7 Places To Hide And Read Over Memorial Day Weekend

We all know what’s about to happen: the family, the friends, the music, the BBQ. It’s all coming to cut into your weekend reading time. You’re going to open that book, someone is going to ask you what it’s about, and then they’re going to talk about John at the office. Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are some places to hide this weekend to get in your well deserved reading time.

Under The Table

You heard me. Get under that table. Let the tablecloth do its job and hide you while you lay back and get a few chapters in.

The Side Of The House

Okay, sure. It’s where the bugs are. Spray on a little eau de deet and muster through it, because no one is going to bother you outside the side gate.

The Front Yard

Everyone is outback for the BBQ so the front step is yours for the taking. Lean back against the house, put your feet out, and finish that book.

The Garage

Sure, it smells like oil leaks and rust but there’s plenty of space to sit down and hide between the cars. Plus, you’ll hear the door open long before they think to look under the car for you.

The Bathroom

Light a candle. Open the window. Sit on the throne. Put your feet up on the tub. Get comfy. And be prepared to shout “Sorry, not feeling good!” About three thousand times while relatives knock on the door.*

*Maybe don’t hog the bathroom if it’s the only one.

Next to Grandpa

He’s gonna be asleep anyway and everyone just let’s him. Go get a chair and put it next to him and enjoy the gentle, lulling soundtrack of an old man snoring.

In The Car

Put all the windows down first and then lay down in the backseat. Sure, you’re big now and it might be a scrunched fit but it’s better than having that chapter interrupted.

Couch Fort

I don’t care how old you are: couch cushion forts are the bomb. Take all the cushions, build yourself a home, put a blanket on top of it, and tell everyone to STAY OUT.


You could also just… you know… talk to your family.

HA HA! Just kidding. Where are you going to read this weekend?

Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodiverse writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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