There are a lot of reasons why reading at home may not be as relaxing as we’d like to think: writer’s block, bad lighting, falling asleep on top of your homework, noise, etc. What you need is a change in your environment and luckily Hamilton is full of awesome spots to be productive or relax with a book! Here are nine of Hamilton’s best-kept secret reading nooks:

1. Cootes Paradise

Life is better outdoors! Along the Princess Point trail, you’ll see a quaint set of red Muskoka chairs that were recently donated by the Royal Botanical Gardens in celebration of Canada 150. The trail also includes lookout points with benches and other fresh spots to sit and enjoy a book in nature.

2. The River Trading Company

Let yourself stumble across this beautiful bookstore on Barton Street and check out their little reading nook. Quiet, and with the company of a shop puppy, this place is a great spot to relax and discover a new novel.

3. Hamilton Public Library

No matter which branch you choose, Hamilton’s public libraries all have an amazing variety of reading nooks and settings. Whether you like reading in a cozy couch or beanie bag chair or at a table in a quiet zone, the HPL has a spot just for you! The Central Library downtown has touches of greenery and big windows to make you feel fresh and inspired.

4. The Ironwood Tea House

After visiting the Westfield Heritage Village, it can be easy to feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time. Settle in with some treats at the Ironwood Tea House and read your favourite historical novel in this extremely fitting setting.

5. Art Gallery of Hamilton

The lobby of Hamilton’s art gallery has great reading spots! Whether you’re looking for an inspiring place to get lost in a novel or a bright room to settle in to do some drawing, this is the perfect place to do it. Wander around and check out the talented art exhibits while you’re there!

6. Durand Coffee Shop

This cafe has the coziest reading nook fit with fairy lights, hot drinks and a warm aura. Past the baristas and treats, you’ll find a small corner nook perfect for unwinding after a busy day.

7. Bryan Prince Bookseller Patio

Perfect for the spring sunshine, Bryan Prince Bookseller has a lovely little patio with a great view overlooking the core hub of Westdale. Do some people watching and breath in the blooming flowers here!

8. Spencer Gorge Picnic Area

Bring a picnic blanket and some snacks because when you’re reading next to waterfalls, you’re going to want to stay a while. The sound of the water will be sure to help you focus on whatever it is you’re reading and the view is breathtaking!

9. Anywhere, with the Hamilton Public Library Bookmobile! 

Did you know that you can borrow books in locations without a HPL branch via the Bookmobile? This service provides access to library collections year round to 12 neighbourhood stops and 24 senior residences.

Enjoy the great outdoors, or snuggle inside because there’s definitely options here for any season. While reading can take us on adventures to distant places, changing your physical environment can be awesome too!

GIVEAWAY: Let us know where you love to read in the comments of our Facebook post for a chance to win Jon-Erik Lappano’s signed copy of Tokyo Digs a Garden or on our Instagram post for a chance to win Kevin Sands’ Mark of the Plague. Contest closes February 26th, 2017 at midnight EST and is open to Canadian participants only.

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