Finding time for leisure reading pays off


For college students, life is busy.  Between sports, classes, homework and clubs, it’s hard to find time to read for pleasure. But breaking away from just reading assignments for classes and making time to read for fun is worth the effort.

Amy Ford, sophomore community and public health promotion major, said, “Even the busiest college student can find time to read.”

(Photo by Autumn Berry)

Finding time to read in the midst of college life is a challenge; it’s about making choices.

“I would rather spend that time [free time] reading because it still takes imagination,” Ford said.

Ford likes to read fiction novels and Christian devotionals.  One of her favorite books is Bread and Wine by Shuana Niequist.  This compilation of essays is about living in community and being hospitable towards one another.

Taylor Weida, junior bible theology major, said, “I am one of those people who want to read for fun but don’t get to that often.”

Weida’s favorite genre to read is Christian devotionals.  In the past, he has enjoyed fiction such as the Halo series by Eric Nylund.

“[When I read] I feel like I have actually accomplished something, something I can hold and be like, ‘look, I did this,’” Weida said.

Finding time for pleasure reading is challenging for professors as well as students.

John Estes, assistant professor of English, said, “I am never reading as many novels as I would like, although I enjoy reading.”

Estes enjoys reading poetry and Plato when he has the time. For him, reading is not just about pleasure.

“A book can change your life,” Estes said. “Sometimes you need to go out looking for what will change your life.  You should read something that pleases you.  There is always something.”

Once you have decided to read something for fun, the next question is what to read.

“I would suggest the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis,” Ford said.

Alicia Myer, freshman communication arts major, said, “I would recommend something that has gotten a lot of hype—like the Divergent series by Veronica Roth—then you are more likely to find the time to read.”

Amber Benson, junior middle childhood education major, enjoys reading Christian fiction, memoir and biography novels.  One of her favorite books is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Benson said going to the library and having the librarians help you out is a good starting place. Also, reading magazine articles can help you get in the habit of reading and spark some interest.

The habits you make in college will stick with you for the rest of your life.  Life will only get busier with a career in the real world waiting and the possibility of starting a family.  Take advantage of the time in college while it is still there.

“When you’re as young as college students are, you should do as much reading as possible because it gets harder to do,” Estes said.

“Reading is a blessing because not everyone can read,” Benson said. “It is a gift from God, and we are not using it if we aren’t reading.”


 Josey Petz is the feature editor for The Aviso AVW.

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