Reading has health benefits. Different studies report that it improves memory, enhances empathy, and reduces stress. Reading also is a fundamental way to acquire knowledge, so it stands to reason that reading different health topics can help people make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their loved ones and reduce the stigma surrounding some diseases and health conditions.
From November 2018 through April 2021, a small team of consumer health librarians selected books to align with the priority health topics of its sponsoring agency, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, which was funded by a partnership between the National Library of Medicine and the NIH All of Us Research Program.
To capture different interests, a variety of genres were considered: fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic medicine, and young adult. Books also were reviewed based upon the following criteria:
- Author or book is award-winning or a national bestseller
- Book reviews or reader ratings are consistent and positive
- Diverse voices are represented
- Titles are published or reprinted within the current five years; exceptions are classics
- Publications are available in another format such as audio, e-book, or large print
- Reading guides or book discussions are made freely available
We invite you or your group to read one or all the 78 titles from the 21 topics in this collection of the NNLM Reading Club. For added convenience, you can download the entire NNLM Reading Club 2018-2021 Collection, including book descriptions, discussion guides, and health information.