I took an insane trip recently where I left Washington, DC at 6 am and flew to LA (a 4+ hour flight) and then took a flight home that same day. Other than realizing that was not one of the smartest decisions I ever made since it left me exhausted and loopy, I did get an excellent amount of writing and reading time in!

It made me think of the best places to read and write. Here are my favorites.

In bed

I love to read in bed (usually with my dog staring at me like this).

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It is said that reading before you go to sleep is one of the characteristics of highly successful people. I don’t know how true that is, but I definitely enjoy reading before bed. It’s also said it’s supposed to relax and help you sleep. Instead I stay up late reading. Maybe I need to read more boring books.

Outside

My back porch is a lovely place to read on a nice day with a good breeze. Although, I enjoy reading anywhere outside. My goal this Spring is to go on more reading picnics. There are so many great parks in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, I need to start taking advantage of this!

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A beach

I’m not much of a beach girl, but when I do get to the sandy shores it’s one of my favorite places to read. And if I went to a beach that had something like this, I might never leave it.

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In the quiet corner of a coffee shop or bakery

It’s really nice to scoot into a cozy booth or chair at a local eatery and sip coffee or tea and nibble on snacks while reading.

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A cozy couch with my dog

Of course there is something to be said for reading companionship. It’s really great to curl up on our couch in the reading/music room and have the dog snuggle up next to me. This one might be my very favorite.

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