RU Students Pick Their Favorite Books

MiddlesexAsterios PolypWhite TeethEnder's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)Before Night Falls

We surveyed RU grad students for their favorite books and now offer them for everyone to enjoy. The full list of these 100 Student Picks and their availability can be found in Tri-Cat. Or, friend us on goodreads (username “Markus Library”).

You can browse the collection in our Cafe Lounge or find some of the titles on our library kindles, available for checkout at the service desk. For more information contact us at


Dandelion WineMrs. DallowayInvisible ManFire to FireThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Technology, Reading, and Critical Thinking

ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2009) — As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined, while our visual skills have improved, according to research by Patricia Greenfield, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles.  Reading for pleasure has declined in recent decades.   Working with print media enhances thinking and engages the imagination in a way that visual media such as video games and television do not.  Studies show that reading develops imagination, induction, reflection and critical thinking, as well as vocabulary.