We created our Bristol Reads collection as a space to allow our library members to develop and grow the love of reading for pleasure. Bristol Reads holds 100s of books and is a collection developed to foreground diverse writers. The collection celebrates a variety of works from international fiction to graphic novels, contemporary poetry and non-fiction books covering cooking to mud-larking to environmental protest.
The Joy of Reading!
Reading for pleasure can improve mental wellbeing and has many physical benefits. Putting time aside to read for pleasure can help ease stress as it can lower ones blood pressure and heart rate, this also means that reading before bed can aid in readiness for a goodnight’s sleep. With the potential to widen vocabulary, improve brain connectivity and increase understandings of empathy, reading is considered to improve wellbeing on so many levels.
Bristol Reads Locations
It can feel difficult to allow time for reading in your down time while studying so we have made space for the Bristol Reads collection in four of our libraries; the Arts and Social Sciences Library, Education Library, Chemistry Library and the Wills Memorial Library. It is now easier to pop in to pick up your next read while travelling across campus or browse during a study break!
Have Any Recommendations?
We want to keep our collection current and of interest to all, so if you have any suggestions for additions to the Bristol Reads collection please let us know by suggesting a purchase.
Recommendations from the Library Staff
Here are some of our staff favourites from the Bristol Reads section, regularly updated to give you fresh reading inspiration!
The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
I'm always looking for an excuse to recommend The Fifth Seasonby N K Jemisin. It's a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel about the struggle for survival of a woman with the power to control seismic activity that vividly imagines the political consequences of a society structured around controlling people with such power, who are both extremely feared and vital to its continued existence. The book also begins the Broken Earth trilogy, for which Jemisin became the first person to win three consecutive Hugo awards.