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Building My Reading Corner

Hey everyone!

I saw this post by Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books about her ideal reading nook, which got me thinking about mine. As you guys might know, I am quite minimal and practical when it comes to books: I don’t have many physical books, and I end up reading wherever and whenever.

I mean right now this is kind of what my reading nook is like, simply because I don’t have the time and the energy to do anything about it haha (it’s kind of sad):

HOWEVER I love the idea of this post because it’s gotten me thinking about what my reading nook could be!

(Note: Pictures are courtesy of Pinterest, other than the photos of my dogs, which are actually my dogs hahaha :’) )

SETTING THE MOOD

Pick the colors and lighting for your reading corner!

I LOVE the rustic and minimalist look, with wide open spaces and lots of natural light. I really like this wooden spiral staircase, those huge ceiling-height windows, and the industrial-inspired lighting contraption.

STORE YOUR BOOKS

Where will your books live?

Right now 99% of my books are digital (eBooks or audiobooks), and I am happy with that! However, I keep a very small selection of physical copies of books that I love. I would love to have a bookshelf that mixes and matches books with other beautiful items such as plants, framed photos, and other things that make me happy πŸ™‚

ARRANGING AND DISPLAYING

How will you organize all your books?

However much I love bookshelves that are organized by colour, I am more of a practical type of gal, so I would organize my books by author haha. This way an entire series would be grouped together, and I can always find a book that I am looking for.

GET COMFORTABLE

Where are you sitting or laying while you do all that reading?

I need a soft and comfy place to curl up when I read haha, therefore a sofa is a MUST. Some plushy cushions and blankets would be nice too! Would it be too much to ask for a fireplace and a warm pair of reading socks?!

CURL UP WITH

Who or what are you snuggling with?

My lovely doggies (Zander and Charles!) ❀

COOKIES, ANYONE?

Are you eating or drinking anything? (We’re not judging)

I love tea and can’t live without it. Sipping my favourite tea while curling up with a good book is THE DREAM :’)

I think this was initially a tag, but I won’t tag anyone here since I wasn’t tagged myself. However if you want to do this tag, please go ahead! I would love to hear about your ideal reading nook!

What would your ideal reading nook look like? How do you organize your bookshelf? What is your go-to food/drink while reading?

37 thoughts on “Building My Reading Corner

    1. Hello Jess! I’m sorry that you can’t see the photos! From the comments it seems like others can see the photos, so not sure if it is something with specific browsers. Thanks for the heads up though πŸ™‚

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  1. Oh this is a great post and you’ve created a great reading corner as well Sophie. πŸ™‚ ❀
    I really love the rustic look, that staircase is so cool. Forget just my reading corner I want one just like that in my dream house, and when it comes to drinks you can't go wrong with tea. I need to make sure I have a cup of tea for all eventualities; writing, reading, blogging.
    Your dogs are adorable, and as much as I like to say I'd snuggle up with my dog while reading he's normally lying in bed, so I have to settle for reading near him.
    Great post. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Hello Beth! Yes I would LOVE a cool staircase like this one in my house hahaha.
      I absolutely love tea and require it for my daily function hahaha. Recently I tried some gyokuro tea which I really loved πŸ™‚ Do you have a recent tea favourite?
      Hahaha yes my greyhound loves to curl up by himself and loves his own personal bubble, so he’s not much of the snuggling type. Still it is nice to have company in the room when I’m reading! πŸ™‚

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      1. Staircase dreams right?! πŸ˜€
        Ohh, I’ve never tried gyokuro tea but maybe I should, and my favourites are always green tea. I really like the green teas with flavours though; so apple and pear green tea, or coconut and mango. I’m pretty much addicted. πŸ™‚
        I guess greyhounds are snuggly animals then. Oh well, we still love them don’t we? πŸ™‚

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      2. Very cool! I’ve been very much a black tea kind of girl and I haven’t ventured too much into green tea (except gyokuro and other Japanese tea hahaha) but maybe I’ll give green tea more of a chance πŸ™‚
        Yes greyhounds are the best πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. I do a fair share of reading in my bed too! It is a good alternative to a couch though I do get sleepy sometimes haha. That’s awesome that you have bookish cushions πŸ™‚

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  2. I love these kind of posts. Tea would definitely be a major priority for me. I cannot go without a cup of tea. It’s the best way to relax haha. My reading nook would definitely have a lot of pillows and throws around. Anything that screams comfort is a must for me.

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    1. Hey Lois! Absolutely. I have a cup of tea beside me right now. Although I love black tea, right now I am sipping herbal tea since it is in the evening. What kind of tea do you like?
      Yes, pillows and throws are the best when we want to curl up and read!

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  3. This is a pretty cool tag! I’d love to read with a drink too. Question: Does tea keep you awake? Or do you just drink tea early in the day to avoid insomnia effects? (I know some people can drink coffee even a few hours before bed, and still have no insomnia…)

    I loved these pictures, as well as Charles and Zander. Maybe I’ll do this tag in the future. 😊

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    1. Hello Caro!! Yes I love the idea of reading in front of a fireplace! I don’t have one yet but I would definitely want one for my ideal home/reading space in the future πŸ˜€ Window seats are awesome too!
      How has it been going with Camp Nano? Hope April is going well πŸ™‚

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  4. Yes reading corners are amazing!! When I was younger I used to always imagine a reading window seat but know I want something a bit more comfy!!

    Rustic, minimalistic looks are lovely 😍 I love the pictures of the light bulbs you have used— I want them!!
    Yes lots of cushions and blankets are essential πŸ˜‚ I love getting cosy!!!

    I organise my books by colour which is something I would never have thought I would do because it means my series aren’t together but I love the look of it and am very excited about the rainbow!! πŸ˜‚
    Loved reading this!! πŸ’•

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    1. Hello Sophie πŸ™‚
      Yeah!! Comfy reading places are the best! You could go for the best of both worlds and get a comfy reading seat beside a window πŸ™‚
      Glad that you love rustic looks too!
      That’s awesome that you organize books by colour. Those bookshelves always look the most impressive! πŸ™‚
      Thank you ❀ ❀

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      1. Yes!! That’s true– it sounds like a great idea as well πŸ™‚
        I try to get it to look good but not all spines are one colour so it can be a bit difficult haha.
        You’re welcome ❀

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  5. I love the rustic minimalistoc look too! There’s something so relaxing about that combination in an environment 😊 And the hanging lightbulbs are so aesthetic… one can dream of having that kind of reading nook! Realistically, though, my “reading nook” would be me laying on a couch or sitting on a porch πŸ˜†

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