My favorite spot to read? It's probably not where you'd expect.
Let's just say it's quiet, isolated, and near water.
Here's a recent photo of my favorite reading retreat, taken just after sunrise:
|The vintage sign is my wife's idea of a joke|
I've always favored the Porcelain Palace as a place to take 20-page bites from whatever book I'm reading at the time. I don't have any statistics, but I'm willing to bet I'm joined by millions of fellow "john readers." Not everyone thinks it's such a cool idea, though. I once worked with a female officer in the Pentagon who, every time I returned from a "book break," would crinkle her nose and go, "Did you just take that book into the bathroom? Ewwww!" (And, yes, I was pleasure-reading on taxpayers' dimes; but then hundreds of thousands of federal employees take thrice-daily "smoke breaks" on the clock, too; so I'm [weakly] justified.)
I never understood my boss' distaste for bathroom reading. I mean, it's not like I was dipping Anna Karenina in the bowl or, in the absence of toilet paper, desperately tearing pages from a Michael Chabon novel. I really do enjoy the isolation and the distraction-free block of minutes when I'm locked in a restroom stall. Sometimes, I'll even go in there when I don't have any "business" to take care of. I just lock the door, lower the toilet seat, sit on it fully-clothed, and go to that dog-eared spot in my current novel.
Oh man, I can just hear the howls of protest coming from book purists: "You dog-ear book pages? Ewwww!" Mea culpa. At least I'm not sticking a sandwich between the pages to mark my spot (which I've heard of at least one guy, desperate for a bookmark, once did while reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey....thus, adding even more baloney to that book).
As I said, bathrooms are not the only reading havens for me. I also have a few other treasured book nooks in my home. These chairs, for instance:
|The upstairs office|
|The downstairs living room|
And what about you? What are your favorite reading spots? Tell us in the comments section below.