At OUGL, we maintain a collection of fiction and nonfiction books that appeal to students looking for something entertaining in their downtime. These books have all been published within the last five years, so if your friend has mentioned their favorite new book or if you stumbled upon a new book review while doom-scrolling, you can look for the title here!
". . . it doesn't matter what books [or magazines] you read, even if your choice is "trashy" Gothic novels. It is what you make of them, how you behave in consequence, that counts" (230). —Worsley, Lucy. Jane Austen at home: a biography. Hodder, 2017.
The Good Reads section is a browsing collection of fiction and nonfiction books located behind our Information Desk on the second floor.
Our student assistants are happy to help you browse the catalog if the book you wanted isn’t on the shelf!
You may not realize it, but reading for fun can actually help with your busy student life! One of the biggest benefits of leisure reading is reduced academic stress. When you choose to read books you enjoy, you’ll probably be more motivated to take regular breaks from your academic work. This will help you focus on your studies and avoid burnout while engaging with a great new hobby.
This guide has several different tools that will help you navigate our Good Reads collection.
What do you do if the books we recommend don’t look interesting to you?
Don’t worry! Every reader has their own taste, and you won’t like every book even if someone else does. Try searching the catalog for the right book.
The UW Libraries Search does not allow search by genre. Instead, using the advanced search tool, you can change the first drop-down menu to "Identifier, Subject" and include terms such as:
Book reviews of the best new fiction and nonfiction books from NPR.
Here are a few reviews of good reads that we already have in OUGL: