Best Reading Places?

posted in Books, Miscellaneous on Dec 9, 2008

I need some help people. Lately I’ve been hindered by regular reading places. Normally, I would find that laying down in either my bed or on the couch would provide the most comfortable reading areas, but lately all they serve is to make me go straight to sleep. I need to find a better way to read. I think my body has associated reading with sleep and that’s not a good thing.

I’ve been thinking of trying out the radical idea of reading while sitting upright in a chair, but I assume only heretics and charlitans do so, so I haven’t tried yet. It does sound like an attractive alternative, though.

So where do you read? On the floor, through the door? In a box with a fox? Something needs to change because I need to get my efficiency with reading up a bit. I’m running out of books to review for the show.

  • andrew_martin

    Honestly, my favorite place to read is on the toilet. Also, a new book may be in order?

  • I’m getting close to finishing Anathem, but yeah, I’m looking forward to starting a new book. Anathem is so long that it might work to its detriment, at least for me.

  • I do the vast majority of my reading in my car on my lunch break. When the weather is nice I will sit in the gazebo in the park instead.

    Indoors I read in my computer chair. Sometimes I will read at the dinner table, too. However, because my feet do not touch the ground in any sitting device in the house, I never sit up straight. I am always curled up (possibly side-ways) or sitting indian-style.

    Re: books to review

    Just start review everything an author’s ever done. Start with Asimov– even if you stick to just his fiction, you’ll be set for years. 🙂 (And I totally love everything Frederick Pohl has done, even if his writing is campy at points. He has awesome concepts.)

  • i’ve been doing a lot of my non-intensive reading on the subway lately. i can’t read laying down at all. i won’t last 10 minutes before i start nodding off.

  • Yeah, I think laying down might be my downfall. Although, last night I hit a really good part in Anathem and it kept me awake passed my bedtime. There’s like 100 pages in the “third act” – so to speak – in that novel that kinda drags but then makes up for it right afterward by throwing down some craziness that makes the last block of boring pages worth it.

    Which, as far as reading one sole author, I’m nearly doing that with Neil Stephenson. The next novel in line for me to read is Quicksilver, which is another 900 pages or so. He’s a badass, I must say.

    I think I just need to buy an awesome chair. When it was warmer I could sit out on the balcony for hours in a lawn chair, but now it’s either couch or bed or super hard kitchen table chair.

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