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Eight novels to help you learn English

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EllenBlogger

One of the worst things I find about learning a language is the fact that it is vitally important to read books in your target language. I love reading, but I find it really hard to find the time to read because I usually like to read quickly and as a Literature student it is important for me to understand every word. I find it even harder to decide which books I am going to read, as I don’t want one that is too easy and boring, but neither do I want one which is too difficult and which demotivates me. I’ve compiled a list of a few books which aren’t too difficult but are enough to challenge you when you read in English.

1. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
This is a book I read when I was 10 years old, from a local author who lives in the Lake District. It’s brilliant and explores the lives of four children as they adventure around Lake Coniston.

2. The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
An amazing, heart-wrenching read!

3. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Set in a dystopian future, Katniss must fight to stay alive in a sadistic game show. There are three books in the series so if you enjoy the first one, there are another two to read and four films to watch too! 

4. One Day, David Nicholls
A man and a woman meet at university, and the book follows their lives on the same date of every year.

5. The Fault in our Stars, John Green
A very real novel about two teenagers who fall in love while battling cancer. A major motion picture too!

6. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
A spider and a pig become firm friends!

7. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
This book is often studied in schools thanks to the hugely impacting themes it deals with, from racism to doing what is morally right.

8. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket
This book, again the first in the series, actually explains some of the more complicated words it uses. It shows three orphans and how they battle against their conniving uncle to get their money back!

Note from editor: The books on this list are the blogger's personal selection.

Discussion

Have you found any books which have helped you learn English? Have you read any of the books on this list? Which is your favourite English novel? 

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pancha 25 April, 2020 - 00:31

I would like read all the books for see that my skills in english be higher than are now
Att:Dana

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NadiaP 19 February, 2020 - 23:42

I would like to read "Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Cases" but they always have it booked in my high school library.

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pancha 25 April, 2020 - 00:35

Hi, i'm Dana
I expected that you got read this book and be more happy your life than it is now
I sayed because i really belive that your way of exppress your opinion it's really interesant
I would like know you better..
Bye , nice late and rest of stay in the house,xd

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NadiaP 19 February, 2020 - 23:35

Cool list! I am reading now a book they recommend as the best reading material for English students. It's Famous Quotes for Life and Happiness by Harold Stratford. I found it on a specialized list with the best novels for English learners.
I also want to read the official edition of the Blue Lagoon. There was a movie about that book and I loved it.

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maryoma 23 April, 2018 - 20:46

I have a question, is it possible to post anything on LearnEnglish Teens page? and if yes...How? By the way, I've read some these books and as well as watching their movies. Anyway, Harry Potter is from the series that I really enjoy reading and watching, I recommend it for anyone who likes mystery and thrillers.

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Kaughy74 13 February, 2019 - 10:44

Same man, but i also recomend everyone Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. togther with heroes of Olympus i'm a teen, 16 years and this books helped me to realize some things. And i highly recomend it to anyone who likes Greek and Roman mythologies that's all guys. actually... uh, no i'm not an englishman you see, just learned it by myself. But i don't know why, i just wanted to tell it now that's actually the end. correct me, please if there is some mistakes.

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Jo - Coordinator 24 April, 2018 - 08:40

Hi maryoma! Thanks for your message and your interest in writing for us. You're very welcome to write comments and interact with other users here using the comment feature. If you want to post your content as a blog, I'm afraid that's not possible. Our content is all written by our in-house team and we don't have any more positions for bloggers now. I'm looking forward to reading more of your comments though! Best wishes, Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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arielthein 22 June, 2019 - 08:24

Yes, I've read all of that already and it's great. I've also read a series of unfortunate events and that's pretty good too.

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JoEditor 3 July, 2017 - 09:09

Hi Bahmanyar,
We're happy to have you here on LearnEnglish Teens. Please do read our House Rules before you post again. You must not share your personal details like your email address on our site. 
Thanks a lot, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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kaniza 9 April, 2017 - 17:45

Do you need an entertaining but interesting book in English? The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night was written by Mark Haddon and it´s about a fascinating character called Christopher who discovers a crime.
One of the best things about the book is that it helps you understand someone with aspergers. Christopher has this syndrome. He´s different but you can see things from his position if you read this book. In addition, this boy has a lot if exciting adventures after he discovers a dead dog. Last but not least, the English is quite easy to understand.
I can´t think of anything negative to say about this book. Don´t be put off by the cover. Read the blurb on the back to get a better idea of the story.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in psychology and mystery. It´s a must read if you want to improve your English!

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poppymoore 1 April, 2017 - 04:10

I have read the notebook, the fault in our stars , the hunger games (all 3) and one day out of these. All of them were wonderful and my favorite out of these is the Hunger Games series. My favorite novels in general are 'The Memory of Elephants' by Boman Desai and Pride and Prejudice.

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catastrophe 11 April, 2017 - 15:11

Hi Tylin!
I think to improve your English, first you need to read books like Charlie Bone, Matilda, and stuff. Then, if you are confident about your grammar, please do read Enid Blyton. It gives you an idea of how was British English in the oldies and she uses a lot of idioms too. Well, then as the others say, you can read the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Inkheart, etc, etc, etc. You can try Septimus Heap, because it has got some funny spellings, like Magyk for magic, and stuff. Good luck reading:)!

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poppymoore 1 April, 2017 - 04:18

Hey Tylin,
I would suggest that you start your reading with the Hunger Games because its in a simple language yet the story is very interesting. It suits everyone.
If you like romance you can try the notebook, the last song or the longest ride. All of them are by Nicholas Sparks. ( I , personally , would suggest the Last Song as it connects with teenagers wonderfully and the language is very wonderful.)

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hadia 1 April, 2017 - 15:16

Hey Tylin!
Have you watched The Last Song (movie) after reading the book? I watched it last year and it's really a great movie.

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poppymoore 2 April, 2017 - 18:58

Hey hadia,
I too loved the movie, Last Song. The actors are my favourite and I actually read the book later.

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hadia 6 April, 2017 - 15:33

Hi poppymoore!
Wow. You watched the movie first? The book had been a fun to read then. I haven't read it full yet. I am gonna read it in my vacation. :)

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poppymoore 10 April, 2017 - 11:57

Hey Hadia,
It sounds strange to some people but i always watch a movie first and then read the book.I do this because a movie almost always has less details than the book so if I have already read the book, the movie seems incomplete. On the other hand watching the movie firs lets me add the details in story through imagination. Try it sometime.

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hadia 10 April, 2017 - 15:06

Hey poppymoore!
You're quite right. I had noticed it. When we have read the book already ,we've created our own characters and if then we watch the movie, with different characters, it really spoils the taste. So your idea is better too. :))

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Assooma 5 September, 2017 - 16:27

Hey Hadia and poppyMoore!
Maybe both of you loves watching the movie before reading it and I respect that but I think reading the novel befor watching it is better because your gonna broaden your mind by makeing your own movie,characters,etc by your imagination so that will make it funnier,but what ever I will try your idea by watching the movie befor reading it and I'll give you my opinion ;)

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catastrophe 2 March, 2017 - 15:45

Oh... I love books! I atleast read seventy pages everyday! I've read the Hunger Games, and I feel they are pretty good. I recommend that, and also Charlie Bone and the Inkheart Triology. My favorite is the Maze Runner always, and each and every teenager should read that! (Please comment if you have :D)

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baroonmlk 18 February, 2017 - 18:05

hi elsa007 !!!!
well , I've read so many book since i learnt how to read , and i,ve got to tell you that i,ve never read such books !!!
the story is about three little orphan children ( violet , nickolas and sunny ) who have lost their parent in a very mysterious accident , and now are trying to stay ALIVE (!) cause a really evil man called kont olaf is trying to steal them money that childrens parent have left for themand it doesn't semm like killing three little inocence children is important to him !!!!
i know that you won't be dissapointed by reading them !!!!!
love
baroonmlk

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Elsa007 3 March, 2017 - 13:41

Thank you, baroonmlk!
I've just known your comment here! xD
The story sounds interesting and the story looks somewhat alike ”Three little pigs"? :)
Elsa

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EllenBlogger 2 March, 2017 - 19:46

Have you seen the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' movie? If so, what did you think? Do you prefer to read a book first, then watch the film, or watch the film first? 

I'm reading the Notebook again and I'm always disappointed because I expect it to be more like the film, yet the time is oddly different - the first part of how they meet and fall in love takes up a lot of the film, whereas it seems to be gone in the first few chapters of the book. I always prefer to read the book first!

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catastrophe 6 May, 2017 - 14:28

Same here. But some directors tend to change the story a bit, or sometimes completely to su