An Open Letter To Time

Dear Time,

Please speed up so that my quality of life can increase once again. I love when I can do this

or this

I do not really enjoy reading inside (even though I do love reading in my tub or next to my fireplace) as much as I do reading outside in parks, in pools, at the beach, on a boat. I feel at peace. I feel a sense of bliss. I NEED THIS AGAIN. Please skip past winter and then the weird thawing of Pennsylvania spring until it becomes blooming and sunny and wonderful.



I’ve told you my favorite places to read before and you know that I just love reading outside. When it’s nice out…I’m reading outside. I actually think I get more reading done because there is NOTHING I’d rather do than get outside and bring a book with me. I think that’s why I find myself reading more in the summer than any other season — which is strange because you’d think I’d do more reading when I’m hibernating from the cold rather than when I’m super busy in the summer. I guess I just take every moment I can to sneak outside — especially at work…my whole lunch hour is spent at the park reading in the summer.

It’s also funny because honestly some of the moments that I cherish the most are times I was reading outside. They are these vivid memories where I can feel the sun on my back, the wind blowing lightly through my hair and just falling into a book. I think of the quiet moments reading in my backyard (the first picture is one of those times), reading in Santa Monica on vacation in a park before we went to the airport (the second picture) or reading while in a park in Paris. I cannot wait to wander the world and read in memorable places.

Where are your favorite places to read? Are you more of an outdoor reader or indoor reader? Any memorable places that you’ve read?

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) says:

    I will read anywhere at anytime in any season. Truth.

    Right now, as weird as it sounds, I kinda enjoy going to my kids' carpool an hour early to sit in the car and read uninterrupted and read for a whole hour before I pick them up. It's strange, reading in the car like that…sometimes it's cold. Sometimes it's a little too warm. Sometimes it's raining and the windows fog up. But I'm really digging that special hour that I get five times a week, every week, while school is in. I missed it over the Christmas holiday break.

    Also noteworthy about this is that the kids' school is in the middle of rural Eastern NC, so beside of the school is a big farm. While I'm reading, I can hear the chickens clucking, the horses neighing and chewing the grass, the cows, etc. And every day I always make sure to take notice of how pretty the clouds are in the sky, because it is so wide and clear out here. So, that's kinda fun.

    I just don't think many people get to experience that, ya know? So I try and soak it up – as weird as it sounds – while I can. For an hour every single day, rain or shine, hot or cold.

    Love your thoughts, Jamie!!! xoxo

  2. Oh dear, I am the complete opposite – I can’t stand reading outside! (Main reason: I am too easily distracted.) My favourite place to read is in bed, with a hot cup of tea, and a cat by my feet.

    But I’m tempted to try reading in the bath tub. You've never dropped a book into the water? (I probably would!)

  3. I knew that second picture, looked very california-esque

  4. I agree! There is nothing better than reading outside! I do, however, enjoy reading inside in my recliner with something hot to drink and a dog on my lap (preferably on a snow day-I'm a teacher)! Great topic, but you have me wishing for spring :)!

  5. Most of the time I read sitting up, but my favorite place to read is in an armchair, with my head on one arm and my legs thrown over the other arm. I sometimes sneak a book into the bathtub and just relax. I can't read outside because I am supposed to limit my sun exposure. Not that I really listen, but I do suffer the body aches after reading in the sun, so maybe I should listen.

  6. April (BooksandWine) says:

    My hands turned fricken purple the other day because some people here don't like to turn the heat on. I wish time would speed up too so it would be nice and hot outside!

  7. I love reading outside too! This summer was awful, though. Every time I tried to go outside I was hounded by spiders! Ick! I hate the little buggers and they made me avoid going outside. This year I'm spraying! I love the pics.

  8. I'm not a fan of reading outside. I'm like Lux; I'm easily distracted too. My favorite place to read is back the back door when it's raining. I like having the back door open, so I can enjoy the sound and smell of the rain. Sipping mint tea while doing this enhances the bliss!

  9. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes says:

    I used to love to read outside and somehow I completely got out of that routine. In grad school there was a huge brick wall I would sit on. Maybe I'll venture out in Spring again. I think it also depends on the tone of the book I'm reading.

  10. I like reading outside when it's warm, but I do enjoy reading in an armchair with a cup of tea.

    In other news, I found out that Daylight Savings Time starts on March 11, which is super awesome and early. I'm really excited about this.

  11. Alice Keezer says:

    I think time is flying by quite fast enough without anyone cheering it on. Besides, I think the winter months are best for catching up on reading. When better to curl up under a blanket with hot cocoa and a good book?

  12. Robert Parry says:

    Outdoor reading seems to be popular. Perhaps because it is often a quieter place, away from all those distractions, too! Best of all has to be a shady hammock outdoors on a summer's afternoon. What could be better than that!

  13. I used to love reading outside when I lived in NYC, and I felt I could read in a park and be so plugged in to the city, etc. But lately, especially since moving to the ultra-suburbs, I find my attention span is waning, and I like to read for 15-20 minute increments and then take a break to do something else. Unload the dishwasher, do the laundry, etc. Sometimes just make a cup of tea. For that, I like the luxury of reading at home. Perhaps if I had a yard or a nice view (instead I'm in a townhouse with a deck that looks into other people's decks/windows), I'd enjoy reading outside at home more, but for now, I have better ambiance inside in my overstuffed armchair.

  14. I am definitely an indoor reader. I've tried getting into outdoor reading a few times but I find it too distracting (which is weird because I'm usually very good at tuning out the world around me when I'm reading anywhere else, even in a noisy cafe). However, when I try reading outside, I start thinking about how bright the sunlight is on the pages of the book or that the grass is starting to make me itchy or I'll get annoyed by a fly or some other insect buzzing around or something.

    I think it'll just take some practice, though. I would like to be able to read comfortably outside because I love changing up my reading spots, and the outside world offers a lot more places to read than my house.

  15. I loooooove reading outside! My favorite spot, though, is on a lounge chair on the top deck of a cruise ship floating around the Caribbean with some lemonade, sunscreen, and my sunglasses. THAT is pure and utter bliss. Mmmm…

    – Jana

  16. I'm an indoor reader myself. I focus better when I get to curl up on the couch and don't get distracted by people passing by. Having said that, I have often wished I could concentrate outdoors so I could plop down next to a tree in the spring, soak up in the story and smell the flowers at the same time.

  17. YAY reading anywhere FTW!

    That's totally not weird…it's your time to yourself. When it's not quite warm enough to sit outside, i sit in my car at the park and read. So quiet and nice..especially if the sun is shining through. Your surroundings sound so awesome too!

  18. Haha that's too funny! I just always assumed that EVERYBODY in the world was obsessed with reading outside! It IS distracting..but I tune it out somehow. I DO love reading in bed with lots of blankets and pillows. It's glorious. I just love the sun more haha. You should DEFINTELY try bathtub reading..I've never dropped a book…yet 😛

  19. You were right! It makes me long for California every time I look at that picture!

  20. I live in South Texas, so its usually either too hot or too cold to read outside. I do enjoy reading outdoors when the weather is nice. There's nothing like sitting out under a shade tree with a good book.