Shelfie #4: Navneet Nagra: Room Editors Show Off Their Reading Spaces

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Alissa McArthur

Getting a peek of an avid reader’s bookshelf is one of life’s simple pleasures. If you’ve ever shown up to a house party and gone straight to the host’s bookshelf, you know how satisfying it is to snoop through other readers’ libraries. The editors of Room love reading (obviously), and we’re giving you a glimpse of our shelves and sharing how we get the most out of our sacred reading time.

Check out Room's Nav Nagra's space!

What makes a great reading space?

For me, a great reading space is all about the ambience. The lighting should be just enough so you can read without straining your eyes. A comfy chair and music carefully selected to reflect the book are all elements of a great reading space.

Do you like to organize or display your books in a particular way? 

I like to try my hand at organizing my books, but my best attempts are inevitably altered by the arrival of new books and magazines. For the most part, my bookcase is organized alphabetically (ish) with two layers of books on each shelf and my magazines are arranged by size on my desk.

What are your reading rituals?

I will usually grab a drink, prop pillows up behind me, turn down the light and throw on some music. Once this is done my reading can begin!

“It's Canadian, feminist, and one of my favourite things ever.”

—bucketofrhymes, "29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading", Buzzfeed Books

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