Reading for pleasure

Library Services is developing a collection of general interest (fiction and non-fiction) books called 'Reading for Pleasure'. The collections can be found in both the Aldgate and Holloway Road libraries and can be borrowed for 3 weeks.

The purpose of the Reading for Pleasure collection is to encourage anyone who feels like it to pick up a book and read just for the enjoyment of it.

Reading in your own time can help to enhance your vocabulary and writing style, and studies have shown a relationship between reading and improved academic performance.

A 2016 report conducted by the University of Liverpool has shown that as a result of reading:

  • 27% of the population have been inspired to make a positive change in their life such as look for a new job or end a bad relationship
  • 36% of the population have been inspired to go travelling
  • 19% of adults say they have taken up a new hobby

All the books in this collection have been donated by staff - we have not used Library Services funds, which of course are used for the purchase of materials recommended in reading lists.

Themed lists of Reading for Pleasure books

African and Afro-Caribbean Literature

Celebrating Women

Cookery and Food

Crime Books

Fantasy Books

Love Stories

Mystery Books

Science Fiction Books

World Literature

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