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Nov 22 2010

Need a Nook?

by Veronica W

Hilton Head beach on a shimmering summer day. Comfortable lounge chair? Check. Umbrella for shade? Got it. Snacks? Yup. Long awaited best seller? Oh yeah!  Everything was  in place for an anticipated, much needed time of leisure. I picked up Nicholas Sparks’ newest and proceeded to read the first paragraph…and never got past  it. Whether I was too distracted by the sailboat on the horizon, the warm sand between my toes or just the sheer immensity of the water, I don’t know. I just know that I could not concentrate and trying to read was a waste of time. I needed my favorite nook at home.

There are folks who can read anywhere, as evidenced by the New York City subway riders, who can hold on to the pole with one hand and focus intently on a book or newspaper held in the other hand…and still know when their stop comes! It’s a skill I never acquired, even when I lived in NY and rode the subway on a regular basis. For some of us, where we read is almost as important as what we are reading.

During my online travels, I came across a delightful website called “the boo and the boy: reading nooks for kids.”  It showed some of the most charming and creative spots in which kids can hide away and lose themselves in a good book.   For adults there are other sites which will encourage you to create or find a nook of your own such as this one and this one.  Readers may enjoy Paul Deen’s Savannah Style, which has a section on book nooks, as well as Southern Lady Gracious Spaces: Creating the Perfect Sanctuary in Every Room.

There are some people who can read comfortably in odd positions and places. ..

…while others are happiest only in the most luxurious settings.

After taking an informal poll of where people read, I found that a few actually enjoy reading in cemeteries. Honesty compels me to admit that I generally don’t have an inclination to visit graveyards and found the thought of sitting among tombstones and reading a good book a bit unnerving. Then I came across this picture of Highgate Cemetery in London and understood how reading in this sylvan setting could be  possible.

To borrow from a favorite Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham “Would you, could you in a house? With a mouse? In a box? With a fox? Would you, could you here or there? Would you, could you anywhere?” Although I am usually in the habit of carrying a book with me at all times ( just in case I have a flat and have to wait for the HERO truck), my beach experience has shown me that for anything heavier than a fashion magazine, I need my nook. How about you?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

David November 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Paperbacks are nice for “reading on the fly,” or reading by the pool in summer. But if I’m reading a real, grownup, hardcover book, I’d rather be home on the living room sofa. Cats are optional, but a nice added touch.

Dea Anne M. November 22, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I have my nook in my kitchen. I have my comfy chair, a place to put my feet up alongside a pile of books waiting to be read, a window to gaxe out of, and a cat frequently comes to visit. Perfection!

Jimmy L November 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Great post! I love reading in cemeteries!

Jesse M November 22, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I’m one of those readers who can read anywhere! I used to lose myself in a book regularly during my commutes to and from school on MARTA everyday, but never once missed my stop! These days I find escaping into a book is an excellent antidote to the tedium of waiting for just about anything, so if you see me in line somewhere, you’ll likely find me with my nose buried in between the pages of a good book.

Nolan R November 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Love it! I like to be comfortable, but I’m one of those who can read anywhere, if I have enough time to settle into a book and a reading spot. When I was a kid, I used to love to sit in the car in the sunshine in the winter and read! (Is that weird?) Love the reading nooks for kids, as I’m trying to design such a thing for my girls’ room. Right now we have several comfy blankets folded on the floor under a big window, with several big floor pillows against the wall. Even though my girls are only 18 months old, they grab a book out of the basket and head for the reading spot–so cute!

C.Dodd November 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I’ve become a tad bit spoiled with audiobooks. But when I do find the time to cuddle up with a good book, it’s usually in my bed. Although, the cemetery does look pretty tempting.

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