Reading in the bath is possibly one of life’s greatest pleasures, soaking all your troubles away while you enjoy a great book. If this sounds like heaven, but you’re looking for a few ideas for what to read, we’ve got 10 suggestions that will see you through your next few soaks!
From sweeping epics to bite-sized dramas, there’s something in here to suit everyone. Get the bubbles bubbling, the water flowing and relax with one of these top bath time books!
1. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (2001)
Yann Martel’s fantasy novel has taken the world by storm and was adapted into one of the most celebrated films of 2012.
Set mostly on a lifeboat floating in the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck, this heart-warming story will have you questioning the bigger things in life. It’s over 400 pages long, but you’ll be so carried away on the waves of emotion that you’ll barely notice.
2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
Baths are pretty decadent anyway, so why not go the whole hog and read all about the decadence of the 1920s while you’re at it?
3. Us – David Nicholls (2014)
Following a family of three around the major cities of Europe, this devastatingly wonderful book is a candid and honest story of love. It’s hilarious and heart-breaking – often within the same page – but if you start to tear up you can just blame it on the heat of the bath (the perfect excuse)!
This collection of 12 short stories features so many of Sherlock’s greatest moments and you’ll easily be able to read a whole one in the tub.
Many of them have been adapted for the big screen, so you’ll get to feel like a genius when you realise you know the answer before Sherlock does. Well done you; throw some more smelling salts in the water as a reward!
5. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
Treasure Island sweeps you away to a grubby, smelly boat travelling over harsh waters on a perilous quest for gold, so the best time to read this is in a comfortable, warm bathroom enjoying a relaxing soak, of course.
6. An Utterly Impartial History of Britain – John O’Farrell (2007)
If you’re looking for a spot of non-fiction for your tub-time reading, you can’t go far wrong with John O’Farrell’s historical epic.
From the Norman Invasion to the end of World War II, this book takes you through the history of Britain with plenty of humour. There’s 2,000 years to get through, which is the perfect excuse to stay soaking for as long as possible!
7. Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo (1997)
Admittedly, this is most definitely a children’s book, but it’s still pretty enchanting for adults. Set on the island of Papua New Guinea, it tells the story of a young boy washed overboard his parents’ yacht and how he survives with the help of a mysterious man, Kensuke.
It’s a charming story about survival and an ideal read from the comfort of your cosy bathtub.
8. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (1985)
Margaret Atwood’s most celebrated work is a thrilling and powerful story set in a dystopian version of the USA. It’s a bit heavier than some of these suggestions, so if you’re up for an emotional story that’s really going to get you thinking, this is the book for you.
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon (2003)
Beloved by children and adults alike, this mystery novel, which follows 15-year-old Christopher as he investigates a murder in his neighbourhood, will keep you gripped from start to finish. We wouldn’t be surprised if you top up the hot water a few times because you can’t put it down.
How could we not finish off with this juggernaut of nautical fiction? Herman Melville’s epic tale is considered one of the greatest books of all time and, taking place aboard the Pequod as it sails around the world, there are few things better to read in the tub.
This impressive tale might need reading over a few sittings (you might find our Savoy extendable rack will come in handy for this one). Start with Ishmael as he makes his way to New Bedford and see where this incredible adventure takes you. Just be thankful that there are no killer whales waiting at the bottom of the tub!
If you’re in the business for a truly relaxing and enjoyable soak in the tub, we can think of nothing better than soaking with a good book. With a few candles to give the room a really indulgent atmosphere (plus a few extra lights so, you know, you can actually see the words on the page), there is no more relaxing activity to help you wind down at the end of the day.