This may not surprise you – I love to read! It’s been my longest hobby to date. When I was younger, I read voraciously. I would read for 10 minutes, then dance around my room for 10 minutes. I would finish a book, and then immediately pick up another book. I never thought much about my reads, most likely the reason I never blogged before now.
About two years ago, I went through a major book slump. Nothing, I mean NOTHING, interested me. I eventually got my mojo back, but it’s different. I’m different now. I tend to read slower. I think about books once I’ve read them. I’m very picky choosing my next read. And I now require certain essentials when opening the pages of a book.
Blanket (or leggings or socks)
I want maximum comfort when I read. I prefer to be snuggled up under a blanket, but I also enjoy some leggings or long socks. I’ve recently started buying LuLaRoe leggings because they are oh so comfy. If it’s too hot for such luxury, then I demand a porch swing as I pretend the hot air is my blanket.
I’ve always loved to listen to music while reading. I use to be all over the place with my playlist, but now I tend to read with classical or EDM music in the background. Nothing with too many lyrics or jarring notes. Spotify is my platform of choice, replacing my once beloved Pandora.
Every day I drink water and tea. I’m fond of ice tea during the summer and hot tea during the winter. I love the Royal English Breakfast Tea from Starbucks. And, really, you can never go wrong with Teavana, the brand Starbucks uses now. If you want a lighter black tea, I suggest Twinnings Lady Grey. I’m also a big fan of Mighty Leaf tea, particularly their Green Tropical Tea.
In a desperate attempt to stop eating all the chocolate all the time, I’ve started limiting myself to a piece of dark chocolate during my reading time. My favorite is Godiva, particularly their Lava Cake Dessert Truffles. In a pinch, any dark or milk chocolate will do.
The one essential not required is a comfy seat. I can still sit pretty much anywhere to read. However, I suspect those days are dwindling.