Monday, April 15, 2019

Favorite Reading Places by Alicia Street

I’ve been so busy lately that it isn’t easy to get in my reading time, but I have always somehow managed to find ways to slip it into my daily schedule.

Of course I have my favorite reading chair. An old cushioned armchair that’s wide enough for me to sit cross-legged or curl up on my side. But that’s a luxury these days.  

Like many women, I often have a book or e-reader on the kitchen counter while I’m preparing a meal. I have a slanted book holder that even has clips to keep paper pages open, and it gets transferred to the table when I’m eating alone. 

Subways and buses are great for sneaking in a chapter or two. And in the car—no, not while driving—but those lag times when playing family chauffeur and the 4:30 pick-up turns out to be more like 4:50.

My fitness club has those little television screens on the treadmills, bicycles and ellipticals. But I always plunk my e-reader right in front of it and, thanks to a good story, I’m sweating before I know it.

I’ve never been a bathroom reader, although I have a friend who swears by it. She even relaxes in the bathtub with her e-reader. No way. I’d probably just drop in the water.  

As a kid I used to hide in closets and read with a flashlight or take a book with me up into a tree and hope my mother wouldn’t call me for weekend chores. And I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone to bed without a novel that makes me struggle to keep my eyes open so I can just get in a few more pages.

Where do you like to read?


Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher and is a compulsive reader of every genre. You can connect with Alicia at her website or visit her on Facebook or Twitter.

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  1. When my "kids" were kids, my favorite place to read was in the car while waiting for them. I think now would be any comfortable chair in my house--comfort depends on how my back feels that day lol.

  2. Alicia, I'm like wherever, and whenever. I recently joined a book club at my local library, so have an "assigned" book to read. I've been forced to find extra reading time. What a treat that is!

  3. I think a lot of mothers get their reading done in the Mom taxi! Yes, I have back issues too so a good supportive chair is always the best.

  4. On a beach chair at the beach with the waves rolling over my feet. I don't get to do it that often, but it's my favorite. Otherwise, you'll find me reading wherever I am when I have a few spare minutes.

  5. Great suggestions, Alicia. I also listen to audiobooks and love them.

  6. Just my sofa, and a cup of tea and my fire kindle.

  7. Wherever I can find a quiet spot. =)