dukereadsAs students it can sometimes be difficult to motivate yourself to read anything besides a textbook. But if you don’t read, you miss out on so many wonders and worlds. Reading can be a magical thing: it can transport you and open up your mind. Whether you read a hundred pages or a page, reading every single day is a known benefit to your health! The JMU Libraries have a great collection of books for you to check out for free, so don’t forget to utilize that resource while you’re a student here! If you simply don’t know what to read, The Daily Duke team has put together a list of some of our favorite books:to-kill-a-mockingbird-0pw1ub5j.4xn.jpg

When I’m asked what my favorite book is I always struggle to find an answer. My favorite book depends on where I’m at in life. Right now I’d say my favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Though this is an older book, its overall themes still hold true today and it is all inspiring. But if you ask me next week, I might give you another answer! –Emilyelizabethgilbert-bigmagic

Like Emily, it is hard for me to chose just one favorite book. One of the most recent books I’ve read however, was Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a non-fiction book about exploring your passions and living your most creative life! Gilbert is also the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I highly recommend.  –Michelle


Reading is one of my favorite hobbies that I always say I never have enough time to do. Recently, I have been swapping my social media time before bed with a chapter or two. I found that even if I read 10 pages before bed, I fall asleep quicker and am more relaxed. A great book I have read recently was The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I read a great deal of his books (and listen to a lot of his podcasts) because he really makes me think about life and get my brain moving. The Tipping Point is about that one small moment in time that sparks a wildfire in your life and mind. He goes through history to further prove how little has to be done to impact a greater body. Definitely a stimulating and interesting read! – Jolie


In high school we had to read so many books for class and the one I always remember sticking out is The Picture of Dorian Gray. I read this book every night for probably two weeks and every time I would finish my reading for that night I would barge out of my room and complain to my mother how much I hated Dorian Gray, who is the main character. Throughout the novel, Dorian becomes an increasingly worse person and it just frustrates the reader so much that it makes it impossible to put down. Reading, for me, is a way to escape from everyday stressors and enter into a new world where your problems don’t exist, and this novel makes it so easy to forget your life and get involved with another’s. –Lorenp_p

Like Loren, I love to read classic novels. My favorite has always been Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet through her journey to find love and learn to not let her pride stand in her way. A woman ahead of her time, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (aka one of the best love interests in literature) challenge each other in many comedic and loving ways throughout the novel. This is definitely a great read! – Molly 

What are some of your favorite books to read? Let us know by commenting below!

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