Saturday, August 20, 2016

August #ShelfLove Challenge: Reading Rituals



August topic: What are your reading rituals? Do you have a reading nook? What snacks or drinks must you have handy? Share pictures and recipes!



A comfy chair is a must. Preferably one with a view of All The Books (or at least some of the books).


No food while eating (no sticky/greasy fingerprints on the pretties!) but a drink is always a good thing. A glass of sweet iced tea, a bottle of water, or (during the 9 days of winter Florida gets each year) hot chocolate hits the spot.


Of utmost importance: choosing the right bookmark to go with each book. This is completely arbitrary and cannot be explained. It's a special gift, people.



Have an adequate supply (i.e. stockpile) of page tabs at the ready. Enthusiastically tab every swoon-worthy line of dialogue, every dramatic scene, every moment that Cannot Be Forgotten.



Update GoodReads obsessively. As soon as I start the book, as I'm reading the book, as soon as I finish the book. Obviously everyone needs to be appraised constantly of my progress.


Do you have any reading rituals? Let's discuss!



15 comments:

  1. Oh I want a chair and shelves like that!! I like to sit on my couch where there isa side table for my drinks. I am awful and totally eat when I read. I have been known to stain pages with things like jelly. YIKES! I really can't think of other rituals besides loving to have my GR up to date with what I am reading. Great post!!

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    1. Buying those chairs (we have two) was one of my best purchases ever. LOL Sooo comfortable and it instantly became my go-to reading spot. Jelly stains on the pages? Horrors! :)

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  2. I LOVE your reading spot Tanya! We have a ton of cute reading areas in our house, but the only quiet space is my room (which is a bummer because I love our sitting room with the big windows). Joys of living at home still is trying to find some peace and quiet sometimes! LOL. Although I do love my window seat in my room! I can usually sit there for an hour or so and then my butt gets numb (things people dont tell you: window seats aren't as comfy for long term reading as they look! LOL).
    I am guilty of eatting when reading! but i'm really careful when I do! and i love coffee and reading as well in the mornings if I get up early enough before I start my day!
    Emily @www.rabbitholereviews.com

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    1. Thanks Emily! I should take a better pic of the room and share. It's actually a reading room and there are two other (smaller) bookshelves. I love the big white bookcase in this pic, though. It's a built-in unit that was custom made by my dad. Whenever we finally move from here it will be the thing I miss the most.

      I love the sound of your window seat!! I always wanted one when I was younger and I had visions of pretty pillows and soft blankets... you've ruined my image of it with talk of it being uncomfortable. :)

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  3. I LOVE YOUR READING CORNER!!!!! IT'S PERFECT! I mostly read on my bed. I like drinking coffee or hot chocolate :)

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    1. Thanks Gen! I looove my reading room. Sometimes I sit in there to color or just relax... just so I can be around my books. :) I've never been able to read on my bed well. I can't get in a comfortable reading position... plus, I fall asleep. LOL

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  4. Yes on updating Goodreads obsessively! I also think it is awesome that you tab your books when you read:)

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    1. A fellow GoodReads addict - yes! With the page tabs, I've actually had authors at book events take the time to check and see what I tabbed. LOL Jennifer Armentrout did that with my Lux series books and commented on some of the stuff I tabbed. And another author (Krista and Becca Ritchie) actually took pics of my tabbed books and posted it on their IG account. So my books were famous. LOL

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  5. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. SO. HARD. But I totally live to drink and eat (particularly coffee witj whipped cream snd some Chocolate covered strawberries) Oh and I so love your reading corner! SO KA-UTEEE!

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    1. You are officially invited to come hang out with me in my reading room... as long as you bring those chocolate covered strawberries you mentioned. :)

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  6. Your reading corner is AMAZINNGGGG! I would like you to adopt me so I can move in and take over, mmmkay? Great ;) Seriously, jealous! Also, I am SO the same with bookmarks- I legit have one that I think is cursed because I always end up hating the book! Clearly, I don't use it anymore 😂 And YES to the sticky flags! I am so thankful that my first Secret Sister got me hooked on them- what on earth did I do before them!?

    My reading ritual is as follows: After blogging, I go to bed, and eat hummus and watch TV (basically, The 100). Then, I read my Kindle book, then I read my physical book, and then I go to sleep. Flags and bookmarks are part of the process, but food is NOT- and beverages are only very, VERY carefully and away from ANY physical books! I am TERRIBLE at updating Goodreads though- I love to update my progress, but I never have anything to SAY hahah. Love this post!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Consider yourself adopted. Come on over and we'll read and play with books and watch The Hunger Games and eat yummy food. I'll be waiting... :)

      LOL at your cursed bookmark! I would totally have to banish that one. Sticky flags are life!

      Oooh, me likey your reading ritual. Except for the hummus. I'll switch to cheese and crackers. Or a Yoo Hoo. Cuz I'm fancy like that.

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  7. I wish we only got 9 days of winter here....
    Based on my massive book mark collection you'd think I'd do that too. But nah. Laziness wins every time.
    Nice looking reading nook!

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    1. Yeaaaah, I imagine our winters are a tad different.
      So do you just grab whatever bookmark is near?

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    2. Just a bit.
      And they're calling for a terrible winter this year. Lots of snow. I'm gonna die.
      Yup. Whatever is next to me. Or I see first.

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