Sunday, 10 May 2015

Reading Positions

Drawing by Quentin Blake, from Matilda by Roald Dahl

This is a bit of a list/discussion post. We all know how hard it is to find the perfect reading position and be able to maintain it for however long it takes us to put the book in question down. Seriously, it's near impossible. You lay down in bed with your reading companion in hand, and five minutes later you're tossing and turning all over the place to get comfortable again!

This post is inspired by the illustrations by Quentin Blake in my favourite childhood book, Matilda by Roald Dahl. Leave me a comment below if you also adored this as a child.

1. The laying-in-bed style

Ohhhh yeah! That classic reading before sleeping position. Sounds like heaven. That is, until your arms hurt! Try laying on your side and half your face gets squished and you can't see one side of the book (even worse if you wear glasses and end up with half a skull of agony!). We've all been there, haven't we? Like every single night until our eyelids force themselves shut.

From Matilda

2. The sitting-in-the-armchair/sofa style

We do sometimes venture out of the comfort of our little nests (bedrooms) to read. The television sometimes come on as we are definitely certain that we can multi-task. Yes, fab. Totally works... nope. Our legs are usually curled up underneath us while we devour about a hundred pages because, let's face it, this reading position means business! You don't go into this kind of reading-position without a trusty cup of tea and some kind of fuel a.k.a. snacks and plenty of them.

From Matilda

3. The leaning-on-the-elbows style

This one never works out for long, does it? It's the to-go-to position when all else fails and it works right up until you need to turn the page. Bam! You face-plant the book every time, *sigh*. This is when we envy those with e-books because they just don't understand. But that's not enough to convert you. It'll never be enough. 

4. The solid-and-slightly-uncomfortable-chair position

Let's face it, this is for some seriously concentrated reading. It's the kind you do in school. It says "don't disturb me". But it's hard to enjoy any book when you're sat like this. 

My favourite is definitely the second one.
Comment below what you favourite is, and thank you for reading!


  1. Ah this made me laugh. Finding that perfect reading position is SUCH A STRUGGLE. I want to plow through my TBR pile, but sometimes I just can't get comfortable. I usually end up lying on my bed with pillows piled into strange formations in an effort at luxury. Great post : )

    1. Haha, thank you Susanna. I throw my pillows around everywhere too. :)