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Daily TWiP - Read in the Bathtub Day

Welcome to the Daily TWiP, your daily dose of all the holidays, historical observances, etc., we couldn’t cram into The Week in Preview.

There are many simple pleasures in life, but very few holidays that give you license to celebrate more than one at a time. Read in the Bathtub Day lets you enjoy a good book, a hot bath, and a little bit of peace and quiet all at the same time.

Providing you have plenty of hot water in the pipes, the defining factor in your bathtub reading experience will be your choice of reading material. Here are a few suggestions of books that might make good bath time companions:

- “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” or any other books by Douglas Adams. Make sure you know where your towel is.

- “1984” by George Orwell. This bleak vision of future society is best read while you’re in your happy place.

- “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. It’s a wonderful way to put your own crazy life in perspective.

- “The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio. A group of young people hole up at a country estate to escape the Black Death and pass the time by telling stories, many of which are about love and some of which are quite colorful. You may want to consider a glass of red wine to get into the appropriate jovial mood.

- “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” or any of the other Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. If only every wardrobe had a magical realm of wonder and intrigue stashed at the back.

- “Interesting Times,” “Maskerade,” “The Last Continent,” or any other book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Pratchett satirizes everything from China’s Cultural Revolution to Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to Death itself (or should we say, himself). You’ll enjoy what you’re reading and maybe even learn something, too.

Whatever, you choose to read, remember to keep your book high and dry by exercising proper bathtub reading posture: stretched out full-length on your back, neck balanced on the edge of the tub, elbows propped the tub’s bottom, book held in both hands.

A bath pillow might be a wise investment, especially if you’ll be reading the Decameron, which is made up of 100 novellas. If you want to have your hands free for your glass of wine (and perhaps, a small of box of chocolates), you may want to look into a bathtub reading caddy like this one: [http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store/catalogimages/1a/i15039.html].

Should you spring for the bath caddy, make sure you also have plenty of body lotion on hand. Bathtub reading might very well become a habit, and you wouldn’t want to be permanently pruny.

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- Teresa Santoski