There’s only one thing better than taking a long luxurious bath… and that’s taking a long luxurious bath with a really good book.
Of course if it’s a provocative page-turner, you must remember to top up the hot water from time to time to maintain the pleasurable experience. You may even plan in a shampoo (rest and read 40 pages), a rinse (rest and read 40 pages), conditioner (rest and read 40 pages) before the soap-over finale. Read into that what you will!
Yes, taking a bath with a book is a signal to the outside world that it’s just going to have to manage by itself for a few hours as you transport yourself to more enticingly exciting factual and fictional places.
It’s me-time moments like this that reinforce the message that the tub really is an essential part of any bathroom, even if daily pressures require you to join the “quick shower” brigade on a regular basis.
So as World Book Day (3rd March) approaches, there’s no better time to recommend a bit of bathtime reading with the books that topped the UK best sellers’ list at the start of the year – and don’t miss our exciting prize-giveaway at the end to win those top ten books!
World Book Day Giveaway
Lean in 15 – Joe Wicks
In his first book ‘The Body Coach’ Joe Wicks lists 15-minute meals and workouts to keep you lean and healthy. In short, how to shift your body fat by eating more and exercising less (plenty of bubbles required for this one, to cunningly conceal why the exercise may be needed!).
Disclaimer – Renee Knight
Renee Knight has penned a thriller about what happens what an intriguing novel appears on our heroine’s bedside take. According to the Sunday Times, it’s “An addictive novel with shades of Gone Girl”.
A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson
Atkinson’s emotional, gripping and often funny book relates the life of Teddy Todd (if you loved Kate Atkinson’s bestselling Life After Life you will recognise Teddy as Ursula Todd’s adored younger brother). Teddy is a would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather and we catch up with him as he navigates the perils of modern day living.
Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom
Now this is a bathtime challenge… can you manage immersing yourself in Millie’s beautifully illustrated world of creatures and colour without losing your crayons? This is a rather stunning colouring book for adults.
Harry Potter Colouring Book – (Warner Brothers)
And another one! Featuring dazzling pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this book gives fans the chance to colour in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
Cook. Nourish. Glow. – Amelia Freer
Professional nutritional therapist Amelia Freer returns from her sensational success with the bestselling Eat. Nourish. Glow., with 100 more easy-to-prepare tasty recipes, and tips about how to eat healthily and cook with confidence.
The Girl in the Red Coat – Kate Hamer
Kate Hamer’s debut novel centres on eight-year-old Carmel, a sensitive, distracted child who begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey after getting lost. But do the real clues to Carmel’s disappearance lie in the otherworldly qualities her mother Beth had suspected?
Smart Carbs: Eat Carbs and Still Lose Weight with My Amazing 5 Week Smart Carb Plan – Davina McCall
Well the clue’s in the title! In this new collection of delicious recipes, Davina McCall cuts through the nonsense and solves the age-old problem: we love carbs but want to lose weight!
The SIRT Food Diet: The Revolutionary Plan for Health and Weight Loss – Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten
Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten’s book boasts a revolutionary way to lose 7 pounds in 7 days by switching on your body’s fat-burning powers.
Everyday Super Food – Jamie Oliver
We all love Jamie Oliver, and his latest book is divided into breakfasts (up to 400 calories), lunches (up to 600 calories) and dinners (up to 600 calories). No matter how busy you are, you’ll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both easy and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.
So you’re spoilt for choice – enjoy and try not to get those paperbacks too soggy!