Reading for pleasure is a crucial component of a well-rounded education, particularly during the secondary school years. Not only does reading for pleasure help to improve vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills, it also provides a much-needed opportunity for relaxation and stress relief.
In a world where technology and screens dominate our daily lives, reading for pleasure offers a chance to disconnect and engage with a different form of communication. It allows us to explore new worlds, gain new perspectives, and engage with diverse characters and ideas. Reading for pleasure can also encourage a lifelong love of learning and personal growth.
Furthermore, reading for pleasure has been shown to have numerous academic benefits. Students who read for pleasure tend to perform better on standardised tests, have stronger writing skills, and are more likely to go on to higher education. In short, reading for pleasure is a powerful tool that can help students succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
The links in this section contain selected recommended books for our students to enjoy. If students would like more subject-specific books, a list of books recommended by our teachers can be found by clicking on the Wider Reading link in each of our subject pages.