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Guest Post about Immersing Yourself in a Novel by Amanda Turner

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How to Create the Ideal Environment for Getting Lost in a Novel

by Amanda Turner

Sitting down with a good book can be a great way to unwind after a long day. Not only can reading decrease stress, but it can also help improve memory and concentration.  But in order to make your experience as beneficial and enjoyable as possible, it’s important to have a comfortable reading area where you can read in peace.

Although you may think sitting on the couch is the best way to read, giving yourself a designated area will make your journey through an amazing book even better. Keep reading to learn how to create the ideal environment for getting lost in a novel.

Pick a Designated Area

The first step to creating a nice reading environment is to pick a designated space. This could be a room, a corner, or even a reading nook. Picking a specific area and consistently using it for your reading spot will allow you to have a permanent space you know you can go to when you’re ready to get lost in a good book.

Clean and Remove Clutter

If you’ve ever tried to do something productive in a messy and unorganized space, you probably realize how difficult it can be to focus in that kind of environment. Since you want to be able to focus all of your attention on the book you’re reading, it’s important to create a reading space that is clean and organized.

Eliminate Noise and Distractions

Nothing can break your concentration faster than distracting noises. In reality, there may be many things in your home that are loud and make it difficult to concentrate. When setting up, be sure to take care of any necessary home repairs to ensure there aren’t loud noises affecting your focus. Once you’ve designated an area, make a habit of not bringing anything that may try to steal your attention, such as computers and cell phones.

Incorporate Plants

Did you know houseplants can benefit your health by removing dust and pollutants from your air? Plants are also known to help lower background noise. By adding plants to your reading area, you can improve the air quality and create a peaceful atmosphere that will make it easier for you to relax while enjoying your book. Plus, plants can also add some extra style to your space.

Choose Your Seating Carefully

Having a comfortable place to sit while you read can make a world of difference so it’s important to pick the right chair for your reading environment. When choosing a chair, think about how you like to sit when you read. If you prefer a more relaxed position, you may want to go with a chair that also comes with an ottoman. Since you also want your reading space to look as good as it feels, also think about how the chair will match your style.

With a little creativity and flexibility, you can give yourself a reading area you can enjoy for years to come. Once you have the ideal reading environment, you won’t be able to put your books down.

Amanda Turner is a freelance writer and recent graduate who is exploring her passions through writing. 

 

 

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I'm a librarian at a public library and author of the Cobble Cove mystery series and other novels, short stories, articles, and a novella. My books include CLOUDY RAINBOW, REASON TO DIE, and the 4 books of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A STONE'S THROW, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, WRITTEN IN STONE, and LOVE ON THE ROCKS. I've also written a romantic comedy novella, WHEN JACK TRUMPS ACE, and various short stories of different genres published by Solstice Publishing. My standalone psychological thriller, SEA SCOPE was published in May 2019 by Creativia. I have also completed the first book of a new cozy series, THE CASE OF THE CAT CRAZY LADY, Rainbow Gardens Pet Mystery #1, for which I am currently seeking representation. I am a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Long Island Authors Group, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer's Association. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and 3 cats.

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