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10 Best Books to Read in Bed

Updated on March 15, 2015

Wonderful Bedtime Reading

Here you will discover the ten best books to read when you are next spending time relaxing in bed. Ten books which have been chosen to fulfil your bedtime reading needs.

There is something really nice about reading a good book in the cosy environment of your bed with the gentle softness of the pillow and the warmth of the covers on your body.

Being in bed will of course turn your thoughts to the chance of getting a good night's sleep, but you can always relax with a good book first.

Review this list of the ten best books to read in bed and decide if any of them are worthy of being your next bedtime reading companion.

Welcome to 10 Best Books to Read in Bed

Introduction To The List

If you are anything like me you will enjoy reading great novels in bed, in that case you are in for a real treat.

Listed below you will discover the very best bedtime reading stories, all with personal reviews which will give you an insight of what each novel has to offer you.

Each of these novels have been carefully reviewed and chosen because of their capacity to hold the attention of the reader until the story comes to its final end.

When you have finished browsing, please leave a comment and tell me what you think of these ten best books to read in bed.

Cherries in the Snow

By Emma Forrest

Cherries in the Snow - By Emma Forrest

Cherries In The Snow
Cherries In The Snow

Sadie Steinberg needs a makeover - a life makeover. While the 24-year-old has a knack for naming cosmetics at her friends' trendy New York makeup company, she can't seem to remember the name of her favorite fruit (is it a mango or a papaya?), get started on the Great American Novel she's been meaning to write or stop falling for older men who resemble her dad. When Sadie finally does meet the right guy - a former graffiti artist turned yoga-practicing corporate art consultant - she nearly loses him.

 

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

By Rebecca Wells

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - By Rebecca Wells

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (The Ya-Ya Series)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (The Ya-Ya Series)

When mother and daughter Vivi and Siddalee Walker get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a “tap-dancing child abuser,” the fallout is felt from Louisiana to New York to Seattle. A successful theater director, Siddalee panics and postpones her upcoming wedding—so Vivi’s intrepid gang of lifelong girlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together.

 

Written on the Body

By Jeanette Winterson

Written on the Body - By Jeanette Winterson

Written on the Body
Written on the Body

The narrator, a lifelong philanderer, has fallen in love with Louise, a pre-Raphaelite beauty. Louise is unhappily married to a workaholic cancer researcher, so the narrator leads her into a sexually combative affair. But it is never revealed whether the narrator is male or female. Rather, readers are teased out of their expectations about women and men and romance: Louise calls the narrator "the most beautiful creature male or female that I have ever seen," and the narrator observes, "I thought difference was rated to be the largest part of sexual attraction but there are so many things about us that are the same."

 

The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees - By Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition
The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition

14-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their South Carolina peach farm, spends hours imagining a blissful infancy when she was loved and nurtured by her mother, Deborah, whom she barely remembers. These consoling fantasies are her heart's answer to the family story that as a child, in unclear circumstances, Lily accidentally shot and killed her mother. All Lily has left of Deborah is a strange image of a Black Madonna, with the words "Tiburon, South Carolina" scrawled on the back.

 

The House on Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street - By Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street
The House on Mango Street

Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment. A deeply moving novel...delightful and poignant.... Like the best of poetry, it opens the windows of the heart without a wasted word. This book has made a great space for itself on the shelf of American literature.

 

The Virgin Suicides

By Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides - By Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides: A Novel
The Virgin Suicides: A Novel

On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide... the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope. In an unnamed town in the slightly distant past, detailed in such precise and limpid prose that readers will surely feel that they grew up there, Cecilia--the youngest and most obviously wacky of the luscious Lisbon girls--finally succeeds in taking her own life. As the confused neighbors watch rather helplessly, the remaining sisters become isolated and unhinged, ending it all in a spectacular multiple suicide.

 

Strange Business

By Rilla Askew

Strange Business - By Rilla Askew

Strange Business
Strange Business

The regional voices in these interrelated, canny stories are protean and riveting as they record the "strange business" of death and the fleetingness of life in the fictional town of Cedar, Okla. Opening with Native American recollections of bloody strife among whites and several Choctaw factions in 1892, Askew titles each subsequent tale with a year from 1961 to 1986. A woman shoots her long-nagging husband; an old man newly dead watches his own funeral; a pet raccoon turns feral at the moment a boy most identifies with the animal.

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude - By Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

 

An Invisible Sign of My Own

By Aimee Bender

An Invisible Sign of My Own - By Aimee Bender

An Invisible Sign of My Own: A Novel
An Invisible Sign of My Own: A Novel

At 20, Mona is recruited to teach math at the local elementary school. To her surprise, she is a brilliant teacher, making addition and subtraction tangible to second graders with a game called Numbers and Materials, in which the students bring in natural or man-made objects that take the form of numbers. When 7-year-old Lisa Venus brings in a zero made of IV tubing from her dying mother's hospital room, Mona recognizes a kindred spirit. But she will have to be healthy herself to help Lisa resist her urge to take on her mother's illness out of grief and loyalty.

 

The Rachel Papers

By Martin Amis

The Rachel Papers - By Martin Amis

The Rachel Papers
The Rachel Papers

In his uproarious first novel Martin Amis, author of the bestselling London Fields, gave us one of the most noxiously believable -- and curiously touching -- adolescents ever to sniffle and lust his way through the pages of contemporary fiction. On the brink of twenty, Charles High-way preps desultorily for Oxford, cheerfully loathes his father, and meticulously plots the seduction of a girl named Rachel -- a girl who sorely tests the mettle of his cynicism when he finds himself falling in love with her.

 

A Few Words From Your Reviewer

Ever since I was young I have loved to read a good story in bed. You have just had the opportunity to explore my reviews and recommendations of these 10 Best Books To Read In Bed. I do hope that they have provided you with the details that you were seeking so that you can make your choice of the next novel that you will be reading.

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      I love reading in bed, although I often choose spy stories (luckily I have no problems of sleeping!!!). The title I like most, among the titles you suggested? The secret life of bees. It´s really a tender story!

      Another title I would suggest, because it´s a nice story and - in my opinion - it gives really good dreams? "17 Ways To Eat A Mango", written by Joshua Kadison.

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      moonlitta 5 years ago

      My last bed book- "Tales from 1001 nights", but I also used to re-read "Wuthering Heights" very often...

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Some great suggestions here, must try some.

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      adjustablebedsreviews 5 years ago

      Best add 50 shades of grey too now

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      I am guilty of reading in bed. I'm just so lucky to have a husband who sleeps with the light on. :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      One Hundred Years of Solitude - the best book ever!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Of these, the only one I've read is "The Secret Life of Bees" . . . that book is awesome! I liked the movie too. I always like the read the book before seeing the movie. Right now my bedtime book is "The Girl Who Played With Fire" . . . . very awesome writer, Stieg Larson... so sorry he passed away so soon.

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      N Beaulieu 4 years ago

      I haven't read any of the books on your list but some sound like good reads - "Maybe Tomorrow".

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I adore Jeanette Winterson, her book 'oranges are not the only fruit' is my all time favourite! Great list :)

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      Kelsey Elise Farrell 2 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Loved the Virgin Suicides but hated the ending, I'd also recommend Middlesex by the same author. Great list, thanks for sharing!

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