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Leisure Reading — Literature

What is leisure reading?

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

Oscar Wilde

This guide will help you find fun books to read both inside the Hesburgh Library and online. There are also links to best sellers lists, major book awards, and genre suggestions.

Leisure reading, also known as recreational reading, pleasure reading, free voluntary reading, and independent reading, is independent, self-selected reading of a continuous text for a wide range of personal and social purposes. It can take place in and out of school, at any time.
Readers select from a wide range of extended texts, including but not exclusive to narrative fiction, nonfiction, picture books, e-books, magazines, social media, blogs, websites, newspapers, comic books, and graphic novels. Leisure reading is generally intrinsically or socially motivated and a pleasurable activity for the reader.

Woman reading

On the Value of Leisure Reading...

Leisure reading is known to improve reading comprehension, reduce academic stress, and improve students' achievement scores in their subject area. Here are some articles to read that explain the value of reading for enjoyment:

What do you like to read?

What is your favorite genre when selecting fun reading?
Adventure: 9 votes (16.98%)
Fantasy: 16 votes (30.19%)
Historical: 4 votes (7.55%)
Horror/Paranormal: 1 votes (1.89%)
Humorous: 2 votes (3.77%)
Mystery: 5 votes (9.43%)
Nonfiction: 6 votes (11.32%)
Romance: 4 votes (7.55%)
Science Fiction: 6 votes (11.32%)
Western: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 53