Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It was a dark and stormy night...

Not to worry. I am not channeling Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Lord Lytton ponders his next
literary masterpiece.

Credit: National Portrait Gallery, London
Actually, the weather is picking up something fierce here in Middle Tennessee as I write this. Driving winds, pouring rain, and spectacular lightning strikes. It's not unlike a violent ballet.

It is also my favorite weather to read by.

Please, keep your sandy beaches, your breezy springtime hammocks, and your fireside lounge chairs. My ideal reading environment requires cozy refuge from severe weather.

This preference might have something to do with the element of danger, likely due to my time in Mississippi and Florida dodging hurricanes, and here in Tennessee admiring the ferocity of tornados.

This doesn't mean that I don't respect the power of nature. In fact, I'd say I revel in it. It puts my mind at ease to know that, while the storm is raging outside, something equally powerful is happening when I'm engrossed in a great book.

So, where do you like to read? Do you have a favorite spot? A perfect chair? A secluded hideaway or public perch?


  1. I also love the refuge from stormy weather reading but since that doesnt happen much in perth I likee to go down to the beach carpark and sit in my car and read. Its fairly secluded and quiet and its really nice if it rains to have the water hitting the car as you're warmly tucked inside :)

  2. anywhere. i forget where i am.....

  3. "A violent ballet" ... I love that! My fave place to read is curled up in my bed... if it's raining during the day, even better!

  4. @Christina - That sounds great! I bet it's especially peaceful if the waves are nice and strong on those days.

    @Sarah - Wish I could do that. In our house, there's always someone or something that likes to remind me. It's like that Naked Eyes song.

    @PK - Thanks for the compliment! I like reading in bed, too. The problem is, I fall asleep so easily!