As readers, there are a few things we really need. Here are what I see as the essentials for every reader.
A Huge Mug
Every reader likes to have a drink of tea or coffee by their side when they’re delving into a new novel. It just wouldn’t be the same without one. So, if you don’t have a huge mug to keep you company while you read, you really need one. You can get lots of literary-inspired ones too, so don’t go for something cheap and boring. My favourites are the Penguin Books inspired mugs. They take the classic orange paperback cover design and use on the mug. You can choose between Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, or pretty much any title you like.
An LED Book Light
Even those of us who have e-readers still read paper copies of books from time to time. For me, paperbacks are still my favourite form of book, even though Kindles are really convenient. If you want to read at night, there’s nothing more cool or atmospheric than reading your paperback with a little LED book light. They’re really cheap to buy, but they can be really handy if you need a bit of extra light focused on the page.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have more books than you know what to do with! They seem to be spilling over into every corner of my house. No matter how many shelves I put up for them, they always fill up far too quickly. I should probably get rid of some that I’ve already read, but I don’t like to do that. So for now, I just have to keep buying strong and sturdy shelves. Don’t buy the cheap, flimsy ones though. These break really easily if you pile on too many hardbacks!
A Case for Your Kindle
Kindles don’t come cheap. They are great because you can fit so many novels into one tiny package, but you’re left in a tricky situation if it breaks. Luckily, they are pretty resilient, and they don’t stop working easily. But they don’t have the advantage of ordinary books that can be read no matter how many times you drop them! The Kindle Paperwhite case is really good at protecting your e-reader, so I’d recommend investing in one. You won’t regret it next time you drop your Kindle on the floor.
Somewhere Comfortable to Read
We all need to be comfortable when we sit down and get stuck into a novel. I have a great chair that I use whenever I want to relax and read. This is what every avid reader needs if they’re going to get the most out of their reading experience. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable and restless when you’re trying to read. It becomes impossible to concentrate! Some people even have hammocks in their garden for summer reading. That’s something I really need to do next summer.
If you’re a reader like me, make sure you do yourself a favour and get these accessories.
*This is a contributed post