How to set the mood for reading8:52 AM
Some people manage to read on crowded buses and on the dentist's office. Even though a lot of times we are forced to adapt to our environment in order to do some reading, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have a comfy environment for reading in our homes.
On weekends, when I have more time for reading, I like to set the mood to compensate for all that “bus reading” I’ve been doing during the week. If you want to make reading a bit more pleasurable, here’s a couple of tips:
1) Get comfortable
Whether it is a couch, your bed, or if you are lucky, a hammock, find a place where you are comfortable. Just don't get too comfortable and fall asleep.
2) Drink up
I like to have something to drink while I'm reading, usually tea. And cookies.
3) Lamp me
Bad lighting can cause drowsiness and even migraines. So always make sure your reading space has enough light. When I travel, I like to take a little lamp for my “before bed reading”.
4) No interruptions
Try to minimize interruptions as much as you can. Nothing drastic though - I just turn off my computer and phone.
5) Pencil at hand
I never start reading unless I have a pencil with me. I need to circle unfamiliar words, underline important/interesting/funny passages and write small comments next to the text. Even if you're a book lover who simply can’t write on a book, I still strongly recommend taking notes – a small pad and pen will do.