One of the best ways to learn English quickly and effectively is to immerse yourself in reading a good English book. English is one of the richest languages on the planet. Reading good literature written in English is a lot of fun.
It will also help you to learn new words, the jargon, and the specific styles of different people. This will make you more conversational and more knowledgeable about the world in general.
But what books should you read first? We are so glad you asked, because our team has compiled the absolute best 10 books for English beginners. These books are excellent choices for those looking to improve their English for several reasons. They are simple to read, with words that aren’t too difficult to understand. They also have interesting descriptions and memorable characters that make the book less of a chore to read.
Without further ado, here are our top 10:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–J.K. Rowling
An unlucky young orphan named Harry Potter lives a lonely life in a little closet underneath a staircase. But the day he is invited to Hogwarts, a school of magic, he realizes that his life will never be the same. This is a book written for young adults, so the words and terms are not too advanced. However, the events in the book are fascinating for young and old alike.
2. The Old Man and the Sea–Earnest Hemmingway
This Nobel-Prize winning classic is likely Hemingway’s best. It is about an old fisherman, who loses his apprentice, but manages to catch the biggest fish of his life. It is a simple, but compelling story that beginning English speakers will find enjoyable.
3. A Wrinkle in Time–Madeline L’Engle
This beloved classic is about the adventures in space, of Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe. They are looking for Meg’s father, a scientist, who went missing while examining the tesseract (wrinkle in time). This book is easy to read, as it is written for younger readers, yet explores concepts advanced enough for adults to wrap their heads around.
4. The Martian–Andy Weir
This book is about an astronaut who becomes the first man to set foot on Mars, but is cut off from his crew and thought to be dead. The book, which contains little dialogue, since he is alone, has some very descriptive terms about Mars, space, scientific terminology, and astronauts.
5. Ender’s Game–Orson Scott Card
In this military science fiction novel, a brilliant young boy is trained to eventually lead a squad to fight off an alien invasion. The book explores many subjects, including loyalty, morality, and the blurred line between enemy and friend. It is written simply enough to read and understand for English beginners, but does have some more advanced language for the more fluent English learner.
6. Outliers–Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell has produced thought-provoking work that has changed the way we look at success. He argues that the idea that we become successful mainly because of hard work and self-discipline is false. Where we come from and when we were born are at least as important. This book is more for advanced English learners who want to learn psychological words and terms.
7. Until the End of Time–Danielle Steele
This is a powerful story about the immortality of love. It is sort of wordy but it is easy enough for someone with a fairly decent grasp of the English language to read.
8. A Series of Unfortunate Events(collection)–Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
This collection of children’s books has a distinctly dark and foreboding feeling, making them attractive to teens and adults alike. The orphaned Baudelaire children must contend with their monstrous relative, Count Olaf, who tries to steal their inheritance. The books have a way of growing on the reader as each episode deals with progressively darker themes in the lives of these unfortunate children.
9. Charlotte’s Web–E.B.White
This is a story of adventure about a girl, the pig she befriends and tries to save, and the spider (Charlotte) who helps her. This is a good book for grade school students because its fascinating plot holds their attention while exposing them to a rich variety of new words. It is recommended to English beginners for the same reason.
10. The Fault in Our Stars–John Green
Hazel is a terminal cancer patient who is resigned to her fate. Then comes Augustus Waters and completely turns her world upside down. This book is an intriguing study of what it means when the power of love and the prospect of death collide.
Learning a new language is a difficult but exciting challenge. It opens up many doors, exposes you to new opportunities, and paints new views on the horizon of your life. Immerse yourself in well-written books that are rich in vocabulary and full of new concepts.
Reading books such as the ones listed above, will help you get more comfortable with English. Books that have excellent dialogue are good choices because you do not want your tone too sound stodgy and technical.
You may think that it takes a great deal of work to learn to read, but with just a little effort and consistency, you can start benefiting immediately from the pure pleasure of reading.