This is a spin-off of the 'cradling coffee mug in both hands' thread. Does anyone here really curl up when reading a good book? What does that mean? Your legs get tucked under and your body takes on a tight 'S' curve ?
Doesn't that make the legs lose circulation and the spine hurt?
Does this post require cold outdoor temperature, a fireplace and a soft throw from the sofa? Or can it also be done in summer? Is it for women only? Is it for mature women only? Can college texts be read this way or is it only for light fare? How about magazines or iPads, are they allowed for curling? Can it be done in morning or is strictly an evening activity?
Reading this post made me want to curl up and die.
There's a blog called --you guessed it-- "Curling Up with a Good Book", featuring a cartoonish image of some chic book in one hand, cradling (with one hand, even) a coffee cup in the other.
You have to wear a cable knit sweater when doing this.
I live in South Florida...no curling, no cradling, not even reading for most.
Don't we have a fitted sheet troll here? He would know.
I like to read standing up.
OP, you're way over thinking this. The curling up with a book has the emphasis on the book, not the curl.
When you get to reading a good book you let your body get into a position that allows you comfort while reading.
You don't curl first, then read.
It all depends on the chair. No sofa, no bed, a chair. Something over-stuffed, upholstered in medium or dark colors, maybe something a little nubby or fuzzy, never shiny. Long, wide, cushy arms. A separate back pillow, to allow for maximum body displacement and comfort. An ottoman is optional. Chairside table, with: a good reading lamp; pad and pencil; a coaster; your mug of choice filled with a soothing warm or hot beverage(and perhaps a few favorite cookies, shortbread maybe?) The art of curling up is so personal I wouldn't dare advise anyone on how to do it. Experimentation is key, and what works today may not necessarily work the next time.
Everytime I want to unwind by curling up in my tweed plaid pantsuit on the sofa with a good book while listening to Muzak on my hi-fi, Minnie and Laura Louise come by to ask me the price of my recliner.
My favorite way to read a book is on a carpeted floor, stomach down and my elbows on a pillow.
I'm very guilty of this and don't care who knows it. I read in what Americans call the living room, while sitting in a dear old chair with my terrier. Negotiating our spots on the chair and ottoman necessitates "curling up" with the book. Sometimes the dog is by my side, other times he curls around my feet. Without the beast on guard, Consuela uses this time to pilfer the house of its many earrings and caftans.
I often read in bed and curl up. It's a fetal position thing. I sleep like that as well.
Every weekend day you will find me lounging on my overstuffed chair with my legs on the ottoman and my two pug dogs lying by my side. Reading a good book, sipping assam tea (with milk and splenda) and eating fresh-baked (well, at least on Saturday) cookies. I tend NOT to cradle the mug as I usually have the book in one hand.
I have one of these as my reading chair. Best furniture I've ever bought.
[quote]Your legs get tucked under and your body takes on a tight 'S' curve ? Doesn't that make the legs lose circulation and the spine hurt?
It didn't when I was young, but it does now. So curling up with a book is yet another physical exercise that's harder for "seniors" to do? Life becomes exhausting after awhile....