Friday Favourites

lazydayreadingI thought that Friday could be the day I pass along my favourite books, quotes, music, or reading spots of the week. Just a little something fun to start the weekend.

My favourite book this week was Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. It was a lazy week, and the Odd series of books are my go-to lazy day reads. Odd is such a fascinating character, and the stories are quick and engaging. Just a fun book for a slow, rainy afternoon.

I recently got a new bed. It’s high, so I have to jump up onto it, and the mattress is so soft. It was easily my favourite reading place this week.

Ingrid Michaelson has been on repeat this week. I always listen to her when the weather starts to get colder and the afternoon shadows grow long. Keep Breathing is one of my favourites.

Enjoy your weekend. Spend it doing what you love. xo

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Rain and Poems

It’s been unseasonably warm over the past week, but along with the heat came rain, thanks to the tropical storms coming up the coast. Rainy days aren’t much good for reading outdoors, but the sticky heat is a very good excuse to forgo the clothing and just sit in bed with a good book.

I have to admit, the weather has zapped me of all energy. You know those days when the air just seems heavy, and picking up your coffee cup is a chore? I decided not to fight it today. I crawled out of the covers long enough to turn the fan on high, then climbed back onto the bed and grabbed my book.

Short, sad poems have gotten me through these lazy, hazy days. This morning the sun managed to slip it’s way through the clouds, and I’m hopeful that I will soon be outdoors again. It won’t be long before Jack Frost chases away the last of the warmth, and the long winter begins. I would love just a few more days to feel the sun on my skin as I read.

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This poem is one that stayed with me this morning. Beautiful and sad, it seems to suit the weather.

I Am Not Yours

I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

Oh plunge me deep in love — put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.

-Sara Teasdale

A Quick Introduction to Nude Reading

My greatest joy in life is combining the two things I find most beautiful: The written word and the human body.

Simple steps to uninhibited reading:

  1. Choose a book.
  2. Find a quiet place, free of distractions.
  3. Remove your clothing, as much of it as you desire, or is allowed by law.
  4. Bask in the freedom of getting into a good story and out of your clothes.

firstSometimes I like to lounge on my back deck in my undies to read. Topless is even better. And when I have enough privacy I’ll go completely nude.

Unfortunately, the place I live does not allow women to go topless in public, even though men get to enjoy this freedom. Hopefully that will change some day. I think our bodies are at their most beautiful uncovered. Like good books they should be uncensored.

I’m hoping to share with you my experiences and adventures reading in the altogether. I will tell you about the books I’m reading. My taste is eclectic and I enjoy everything from horror to romance. I will also be reading (or re-reading) some of the classics. If you have any recommendations, feel free to pass them along.

I will also tell you about the places where I enjoy my reading time. From quiet little corners of my house, to the outdoor places where I can sneak away to let the wind ruffle my pages and the sun warm my bare skin. These places are as much a part of the experience as the stories I read.

Of course there will be photos, otherwise how would you know that I’m reading in the nude? Most of them I will take myself, but I hope to have some company now and then to share this experience.