Do You Read On The Couch?

14 Nov

Welcome back to exploring where we all read! As I said before, I love reading in bed. On the couch, well, is a different story.

I almost never read on the couch. I find it puts a lot of strain on my neck to look down at my lap to read. When I lift the book up my arms get tired. I end up laying down on the couch, but at that point, I’d rather be in bed where I have all the pillows I need to make myself comfortable. Plus, there are no breaks in cushions on my bed. My butt doesn’t get stuck anywhere.

I will read on the couch for a short time. If I know it’s only going to be 20 minutes that I’m reading while I wait for something or someone, I’ll do it. I also read magazines on the couch. I usually read these in short installments rather than all at once so reading them on the couch is a good option. Plus, they’re so light that holding it up to my face isn’t as much of an issue for me.

I’m going to guess I’m in the minority here. Couch reading seems to be pretty popular, but I just can’t get comfortable. Am I the odd one out, reader? Do you read on the couch?

Until next time, write on.

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34 Responses to “Do You Read On The Couch?”

  1. Rosie Amber November 14, 2017 at 10:43 AM #

    Oh yes, I read a lot on the couch (and in bed), we have a big roomy couch so it’s not a problem to stretch right out. I do like to prop the book or kindle up though. I’d really like one of those triangle type cushions for laps which hold a kindle/ipad/book – I keep hinting at the family each birthday and Christmas, but so far they’ve ignored me!
    I’ll either have to get one myself or drop huge great dollops of hints this year.

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 11:32 AM #

      I bought my mom one of those a few years ago and she loves it! I hope you get one this year. Happy reading!

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  2. beckylindroos November 14, 2017 at 10:55 AM #

    Never – and I have a long one, a short one, a huge (!) reading or two-some chair, and a decent futon. I don’t read on any of them. I have done it but not in years.

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 11:32 AM #

      Then where is left for you to read?!

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      • beckylindroos November 14, 2017 at 7:27 PM #

        In a nice chair behind a desk in the office which is great for putting drinks and snacks on. I can see the TV and have my laptop and iPad here, too. Sometimes I sit in a chair at the kitchen table where the light is great or sometimes on the deck in a chair there – with a little table next to me.

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      • Sam November 14, 2017 at 9:19 PM #

        I’d be too distracted with a TV, laptop, and iPad around. Kudos to you for focusing! Good lighting is a must for sure. Happy reading!

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  3. cantstopwontstopbooks November 14, 2017 at 11:04 AM #

    I have a huge overstuffed chair in my personal library that I’ll read on. It does start to kill my neck depending on how I sit though. Any other time I read in bed.

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 11:33 AM #

      That neck strain is killer. I have to lay flat and prop he book up on my knees at best. Happy reading!

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  4. kathyscottage November 14, 2017 at 11:16 AM #

    I love this exploring where we read series! Great reading! Yes, I do read on the couch. We have a nice, comfy sectional with blankets and pillows, so it’s almost like being in bed. And the lighting is great around the couch. 🙂

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 11:34 AM #

      I have a similar couch but our lighting is terrible. Maybe that’s the trick! Glad you’re enjoying the series. Happy reading!

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  5. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM November 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM #

    The couch in my apartment is pretty plush, so when I’m reading there I put my book on the arm and it’s at a comfortable level (hardly any neck strain). It’s also a sectional, so there’s plenty of room for me to move about if necessary. 🙂 But if I’m on an uncomfortable couch/love-seat, like at my local library, I can’t get comfortable reading on it.

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 9:14 PM #

      I have a sectional and I still struggle haha. I’ll have to try using the arm. Happy reading!

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  6. Caila November 14, 2017 at 1:11 PM #

    I don’t read on the couch unless I need to, our couch is very uncomfterable and so is out recliner. We got the couch from our cousin and my mom choose the chair thinking of only her sitting in it, not even once thinking if I would like it.

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 9:15 PM #

      Oh geeze. Our recliner is pretty great. So great that I read there for school knowing I’ll fall asleep haha.

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      • Caila November 15, 2017 at 3:44 AM #

        Unfortunately my the only other place to read is my bed and since it’s a bunk beds and so I am unable to sit up and read so my other option is the floor.

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  7. Cozynookbks November 14, 2017 at 3:38 PM #

    Yes, I do read on the couch. But I’m constantly shifting and moving. I don’t think I’m completely comfortable reading anywhere. But when I start getting uncomfortable it’s usually my cue to get up and take a break. ( :

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 9:16 PM #

      Good call. I much prefer shifting around and getting comfortable in bed than a couch. I usually fall asleep. Happy reading!

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  8. alilovesbooks November 14, 2017 at 5:03 PM #

    I read a lot on the couch or should I say couches. I like to spread out with my butt on one couch and my feet up on the arm of the other. It gives my neck support and means my legs are out of reach of the furry black monster who likes to attack them if I’m not paying him enough attention. I’ve also worked out if I sit another book on the arm of the couch I’m sitting on I can balance my mug of tea on it so it’s close at hand (this isn’t really possible in bed).

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 9:17 PM #

      Your system sounds perfect. Neck support is so key, I’m glad you figured it out. Happy reading!

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  9. lorryn November 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM #

    I mostly read in my chair. I almost never read in my bed and occasionally on the couch if I can get comfortable.

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    • Sam November 14, 2017 at 9:18 PM #

      Comfy chairs are always a good option. I have one but I fall asleep so fast I don’t read there much. Happy reading!

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  10. Abbey | threecatsandagirl November 14, 2017 at 10:14 PM #

    Ooh good option! I don’t mind reading on the couch! Although I do end up laying down sometimes too haha

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    • Sam November 15, 2017 at 7:18 AM #

      I always do, which is why I prefer a bed. Happy reading!

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  11. lilisblissfulpages November 15, 2017 at 12:46 AM #

    I usually read on the bed. Couch is off-limits. LOL.. But seriously couches in our house are often taken..Hahaha…

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    • Sam November 15, 2017 at 7:19 AM #

      Haha, do you have pets that like to get comfy? There’s more space on a bed anyway. Happy reading!

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      • lilisblissfulpages November 15, 2017 at 7:22 AM #

        *Deep sigh* We have two dogs and two cats. They’re just..Ugh..I love them most of the times but yeah, they always act as if they own the entire living room. And every other comfy chairs. The bed is entirely mine.. Hehe.

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  12. Jamie @ Fantasy Book Chick November 15, 2017 at 7:48 AM #

    I read on the couch if I’m the only one home. I will sit on the end and put my kindle on the arm rest. Both ends of my couch also recline so it just makes it even more comfortable.

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    • Sam November 15, 2017 at 8:01 PM #

      That sounds so perfect! I’ve read in our recliner, but I usually end up napping, haha. Happy reading!

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  13. Ryan November 15, 2017 at 5:03 PM #

    Oddly I find it easier to find a comfortable reading position on a couch as opposed to a bed, yet it is also not too comfortable that I’ll fall asleep.

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    • Sam November 15, 2017 at 8:12 PM #

      Haha, the perfect balance. Maybe my problem is I’m too comfortable on a bed. But reading is a great predecessor to a nap. Happy reading!

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  14. Gee Jen November 16, 2017 at 6:49 PM #

    I read mostly on the couch, constantly changing positions and after a really good book when I’ve been there for hours and hours I bemoan the fact that my neck and back are broken lol

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    • Sam November 16, 2017 at 9:42 PM #

      That’s why I read in bed haha. I find it much more comfortable. Happy reading!

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  15. Incessant Bookworm November 18, 2017 at 7:54 PM #

    The couch is my go-to spot! I can have so many angles for my body to be at to be comfortable!

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    • Sam November 20, 2017 at 11:23 AM #

      Sounds perfect. I love reading in bed for that reason: sounds like your couch is more comfortable than mine. Happy reading!

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