5 steps to turn your home into a Sunday reading sanctuary
As the woolly weather settles in, there’s nothing better than looking forward to a warm Sunday afternoon reading at home. A time to switch off the devices, turn on the heater and double down with some hot chocolate and a few good stories.
This winter, we are all about feathering the nest rugging up, so we are here to offer you a step by step guide to turning your home into a Sunday sanctuary full of cosiness and good books, as well as an edit of our top recommended reads.
Step one: consider your senses.
One of the most important things you can do to turn your home into a Sunday sanctuary is to consider your senses. Most people can’t relax in a crazy, cluttered space, so make sure that wherever your family is settling down, it is calm and chaos free. Even if it’s only one room, make an effort to do a quick tidy. Put the heater on, light some candles and grab your comfiest pillows and throws. Now your sense of sight, smell and touch are happy.
Step two: hot chocolate.
It’s time to move on to the next, and possibly most crucial sense; taste. There is nothing more homely than the smell of hot chocolate wafting from the kitchen. The most indulgent way to make hot chocolate is by boiling up some milk on the stove top and dropping good quality chocolate in. Of course, marshmallows are also a total necessity here.
Step three: cosy clothing.
Now we aren’t here to tell you that pyjamas are a must, but at least something very close to them is what you should be aiming for. Think soft fabrics, warm layers and fluffy socks.
Step four: devices off.
Ok, maybe asking people to turn off their devices entirely is a bit crazy, but we do think that you should at least put them on silent or switch off notifications. Imagine you’re at a cabin in the woods without service and unplug for a few hours.
Step five: good books.
We could go on for hours about all the books that have recently come out – here are just a few of the best:
For the practical soul: ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kando. This book will help you declutter your life. Based on her new major Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo this book will help you transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method.
For the share market enthusiast: ‘The Intelligent Investor’ by Benjamin Graham has been a classic investing bible for the past 70 years, and one that should be on every finance-focussed bookshelf. It’s not exactly something you can get into during a commute, so a Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to sink your teeth in.
For the biography lover: ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover has taken the literary world by storm this year. This biographical novel outlining one woman’s journey from being raised off-grid in the mountains of Idaho to studying at Cambridge University is compelling beyond words.
For the adventure seeker ‘The Oracle’ by Clive Cussler is about a husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo returning for a new adventure as they hunt for ancient treasure-that may or may not be cursed. This is a thrilling addition to Clive Cussler's bestselling series.
For the read-aloud-family: 'Fing' by David Walliams is one not be missed. This new children's book from No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams is a deliciously daft Tall Story of a child who had everything, but still wanted more.