Over the weekend, in between wandering through the Motown Museum in Detroit and watching the fantastic Michigan Wolverines beat Ohio State for the first time in eight years, I read this piece in the Wall Street Journal. It made me think that we spend a lot of time talking about what we are reading in terms of subject matter and what we are reading on (i.e., Kindles, tablets, phones, and other electronic devices or actual physical books) but we don’t spend a lot of time, though, thinking about where we like to be when we read for pleasure.
For example, I work every night in my home office, editing proposals, answering e-mails, reading query letters. But when I want to read a book for pleasure I immediately gravitate to a big comfortable chair in my living room where I can curl up and really enjoy the whole experience of reading. Oftentimes, one or both of my dogs will join me which makes the experience all the more cozy. I actually find that I cannot read for pleasure anywhere else in my house (except perhaps in bed right before I go to sleep).
Then, of course, there is the beach where we try to go for vacation at least once a year—I can sit under an umbrella and read on the beach for hours at a time. In fact, I’ll be on a beach with a good book in just a few weeks when we close our offices for the holidays.
It seems that I’m not the only one thinking about reading comfort zones (check this out!) so tell me, where’s your favorite place to read?