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bath time bookworm – a comprehensive list of books to compliment a long soak.

13 March 2017

We begin this week’s article by trying to understand why it is that many of us enjoy getting lost in a good book while fulfilling our daily hygiene rituals.

Having pondered this for some time, as well as it becoming a popular topic of discussion within the office, we have come to the conclusion that for most the relaxation and escapism a bath provides is the perfect (if not only) scenario within our busy, daily, lives that we actually find the time to enjoy a good book.

Typically this is a result of always having something else to do. Whether that be cooking, cleaning, ironing, getting prepared for the next day or putting the kids to bed, we often struggle to find time to sit and indulge. The bath however provides this perfect sanctuary that we crave. It’s a silent declaration that ‘the world will have to manage without you for a while’ and rightly so.

Furthermore it’s one of the only ritual that can stimulate body and self simultaneously. So if you’re yet to try or yet to find your perfect reading material then we urge you to continue with this article as we have created a comprehensive list of books to compliment a long soak – whatever your preferred genre we’re confident there will be something for you...

autobiography / biographical

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi.

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, When Breath Becomes Air is Doctor Paul Kalanithi’s non-fictional, autobiographical memoir about his life and illness.

What can only be described as an intimate and exquisitely written meditation on the meaning of life by a young neurosurgeon facing terminal cancer, Doctor Paul Kalanithiwrote When Breath Becomes Air within the last 22 months of his life.

crime / thriller

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins.

Crowned the psychological thriller of 2015 and a tie-in box office smash hit of 2016, The Girl on the Train, has been highly reviewed for taking an ingenious slant on the currently fashionable amnesia thriller. With written narrative skilfully split between three women whose lives tragically interlink, The Girl on the Train, is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce.

Every day, Rachel takes the train in to work and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. But rather than concentrating on this, Rachel focuses her attentions a couple of doors down where a seemingly perfect couple live until one day she see’s shocking.


science fiction / fantasy

All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders.

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine, a witch, and Laurence Armstead, a mad scientist, parted ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. As adults they both wind up in near-future San Francisco, where Laurence is an engineering genius and Patricia works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever growing ailments. Unaware of each other’s current situations something is determined to bring them back together—to either save the world, or end it.

Described as an intense emotional roller that fits superbly between genres , All the Birds in the Sky marks a brave, genre-bending debut that, as satisfying as it is, perhaps hints at even more greatness to come.


romance / drama / chick

Who’s that Girl? Mhairi McFarlane.

What's the one thing you do at a wedding? Kiss your groom. What's the one thing you DON'T do at a wedding? Kiss someone else's groom.

When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues' wedding, all the blame falls on her - turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays, and if the groom is the head boy, Edie is closer to the geek with NHS glasses and purple braces.

An achingly funny, laugh out loud story that has been described as ‘the perfect balance of romance and comedy’.


Now although we appreciate it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the time to take this much needed time out it is good for our health and general wellbeing.

Research shows that prolonged bathing, as long as we are mindful of the water temperature, can have a positive, brain boosting affect when combined with a mixture of scented oils and engaging literature.

Furthermore it should help you get a good night’s sleep if done prior to settling down for the night and has many other health benefits including warding off a cold, relieving aches and releasing painkilling endorphins. So what are you waiting for? Take some time out, relax and unwind. You deserve it.

More Ability, part of the Passmore Group, is Yorkshires leading and most experienced bath & shower room specialist for all types of stylish, safe & practical and bespoke solutions. Offering a fully project managed design & installation service we pride ourselves on meeting individual wants, needs and aspirational requirements for both the public & private sector.

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