Saturday 20 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2 - What's your bedtime reading ritual?

I stumbled across the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted by April from Good Books Good Wine and it looks like so much fun that I have to take part. You can find out all about the challenge and how to join in HERE. Obviously the idea of the challenge is to take part 15 days in a row but I don't have enough time for that and since April is so relaxed over the rules I've decided  dedicate one day a week to the challenge.

The Day 2 topic is: What's your bedtime reading ritual?

I'm not sure that I have a bedtime reading ritual as such but I do tend read every night before I go to bed! I might read throughout the evening downstairs curled up on my sofa (or at the moment out in the garden trying desperately to cool off after the sun goes down and the temperature starts to drop - this heatwave is killing me!) but I always read in bed before I go to sleep.

To be honest I probably shouldn't read in bed because I suffer with terrible insomnia and I know that I sometimes end up making it worse by getting hooked into a story that I just can't put down! I've lost count of the number of times I've ended up staying up ridiculously late just so I can finish a book LOL.

At bedtime I'll go upstairs, do all the things you have to do before bed (wash, brush teeth etc) then I'll sometimes listen to a chapter of two of an audiobook while I do my cleanse, tone and moisturise routine sitting on the bed. Once I'm actually in bed I'll go back to whichever book I'm currently reading. If I'm reading a print book then I have to keep the bedside lamp so I have to admit I tend to prefer reading ebooks in bed because my kindle cover has a light attached. It means the room is much darker and I'm more likely to feel sleepy sooner.

I usually only aim to read for an hour or so but if the book I'm reading is really good then I'll often be reading much longer. Very rarely I'll end up being too tired to read more than a chapter or two but that doesn't happen often and I'm more likely to fall asleep with the book still in my hand because I'm desperately trying to carry on reading LOL.

So what is your bedtime reading ritual? Do you read in bed or do you prefer to read earlier in the day?


  1. Reading in bed is one of my favourite things. At uni I got into the habit of read in bed in the mornings, usually until about lunchtime, which was fab. If only that was still an option...

  2. I tend to read in bed quite often, or sometimes at my desk. Weekends I'll read in bed before getting up :)

  3. @ Sophie - there is nothing better than a lazy morning reading in bed is there! :o)

    @ Nikki-ann - Morning reading in bed is definitely a popular choice!



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