With the weather turning warmer and spring well underway, I’ve been thinking about what comes next… Summer!
For some reason summer seems to provide the perfect excuse to slow down, sit outside, sip on a sweet tea and catch up on my ever-growing TBR pile. Hanging out on the deck is fine, but when I’m really feeling inspired, I like to pretend like I’ve got an unlimited budget and the means to travel anywhere in the world. So, assuming the world is my proverbial oyster, here are the top 5 places I want to read my next book:
Powell’s City of Books
Rumor has it that right smack dab in the middle of Portland, Oregon, the largest independent bookstore has been servicing readers for over forty years. I haven’t made it there (yet) but can easily imagine myself spending a whole week of vacation lost among the stacks of new and used books.
In the Middle of the Ocean
Talk about some undisturbed reading time! I’d love to anchor a sailboat off the coast of an uninhabited island and settle in for a day (or five!) I could read to my heart’s content and dive into the crystal clear water when I need to cool off.
A Private Castle
Where better to get lost in the romance of a historical novel than in a real castle? A little digging on google showed me there are castles available to rent just like a regular Airbnb or VRBO. Some of them even come with their very own suits of armor. Now I just need to decide… Ireland? France? Austria? As far as castles are concerned, I’m not sure there is a bad choice. Right now, this one in France is in the lead for me: https://www.coolstays.com/property/chateau-chamborigaud/17289
When I say “the beach” I don’t just mean any beach. Although I don’t have a specific beach in mind, there are a few “must haves” in my ideal seaside setting. First, a hammock. Second, a non-stop supply of frozen fruity beverages. And last, but not least, shade. I plan on spending every waking hour (and a few naps) in that hammock. No need to come home with a burn.
Burrowing under the covers in some swanky hotel’s five-thousand thread count linens would be awesome. But I’d rather be in my own bed with the worn cotton sheets and my reading buddy (my rescue mutt) snuggled up against me. It may be a while before I get to realize my other top four reading spots but I can enjoy this last one any time… as long as the kids are asleep, the laundry’s been done, the dogs have been fed… that castle is sounding better and better!
What reading location is at the top of YOUR list (and can I fit in your suitcase?)