Thursday, November 15, 2012

Favorite places to read

In this post: Booking Through Thursday and Thursday Thirteen

What’s your favorite place to read? Do you have more than one? Can you read anywhere, or do you need things to be “just right?” Bonus points for sharing a photo of your favorite spot. (grin)
This -

Do I get points for that? Probably not (grinning anyway). It does not show the entire place and I'm too embarrassed to show a topsy turvy bed quite littered with books. The one you see is just part of a king size bed.

As to reading anywhere I guess it depends upon the read. If it's leisure, the bed definitely. If it's something I need to analyze like textbooks, references, academic stuff then the office. Cold and quiet, I read stoically, encouraged only to carry on and get it over with by the promise of fun reading on the bed after working hours. At home (I mean home sweet home not the dull city apartment) my favorite place to read is my mother's hammock!

Thursday Thirteen: Places I read

Now and then I think of the places/spots I read and enjoy daydreaming about them. Except the noisy bus or the crowded sky train but no matter, I still get some reading done in those seats. These are places I read:

1. Reading nook in Nelson Hays. "A charming historic building in Bangkok devoted to books, art exhibitions, creative workshops and fun family events," says their website. They have high back leather chairs although this time I only go to buy books on sale.

2. Kinokuniya. Their branch in Siam Paragon is huge with several reading spots. What I like is being surrounded with books at the same time. The thought of having quick access to many other books just makes me feel good.

3. Dasa, my favorite second hand bookshop. And their cappuccino, tea, mocha and home made cookies are tasty. You can have the small round table on the ground floor all to yourself.

4. The bus. With the infamous Bangkok traffic it's just wise to carry a book. I read Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code when I commuted to work for three days about five years ago.

5. The skytrain. I get a couple of chapters done in long distances. Once a lady next to me was crocheting. The world is all good.

6. The office table for routine, work-related required readings.

7. The boardroom. English is not the language used during meetings at work. But they require me to be present and after they're done getting my input or feedback on advertising stuff or something else, they leave me alone and I read in peace.

8. Under the mango tree. With a cool breeze the pages just fly.

9. By the pond with the gardener's purple lotuses and somersaulting fish for company.

10. or by the spirit house. This spot, like the pond and the mango tree, is near the computer booths where we swipe our fingers to sign out at night. Sometimes we have a few minutes til the clock strikes 21.00 so I read a page or two.

11. Impact Arena. I did this just once during a 15-minute Eagles concert break. I still remember the book: Lazarus Vault by Tom Harper.

12. The bed. My favoritest spot. At first I wanted to ask the apartment management to change the furnished king size bed to a smaller one but now it's okay. I got about 36 inches wide space to lie down. The rest is occupied by books.

13. Mother's hammock, one of my favorite things about home. Unlike my apartment where I sometimes starve, I read all I want in the hammock knowing I won't be interrupted to cook my own food to be nourished.


  1. My favorite places to read are:

    The sofa in my living room when it's snowing outside, or when my hubby is reading in his chair next to me.

    My bed when I have the pillows available to stack nice and high.

    The sofa in my mother's living room, because I can look out her back door from there and see the Smoky Mountains.

    Happy TT!

  2. The only place I cannot read is a moving vehicle as it makes me ill. But otherwise I can read pretty much anywhere. I am glad you frequent bookstores!

  3. When one loves to read ~ one reads anywhere ~ favorite is at end of day in bed before I go to sleep ~ Great post ~ ( A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  4. Enjoyed your picture.

  5. On the beach is a good place too.

  6. Sounds good to me!

    Have a great Thursday!

  7. I often have to leave about an hour and a half early for my 20 minute ride to work, as the public park I have to pass en route to the job frequently calls my name...

  8. Awesome list of places! Love the reading during a concert. I read once at the Cow Palace in San Francisco during a PBR show. I got some weird looks, but there was a break in the performance! I always have a book in my purse and I read in the car and while standing in line while I wait.
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  9. I love reading at my bed of course especially when I am tired and all I can do is to read my fave books.



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