Over a year ago I asked you to list a few of your favourite book-related things, and we had such lovely responses with lists of simple pleasures that I thought it would be fun to do it again.
If you would, please answer some or all of the following questions - or anything similar that comes to mind, for that matter; what I'm after is your ideal reading environment, and it can be a real one or a fantasy!
~ what is your favourite bookish location: a bookshop or library, a room in your own or someone else's home, somewhere out of doors*?
~ what is your preferred reading spot, e.g. a certain chair, your bed, a bench in the garden...?
~ do you prefer - in the background - music or silence, or the sounds of nature?
~ what about smells, do you want natural scents, homely ones such as baking and coffee, or just the smell of ink and paper?
~ related to that, what would you like best to eat or drink while reading?
~ when you look up from the page, would you like a view as such or is the place itself enough?
~ would you have a companion with whom to exchange the odd word about your reading, or do you prefer to keep the pleasure a solitary one?
~ any extra odds and ends such as a cosy blanket, a notebook, a particular bookmark, a stand to support a heavy volume, a special light?
~ in your ideal scenario, is having one book to hand enough, or would you like a shelf or two (or two hundred) within easy reach?
~ which author, alive or dead, might you want to join you for a grand old chat?
*The picture (click to enlarge it and you'll see the chair) is of a particularly lovely reading spot.