Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Brisbane City Gardens. Smack bang in the centre of the city these gardens sit alongside one of my uni's campuses and nestled into the river. Because of the closeness of the city I often head here after a trip to Borders or Dymocks, heavy book bag in tow, to pour over my new titles. It can get quite busy with joggers, lunchers and tourists but under the right tree (big trunk and extreme leafiness) with the right book all those distractions disappear.
7. Coffeshops. I love the romantic imagery associated with reading in nature, but sometimes the isolation is too much and I can't concentrate on the book in front of me. Sometimes having noise and people around me is much more conducive to me actually getting into a book. I'm not sure why, but it's the same reason why I need music or the television on while I study, for some reason extreme distractions =/= actual distractions?! If given the choice I'll always pick a coffee shop with a bit of a bohemian atmosphere rather than one of the Starbucks variety, it just seems more appropriate for the activity. Plus what goes with books better than coffee may I ask?
This was possibly the most difficult Top Tuesday yet, at least for me. Bottom line, I don't really care where I read, just that I'm reading, so finding 10 locations that I love to read in was hard. I will however admit that there is a romanticism in the location of reading, just as there is for writing. No one wants to admit to simply sitting on the couch with a laptop when writing a novel and neither do people want to say they sit on a bus and read, unless that bus is taking you to meet your sweetheart who you haven't seen in months, being pelted with raindrops and is of a more vintage fashion rather than the less picturesque buses you usually catch home.