Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week’s question…
Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other then your home)
I’m going to let you in on a little secret that I have kept under wraps for years. The best place to read books is in the children’s section at the library. The kids’ area has the comfiest seats, room to stretch out and best of all you are in a climate controlled area so you don’t get hot or cold. The only problem is of course the children but that can be taken care of with a little careful planning.
Step 1: pack snacks, mp3 player, mobile/iPad and make sure you wear socks without holes in them so you can kick off your shoes
Step 2: know your rights so you can politely dissuade anyone who tries to shift you. Lower your pitch so that you sound more assertive and ensure you speak clearly and directly. Don’t go on the defensive.
Step 3: stake out your claim. Often parents will bring their younger kids into the library on weekends while their older kids play sport so you need to get in before them or wait until around lunch time when parents take their family home for a feed. You will need your mp3 player to filter out any noise the littlies make.
Step 4: eliminate the seat thief danger. Obviously you are going to need to get up at some point to have a snack or get a drink and this is when eagle eyed children may pounce on the spot you have spent a couple of hours warming up. Assess the danger before moving – I have found that rampant paranoia has served me well over the years and it will help you too. You might like to make up a Reserved sign and plonk that down on your chair before vacating the kids’ section. Alternatively, leave a few books on the chair and maybe a notebook behind. Don’t leave anything valuable and for goodness sake don’t leave a bag or anything that could be mistaken as a threat. If the police come to investigate a suspicious package, you will miss out on valuable reading time.
Step 5: take a moment to feel smug that you have found the perfect destination reading spot.
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