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Reading for pleasure collections

Within our library collection, we have a varied selection of 'reading for pleasure' books including fiction, sport biographies and books to support wellbeing. These are available for all students and staff to borrow.  Why not check Heritage Online to see if we have any of your favourites in our catalogue? 

What is reading for pleasure?

 The National Literacy Trust (2006) define reading for pleasure as;  "Reading we do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction we will get from the act of reading." 

Clark, C. & Rumbold, K. (2006). Reading for pleasure: A research overview.  National Literacy Trust. 





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What are the benefits of reading for pleasure?

Reading is the foundation of all studies and the bedrock of communication and critical thinking skills. Those who develop the habit of reading have a greater likelihood of success in their immediate and long-term future. College-aged students are also at the point in their lives when reading can open up worlds – can indeed motivate and inspire them for the future. 

Dewan, P. (2013). Reading Matters in the Academic Library: Taking the lead from public libraries. Reference & User Services Quarterly,52(4).309-319.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  

Seuss. (1978). I can read with my eyes shut! Random House Children’s Books.  

Books to read in May

Daisy Haites

All 20-year-old Daisy Haites has ever wanted is a normal life, but as the heiress to London's most notorious criminal empire, it's just not on the cards for her.

Raised by her older brother Julian since their parents were murdered, Daisy has never been able to escape the watchful gaze of her gang-lord brother. But Julian's line of work means that Daisy's life is... complicated.

A mindfulness guide for the frazzled

In A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, Ruby Wax shows us how to de-frazzle for good by making simple changes that give us time to breathe, reflect and live in the moment. It's an easy-to-understand introduction to mindfulness, weaved together with Ruby's trademark wit and humour.

Everyday Calming Rituals

This book will enable you to create simple rituals that will allow you to work with your five main senses to ensure you have a first aid kit of emotional associations that will calm you down when you are beset with a racing mind, insomnia or general worry.

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

This is the story of Sam and Sadie. It's not a romance, but it is about love.


A brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. 

Check & Mate

In this clever and swoonworthy new novel from the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis, life's moving pieces bring rival chess players together in a match for the heart.

Unbroken: my story of survival from 7/7 bombings to Paralympics success

By turns heart-breaking and heart-warming, Unbroken is the remarkable true story of a woman who turned trauma and tragedy into hope. The autobiography of 7/7 bombings survivor and GB Paralympian, Martine Wright. 

The Cool Impossible

Featured in the book Born to Run, running coach Eric Orton offers a guide for every runner...

Where Mountains Come to Swim

Oftentimes, when alone and pondering the meaning of life and memories of the past, insightful revelations are realized. That is the case during the author's swim in his attempt to cross the Sea of Cortez. After failed attempts, Paul is determined to try again in conquering this challenge, bringing his wife and close friends along during the harrowing experience that defines determination and strength.