WHERE WE READ: Gemma & Melanie


Like most of you, the place I do most of my reading is in my bed, just before I fall asleep. There is nothing like snuggling into your bed and diving into another world just before you drift off to sleep. Sometimes this does mean that I end up reading way into the early hours of the morning and I end up really tired next day. I know that this is really rather boring, and you might have expected me to have some large library with floor to ceiling bookshelves where I go off to read. Unfortunately those plans are on ice until I win the lottery.

Hugs-a-lot, Dave the Minion and Erik the Penguin.

Above is a picture of my bed. Hugs-a-lot, Dave the Minion and Erik the Penguin all sit on my bed. In the left hand side of the photo, you can just see the book I am currently reading, along with my kindle.

The other places I usually read are on my commute to and from work. The strange thing is that I can only read the kindle app on my phone. Anything else and I end up getting car sick. (Also, in case you all are worrying, it’s when I’m a passenger in the car, not driving).

Sitting in the canteen at my work, during my lunch break is another location. Since I work in a mainly male dominated industry, I am much more careful about what I read. My kindle allows me to read some books with more questionable covers, so that’s fine. Saying that, I did see a bloke reading all three 50 shades books. This did make me chuckle.

My favourite place to read isn’t in my house. It isn’t even in this country! No, my favourite place to read is by the pool on my holidays, usually with a drink in my hand. I go every year to Orlando Florida and we usual stay at the Hard Rock Hotel. I also take this time to take a peek at what everyone else is reading too. Then I like to go hunting in the book stores to see if I can find it.

This year I had to rein in the influence of Carolyn and Laura. While swimming in the pool, I saw not one but TWO people with books, reading in the pool! Yes, you heard me right. They were sitting in the shallow end and they were reading!!! My poor heart jumped into my mouth. I had to do everything not to run and grab the books off them.

So, that’s where I normally do my reading. Sorry it is not more exciting.


I am probably one of the few people who reads more outside the home than in it. I can’t claim to have a favourite comfy chair to read in and the only time I really read in bed (other than when I am sick) is when I am supposed to be making it! When that happens I am usually joined by one of my cats who thinks its bedtime and their job is to lie on top of my book (Kindle included but not as comfy apparently). I do however; attribute my ability to get through a lot of books to my daily commute. I have the utter joy of spending 2+ hours a day on public transport and if there is a delay, signal failures, leaves on the track etc then that takes it up to 3-4. The fun! It does mean that in 10 hours a week I can get through quite a few books.

London Tube Map

The days I get to go to the gym then I am blessed with an even slightly longer commute which involves taking a bus, a train and the tube in order to get to work. Having a book to plant in your face really comes in handy when the local crazy person gets on the bus and decides we all want to hear about his blood pressure. Eye contact is a dangerous thing in this circumstance and if I look busy reading then I don’t need to engage in conversation. Win win all around. London Underground are very tetchy about anyone taking pictures of the tube or on the tube so for your reading enjoyment I have added a tube map with and I have even marked my route into work on it.  Blue is my normal trip and red is my gym day trip into work.

I do have however, one favourite place to read in the house and that is in the bath and that usually only happens on the weekend (I do shower so don’t worry that I am stinking up the place the rest of the week). Sorry, folks but I wanted to save you all from upset stomach so have not taken a picture of myself in the bath.

Bubble Bath, Chocolate Martini & Kindle.

I am not into the whole candle and soft music thing with my baths but there are a few rituals including lots and lots of bubble bath and a nice tipple. In the summer the tipple is either a refreshing G&T or glass of wine and in the winter it is either a port or a chocolate martini (like in the picture). Chocolate martinis are really just chocolate milk for grownups and containing no chocolate whatsoever. Word of advice be careful with the booze to water temperate ratio because if both are too high then getting out of said bath can be quite a chore and you don’t usually get a lot read.

Where is your favourite place to read?

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Carolyn January 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I love reading in bed and the bath. Agree a lot of bubbles are necessary 😉


Gemma January 4, 2013 at 8:38 am

ooh, I can’t read in the bath. I am so scared that I would drop my book (or kindle) in the bath….


Laura January 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

I can’t read in the bath either. I actually don’t really like baths, I’m a shower girl.
I too mainly read in bed or in my armchair and love reading by the pool on holidays 😀
Can’t believe people read in the pool *the horror*
A couple of jobs ago I used to work in London and had a long commute too. I would get through about 3 books a week then. I don’t miss the commute, but I do miss the reading time!


Gemma January 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

I nearly had a hairy fit! Scared me half to death when I saw that person reading a book in the pool! (See, your influence is changing me for the better)


Lee January 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I read in bed too – every night. I have since I was a kid, I don’t think I could get to sleep without reading. The only problem is now I read on my iPad and many times I fall asleep mid-sentence and the iPad goes smashing into my face. Those things are heavy and it hurts!


Gemma January 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

LOL! I don’t have an Ipad, but I do have a kindle. Am so worried that I will flick the covers and it goes flying off the bed! :)


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