It’s a cold, wintry day. You’ve just returned from the gym. You’re sore and sweaty, and all you want in life is this: a nice, hot bath and a good book to read in it. You strip down before your BFF, the beautiful bathtub. If only there was enough time to pour in some bubbles, sink down, and read for like forever. Do it! Just shut the bathroom door, ignore the world, and do what your soul is insisting on.

Reading in the tub is the ultimate luxury. Proven to be the best relaxation routine before bed, it’s also great for reducing stress and stimulating brain activity, too. It’s such an important event in all our lives that it’s earned its own special day. In case you didn’t know, February 9 is National Reading in the Tub Day—but we say you need to make this a regular event. This is one pleasure that shouldn’t be confined.

Need some inspiration? Check out these gorgeous freestanding tubs from American Standard. We’ve even got book recommendations for each.

Be Brazen. It’s your life. Take a bath. And read in the tub.


For the True Romantic

Read in the Tub day - Serin Freestanding Tub with Serin TubYou dream of creating you own love story with a modern twist and a lavish home spa retreat is where it begins. This warm and welcoming bathroom is the ideal place to pamper yourself so start with an extra deep freestanding tub, add double the bubbles and a musky softening oil to up the luxe factor. Oh and keep a glass of something bubbly at hand.

If you love this bath, you love to love.

Read this: P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. True love means letting go.

Get it: American Standard’s Serin Freestanding Tub MSRP: $2,115


For the Traditionalist

AS Ovale Freestanding Tub_BeautyCardigans and cocktails at 5 o’clock are a start, but an elegant and traditional life is really what you crave. Your routines make you tick, including your nightly ritual of a warm—not too hot—bath where you can stretch out and finally decompress. Sink deep into the Lavender scented water and just breathe.

If you love this bath you’re all about classic style and classic novels, including best loved books from your youth.

Read this: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Classic romance from the best novel ever written.

Get it: American Standard’s Ovale Freestanding TubMSRP: $1,606

For the Adventure Seeker

AS Loft Freestanding Tub with Times Square Tub Filler - BeautyThe unexpected is what moves you, and the way you unwind is just the beginning. No ordinary bathtime for you. Instead you want your haven to reflect who you are:  bold, edgy, and completely luxe, but with an undefined softness. Pour in Asian Patchouli with a hint of spice and light some simple, unscented candles for ambience before lowering yourself into the silky depths of this tub.

If you love this bath, you want what you want and you won’t accept anything less.

Read this: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Love can be lost, but can it be found again?

Get it: American Standard’s Loft Freestanding TubMSRP: $1,882

User tip: If you really like to read in the tub, get the Kobo Aura H20. It’s waterproof! And check out these great book selections for your Kobo.

Ready to jump in the tub and enjoy a great book? Enter to win a $25 bookstore gift certificate. And for more chances to win: In celebration of National Reading in the Tub day, American Standard is giving away 3 x $25 book store gift cards on their Facebook page.


This article was generously sponsored by American Standard but as usual, all opinions are ours. 

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