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Forty per cent of Kingston students read just three books a year

by on May 14, 2013

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As reported by The River, Kingston University’s award-winning student newspaper, a recent survey found that four in 10 Kingston University students have read just three books in the past year. This finding is supported by an academic study in the US, where researchers found over 40 per cent of  students at Gustavas Adolphus College spent less than an hour a week reading for leisure.

Here’s an extract of the The River report, including the views of a Kingston lecturer.

KU students would rather pick up “junk food” literature like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings than their course books or classic novels like To Kill a Mockingbird.

Professor Meg Jensen, KU English literature lecturer and author, said: “There is nothing wrong with reading Harry Potter if you are 12 or studying children’s literature or publishing.

“But it is the literary equivalent of junk food – processed, easily digestible with little nutritional value. It…

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