We think anywhere you can sneak in a few chapters is great. But many of us have a particularly special spot to curl up with a book. We asked a few of our favorite readers to share theirs–and invite you to add your picks to the comments!
Charles Blackstone, author of Vintage Attraction:
“My favorite reading spot is on my couch. I like to keep beverages (water, wine, whiskey, depending on the book) within easy reach, and, of course, Haruki the pug nearby for warmth and companionship and to occasionally turn the pages for me when I have a glass in one hand.
Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky’s new book, DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show: Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step, was released this week. Stephanie, one of our lucky readers, was on hand to celebrate…with an extra special guest. She fills us in on this magical night.
Nothing heats up an arctic vortex like a little love and murder. I had the amazing opportunity to grab a handful of both at the Love is Murder conference in Chicago last month. In fact, I bought a bagful of love and murder at the onsite bookstore!
Authors Rachel Herron, Juliet Blackwell and Sophie Littlefield in Berkeley, CA.
A surprising number of my favorite photos are out of focus or cropped in weird places. They capture me and my friends not at our most photogenic, or our most camera-ready, but at our most unguarded. You might say – at our most real.
Take this one, for instance. This was from a recent Plot Lunch, a tradition that was begun as a professional exercise and evolved – devolved? – into a celebration of friendship as much as a strategy session.
Anne McCarthy Strauss reads from A Medical Affair at Book Revue, Huntington, NY, the fifth largest independent bookstore in the U.S.
I grew up surrounded by books – more accurately, library books. Both my parents were avid readers, but my father, an attorney, could read circles around my mother. Every Saturday, our routine was the same. I’d hop in the back of our Plymouth Belvedere for a trip across town to the library and the supermarket.
Both raised in Brooklyn, my parents had relied on public transportation. When we moved to the suburbs, neither parent had a driver’s license. My mother lost the coin toss on which of them would take driving lessons. She became the family chauffeur.
What better way to celebrate a new book than with dessert?! Then again, we don’t think any celebration is complete without a cake. But it’s especially fitting for Nancy Spiller’s food memoir, Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned from My Mother’s Recipe Box. This thought-provoking holiday read looks at the relationship between mothers and daughters and all women who struggle to find a balanced compromise in marriage, family, relationships––and in the kitchen. Especially during the holidays…