“That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reading hasn’t been at the top of my list of things to do in the past couple months and neither has completing the reading corner of my bedroom. It’s been prioritized below household necessities like “bed frame”, “dining chairs” and “kitchen bowls.” Even fuzzy accent pillows for the couch rank above a bookshelf.
Why the Reading Corner Was Re-Prioritized
“What’s your favorite book?” he asked. His 1994 BMW edged out onto Scottsdale Road where it was joined by snowbirds moving at a similarly leisure pace on a Sunday morning 4 years ago. It’s the first thing I remember him asking me.
“I don’t know,” I stalled. “Fifty Shades of Gray?” It was the most basic answer a girl could give, sandwiched somewhere between “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Notebook.”
“What’s yours?” I quickly asked back. He rattled off Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Huxley and Hesse. The aspiring writer in me felt schooled by the guy from El Hefe Nightclub whose tanned, tattooed arms were exposed by the sun shining through the windshield.
Within the following months something unexpected happened.
With his reading recommendations, Christian Gray was replaced by Siddhartha. And my initial crush on the person recommending them turned into not only a friendship, but also a love for Fitzgerald’s prose, an appreciation for Hemingway’s brutal honesty and a dependence on great literature that reminds us that life has always been a little messy. That people have always drank a little too much, loved a little too hard but somehow made the most of it.
Because of that, when I discovered Minted’s art prints, I decided to dedicate them to the reading corner as a reminder of the importance of reading and its beneficial effects on writing. However, since the furniture to accompany them is still on my shopping list, I used pieces from the rest of the apartment as inspiration for my wish list.
6 Essentials for Your Reading Corner
Reading Corner Inspiration
Yes, I’m still exploring beanbag options…
Below are pieces from my Reading Corner Pinterest Board that I’m eyeing to complement the art prints.
- Frankie Chair, Urban Outfitters, $379
- Modern Globe Floor Lamp Brassy Gold – Theshold, $53.99
- Round Tufted Storage Ottoman Gray Textured Weave – Threshold, $53.99
- This Side of Paradise (A Penguin Classics Hardcover), $21.25
- Write Drunk; Edit Sober Square Pillow, SOML, $27
- Art Prints: The Typewriter and Falling Stitches
I chose the typewriter because the nerd in me associated it with Hemingway sitting in his studio typing away while eating baby oranges, and the falling stitches seemed zen-like while curling up with a book. Below are some of my runner-ups from Minted.
Art prints provided by Minted