It’s no secret we bookworms have developed the art of reading whenever, wherever, be it in public transport, waiting rooms or on the OB/GYN’s table while getting examined. Just kidding, kind of. But I mean, read-walking is a thing and also a miracle how I’m not a pancake under someone’s tires.
Anyway, today’s topic will be just about that. Not pancakes, but reading nooks. My reading nook. The most perfect, heavenly, reading spot I can come up with.
First things first, where? As in, in which room?
Since I was a teeny tiny bookworm, reading YA fantasies and kiddies’ stories, I dreamed of my reading nook being in the attic, far away from every other distraction. There would be dark wood everywhere, creaky floorboards and a big bow window covered in soft, dark-red padding. Also, since I’m one of those people whose feet are always blocks of ice, I’d love a nice faux fur blanket where to bury them while on a cozy sectional during the winter’s months.
Since I’m not a huge fan of natural light, I’ll need curtains, probably dark ones. I know, it’s a bit Gothic, but this is my fantasy reading nook, so everything goes.
As I said, since there would hardly be any natural light, I’d need some sort of artificial one. While my first go-to light would would be a string of white Christmas-like lights, I’d constantly worry about if setting my precious books on fire, so it’s a no-no. Plus, there’s nothing more dramatic than the beam of light cast by a lamp. It’s not a coincidence cops interrogate their suspects under the stark light of pendent lamps. At least they do in movies, and we all know we can trust the telly to set us straight on the truth 😉
So, in the spirit of interrogation rooms, I’d choose this. I love naked bulbs and it would go hand in hand with my decaying attic.
In my house I usually read in bed, since I don’t have a armchair in the bedroom… wait, I actually don’t have one in my entire house. But sometimes it’d be nice to just bury myself in a plush engulfing armchair, rigorously with my legs draped over the arm-rest.
I’ll also need another lamp to keep close to the chair, And since I’m a very outdoorsy person (*snorts*) why not go for a lamp resembling a branch.
And now to the big finale:
Where should I store my books? Now, in my fantasy reading nook, I don’t own dozens of books, I own thousands of them. So I’d need a huge shelf, as in the mother of all shelves. What all little shelves want to become when they grow up and are finally able to contain a whole encyclopedia without going all Jenga. Something like this would work. Like, three or four of these, until not even an inch of wall is visible anymore.
But, dulcis in fundo, I’d also need somewhere special where to put the favorites. Those books I don’t want to have to browse through the library to find, but which I want to have right in front of my eyes. I already have a pedestal in my room for my favorite book, so I’ll go with something different and put two of these back to back smack dab in the middle of the room. Also to change a bit the color scheme, lest my eyes don’t know how to recognize light colors anymore.
Well, this is it. As you can see, I went for dark, cozy, and heavy as hell. Probably no attic could bear all the weight gain I’d put it through, feeding it with hardwood shelves and thousands of hardbacks, but it’s a dream and in dreams floors have the strength of a thousand fantasy heroes.
What is your dream reading nook?
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