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Reading List of the Week – World Book Night 2016, University of Essex

Natalie Naik
Reading list of the week

Our Reading List of the Week is to celebrate World Book Night 2016 from the University of Essex

It’s always great to see reading lists used outside of module resources. It’s a simple way to provide a list of resources, and it’s a great way to get reading lists to a broader audience, showing students and academics how they can be used, even if they aren’t yet using them for modules.

This list was created to inspire reading for leisure, and one of the things that makes this list successful is that each item has notes added with the synopsis as shown in the screenshot below.

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This list was created by library staff and the event organisers from the University of Essex. Here’s what they had to say about it:

“We created this reading list as part of our initiatives for World Book Night in April 2016, which promoted the library as somewhere students could find books to read for pleasure, as well as being a place to study. The concept of World Book Night was first introduced at the 2010 Book Industry Conference to encourage libraries to promote reading more, and it has been celebrated since 2011.

This reading list is structured according to the different types of books that people might be interested in reading. It highlights both classic and contemporary fiction, including books that have won the Man Booker Prize and titles by winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The list also contains graphic novels, science-fiction and popular novels to widen its appeal and scope, and we included a non-fiction section too for this purpose. We made sure we incorporated a brief description of each fictional book on the list to give people some idea of what it was about.”


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