Get Out & Explore! How to Be a Bookworm for a Day

Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

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Do you ever just wish you could curl up with a book and just do nothing but read ALL day? Then do it! There's something so luxuriously simple (and cheap) about spending hours of uninterrupted time diving into a good plot. Here's how to carve out and maximize time to stoke your book-loving fires.

You've got to get into the mood
Nothing gets my pages turning more than walking through the aisles of a local small book store or library. If you need a book to read, this is a perfect time to grab a new title. But you can just browse too. Anyone else just love reading titles, running their fingers over the spines and maybe even smelling a book or two? Be sure to check to see if there are any author's book signings or talks going on in your city...getting inspiration straight from the source can be an invigorating thing for a book-lover! Got kids in tow? Carve out time to visit a story-time session to get them excited about books, too.

Find the right book to get lost in
And this is important. Most of us probably have a stack of books in varying degrees of "currently being read" that you could choose from. But don't grab the book you think you should be reading. Grab the book you know you'll enjoy, even if it's a guilty pleasure!

Find the right space
Plopping down in a favorite city park with a good blanket, a spot of shade and a little picnic basket full of snacks is perfect. Your backyard hammock is great (but only if you don't have folks who might sneak out to disturb you). Don't forget about beaches and poolside spots. Next to a babbling brook near a favorite hiking trail is an option, too. Spend a little time finding the perfect reading spot this weekend and knock out a few chapters! Have fun losing track of time!

What books are you reading currently that absolutely suck you in and transport you to another world (letting you forget yours for a little while)? Share your favorite summer reading titles, your favorite spots for reading or how you carve out time to read in the comments below!

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(Image credits: Marcia Prentice for Lisa & Piero's English Inspired Los Feliz Home; Janel Laban)

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