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The Ideal Reading Experience

a4bf31a46d000ae660d858ccdd3d2e36Booking Through Thursday prompts:

“I want you to think about your ideal reading experience. Think about the location. (Your bed? Favorite chair? The beach? Indoors or outdoors?). Think about the sounds. (Is there music playing? Happy children playing in the background? Utter silence?) Is there a snack or beverage nearby? Are you alone or with friends/family (presumably being quiet enough for you to read in peace)? What kind of lighting is there? Are you dressed in something ultra-comfy? What’s your position? Curled up? Stretched out?

Now … describe it so that we can all feel exactly how perfect it is … and why.”

I’m stretched out in bed wearing my comfiest, fluffiest pajama bottoms and a light tank top, snuggled under the flannel sheets and our blue comforter, a pile of pillows behind my head. Beside me, the Beloved Husband props himself up against his own stack of pillows and reads a book of his own. Occasionally, I reach over to play with his hair and he’ll stroke the side of my foot with his own. At the foot of the bed, the cat stretches across both of us, purring – a little heated foot massage!

The window is cracked open to let in some of the cool night air. Through it also drifts the sounds of crickets chirping and the occasional car driving past on the road outside our home. It smells of  damp concrete and freshly cut bushes.

The yellow light of my bedside lamp gives our small bedroom a warm glow. Right next to the lamp on my bedside table rests a steaming mug of chamomile tea (or cold milk, if it’s summertime) and a plate of peanut butter and honey toast.

The Beloved Husband and I read together until we start to doze. Then off goes the light and we cuddle up to go to sleep. A perfect end to a long day.

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Reading With the Kitty-Cat

I have a new reading buddy.

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This is an interesting book… more interesting than I?? Not acceptable!!

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What??

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Reading over my shoulder.

He seems especially fond of the fantasy genre and of Harry Dresden.

Top Ten Bookish Memories

In no particular order:

  1. In the summer between 6th and 7th grade, sitting in my great-grandma’s elm tree, munching on fresh-picked Gravenstein apples, while reading Brian Jacques’ Marlfox.
  2. My cousin introducing me to Paperbacks Unlimited (a local, family-owned used bookshop) in college.
  3. Finding the entire Jedi Academy Trilogy at a Friends of the Library book fair – 75¢ for the lot!
  4. The first time that The Beloved Husband voluntarily picked up a book so that we could read together in bed.
  5. Starting Frank Paretti’s The Oath at 9pm Halloween night and being too scared to go to sleep once I’d finished (I was 16). Such awesome writing and atmosphere!
  6. Sitting with Charles Schultz while eating french fries and listening to him chat with my grandpa.
  7. Teaching myself Tolkien’s Elvish in Junior High.
  8. The first time I ever read Lord of the Rings. I read til I had eye strain and couldn’t focus on the type anymore.
  9. Having my mom finally give up on confiscating my flashlights because I always had more stashed away – let the covert, under-the-covers, late-night reading binges begin!
  10. My mom reading The Little Princess to me way back in 3rd grade.

And There Was Much Rejoicing.

40321359133279641_rbVKBW30_cSo, The Beloved Husband (who is not a reader) has gotten into Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files and is currently on book four of the series! It is so cool to see him actively reading and enjoying one of my favorites series. Right now, we’re reading aloud over Skype while he’s away. Once he comes home, we’ll be able to read together on the couch, which will be super awesome!

I’m in the beginnings of bookwyrm heaven right now. 😀

A Bookwyrm in Winter

reading in winter (1)Booking Through Thursday asks:

“It’s the depth of winter here where I live right now … what books do you like to read when it’s snowy and white? What books do you read to evoke a real feeling of winter (good or bad)?”

Well, since I live on the sunny West Coast, we never get snow where I live, so I have no “Snow Day” books. I do love curling up with either Pride & Prejudice or  Little Women on rainy days though – they are both such cozy books!

The book that conjures winter for me is (unsurprisingly) Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, since most of it takes place during winter or in the snow. I know, so unoriginal of me.

What are your winter reads?

 

On Borrowing Books

I love borrowing books (usually only from select few, because I am notorious for taking my time to return them – they will be returned… it just might take a while), but, like any good bookwyrm, I actually guard my own library hoard really closely.

Basically, if I let you borrow a book, I trust you with my life.

I do have a few rules though:

  1. The book will come back to me in the same (or better) condition than it left me.
  2. Pets will not be allowed near said book. Neither will toddlers – both jeopardize Rule #1.
  3. My book may go with you to the park or to the office (though I’d rather it not), but I draw the line at it leaving the county. Leaving the state is also a no-no. Leaving the country is right out.

That’s actually really about it – I’m much less draconian about the whole thing than one would think. However, I have been known to get snarly if I find one of my books has been mistreated (The Beloved Husband is currently on the receiving end of my displeasure because he dripped hot chocolate on my copy of Fool Moon).

Anyways, what are your lending laws, if you lend out your babies books at all?

Tired Blogger is Tired…

Today has been a busy, fun day, but it’s left me too tired to compose a reasonably coherent, on-topic blog post. So, I’ll leave you with this question:

What’s your preferred reading snack?

I tend to go for either a glass of milk  with some fruit or a mug of tea with biscuits of some sort.

Now, to go collapse in bed – good night, all!

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