Reading for Pleasure

We want to promote the importance of reading for your health and well being!  Not only can books broaden your mind, but they can be very therapeutic, giving you an escape to somewhere else for a while, even if only within your own head.

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body”

Joseph Addison

The LRC Reading Tree

We’ve missed sharing our reading tree with you over the last few months, so have decided to create a digital one!  All of the featured books are available to borrow from the LRC with our Click and Collect service; simply select the title you want on the image below and it’ll take you to the catalogue to reserve your copy!

This Tree:  Valentine’s Day


If you fancy watching a film after your reading, head over to the More Than Just Books page to get our latest related film suggestions.

Below you will find some more suggested reading lists from your members of the LRC staff:

Are there any that you feel we’ve missed?  It would be great to hear your suggestions and recommendations!  Feel free to email us with your thoughts or even a review of any titles that you’ve read so we can share the love of reading with other students.


Audio Books

Sometimes you might not have time to read your favorite book, but did you know there’s a wealth of audio books to choose from too?  Amazon offer audio books for a subscription for £7.99 p/m that allows you to download and keep your selection.  If you don’t want to sign up to anything though, here are a few suggestions that you can listen to for free on YouTube, to get you started on your audio journey:

Podcasts (a series of spoken word, audio episodes, all focused on a particular topic or theme) have also become very popular during Lockdown.  Here are a few links to the best we’ve found:

Reading Competition

The Learning Curve is holding a fantastic competition to encourage FE & HE students to read for pleasure and get immersed in fiction books.

Do you love reading? Do you want to read more?

Would you like the chance to win a £50 Amazon E-Gift card?

If the answer is ‘Yes’ then this competition is for you….

Over the coming months the Learning Curve will be promoting a wide selection of fiction genres on our virtual display board and reading tree above.

This is what you need to do to enter the competition….

  • Read 4 books or listen to 4 audio books.
  • Write or record 4 separate book reviews about each book you have read/listened to.
  • Each book should be from a different fiction genre, such as: crime, horror, comedy, romance, thriller, sci-fi or fantasy.
  • Email your 4 completed book reviews to: by the 30 April 2021.

The rules of the competition are as follows:

  • Mention the book title, author and genre in each of your reviews.
  • Mention your likes and dislikes about the book with justification.
  • Briefly talk about your favourite characters.
  • Discuss the overall impact each book produced.
  • Include your name and student number with your entry.
  • Plagiarism policies apply.

Why not read or listen to some books and win a fantastic prize!!

For further information contact or this PDF

Closing date: Friday, 30 April 2021

Winner announced: Friday, 7 May 2021

Staff Suggestions

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that many of your library staff members are avid readers! We will, of course, always keep you updated with the latest film and book suggestions on our various themed displays throughout the year, but have you ever wondered what we read ourselves when we want to escape reality? Each month over the next few months this academic year, a few of us will be writing brief reviews about our favorite ‘Go-to’ books in the hopes to inspire you to try something new!

Our next review comes from our newly qualified librarian, Rebecca Lunn.  When she’s not walking her lovely dog Luna or hauling books from the Curve to HE Library for the Click and Collect service, she likes to curl up with a classic!

Select the title on the shelf below to read the review:

Finding Resources

We realize that you might not have copies of the titles we’ve mentioned, but did you know that you can find loads of free electronic books online?  Just make sure you read the small print and T&Cs on what you find to make sure you’re not charged for your download!

For a limited time only, Barnsley Libraries are opening up their ebook and audiobook collections to non-library members.  All you need to do is download the LibbyApp from your local app store and use the code: barnsleylibs  You can find more information here.

We’ve also bought lots of new ebooks for you on Browns and Dawsons and for those more academic reads, EBSCO Discovery and Harvard Business Review have kindly given free access to their ebooks and resources too, so make use of them while you can!

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Last updated: 25th February 2021