Hunger Games. Its a very Katniss-ish place to read!

  4. Congrats on your 100th post!
    I am usually curled up on the chaise end of my lounge to read and i am often (too often) snacking on a bag of BBQ flavored chips

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

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