What I Love Right Now

My guide to a cozy reading nook on a winter afternoon.

You know what? I don’t feel like writing about writing or business today.

I had a great weekend with my family celebrating my mom turning 70 and my sweet nephew turning 10. It was awesome, I really like my family.

We are ALL readers. At one point, we were all just chilling out on the couch on Saturday afternoon and my newly-10-year-old nephew was reading the 6th book in the Lemony Snicket series (he’d just received 3 hardcover books in the series as a gift!), my 13-year-old niece was reading a teen series I’ve never heard of, and my mom, stepdad, and I were all quietly reading on our Kindles. [The kids were basically draped across the laps of the adults and there was a dog named Annie snoring on the floor.]

It was awesome.

So, in celebration of books and reading, here are a few things you can get or read to enjoy books this winter! Winter may be almost over…but cozily reading by a window with coffee and a warm blanket never goes out of style.

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  1. Kindle. I love my Kindle. I have a Kindle Paperwhite right now (for the last few years) and have been considering upgrading to the Oasis (it’s waterproof!) but haven’t done it yet. Maybe soon? Amazon is offering 20% off a new Kindle plus a gift card if you trade in your old one.
  2. If you have a Kindle and you read as much as I do, Kindle Unlimited is your friend! I pay $9.99/month and have found a TON of new authors I’d never heard of but now love. I think they have a free trial but I’ve been using it so long I’m not 100% sure.
  3. A super-chunky knit throw blanket for cozy reading time. It’s handmade (NOT BY ME) and crazy soft and comes in a few colors. And it’s reasonably priced at about $36.
  4. Can’t let this list go on any longer without a couple of book recommendations! Whether you’re using an e-reader or holding a book in your hands and smelling the pages, there’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book! Here are just a couple I have on my reading list right now: American Dirt (Oprah’s Book Club) by Jeanine Cummins, Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westover, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling (author) and Jim Kay (illustrator). These are regular books, not Kindle Unlimited ones, as I didn’t want to limit book recommendations to Kindle users! I think most of them have audiobook versions, too, if that’s more your jam.
  5. An inexpensive clip-on reading light so you can keep reading deep into the night after your partner falls asleep and you know you should be asleep because you have work tomorrow but you’re right at the good part!…..ahem. Went on a tangent there.
  6. A fun book-related mug for your coffee (or tea, I guess…I don’t like tea). I own this exact one.

I can’t really think of anything else that would make my reading nook cozier. Maybe a cute throw pillow or two? I probably don’t need any more…I end up buying them whenever I see a cute one and my husband thinks they are taking over our living room (too bad!!!!). But really, a book and a warm drink and a cozy blanket with a light drizzle of rain happening outside that you can listen to? Best day ever.

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