We’re all about good books on days. Make the most of the unpredictable weather with these tips for styling your own book nook…
All the things that make us grumble about a rainy day– the wet, the wind, the chill – are also the things that make it oh-so-cosy.
Is there anything lovelier than cuddling up on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea and a good book while the storm rages on outside? If, like us, you love to read all year round, then it’s worth creating your own space for those precious time-out moments.
It shouldn’t matter whether you’re in a three-bedroom bungalow or an inner-city studio apartment. Story time is sacred.
FIND THE PERFECT SPOT
Before anything else, you’re going to need to find a spot to retreat to. This is the tricky part.
If you’re lucky enough to have a home office or a large enough living room, carve out a corner of it just for you.
For those lacking space, you might have to make do with what you already have. Find a spot on the sofa, or even in the bedroom, and make it your own.
Just make sure that everyone else knows when it’s reading time ‘do not disturb’ will be your new mantra.
A SIDE TABLE IS ESSENTIAL
For the ultimate reading experience you need to relax, to indulge, to really slip into the story and leave your troubles far behind…
We’ve found that a side table is the perfect addition to a reading nook. And it’s versatile, too! Great for stacking your TBR (to be read) books.
The idea of a reading nook is to make it your personal haven, so bring personality to your space with décor and practical accents.
Create a warm and comforting atmosphere with a scented candle. (See, that side table is a must-have!)
Don’t forget to style up and around: wall art is the perfect way to make a small space burst with personality, because it’s fairly flat and out of the way. And a table or floor lamp provides much-needed light for your story-sore eyes.
5 GREAT BOOKS WE’VE READ LATELY
No reading spot is complete without something to read. You’ve no doubt got a list as long as your arm and countless books waiting to be picked up at the library.
But here’s what the Zanui team has been reading this year…
– The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Junior Homewares Buyer, Alanna: “I just finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and loved it. It’s a great psychological thriller!”
– In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Marketing & PR Assistant, Lisa: “About an American guy who travels around Australia. He not only tells you about his trip but gives anecdotes and real stories about Australia, past and present, and makes you laugh from beginning to end. Read it! You’ll find out a lot of stuff that you didn’t know about Australia.”
– Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Senior Buyer, Stina: “Sad, but good. I liked it because it was a very emotional and interesting read about Alzheimer’s from the perspective of the person getting ‘sick’. It makes you think a lot, and I liked that.”
– The Giver by Lois Lowry
B2B Account Manager, Dan: “This was the first dystopian book I’d read and I keep re-reading it. It really opened my eyes and made me question the underlying agendas of authority.”
– A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Content Writer, Natalie: “A pretty powerful book about friendships and relationships, with a Middle Eastern context. Definitely a crowd pleaser!”