Don’t deny it: you read in the bathroom. Whether it’s during a soak in the tub or upon your pearly white throne, you’ve been known to improve your mind while surrounded by tile. We’ve come up with some great books to fill these two- to ten-minute (or whatever–it’s really none of our business) increments so you’ll never need to bring your phone into the bathroom with you again. (That’s just rude.)
The Groucho Letters, by Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx’s correspondence with everyone from E.B. White to his phone company gives insight into the brilliance and humor he brought to every aspect of his life. It’s full of witty and withering responses to slanderous magazines, true affection and admiration for his peers, and complaints he has with his landscapers.
The Areas of My Expertise, by John Hodgman
Known to many as the man who personifies the Windows computer, John Hodgman is deadly serious about educating you on a range of useless topics like Actuaries and Their Tattoos, Secrets of the Mall of America, and Jokes that Have Never Produced Laughter. The book is full of dry humor, elaborate charts, and sage wisdom. Only a genius could have written it.
Poor Richard’s Almanac, by Benjamin Franklin
This timeless compilation, bursting with wisdom, puns, and satire, is the perfect book to keep within arm’s reach. And it will totally reaffirm for you that Franklin was The Coolest. (If you didn’t know that already.)
Awakening Loving-Kindness, by Pema Chödrön
This book teaches you how to love yourself without harboring anger or embarrassment, and how to feel at peace with the world and whatever it throws at you. Just the act of reading Chödrön’s straightforward words will mellow you out. Especially while you’re peeing.
Toilet Paper Origami, by Linda Wright
Why not learn to do something impressive while you’re seeing a man about a dog? No one can complain that you’ve been “in the bathroom forever” when they see the magnificent rose you’ve crafted and left for them on the sink.
Do you read in the bathroom?