A bookworm’s first priority is often to find a good reading spot that you can keep coming back to. I find it really hard to get into a book, no matter how good it is, if I’m surrounded by lots of disruptions and I’m not sitting comfortably. Here are a few things that every cosy reading and relaxation space needs, no matter where it is – a bedroom, a study, a garden, wherever you like to read.
1. Lots of cushions
Being comfortable should be number one on your list of things to help you relax. Nobody wants to be sat on a hard, wooden bench when they’d rather just flop onto a mass of cushions or a giant bean bag. I just discovered the brand lovesac which sells giant, fluffy, round seats that are perfect for movie watching or reading books. Check them out here (none of it is real fur, I swear)
2. Your favourite mug
I must be the one of the only British person on the planet who isn’t obsessed with tea, but most bookworms seem to be so a mug of tea is essential. I recently bought this mug from Bookworm Boutique and she sells lots and lots of bookish products. Check out her store on Society6 here and her instagram here.
If you’re settling down to read for a couple of hours, you’re going to need snacks. Book-friendly snacks. There’s nothing I hate more than finding crumbs or grease marks in a book so for me that usually means keeping eating and reading separate. However, there are a few snacks that are fairly harmless. Pocky sticks are a good way of getting your chocolate fix without getting sticky fingers all over your books.
4. Soft lighting
Fairy light decorations are simply the best. I had a mini string of them around my university noticeboard and then decided that I needed 22m more of it! This was, predictably, a mistake, and far too long to go around my cosy bedroom. When they were stuck up on the walls they were incredibly though and I bought ones that had 6 different settings depending on what sort of mood I was in. The only danger of getting this kind of ‘soft’ lighting for reading in a cosy spot is that you might doze off!
A lot of people like to read in complete silence, but other people having background noise and create playlists for specific books. I personally probably couldn’t read with anything other than classical music playing in the background otherwise I’d get too distracted and end up singing along to the song! Wireless speakers are a must so that you don’t need to move from your selected spot, you can just use the remote control to adjust the volume and change the song. There is a huge variety of Panasonic wireless speakers to choose from, big or small, but all produce incredible sounds, especially the Technics c700, but that’ll set you back €40k so maybe save that for the blowout parties!
*This post was commissioned by Panasonic. However, the products were all chosen by me and all opinions are my own.