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  • Writer's pictureBaileigh Higgins

Perfect Reading Nooks

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

Every book lover loves curling up with a good book, but where they curl up may differ from reader to reader. Here are a few ideas for finding cozy places and spaces to turn into your own special book nook.

On a Window Seat

A window seat is a perfect place to get comfortable with a good book. It also means you’ll have space for coffee and a furry companion. Scatter the seat with cushions for extra comfort and have a blanket on hand for when the weather turns chilly. If your window seat doubles as a storage space use it for extra pillows, blankets, and books. You can even convert the window seat into a bookcase.

Under a Tree

Nothing says you need to read indoors. In fact, if it’s a sunny day, make the most of the good weather by combining it with your favorite hobby and read outdoors. Spread a blanket under a shady tree and you’re all set. There’s also the added perk of soaking up all the benefits of being outdoors: fresh air, sunshine, and natural light.

In a Hammock

Speaking of trees, swaying gently to and fro while getting absorbed in your latest book is the perfect pastime. And it doesn’t need to be on a desert island between two palm trees. It doesn’t even need to be between two trees or even outdoors: any two vertical structures – whether indoors or out – will do, as long as they’re solid and stable enough to hang your hammock in-between.

On a Balcony

Balconies make perfect reading nooks. Brighten your balcony with plants and flowers, get a comfy chair to tuck into a corner, a stool for your feet, and a side table for your coffee. Settle down, prop up your feet, and crack open that book.

In a Coffee Shop

If you can’t find a moment’s peace at home, need a break from work, or can’t find a cozy corner at either, duck into a coffee shop, order a cuppa joe, and escape from your world into another.

In a Bookshop

An even better escape is finding a place surrounded by books. Bookshops know what their customers love most and will often have couches and chairs scattered throughout, perfect for getting some reading done. Added bonus? Finding a bookshop that serves coffee.

Next to a Fireplace

A roaring fire in winter is the perfect way to keep warm while burrowing into your book. A spot best served with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

Create a Corner

We don’t all have window seats, gardens, balconies, or fireplaces. But all you really need is any kind of corner or nook – the cozier the better. Make it your own with plants, a reading lamp, a blanket for winter, a side table for your preferred beverage, and of course, your books. Get a screen or use a couple of bookcases to create a corner – they don’t even need to be actual bookcases, just improvise with crates or vegetable trolleys. Decorate as preferred, get a pair of noise-canceling headphones, and disappear between the pages.

This blog post was written by Baileigh Higgins, author of numerous apocalyptic works. You can check out her books on her website at, or on Amazon at

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