Bathroom Reading Month: Part 1

Bathroom Reading Month: Part 1
Reading on the toilet: is it a guilty pleasure or blameless bliss? The practice dates back perhaps to when printed books first appeared, but because it only happens behind closed doors, we don't ever really talk about it.

If you're shy about your desire to read in the bathroom, consider that Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, thought reading in the "necessary house" was simply a way to use his time wisely. If it was good enough for royalty in the 1700s, why shouldn't it be good enough for us today?

Of course, the types of books you choose to read on the commode dictate how wisely you're using your time. Stock up on the following self-help books to facilitate learning in the bathroom:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Available in hardback, paperback and e-reader versions, you have plenty of options for learning to become a highly effective person. Stephen R. Covey's self-help book, published in 1989, has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The message is geared toward small business owners, but anyone can benefit from learning about the seven habits of highly effective people. There's even a version called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens written by Covey's son.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Dale Carnegie first published this self-help book in 1948, so you might think it's out of date by now. However, a revised version came out in 1990 to help keep it relevant for modern readers. Since the book was originally published, it has helped millions of readers overcome the worry habit. In the book, Carnegie highlights ways to keep calm in stressful situations, avoid fussing over trifles and letting go of the past.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

As another winning book authored by Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold 15 million copies since it was originally published. This one is even older than his other most famous self help book; it was first printed in 1936. However, thanks to a new edition published in 1981 with updated language, relevant anecdotes and revised sections, the book remains quite modern today. You can find it in physical print or digital versions for your e-reader.

Think and Grow Rich

As it turns out, some self help books are so fundamental, they remain relevant generation after generation. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is another book published decades ago; this one in 1937. Think about the economic climate in the 1930s and how inspirational Hill's book must have been for families struggling through the Great Depression. It remains incredibly influential to this day; in fact, a full 70 years after it was published, BusinessWeek ranked it the sixth best-selling paperback. It's also on John C. Maxwell's A Lifetime "Must Read" Books List.

The Magic of Thinking Big

David Schwartz published this self-help book in 1959 to instruct people in the art of setting and achieving goals. If there's anything you want to change in your life, Schwartz's step-by-step guide helps you achieve your goal. The idea is that small thoughts hold people back, but big, positive thoughts drive them forward. You can use The Magic of Thinking Big to help with your finances, job success, relationships and more to help you achieve a rewarding and enjoyable life.

Who knew reading the right books in the bathroom could help you climb the ladder of success in your personal and professional life? Check back for Bathroom Reading Month: Part 2 when we share which apps to download to maximize your time in the bathroom.

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