June is “Bathroom Reading” Month

bathrrom-readingby Ruth G.

What makes a good bathroom read? Something that you can pick up, peruse, and put down, no bookmark needed.  (I suppose waterproofing would be a bonus.) There is a bathroom book for just about any mood: from trivia, world records, “believe it or not” books, to jokes & riddles, cartoon collections and short humorous essays, to 1-minute mysteries, “flash fiction“, haiku, and daily meditations, there are many books that are “put-down-able” in a good way.

toilet cupcake

Celebrate with cupcakes! Or not.



If you’re more of a “get in, get ‘er done, and get out” kind of guy/gal, and not one to spend more time than necessary on the “necessary“, consider these books for those long family car trips. Read aloud some funny, thoughtful, or unbelievable passages and the miles will fly by. Hey, it might get the kids unplugged from their devices for a few minutes of real human interaction!

Here are some ideas to get you started:


(If you love trivia, try using some of these terms in your catalog search:  “curiosities and wonders,” “questions and answers, “common fallacies,” “miscellanea,”, and my personal favorite, “vade-mecums.”)

Please share your favorite bathroom books and car trip books in a comment.  Thanks!

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13 responses to “June is “Bathroom Reading” Month”

  1. Aloha Hart says:

    In my family every month is Bathroom Reading Month!

  2. Dawn says:

    My brother LOVES the Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers. Sno-Isle has 6 of them, but I’m sure that is just a drop in the bucket.

  3. Stacey says:

    Fantastic blog!
    Love the pictures, learned a new word, vade-mecum.
    Benjamin Franklin’s privy was also known as the “necessary”-who knew?

  4. Marie says:

    I’m going to get reading right away – I don’t want to be left behind.

  5. Adam says:

    I think I might go for some Calvin and Hobbs.

    • Ruth G. says:

      Excellent choice, Adam, and a treat for all ages. Just don’t get carried away and overstay your visit to the loo.

  6. Teresa says:

    Is June really Bathroom Reading month or did you just give it that designation?
    Great article and fun pics by the way!

  7. Oh, the puns. The puns!

  8. Pam C says:

    I requested two books from your recommended list which arrived today in delivery. I have shared some the interesting facts in “1,339 Facts to Make your Jaw Drop” with staff and we have all had a good laugh! Thanks for the great blog and great recommendations!!

  9. Ruth G. says:

    You’re welcome, Pam! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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