The Five Best Fictional Book Nooks
Where’s your favourite reading nook? Is it a wide windowsill scattered with plump pillows, or all cosy in bed with the lights dim and a cup of tea? Is it your daily commute, nestled between strangers on the train, or comfortably propped-up against the arm of the sofa at home?
Where you like to read your favourite books is as individual as how you like your coffee in the morning. You can tell so much about a person from where they choose to read, have you ever wondered where your favourite literary characters like to read, too?
The Book Nook have wondered this themselves and have put together a list of our five favourite literary bookworms’ favourite reading nooks! Let us know if you have any other favourites to add to the list!
Hermione Granger loves to read anywhere. All she wants to do is study and read everything she can get her hands on, even if it means going into the restricted area of the library. Once she’s got a good book though, her favourite place, we think, must be the Gryffindor Common Room. She would just love to snuggle-up with a cup of tea, a few biscuits and of course her cat, Crookshanks, by her side. She would need the arm of the chair to rest her ‘enormous old book’ on, as her idea of ‘light reading’ isn’t the same as everyone else’s! In the Gryffindor Common Room, with the lights low and the soft purring of her cat, Hermione is content in her book nook.
Belle from Beauty and the Beast’s favourite reading spot would be anywhere outside. She can read a book whilst doing her chores, one hand on a broom, the other on the book. Or, she could be sitting perched on the edge of a fountain in the town centre, undistracted by the hustle and bustle going on around her. With her nose ‘stuck in a book’ and with a ‘dreamy, far-off look’ Belle’s book nook is anywhere that she can read.
Elizabeth Bennet’s reading nook is a classic. The perfect window seat over-filled with comfy pillows and ornate upholstery. Elizabeth Bennet can sit poised to perfection with a book in her hand, one eye out the window, the other on the page. Her powers of observation do not diminish just because she’s reading, oh no, she combines the two with her perfect vantage point to watch those mysterious strangers wander around the park, whilst still managing to enjoy her story. Wait, is that Mr Darcy I can see?
Klaus loves an adventure. He loves to escape the world he’s in and what better way to do that than to read a book? Tucked up under the bed covers late at night, you can imagine his perfect book nook being right there, under the covers. He reads to escape; he reads to gain knowledge. He needs to help rescue his family from their archenemy Count Olaf. To do this, he reads in his favourite spot - under the covers, the night before a big adventure.
Matilda is a mischievous child that can sometimes find herself very bored. Her perfect book nook would be somewhere surrounded by different voices and different places, where she could travel to different worlds at a whim and change the story instantly. Think: A library. She wants to be transported ‘into new worlds and introduced…to amazing people who live exciting lives’, rather than being suck in her room in a boring English village. Her perfect reading nook is a place that can open-up whole new opportunities for her, to be the girl she truly is. She wants to be reminded that she is not alone.
Who’s your favourite literary bookworm? Where’s your favourite reading nook? Be sure to check-out The Book Nook on the Ware high street for more reading nook suggestions and we’ll be happy to help you and your loved ones find your next book to escape into.