January 24, 2013

Reading Positions?

Reading Position Level: Asian
Do you have a favorite reading position?  I was wondering because an online discussion I came across recently was all about whether or not to read in bed.  Like it's an option!  Of course you have to read in bed!  At least for a little while.  Don't you?

Well, I do.

Now I understand that it can be an issue with a light and a bed partner but there are so many ways to read (even on your phone for crying out loud) that I'm sure you can come up with some answer for that one.

Many people don't like that they end up bashing themselves in the face when they start to nod off.  I've dealt with that one for sure.  That's just one of the many reasons paperbacks are much superior to hardbacks.  And to be honest most paperbacks are lighter than my Kindle Paperwhite.  But for some reason I haven't clunked myself with that yet.

I have a "reading chair" next to my desk at home but don't actually spend hours and hours there.  I tend to squirrel around in it and if I stay in one weird position too long I will get a serious nerve pinch in my back.

So I tend to go for a couch if I have a choice.  You can flop around in many different positions and go prone if needed (though that can lead to a snooze, admittedly).

What about you? Do you have a favorite place/position to read in?


Jen Robinson said...

Like you, I always read in bed before I go to sleep. But my favorite reading spot (the one I use for the 48 hour book challenge) is an old couch in my office. It's not all that comfy as couches go, but I find that makes me less likely to fall asleep. There's a coffee table next to the couch on which I can put my water glass, and my shelves and shelves of review books are within easy view. Plus the lighting is good :-)

Toni Campbell said...

I almost always read on the couch. For years I didn't have adequate lighting to read in bed & lost the habit. Now that I have an e-reader, I can't seem to pick the habit back up.

Beth said...

I always read in bed before sleep. And I think the ability to fall asleep while your partner is reading is an essential component of marriage; I try to make sure my kids have it as part of their preparation for life.

I also like reading on the couch, but I can made due just about anywhere, including at the breakfast table.

Jim Randolph said...


Good lighting is key.


You read enough as it is, I'm not worried about you fitting in more reading time!


I'm not allowed to read at the breakfast table. Apparently I'm supposed to interact with my family. Heh heh. But yeah, I can read anywhere as well. I guess I just took reading in bed as a given.

Thanks all,