Sometimes the Best Spot is Your Own Spot

When it comes to studying, I can rarely work at home. There’s just too many distractions and I am used to doing so many other tasks while there. If I go to a library or coffee shop, I don’t have anything else to divert my attention. (Unless there is a couple arguing right across from me a little too loudly.)

When it comes to reading… that extra comfort you get from your favorite chair can keep you reading all night.

Sometimes your own spot can be in a location outside your house. I bet every sunday there is somebody that goes to the same Starbucks, around the same time, and sits in the same chair. Setting up a certain place just for reading can be really rewarding. If you only sit in the chair when you read you’ll be less distracted and more likely to not have to read the same sentence three times.

Here’s my current reading spot. I’d love a recliner but I just don’t have the space for one currently. It still is super cozy though!

My Reading Corner

Do you guys have a favorite spot to read or work? Leave a comment (and if you really want to, leave a picture!)

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Time to Snuggle up with my True Love, Books.

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Some of you may have heard of this fantastic coffee shop and I am going to tell you what makes it fantastic.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Caribou Coffee. From the young age of 12, I was at Caribou once or twice a day. My dad is a coffee devotee like myself. What makes this coffee shop special is the quality of the coffee, the employees, and the atmosphere that is most important to any reader.

The “theme” to the decoration of a Caribou would be considered cabin like. Wood throughout, usually a stone surrounded fireplace. It’s got a good snuggly feeling to it. My drink of choice is the Caramel High Rise. What is really neat about their drinks is not only is there the normal iced or hot versions but they have a cooler option too. Which is like a frappacino of each drink. I think that’s pretty awesome. I would say if you like a mocha, or chai, or even a plain coffee, it’ll be better quality and taste than others. Another cool feature I would suggest trying out is their coffee recommendation test. Based on your answer it tells you which coffee bean is best based on your taste.

Seating is a good variety. They have the comfiest leather chairs, like the kind that you could sit in all day and not want to move. They also have small and tall tables to put your heavy laptop on.

 

Noise level: Very quiet, just small conversations, light background noise level.

Seating: Good variety for studying and reading. Try out the comfy chairs if you get a chance.

Food: Pastries, deserts, sandwiches. All small portion, and delicious breakfast food.

Location: Midtown (near Piedmont Park)

Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

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The Dying of Reading

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I hate that title but I am afraid that it is accurate. This post may be a little pessimistic but I am hoping someone can prove me wrong.

Maybe it is my age group but I do not see many teens or young adults reading as a past time. Before there was social media, like Facebook, or the unlimited YouTube, more interaction with books occurred. Book clubs were more common, you’d see someone in the local coffee shop reading rather than glued to their laptop.

I guess what I mean to say is books, read as a form of entertainment rather than for knowledge, seems to be declining. This is purely my opinion and hopefully there are many researchers proving me wrong right this minute.

I thought with the invention of the eReader or reading apps on a tablet would help but the most I see people doing is updating their status, reading a short article, or flipping through a magazine.

Do you think there’s no hope for future readers? (Also I am dis-including series, like Harry Potter, because that is choosing to read a book that is massively liked and not necessarily picked up between an endless amount of other books)

Also is anyone in a book club? ESPECIALLY a book club that meets in a delicious smelling coffee shop?

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Book Sale

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When you were younger did your school ever had book fairs? I can blame my school’s fair for making me such a bookie.
While not exactly the same Northside Branch Library is hosting a book sale! I have yet to go to this library but based on the reviews I’ve read it is on the small side. I cannot wait to check it out since it sounds quiet cozy.

According to Access Atlanta gently used books will be 50 cents to two dollars. All the money is going towards the library… so buy some books to help the books!

If anyone is interested here are the dates:
Friday: 12pm-6pm
– Saturday: 10am-4pm

Directions are here

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To Hear but Not See the Rain

Being a student, finding the perfect spot is of upmost importance. Luckily in Atlanta I have a variety of options to help me get that perfect reading spot.
There has been this one coffee shop I had wanted to try for the longest time…

The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

I don’t want to sound like Yelp or another review site but I do want to help other readers find good spots based on what they want while enjoying a book.

The greatest aspect of this coffee bar happens to be the seating. To order your iced caramel latte (my drink of choice) there is a little counter with four bar stools and that is it. All the seating is outside and completely covered with strong mesh panels that offers wind through the area but no bugs or rain. There are comfy couches, wacky metal chairs, and best of all big day beds that are hung from the ceiling.

I really enjoyed reading on the couches made of wood panels. So if you are looking for a nice outdoor location to read I’d say this is the spot to try!

Noise level: Light conversations and music. Not distracting.
Seating: Great variety but no tables.
Food: Pastries and King of Pops Popsicles.
Location: Olde Fourth Ward


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Reading Criteria: What are YOU looking for?

I do not want to be a review blog. I want to be informative about anything related to Atlanta, books, and coffee with my options on such dabbled throughout.

That being said I want to have an idea of what is important for readers in a space.
Do you like some background noise or all quiet?
Is there a certain kind of chair or couch or swing that is best?
Are you specific about your location? Old Forth Ward, Midtown, etc?
Is food an important factor?

I’d love to hear what you guys are looking for!

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These are a Few of my Favorite Things…

This coffee shop has wonderful seating outside for when you want to curl up with a book in a comfy lounge swing!

The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar has wonderful seating outside for when you want to curl up with a book in a comfy lounge swing!

One of my FAVORITE coffee locations. They have a menu to describe all the different coffees. They also have delicious desserts.

Cafe Intermezzo is one of my FAVORITE coffee locations. They have a menu to describe all the different coffees. They also have delicious desserts.

By: Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling) Fantastic mystery novel. A light but entertaining book.

The Cuckoo’s Calling By: Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)
Fantastic mystery novel. A light but entertaining book.

By: Jane Austen A fantastic romance novel. I love the language and the way Austen describes scenarios in the novel. Another favorite of mine.

Pride and Prejudice By: Jane Austen
A great english romance novel. I love the language and the way Austen describes scenarios in the novel. Another favorite of mine.

By: Thomas Harris Creepy and wonderfully written. I could not put it down once I started. Partly due to fear and partly due to fascination.

The Silence of the Lambs By: Thomas Harris
Creepy and wonderfully written. I could not put it down once I started. Partly due to fear and partly due to fascination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you all and give a few suggestions on some prime books and spaces!  I would love to hear about some of your favorites too.

Feel free to comment!

  • Any good coffee locations?
  • What is the latest book you could not put down?
  • Also, did anyone catch my Mary Poppins reference in the title?!? (I really like that Disney film)

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