Whether curling up with a classic, thumbing through a magazine or meditating with a mud mask, having a dedicated nook is a lovely way to give yourself a little happy space for some downtime and self-care. We’ve got cosy book nook ideas for armchair travellers to escape the winter blues… okay, it may not be as exciting as chasing waterfalls or riding rickshaws, but until international borders open again, the book nook is the next best thing!
Escape to the country and lose yourself in a Jane Austen novel. Don’t forget some ambient lighting so Mr Darcy can find you.
📚 FUN FACT: Bridget Jones’s Diary is a modern reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice.
Stoke your love of gothic literature with a toasty fireside sanctuary. Pop some Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe on the mantelpiece and you’ll be all set for the next dark and stormy night.
📚 FUN FACT: Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was 18 years old after having a competition with her husband, poet Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron to see who could write the best horror story.
Is there anything more nookish than the cuddly embrace of a hanging basket chair? From grommets to grownups, the swinging book nook will be the most sought-after spozzy in the house for reading and Snapchatting.
📚 FUN FACT: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling is the bestselling book of all time (and was originally rejected by 12 publishers!).
Create a sophisticated space away from household distraction to enjoy a cognac and classic novel. Did you know the average Aussie reads 10 books a year?
📚 5 MUST-READS: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
Between the breaking news and Peppa Pig, the family room can feel like the nuthouse. Find a quiet corner in your bedroom to hide out and let Hemmingway take you to Paris.
📚 FUN FACT: Studies have found that reading for just 6 minutes a day can help reduce stress by up to 68%.
Curl up with a cuppa on a comfy leather armchair and flick through the latest glossy mags. Don’t forget a side table to rest your chai and Tim Tams.
📚 FUN FACT: Roald Dahl was buried with some of his favorite items including a bottle of Burgundy and some chocolate.
Blue about that Ubud escape you won’t get to take? Take a trip to the tropics with an exotic reading nook and lose yourself in Eat, Pray, Love.
📚 2021 MUST-READS: The Four Winds: A Novel by Kristin Hannah, The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
Sometimes the best way to escape is behind a locked door. Draw the bath, pour yourself a glass of red and fire up the Kindle.
📚 FUN FACT: Kindles come in waterproof models and can hold up to 15,000 books! Better stock up on bubble bath.