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 three weeks.

The purpose of the Reading for Pleasure collection is to encourage people to pick up a book and read simply for enjoyment.

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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