BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As Louisiana enters the first week of July, summertime activities are in full swing, and community leaders are encouraging locals to add reading to their list of things to do.

Though reading a book may seem like a quiet and solitary endeavor, psychologists say it can help a person develop or increase their social skills.

For example, Psychology Today says, “Reading fiction has been found to improve one’s social cognition and ability to empathize with others.”

In addition to this, reading a great novel or other work of literature gives a person something to talk about.

Considering the benefits that come with perusing the pages of a captivating book, it’s no wonder leaders at Southern University are speaking out to encourage locals to pick up a book this summer.

The university says some of its administrators are sharing their preferred summer reading choices.

For example, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Carl Walton is reading “How To Be An Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi.

Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Carl Walton

Meanwhile, Dawn V. Kight, dean of library services, has multiple books on her list. One of her favorites is “The Personal Librarian,” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Dawn V. Kight, Dean of Library Services

If you’re interested in even more reading options, the nation’s most popular books for the summer of 2022, a list compiled by Esquire, are just below: