I saw this article on reading outside in the NYT. Like the author, I am also an outdoor reader in the summer months as are many of my friends.
I started reading outdoors as a child. We had a lovely golden willow tree in our backyard that was a perfect shady spot in the heat. I remember sitting under the tree reading away. I also climbed the tree with my book for a little adventure.
When we travel, finding a spot to read outdoors is a must. I don’t really do beach vacations anymore (my skin can’t take the sun), but I used to spend time on the beach with a book. When I gather with my girlfriends by a pool ( a rare event), we always find the shade and spend some time reading…..and doing a lot of talking!
I love being by a lake or anywhere in nature with a book.
For the last few summers, I have set up my front porch as my afternoon reading spot. My husband made it private with some flower boxes. I have a couple of comfortable chairs with pillows and a nearby table for my beverage of choice. I knit some ‘outdoor’ blankets last year that I grab if it is on the chilly side. It is a rare day that goes by in the summer that I don’t spend an hour or two reading on the porch.
The NYT article gives some suggestions for books to read outside. I am not that picky. I just go with the book I am currently reading 😊.
“There are only a handful of non-negotiables when it comes to plein-air reading: sunscreen, hydration, repeat.”Elisabeth Egan and Erica Ackerberg
And, wouldn’t you know it, there are even some tangible benefits from reading outside (although I would argue these are benefits of reading regardless of the location):
- Develop your mind
- Benefit from the sunshine vitamin
- Boost your memory
- Enhance your vocabulary
- Sharpen your reading and writing skills
- Lengthen your concentration
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Widen your imagination
- Lower your stress