Friday, September 14, 2012

The Perfect Reading Weather

If you're a reader, you will understand this post perfectly.

Yesterday evening was the perfect reading weather. To be honest, I have four to eight different "perfect reading weather" situations which correlate with the different seasons, but it's been awhile since this one has visited me.

Around three o'clock yesterday the air turned extremely cool, and by the time I went to pick up David, I was sorry I hadn't grabbed a sweater. As the sun continued to set, the air continued to turn cooler and the wind picked up. I was secretly hoping it was coming and sure enough, by 8 o'clock, I had my perfect reading weather.

It was extremely windy and the rain was slightly tapping against the windows. The air was so crisp that I debated over opening a window for the evening, but I couldn't resist the lure of the fresh air filling the house. So, I opened the window just slightly, lit my mulled cider candle, and I grabbed a big, warm, and fuzzy blanket from the closet.

As the rain steadily ran down the windows, I cuddled that blanket up to my shoulders and I read for a good amount of time. My current book is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, which fit the rainy setting and helped to chill me even more.  It couldn't have been more perfect; a scary book, autumn chilled air, a warm blanket, the drizzling rain, and the scent of a cider candle filling the house made for the best reading weather I've had in a long time.

In case you were wondering, my other favorite fall reading weather is when it is beautifully sunny outside and the colors of the trees are painting the sky with vivid colors that can't help but make you smile.

What about you? If you're a reader, what is the perfect reading situation/environment for you?


  1. Those two situations you described are totally some of mine, as well! Last night sounds utterly perfect. :) I particularly love, on the second kind of day you described, taking a blanket to a park or somewhere and laying out to read and write for hours. I also love reading weather in the winter, when it's cold and stormy outside but your house is deliciously warm (the mulled cider candle is a crucial ingredient in that one too, ha!). And in the spring, when the weather is sweet and not-too-hot-not-too-cold... and in the summer, when it's hot but you're at the beach or the pool in the shade. There, there's my four seasons of reading! And I LOVE Ray Bradbury.

  2. I used to be such an avid reader. I always read right before bed. When we moved, I stopped reading. =( Your post along with that awesome facebook status of your current book count, makes me want to grab a book! I just started (again) The Night Circus, so maybe this time I'll finish it!

    I love reading in the afternoon, when the sun is coming in with more of a golden tone. We used to have an old wicker rocking chair that I'd drag into the sunlight from the front door,cuddle up with the cat on my lap and read all afternoon. Ah, those were the days.

  3. Cindy, those are PERFECT reading weather conditions. I love all of those. I especially love the beach/pool one.

    Beth, I hope you do finish it and then tell me what it is about! I love book recommendations! What a PERFECT reading time, and it sounds like you need to invest in a new wicker chair!! I would love to have a rocking chair to read in.


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