As many students can attest, reading can become a chore even in your favorite classes. To balance out all the textbooks, try reading for pleasure!

Madden Library’s Popular Reading Collection provides a selection of print books catered towards college students to browse and read for fun. Our selection of recently published works is given special attention to include various authors and titles that reflect the diversity of our student population and community.

BEST WAY TO CHECK OUT THE COLLECTION?

Just step through the library’s front doors! Our Popular Reading Collection is located on the 1st floor and is the first bookshelves you see when entering. Stop by, browse and enjoy!

If you’re looking for something specific, students can also use the library’s OneSearch tool to find books. Simply type in the title of the book or author you’re looking for and select “1st Floor – Popular Reading Collection” from the drop-down menu on the left.

MONTHLY THEMES

Another great way to discover books in our Popular Readings Collection is to browse our online Diversity in Our Collections guide! We curate library resources on monthly themes and highlight books from all collections on this guide. 

HOW READING FOR FUN CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER COLLEGE STUDENT

If you’re still hesitant about the shift from academic reading to “reading for fun,” librarian Amanda Dinscore has made a motivating list of how reading for fun can make you a better college student!

PROMOTES EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS 

Reading for enjoyment has been reported as more important for educational success than family socio-economic status. 

HONES CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS 

A study conducted in 2012 found a positive correlation between voluntary reading and high scores on critical thinking tests. As your critical thinking skills strengthen, you’ll become more adept at interpreting texts of all kinds, including academic texts. 

EXPANDS VOCABULARY 

Studies have shown a clear link between the frequency with which people read and the size of their vocabularies. A large vocabulary makes it much easier to express complex ideas. Regardless of what field you study, a broad vocabulary will be advantageous in school and in your chosen career. 

ENHANCES CONCENTRATION 

Students who read recreationally are accustomed to spending extended amounts of time focusing on a text. They’ve learned what conditions make reading most comfortable for them, and they’ve developed strategies to maintain concentration. These strategies can be applied to all areas of your life. 

PROMOTES CURIOSITY 

Reading novels can expand your horizons, exposing you to concepts and life experiences of which you might never have become aware. Expanding your worldview and learning about a diverse array of subjects is beneficial in any context, but it’s particularly helpful for university students. 

IMPROVES WRITING 

There’s a definite link between the amount of time students spend reading other people’s work and the number of grammar errors present in their own. In many ways, this relationship is simply logical; it makes sense that exposure to properly-structured sentences and paragraphs will make it easier to follow these same rules when you sit down to write. 

With nothing stopping you, check out a book from the Popular Reading Collection today!

Dinscore’s How Reading for Fun Can Make You a Better College Student is adapted from: Five Reasons Reading for Fun Will Make You a Better Student (in Any Discipline), Kate Stericker, University of Waterloo


Written by Mallory Crow, content writing student assistant.
Photos courtesy of Fresno State and Madden Library.