Desperate to try a reading retreat but not sure about the price? We love the idea of a holiday exclusively dedicated to reading. However, spending hundreds on a reading getaway isn’t always practical – especially when you’ll just be focused on your books! This is why we’ve planned an affordable and luxurious DIY reading retreat. Here is everything you need to know about creating a perfect reading experience from the comfort of your home.
Pick Your Books
When it comes down to picking books for a reading retreat you’ve got to plan ahead. No one wants a book hangover in the middle of a reading-fest! So here are some simple tips to help you curate your reading retreat reading list.
Create Your Reading Fort
Regardless of where you set up your reading spot, here are some general tips for a luxurious atmosphere.
There are also a number of free apps for your phone or tablet.
Find your comfiest chair, your fluffiest blanket, and your most literary pillow and settle in a reading marathon. If you like to move around a lot, bean bags can be a better option as you can easily reposition them.
You can’t beat reading in a comfy bed. Knitted mermaid-tail blankets are fun and warm, leaving your arms free for reading. A bed tray is very useful if you plan to eat and read in bed. If you want to go the extra mile, a net canopy can create the perfect secluded and extravagant feel.
Reading in the bath is the best place to escape from the world and fall into another. Pick from bubble bath, bath salts or a bath bomb to give yourself a little reading spa. It might be worth investing in a bath pillow and it is certainly worth getting a bath caddy (a tray that goes across the bath to hold your book, tablet, and more). Of course, you can’t forget the rubber duck. You can buy the perfect literary rubber duck here, so you don’t have to read alone.
Plan Your Meals and Drinks
If your book is set in a particular country or time it can be fun to pair your meals and drinks. This might be a chance to branch out and try some new cuisine or exciting drinks.
You don’t want to have to set down your book to deal with cooking. Prepare your meals in advance and simply reheat them. Another option is to get take out delivered, which can be a nice treat. For hardcore readers, finger-food is perfect for eating and reading uninterrupted.
Stock up on hot drinks! Find some tantalising herbal teas or even flavoured coffees and hot chocolates. Don’t forget marshmallows and whipped cream if you have a sweet tooth. In the warmer months iced tea is a great alternative. For the evening you might want a nice glass of wine as you turn down the lights and relax with your book.
It’s impossible to eliminate distractions, especially if you have responsibilities or obligations that may pop up. However, there are ways to manage them so you’re only interrupted by urgent matters.
Have a reading retreat sleepover! Get a group of friends and some extra supplies for a great but quiet reading party. Bond in comfortable silence as you all explore your own worlds, or maybe even the same one. Then take a break for meals so you can gush about your books. Just remember, no spoilers!
Want more of a holiday based reading retreat? Check out our reading spots blog here.