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Location, Location

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What’s your favorite place to read? Do you have more than one? Can you read anywhere, or do you need things to be “just right?”
Bonus points for sharing a photo of your favorite spot. (grin)
Until I move into my new home, I shall find the comfort in the breakfast joints, coffee houses, and parks where I do almost all my readings. As you’ll see, all my favorite reading spots foster a tranquil atmosphere for reading. I avoid noises places where I cannot concentrate on the written words.

#1. Castro Tarts. This is my breakfast joint. The brother-and-sister team owns this run-of-the-mill place with homemade pastries, breakfast, and Vietnamese sandwiches. I spend a good hour or two here in my personal alcove to read over coffee.
#2. Cafe Flore. The corner table and the outdoor patio have seen many hours of reading here. On a warm day the tables on the sidewalk under the umbrella are perfect for bringing along the dogs.
#3. Buenavista Park. Perching on top of the Castro neighborhood, the park has a grassy patch on top of the knoll for reading. Pack a lunch, bring the dog, and sit up here with a book–it’s heaven.
#4. Anywhere by the pool is a great reading spot! Palm Springs, Russian River, Orange County, Hawaii….I’ll be off to Palm Springs this weekend for my birthday. Poolside reading time is a must!

10 Responses

  1. First off, Happy Birthday! Palm Springs is so gorgeous this time of year.

    I love to read anywhere. Seriously. As long as it’s not too noisy. I can tune out quite a bit, but obnoxious personalities with loud voices pierce me to the core.

    • Thanks Tina! The forecast says 79F-81F for the weekend and no wind. It’s going to be warm and gorgeous.

      I’m totally with you about a quiet environment for reading. I cannot concentrate when people are carrying on an ongoing conversation, let alone cellphone conversation. I’m glad to have found the couple places that have now become my hangout joints.

  2. I totally did my own post on this before I moved!!! (With pictures!)

    http://loveatfirstbook.com/2012/08/15/book-thought-places-to-read/

  3. Your reading spots are lovely. My favorite reading spot in the world has to still be Hawaii. Whether on the beach or by a nice pool, I’m quite happy to spend the entire day outside reading!

    • I miss that patio at Hanalei Bay resort, where I spend all afternoon reading. San Francisco is usually too cold to sit outside with a book, so I really treasure the time I have in sunny spots like Hawaii and Palm Springs.

  4. Happy birthday!! LOVE your reading spots. I’m very jealous. My favorite reading spot is probably the beach, on a warmish day, but my most frequent reading spot is the subway.

    • Thank you Lu! My reading spots are pretty predictable, huh? I love the sun and I love to read outside with a sip of of a drink. I also read in the subway during my commute. You’ll be surprised how much reading done during those 40 minutes everyday.🙂

  5. Happy belated birthday! I can’t read at home. I fall asleep immediately! I love to read in coffee shops and basically anywhere out of the house!

    • Thank you Marie! If I read at home, I have to turn the computer off because every once in a while I am tempted to check my Facebook. Like you I can focus in coffee shops and in the public.

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