From my earliest memories, I have associated reading and being read to with comfort, love and adventure. My parents read to me and I, along with my husband have passed along our love of reading to my son. We have also unfortunately also passed along a princess and the pea type attitude to couch and bed comfort which has resulted in an obscene amount of pillows in our home. It has over time become a bit of an obsession but thankfully as far as obsessions go it is relatively benign.
On any given Sunday you may find my family in different parts of the house curled up and reading. When my son was young screen time was limited and much of his downtime was spent reading. I vividly remember him clarifying that I was forbidding reading when I was pushing him out to get some fresh air. His favorite reading space was on our old floral couch that had seen better days but the massive collection of oversized throw pillows doubled as both forts and a floating bed depending on the day.
Creating a space to sink into a good book, prop an arm for your favorite libation, tea in my case, and disappearing wherever the words take me is a must. Over the years this has taken many forms, not sure if any of you remember the old 80's version of propped comfort. Not the most attractive or truly comfortable but it definitely enjoyed it's day.
While I don’t have the benefit of this view, the inside of our eyelid all looks the same once you have drifted off while reading which I am want to do.
Whatever your individual style pillows are an integral part of any good reading spot.
My actual space versus my fantasy space is quite different. In my mind’s eye, I am lounging on a comfortable divan in the library from Beauty and the Beast, sun streaming through the window and Mrs. Potts bringing me tea and scones.
My reality is somewhat different, I need to find a couch where there isn’t a teenage boy or a napping husband, everyone needs to be fed and then I can settle in.
Whatever your reality once you are comfortable and absorbed whether you can only carve out a reading chair in the corner of or If you have the benefit of unlimited space and beautiful views, your book pillows will be much loved.
I would consider different fabrics, textures and shapes to allow you to prop where needed, natural fibres being my favorite. My only criteria is that they are comfortable to sink into and easy to fluff. Sequins, buttons or anything else that doesn’t lend itself to complete comfort need not apply for my book nook pillows.
Now that you are all set and ready to relax the final and most important piece is a good book.
Goodreads helps you to make the most of your precious available time. Created in 2006 as a way to connect a community of readers to unbiased reviews and opinions of fellow bookworms it has blossomed to 68 million users. It is a great way to narrow down your choices within any given genre and over time you will benefit from other book lovers hits and misses as well as sharing your own.
Get comfortable , curl up and enjoy!