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Thursday 30 November 2023

Exams are over what are you going to do?


                                                         By Jabulile Sibisi - Mshengu

Now it’s time for you to relax and have fun but not sure where to start. Why don’t you relax with a book?

Looking for pleasurable reading, nothing lengthy? UKZN libraries have lots of reading material for your leisure reading, something to pass the time on your study break, that is leisure reading, as opposed to reading for assignments or exams.


According to Cawley (2023) leisure reading, also known as recreational reading, pleasure reading, free voluntary reading, and independent reading, is independent, self-selected reading of a continuous text for a wide range of personal and social purposes. It can take place in and out of university, at any time.


Moreover, Mkhabela (2022) point out that readers select from a wide range of extended texts, including but not exclusive to narrative fiction, nonfiction, picture books, e-books, magazines, social media, blogs, websites, newspapers, comic books, and graphic novels. Leisure reading is generally intrinsically or socially motivated and a pleasurable activity for the reader.


Here are a few benefits of reading for leisure or pleasure:

  • To reduce psychological distress after the exam.
  • To improve reading literacy
  • To improve vocabulary and literacy skills.
  • To understand different people's cultures
  • To improve general knowledge





Cawley, H. (2023). Leisure Reading — Literature https://libguides.library.nd.edu/leisure-reading

Mkhabela, D. E. (2022). Leisure reading experiences: the case study of young adult-readers at the University of Mpumalanga (Doctoral dissertation).




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