What’s your favourite bathtime read?

What's your favourite bathtime read?

Today (March 1st) marks World Book Day. Children across the UK - well, those whose schools are still open amid the snow! - will be arriving in their classrooms dressed as their favourite fictional characters, receiving book tokens for their efforts and perhaps rekindling what will turn out to be a lifetime love of reading.

You might even have spent the past few evenings braving the harsh weather conditions to put a book token-winning outfit together, so some time for yourself is likely to be very welcome indeed. And why should the little ones have all the fun anyway? Books are for grown-ups too, after all.

There are few things more relaxing in life than getting into a hot bath with a good book, perhaps popping in a luxurious bath melt and lighting a gorgeous scented candle too.

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You can't beat a classic romance novel or a 'chick lit' title when you want to switch off and unwind, so here's our pick of the best bathtime reads:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

All of Jojo Moyes' books are brilliant, but we recommend that you start with Me Before You, which was turned into a film starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in 2016. It's now the first book in a trilogy, preceding After You and Still You.

You can't beat a classic romance novel

The story follows Lou Clark, a lost twenty-something who crosses paths with Will Traynor after losing her top in a tearoom. Will was paralysed in a car accident two years earlier, and neither he nor Lou could have ever predicted just how much their encounter would change the course of their lives.

We guarantee you'll be hooked and find yourself needing to read the following two books too - the perfect excuse for a lot more long baths.

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Everybody's seen (or should have done!) the Bridget Jones movies; with a healthy dose of both Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, they're the ultimate chick flicks. But have you read the book?

Helen Fielding's fictional diary takes you back to where it all started for the oh-so-relatable Bridget, as she tries to make sense of her career, love life and fantastically eccentric family members. Bridget's witty tone will have you gripped as you laugh and cry along with her.

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

PS I Love You is probably Cecelia Ahern's most well-known novel, but Where Rainbows End is equally wonderful and was also adapted into a film, but under a different name: Love, Rosie.

Where Rainbows End is told entirely in letters, articles and email messages, which makes it really fast-moving so you're sure to be hooked. It tells the story of the relationship between Rosie and Alex from their childhood, through all the trials and tribulations of love, loss and life, until they reach old age. There are plenty of moments that'll have you thinking 'what if…?' about your own life throughout.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife is a gorgeous romance yet an absolute heartbreaker all at the same time, telling the unique love story of Clare and Henry, who meet when she is a small child and he is a middle-aged man. Henry has a genetic disorder that means he can travel through time, creating a completely captivating tale.

If chick lit isn't your thing, remember that there's a whole world of books out there to accompany you in a relaxing bath. So whether you're into sci-fi, fantasy, horror, historical romances or dystopian fiction where zombies rule the world, treat yourself to a pamper and lose yourself in a good book this World Book Day and beyond.

Don't forget to light a scented candle to make your reading session in the bath all the more relaxing. Browse our full collection of scentsational candles here