If you follow me on instagram (@worldswithinpages), you may have seen me raving endlessly over the last two weeks about ASMR rooms and the fact that they have GREATLY improved my reading life. I know so many people on Bookstagram love to have them on in the background while they read, but many people have been messaging me asking me what an ASMR room is, where they can find them, and if I have any favorites. Ask, and ye shall receive!
Let’s start with the basics:
What is an ASMR Room?
If you don’t know what ASMR is, you maybe haven’t spent your life on Youtube over the last couple of years like me. ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is “a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound.” (dictionary.com) I normally don’t have a super crazy reaction to ASMR triggers, but I do find a lot of sounds MEANT to be ASMR triggers very soothing and satisfying (i.e a quill scratching on paper, rain, someone turning pages, etc.).
ASMR rooms capitalize on the “well-being” and cozy feelings associated with standard ASMR videos with the added bonus of having a visual aesthetic that makes you feel like you’re in the room with the sounds you’re hearing. For those who are unfamiliar with this concept, this will make more sense once you dive into the links below!
Where Can I Find ASMR Rooms?
YouTube is my main source for ASMR Rooms. I am sure that there are a few other places you can find them, but I find that YouTube has a great range of ASMR room videos across all sorts of genres and themes!
Why I Like ASMR Rooms
One of my favorite things about ASMR rooms is that they allow my brain the background noise it needs to be able to focus on reading versus allowing my brain to “make up noise,” think about other things, or just plain wander. As life keeps getting busier and busier, focusing on reading and my books has been more and more difficult. When I do have the energy to read, I want to make sure I am as focused as possible and really allowing myself and my mind to sink into the story.
My favorite way to enjoy ASMR rooms is in a big cozy chair with blankets, a hot cup of tea, a few lit candles, my book open on my lap, and my TV playing the ASMR room very softly in the background. The videos are also varying lengths of time, so if you wanted to make it a goal to read for 20, 30, 60 mins (etc.), you could use the video as a great “timer” to make sure you’re getting that reading time in!
My Favorite ASMR Rooms
Now for the good stuff! I wanted to compile a few different lists for people across different genres and levels of tolerance to background noise and movement while reading. There are some people (like me) who really don’t like to have a lot of movement happening on the screen or have music playing too loudly over ambient noise. I will note in the description next to the link a “warning” if there is a lot of that happening in the video so, if you think you won’t like that, you can avoid it. If there is no note next to the description, you can assume it doesn’t have those things.
Favorite Harry Potter ASMR Rooms:
Harry Potter inspired Ambience – Christmas at 12 Grimmauld PL – Holiday Instrumental Music 1 Hour (Unintelligible talking in the background, minor movement on screen, and soft music)
Harry Potter Inspired ASMR – Hufflepuff Common Room – Hogwarts Ambience – 1 hour HD Cinemagraphs (very slight, but not distracting, movement on screen)
Beautiful day on Hogwarts Grounds – Great Lake Daytime Ambience – Harry Potter Inspired Soundscape (very slight, but not distracting, movement on screen, unintelligible talking in the background)
Harry Potter Inspired ASMR – Valentine’s at Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop – Hogsmeade Ambience (unintelligible talking in the background, slight movement on screen)
Favorite Lord of the Rings ASMR Rooms:
Fantasy Magical Forest House (ASMR) Nature sounds/Cozy Cabin • The Hobbit/LOTR Ambience (some light music and movement, but not distracting)
Favorite Games of Thrones ASMR Rooms:
Game of Thrones Music & Ambience | Godswood of Winterfell – Beautiful Relaxing Music and Snowfall (this one is 100% music-based, but only instrumental)
Favorite Disney ASMR Rooms:
ASMR – The Little Mermaid’s Underwater Castle (Atlantica soundscape) – For sleep/meditation (music, but not distracting)
Disney’s Haunted Mansion Yule Log Christmas Fireplace 4K (very very faint background music)
Favorite Random ASMR Rooms:
Avatar Ambience – Pandora at Night (Bioluminescence, Forest Sounds and Occasional Rain) (movement on screen, but not distracting)
Sherlock Inspired Ambience – 221B Baker St. ASMR | Violin, Fire, London White Noise (some music, instrumental only)
VAMPIRE’S READING ROOM AMBIENCE: Rain Sounds, Fireplace Sounds, Writing Sounds | ASMR (slight movement on screen)
Graveyard | Ambience | 2 hours (great for if you’re reading a spooky scary book!)
The Chronicles of Narnia [ASMR] The Wardrobe Magical Ambience ⋄ Snow and Howling Wind ⋄ Soft music (as it says, soft music)
Coffee Shop Ambience Cozy Rainy Day [ASMR Study & Relax] keyboard typing + Light Rain + people (some screen movement, but it’s not distracting)
I will plan on making this an ongoing list where I update it if I find something new, but I figure these should keep you busy for quite a bit lol!
I would really love to know if you end up liking and of these as well, so please comment or message me on instagram @worldswithinpages.
Until next time, happy reading! 🙂