Hi, my name is Martina. I’m an international student and an intern at RoLa Languages. I’m learning English and I know how many difficulties you can run into studying a new language, so I want to give you some advice to improve your English reading skills.
Reading appropriate level books in English is very useful to extend your vocabulary and understand grammar rules, and therefore improve your writing skills too. Furthermore, you can combine it with an audiobook to boost your pronunciation and listening skills. You can enhance a lot of English skills by reading, so… kill two birds with one stone!!
Do not stop to look up every word you do not know, otherwise the reading will bore you! The important thing is to understand the meaning of sentences. However, of course, if the term keeps appearing, its translation will be surely a good exercise for you.
If you are wondering which books you can read, below is a list of ones we recommend to you:
1. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie (Low Intermediate Level)
Every Agatha Christie book, especially “Ten Little Indians”, is recommended to those with a low English level. If you love thriller books, you cannot stop reading them!
2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Low Intermediate Level And Up)
We grew up with our favorite wizard’s adventures: everyone knows and loves him! So that is a good reason to read Harry Potter in English. It is quite simple as J.K. Rowling has written it by starting from basic language that is gradually intensified in the following books.
3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Intermediate Level)
Acted out in many cartoons and movies, it’s one of the most famous Charles Dickens’ books! It will be easier if you know already the story. It would be a good reading during Christmas! :)
4. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Intermediate Level)
Considered the founder of modern adventure novels, Robinson Crusoe is a perfect solution for those people looking for simple language and a fluid and, at the same time, exciting story.
5. Sherlock Holmes Series by Arthur Conan Doyle (Intermediate/High Intermediate Level)
If you are learning English, you must read about the adventures of the most famous detective in the world: Sherlock Holmes and his right-hand and friend, John Watson! Besides being interesting and nice to read, these books present easily understandable language. You will devour them! If you are an avid lover of Sherlock and you want to improve your listening skills too, read our other blog post “How To Improve Your English Listening Skills”!
6. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (High Intermediate Level)
This trilogy of science fiction novels has become very popular in the last years thanks to the series of movies with the same name. It will be a pleasant surprise even for the casual fans of the genre.
7. Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift (High Intermediate Level)
It’s a mix of satire, fantasy and adventure and will be a cool reading for all ages. Among the mentioned titles, this is the book that stimulates the reader’s imagination most of all.
Hoping you have found my blog post interesting and useful, I like to end it with Christian Bobin's quote:
"Very few books can change your life. When a book does, it changes your life forever. Unimagined doors open, you walk through them and never go back."
Enjoy the reading!!