We can’t argue that reading books is necessary to succeed in all areas of life. It is said that knowledge is power, and this is a true statement, especially in language learning. Ask any English student how they felt after reading their first book in English, and you will see my point. Being able to fully understand a book in English will give you a true sense of fulfillment.
It is my true belief that you should not learn English by memorizing tables and vocabulary lists but rather by context, and for this, you have to develop ways to learn passively. One way of doing so is by watching TV; however, if you prefer to feed your brain and develop a new positive habit, then reading books is definitely the way to go.
- Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
If there’s an international standard book to learn English (or any other language) this would be it, as it’s simple use of English is easy to understand for beginners. This book will introduce you to a fantasy world or sorcerers and magic. Definitely, a must-read for anyone learning English, or even curious about British culture.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White
This is a lovely novel that fits all age groups. Although aimed at native English speaking children, many adults consider it as their favorite. It’s about the adventures of a baby pig named Wilbur who is rejected by everyone and finds a friend in a spider called Charlotte.
This book is part of the national curriculum in many English speaking schools, so you can be sure that almost all native speakers have read it at least once.
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This story takes place in the present, which means the writer uses a lot of simple grammar, which makes it perfect for beginners. All sentences are short and the vocabulary is not so hard to understand. On top of that, it is a New York Times bestseller, so it’s a good way to spend your time.
The main character is Clay Jensen, a quiet high school student who finds a parcel at his front door. These belonged to Hannah Baker, a girl who used to be his classmate until she committed suicide. Keep in mind that this book deals with some heavy issues, so if you want to read something light and happy, keep looking.
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
This is a famous classic that’s good to bring up in a conversation about literature and good books. Almost all native English speakers have read this book at some point during their lives. Although it has some complicated vocabulary at times, it is short and finishing it should not be a problem.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle
Although you will need to learn a lot of vocabulary, it’s a great book to read if you have some experience in reading novels in English. There’s a mix of short and long sentences. The short ones allow the reader to relax a little bit more.
The story is about a 14-year-old girl named Meg and her fantastic adventures to rescue her father who is lost somewhere in the universe. Make sure to write down all the words you don’t know and find their meaning as you read. You will see how many cool words you will learn when you finish.
There are many cool and fun books to read, and this is a great way to improve your English overall. You can be certain it will open your mind, teach you new vocabulary and improve your language in general.