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What are Bathroom Readers?

Bathroom Readers are a unique blend of books specifically designed for short, leisurely reading sessions, often filled with trivia, facts, and humor. They're the perfect companion for moments of solitude, offering a quick escape into a world of knowledge and entertainment. Have you ever found an unexpected gem of wisdom between those pages? Share your most memorable Bathroom Reader discovery.
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Bathroom readers are either people who read in the bathroom, or books specifically designed for bathroom reading. For example, Uncle John’s Bathroom Books are interesting books that give one tidbits of information. However, many other books qualify just as nicely as bathroom readers and are worth some thought.

Generally, the Guinness Book of World Records in all its forms makes great bathroom readers because information is short and easily read. Usually one wants to look for material that takes no more than a minute or two to read, as hopefully, one’s bathroom time is limited to a minute or two. For this reason, magazines also provide an excellent source of a variety of bathroom readers. However, if one is reading or studying lengthy technical journals, the bathroom may not be the best place.

Books written by columnists like Dave Berry, Erma Bombeck, or Anne Le Mott, usually give one a chance to get through a single column. As well, the series of Worst Case Scenario books are excellent bathroom readers.

Collections of comic strips may also be ideal for bathroom readers. In fact series like Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side and Peanuts are usually much appreciated by both old and young readers.

Some books are written with the bathroom reader in mind.
Some books are written with the bathroom reader in mind.

In some families the most avid bathroom readers are children. In which case, the comic books mentioned above are excellent choices. In fact, Calvin and Hobbes is appealing to young readers but also has challenging words which can make bathroom reading educational. As well, children may enjoy having short picture books available. There are also books specifically written for the potty training set, which may help encourage the recalcitrant trainee.

Bathroom readers are books that are specifically designed for bathroom reading.
Bathroom readers are books that are specifically designed for bathroom reading.

When getting rid of your college books, don’t resell books containing essay collections. These are often also excellent bathroom readers and provide a mixture of pathos, instruction, and humor. Also look for books of famous quotes, joke books and trivia. These may all become excellent bathroom readers.

A few books do not make for good bathroom readers. In general, don’t take books to the bathroom that are high in value. A little water spill, as from a tub or sink could ruin an otherwise valuable book. As well, it is considered quite outside of etiquette to read cookbooks in the bathroom. Though cooking may be a favorite subject, it should not be mixed up with the functions of the bathroom. Further, guests who note cookbooks in your bathroom may worry about the sanitary steps you take in preparing food.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent LanguageHumanities contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent LanguageHumanities contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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    • Some books are written with the bathroom reader in mind.
      By: david hughes
      Some books are written with the bathroom reader in mind.
    • Bathroom readers are books that are specifically designed for bathroom reading.
      By: Andrzej Tokarski
      Bathroom readers are books that are specifically designed for bathroom reading.
    • Valuable books shouldn't be stored in the bathroom, as they may become water damaged.
      By: mitev
      Valuable books shouldn't be stored in the bathroom, as they may become water damaged.