Don’t have hours on end to read all the books you want? We feel you. Life gets busy and finding time to read can often take a backseat. However, there are a few minutes every day when we can squeeze a few pages in – when we go to the bathroom. (And when we’re really lucky, we get a few more pages when we take a bath!)
The best bathroom books feature short, easily consumed chapters. They are often lighthearted. And if you’re lucky, they include a nugget or two of helpful information. Whether you’re a dedicated toilet reader already or you have simply dabbled from time to time, the following nine books feature something for everyone.
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Not quite ready for full-on reading? Love a good laugh? Allie Brosh’s illustrated Hyperbole and a Half is a hilarious illustrated depiction of depression and adulthood trials. From her love affair with cake and dynamic relationship with her two dogs to the horrible realities of moving and her insightful meditations on depression, Brosh will have you chuckling out loud.
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
If your favorite literary characters could send you text messages, what would they say? This is the question Mallory Ortberg attempts to answer in her hilarious book, Texts from Jane Eyre.
What’s In A Name: The stories behind some of the best known companies, products and names in the world by Woody Vincent
Names. From expecting parents to budding entrepreneurs, a lot of time is spent mulling over potential names. And with good reason. Names can have a huge impact on how the rest of the world processes us. Woody Vincent’s What’s In A Name explores this issue as it pertains to some of the best-known products, companies, and events. He looks at the stories behind Coca-Cola, the connection between bottle caps and razor blades, why the microwave is a spinoff of Radar, and more.
The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do by Samantha Ettus
There are those of us who know a little about a lot, but not a lot about a little. And then there are those of us who are experts in one very specific field. Samantha Ettus’ compilation features 100 short essays written by experts. The idea is simple and the result is even better: read a short essay. Learn a great tip from someone smart. Go on about your day. You’re welcome.
Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac by Ken Jennings
Calling all Jeopardy fans! This one is for you. You can test your knowledge against 365 entries covering topics from science and history to music and pop culture.
Meaty by Samantha Irby
Samantha Irby’s battle with Crohn’s Disease has left her spending more time on the loo than the average Jane. Her book takes a ‘no holds barred’ look at body ailments – especially as they apply to poop. It’s short. It’s funny. And, it addresses everything from love to the qualms over being an adult.
The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy by Rick Beyer
It’s shocking how many seemingly little moments changed the entire course of history. Unfortunately, many of these small moments are never told. Rick Beyer seeks to change this. From a chauffer who takes a wrong turn to a scientist who forgets to clean up his lab, you’ll discover how potentially the most thoughtless or innocent of ‘slip ups’ can result in major outcomes.
What’s Your Poo Telling You? By Anish Sheth
This one’s not for everyone. It’s particularly not for those squeamish about poop. However, if you’ve ever wondered what the color, size, consistency, and shape of your poo says about your health? Anish Sheth shares the answers.
The Burning House: What Would You Take? by Foster Huntington
Your house is burning. What would you take? It’s a question that really makes you stop and consider your material possessions. Would you grab old family photos? Your prized Xbox? Do you want to snag your passport, an heirloom piece of jewelry or the first painting your daughter ever gave you? Foster Huntington explores this and more.
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