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Summer reading keeps the mind sharp

By Julie Petersen
On May 4, 2017

The end of the spring semester is near and soon your last paper will be turned in and your last final will be finished. 

You will be off to do whatever you do in the summer; working, taking classes, or maybe nothing. Whatever it is, we know you’re busy, but summer is a great time to catch up on the reading you’ve been putting off all year.  

Summer reading is a wonderful way to keep your mind sharp and ready to go when classes start in the fall.  Studies have shown that summer breaks can be detrimental to learning when students don’t engage in some mental activity. 

Summer reading is great because you get that mental activity but you choose what to read!  Maybe you want to read that new popular book you haven’t had time for, or want to do some extra reading in your field of study. 

Catch up on classics, read today’s hottest bestsellers, memoirs, historical books, or numerous other types of good old-fashioned non-fiction! 

Need ideas?  There are lots of ways to find out about books. Ask your friends and family what they’re reading. Do an internet search such as “best books for summer reading” or “best young adult books” or whatever theme you’re interested in. 

There are also lots of yearly lists or challenges you can find online. The one I use is available from Do an internet search for “popsugar reading challenge” and you will find their list of 40 prompts from “a book recommended by a librarian” to “an espionage thriller.”  This challenge is made up of a variety of ideas, but not specific titles, to mix up your reading choices. 

You can also stop in the library in Benton Hall for ideas. Look over our current display of science fiction books, browse our Popular Reading section, or visit our second floor to see the rest of our collection. Ask a librarian if you need help narrowing down your search. 

You can also pick up a list of ideas that includes suggestions in categories like Bestseller fiction, bestseller non-fiction, memoir/biography, young adult, librarian recommendations and more.

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