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where we read

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I am a reader. There are stacks of read and unread books wherever you go in my house. There is a Kindle by my living-room chair and a Kobo by my bedside. Since I read multiple books at once, most are marked ‘last-page-read’.  I read the books a bit at a time, choosing whatever I think will suit me on a particular day.



So where do I read? Anywhere!


When I was young, I read in my bedroom. I’d take a flashlight to bed and hide under the covers to read. Mom was not fooled! When we went to Nova Scotia for summer vacation, I read in my grandfather’s orchard. There was a tree-limb perfect for sitting!



During my university days, I read like a mad-woman, as much mystery/romance as I could absorb. I think I wanted solace from my steady diet of science texts and journal articles! My preferred reading place was my car – also a rest from the lab where I did most of my university studies.


I still favour mysteries, especially detective series. Science fiction too. And poetry, always poetry!

A few series I’d recommend:

Chuck Bowie -“Donovan: Thief for Hire

Ann Cleeves – “Sheltland Island Mysteries

Ann Granger –  I like her older “Fran Varady Crime Novels


Through the years, I have been constant in my reading spaces:

  • the car … for years I drove to a park on my lunch hour and cheerfully read the time away. When my son was in his early university days, I never minded waiting for him because I could read while I waited.
  • in bed … as the years go by, reading puts me to sleep faster and faster. It sometimes takes me months to read a particular book!
  • in my accustomed chair in the living room … experience with decades of public service work means I can read with any distraction.
  • in our camp at our table. No distractions, just good company.
  • but never in my planned reading space … when I retired I bought a comfy chair and designed a perfect reading corner. It is a great space to store stuff – books for my next signing, the shower head we haven’t yet installed, two throw pillows no-one wants to sit with and recent purchases not put away. When the chair is empty of stuff, it is filled with Zoë. I never read there …. never, ever.



Where do you read? If you had a special reading spot, do you think you would use it?


Copyright 2018 Jane Tims



Written by jane tims

February 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

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  1. lol!! I bought a comfy chair specifically for reading, and it is a rare thing for me to actually sit in it and read. Izzy Cat spends more time in it than I do.
    As a child, I did similar things — reading with a flashlight (my mother wasn’t fooled either!) and sitting on a branch in my favorite tree (a tall pine that was easy to climb). I read just about everywhere, always carrying a book with me, except (of course) in my specially designed reading spot. 🙂

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    February 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    • Hi Robin. Sounds like there are similar experiences out there. When we engage with a book, it can be like living another life! Jane


      jane tims

      February 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm

  2. Lovely post, Jane. My experience is: if the book isn’t very interesting, no chair is good enough. If the book is engaging me, I may read it standing up, passing by. I often place a really good book at my bedside – upstairs, not in my daily path – so it will last longer.

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    Jan Fancy Hull

    February 8, 2018 at 7:16 am

    • Hi Jan. You are so right! I have been known to miss a bus (in the rain) because I had my nose in a book. You should do a carving of a person reading (perhaps you have!). Jane


      jane tims

      February 10, 2018 at 5:16 pm

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