Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Places to Read

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This was one of those prompts that I was able to rapidly answer. There are so many incredible places to read in this world!

Here are my favourite spots to do so.

A photo of Toronto’s skyline from Toronto island.
This isn’t my photo, but it does show how pretty Toronto is from the Toronto Islands.

1. At home in bed and right before bedtime. It’s a nice way to unwind and get ready to sleep.

2. While sitting on a bench at the park. (This generally doesn’t happen in the damp heat of the summer or the deep chill of the winter, though, for obvious reasons).

3. On a bench at the mall while waiting for my spouse to finish chatting with acquaintances.

4. After ordering at a restaurant.

5. In waiting rooms of any size, especially if I’m a little nervous about the appointment.

6. In an airplane seat after we’ve landed. There are certain portions of the flying experience that I honestly don’t enjoy very much at all, so reading is a lovely distraction while other passengers try to be the first ones off the plane. It’s more relaxing to walk off the plane without all of that jostling anyways.

7. With small children who enjoy having the grownups in their lives read aloud to them.

8. While waiting for the ferry to and from the Toronto Islands.  I like to look around at the beautiful Lake Ontario scenery when I’m actually on the ferry, but the wait to board it is generally long enough to get at least a chapter or two of reading time in.

9. When I’m peopled out. That is to say, I’m deeply introverted and also a little socially anxious at times. I love socializing, but there does come a time when I need to be alone and recharge. Reading is one of the ways I do exactly that.

10. In quiet reading rooms. My local libraries honestly aren’t all that quiet most of the time, but I have found a few other quiet places to read as well as figured out the best branches and times to try the library if other options don’t work out well.

78 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Places to Read

  1. I love reading while we’re flying cos it helps the time to pass so much quicker and I also love reading in airports (when I’m not people watching lol)! Also, definitely love reading when I’m peopled out. I also find it’s a great “excuse” that they can’t really argue against, haha! Great list 🙂

  2. Great list! While reading on a plane isn’t one of my favorite places, it is highly effective at making the flight pass quickly, so I can get to the fun part of the trip! And I never head to a doctor’s appointment without a book in my purse.

  3. I absolutely relate to recharging with reading–not just from people, but life in general. It’s such a blessing to be able to spend time in another world. Great list!

  4. I don’t fly often, but I love that idea. I used to be one of those people trying to get off the plane, like I was in the Amazing Race. Now I wait, so reading sounds good.

  5. Sounds like you’re like me (and I’m sure many other avid readers) and you always have a book with you and will read any time you have to wait more than 30 seconds for something. I love it!

    • Oh, what a shame. Yeah, the lines for it can be really long, especially on weekends or nice summer days. I go as early in the day as possible so the lines will be shorter.

  6. I love this list! Reading before bed is a great way to get sleepy and I love the idea about reading on planes while waiting for everyone to get off. I haven’t read in a restaurant but I’d love to go solo to a restaurant and try

  7. Waiting rooms is one that I love – especially when you see everyone else looking really bored as they wait. I get really annoyed if I get to see my consultant on time (they’re normally running at least an hour behind) as it means that I have to cut my reading session short.

  8. I love your small children one! I do quite enjoy reading with my kids at night, and some of their books are some of my favorite to read. I also can deeply appreciate the “peopled out” comment. I very easily get tired of socializing and share your characteristic of having some social anxiety. I desperately need that recharge time sometimes.

  9. I hear you on every single one of these! Particularly the plane, reading with kids, waiting rooms and being peopled out. I’ve been known to go to the bathroom and just sit on the edge of the tub and read a couple of chapters on my phone if I’m feeling overwhelmed!

  10. Definitely agree with reading when peopled out – it helps me so much too!
    Also, yes to reading in an airplane after it lands – it always baffles me how people can’t wait to get off the plane and rush each other – it’s much nicer when you can get off the plane without other people rushing you.

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