Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

Feeling overwhelmed with school? Is the majority of your time spent on school, studying, and work? Need a break? Take some time to read for fun! Pleasure reading can give you a much needed time out from the stresses of life and has numerous benefits.  Taking the time to read for fun has many different benefits.  Pauline Dewan, a librarian for both Laurier University and Nipissing University in Ontario describes these benefits in her article Reading Matters in the Academic Library: Taking the Lead from Public Librarians.

These benefits include:

  • Improving social skills
  • Fostering creativity

Pleasure reading also can show increases in:

  • Self-knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Writing skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammatical development

Pleasure reading promotes:

  • Articulate expressions
  • Higher order reasoning
  • Critical thinking

Not sure what to read?

There are a variety of genres to choose from! Here are few suggestions to pick up today:

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks—The lives of two couples converge unexpectedly.

NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp—Detective Zach Jordan and his beautiful partner (and ex-girlfriend) must stop a deranged killer who has targeted a glittering New York film festival.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr—The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

No matter what you are interested, stop by your campus library and start reading for fun today!

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Kim DeRosa is a student at the University of Denver. She is completing her practicum at College Hill Library at FRCC as part of her masters degree in library and information science.