At the end of a long, hard day, it’s such a relief to slide into bed. Face washed, teeth brushed, wearing your most comfortable nightclothes and relaxed between your soft sheets – what could be better? Well, for many people, settling in with a good book to spend a few minutes reading – watch out or it might become a few hours! – is the best way to end the day. Whether you prefer an e-reader or old-school paper and ink, a great story melts away stress. And a little luxury or gadget or two that adds to the experience makes reading in bed that much better. If you are looking for a way to thrill a book-lover on your gift list, or give yourself some much-needed pampering, any of the following seven items should do the trick.
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Bed Wedge Pillow
While reading in bed is a treat, it can be undeniably hard on your back and neck. Your regular bed pillows aren’t really sufficient to properly support your entire upper body while sitting up. You need a much larger, firmer support that tapers from your lower back up to your neck – like the Bed Wedge Pillow. Its layer of memory foam conforms to your body, providing support without pressure. Plus, you can use it to elevate your feet or your head while sleeping, a must for many medical conditions like swollen legs or nasal congestion. You’ll find it at Brookstone.
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Fulcrum Book Light
You can’t read without proper light – but if you share your bed with a partner who just wants to get some shut-eye, switching on the bedside lamp is probably out of the question. But don’t worry, you don’t have to risk eyestrain to enjoy your book – you just need a handy clip-on light, like the Fulcrum Book Light. Just clip it onto your book, e-reader or even your headboard, and angle the bright, LED beam onto your book’s pages. Now you have plenty of light to enjoy your story without bothering your bed partner. You can buy it through Amazon.
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The Book Seat
Why use your hands to hold your book or Kindle when there are better things they can be holding – like a cup of chamomile tea? Or perhaps arthritis, injury or age have made your hands, arms and shoulders weaker than you’d like. If so, the Book Seat is more than happy to lend a helping hand – this ingenious device is filled with polystyrene beads, so it molds to any surface or shape, including your lap. Once positioned, the handy holding shelf supports your book or e-reader just how you like it. The Book Seat also has a storage pocket for your reading glasses or other necessities. You can buy it through Amazon.
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Repurposed Spoon Bookmark
When your eyes start to droop, it’s time to set your book aside for the night. There’s no need to worry about finding your place tomorrow when you have a cute bookmark to hold your page, however. And one of the cutest – and most unique – is the repurposed teaspoon bookmark sold on the Etsy store of ForSuchATimeDesigns. The vintage spoon is hand-stamped with the words, “Fell Asleep Here.” Fun for yourself, or a great gift for anyone who loves to read.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Prism Bed Specs
You are not going to win any fashion awards while wearing these – but if fatigue, physical ailments or sheer laziness prevent you from sitting up while reading (or watching TV), consider slipping on a pair of Prism Bed Specs. These have small mirrors to angle your field of vision 90 degrees, letting you look straight ahead while lying flat on your back. You can buy them through Amazon.
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Heated Fleece Wrap
Sure, your lower body is comfy under the blankets, but your upper body still has to face the chill while reading in bed. If you find yourself sliding further and further under the covers to escape the cold, you’ll appreciate a warm throw to toss around your shoulder while you read. And if that throw is heated, so much the better. The Sunbeam Chill Away has four heat settings so you can choose the perfect level of toastiness, and two pockets where you can stash Kleenex while reading the newest tearjerker. It comes in several different colors. Order from Sunbeam.
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Go Away I'm Reading Mug
Few things are more annoying than being disturbed while completely engrossed in a good book – so let everyone know you are off-duty and not to be bothered with a special bedtime-reading mug proclaiming, “Go Away, I’m Reading.” The words are hand-painted on a ceramic mug. Order from the Etsy store of FallsLikeTheRain.