I didn't know my friends brother was going to bring his hammock, but I'm glad he did because he showed us how to read a book!! I thought you might enjoy this. He had a double layer hammock (said it was Thai army issue),. and he liked to sleep between the layers. Anyway, if he wants to read, he just sets it on the ground and rolls over until the opening is on the bottom. I tried it and it was surprisingly comfortable.
*** DISCLAIMER: This is not the proper use of a hammock. You might fall on your face or damage your hammock