Here in New England, the chills of winter are already upon us. We enjoyed Thanksgiving at a crisp 17-degrees Fahrenheit, and I am hoping that isn’t an omen of an even colder winter to come. On frozen days like these, it is an easy choice to curl up with a book and disappear somewhere more exotic than the white snowy wasteland outside my window.
For me, reading comfortably is all about atmosphere and the quality of the book I’m reading. I can’t read if my husband is watching TV right next to me, for example. For the coziest, comfiest, happiest reading time possible, there are a few different things I like to do when I want to cuddle up with a book.
Grab a hot beverage!
Whether you are a tea drinker or a coffee drinker, grab something that warms you all the way through and tastes delicious. For myself, I really like a rich hot cocoa, with floating marshmallows or a bit of whipped cream on top. Topping it with a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg makes it even a little bit better.
Light a mood-setting candle.
This is a personal choice, but I just loved candles? I like to have one lit whether I’m reading, cooking, watching television, whatever. Cinnamon candles are my favorite, but there are all sorts of other aromas that are good. Now since I’ve discovered the world of bookish candles, I have SO SO many – someday I’ll make a post all about the different candle makers I’ve tried. But in the meanwhile, don’t you agree that a lit candle just makes the whole room feel more cozy?
Reading in Bed
It’s a special sort of treat to get into your pajamas and curl up with cozy pillows and snuggle under the covers and disappear into a whole different world far away. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or the last thing before going to sleep at night… or even sneaking in for a nap mid-day on a Saturday… isn’t it nice to read in bed?
Cuddle with a pet
Now, I know that not everyone has a pet, so this may not apply, but I have two cats and they’re both soft and sweet and cuddling with them is the most precious thing. They’re cozy and sweet and purr forever. I 10/10 recommend pet cuddles while reading, especially in the cold of winter. All that besides, it’s good for the soul.
Find a Cozy Blanket
Do you have a favorite blanket? Curling up under a cozy blanket is one of the best things in the world on a chilly winter afternoon. They’re good to have even when you’re not ready. I personally recommend a nice fleece blanket.
Read Summery Books
When it’s cold outside, sometimes I like to read a book about somewhere warm, or something set in the summer time. Reading about deserts or beaches lets your imagination do the work of making you feel like you’re somewhere warm and comfortable and lovely.
Read Heartwarming Books
Even if the setting in the book is a chilly winter afternoon, light, fluffy books that warm the heart are always good for a cozy read. I think that’s why Hallmark Christmas movies are so popular. They’re sweet and heartwarming and genuinely lovely. While I’m not a huge fan of a lot of these fluffy reads myself, I can definitely understand the appeal.
Revisit Old Favorites
This is a good steady piece of advice for just about any list of reading tips. Stuck in a slump? Revisit an old favorite. Looking to beat away the wintertime blues? Go reread an old favorite book. I am perpetually guilty of this. I love to dive in a familiar world with character who are old friends. Nothing feels so comfortable as journeying back to favorite place.
This one is a bit more literal. I have a pair of writing gloves from Storiarts that I ADORE for days when I’m in an environment that’s a little bit chillier than I prefer. This is huge for me at work – on colder days, my department is so chilly, so whether I’m typing or reading on my lunch break, fingerless gloves are awesome. They’re warm, but they also leave your fingers free for important things like turning pages.
Okay, so on one hand there are socks. Then there are fun socks. But then? There are fuzzy warm winter socks. I LOVE fuzzy socks. I’m not a slipper person, so fuzzy socks are the literal best. They also keep your feet soooo warm and keeping your feet warm will help keep your entire body warm. Talk about cozy.
At any given time throughout the winter, you’ll find me reading and using at least one of these tips of tricks. While I like looking at a fresh snowfall, I’ve never been a fan of winter and especially not when I have to go outside for extended periods. Brrr! Isn’t it nice to have a book to come back to after days like that?
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asks for a list on:
I decided to skirt around the topic a little. I think that this week will be filled with heartwarming Christmas books and holiday reads. Since I don’t read many of those types of books (just not my cup of tea), I thought I’d go a different direction with this week’s prompt.