Australian writer Marcus Zusak once said: “Sometimes a book is so special that you want to carry it with you for months, even after you’ve finished it, just to be near it.”
Because it doesn’t matter if the book is hard or softcover; if it’s in digital or audio format, or if you flip through its pages from your living room, the sand on the beach, a pool lounger, or a mountain peak.
1. Living Large by Earl Large
The author, Earl Large, encapsulates his life experiences and the sheer wisdom that comes within beautifully. The book opens with poetry and vividly illustrated drawings by the other, who opens a deep conversation about life, love, joy, passion, sorrow, grief, and loss.
The book was inspired by life’s experiences and how we should take on those with an open mind and embrace pain and love rather than being defined by it. Living Large is an experience more than literature; it inspires you, evokes vibrant energy and bewilders you with its charm.
2. Ulysses by James Joyce
This novel, Joyce’s masterpiece, is one of the jewels of world literature and what better way to read it in its original language. Considered by many to be the most important novel of the 21st century, Ulysses is a book that offers a lot to its readers.
It is more than a long novel. Despite being a challenging book, it seems to be a compilation of many interconnected stories, full of symbolism, adventure, and humor. Reading it will not represent a titanic task because it is fluid, entertaining, and exciting. It is one of the most widely read books in the world.
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
This Orwell allegory of communist Russia is some of the most popular basic readings for any college student. In addition to being an entertaining and thoughtful book, it is an ideal read to practice your English. Orwell was a writer known for his clarity and simplicity of style. He never used too many words, so his texts are direct, concise and clear while remaining interesting and of a high intellectual level.
Even though Animal Farm can sometimes be confused with a children’s book due to its simplicity and fable overtones, it is more than a serious book. Many British publishers tried to detect it before it came to light. For this and more, Animal Farm is a book that cannot be missing from your reading list in English.
4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver is an exciting read that will grab your attention. This book tells of a mysterious community that lives by following strict rules until a young man from the same begins to learn some of the secrets of its inhabitants and gives an unexpected turn to the life of the community. A reading full of metaphors and mystery and simple and easy-to-understand grammar.
The book is concisely written without long sentences, with simple language and tense management that is easy for an English learner to understand. Despite being a long read, it is so fluid that you will finish reading it less than you expected.
5. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time by Mark Haddon
One of the characteristics that jump out at first sight about this novel is its particular narration style since it is narrated in the first person. This allows you to expose yourself to a rich, widely descriptive and personal vocabulary. The book tells the story of Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with autism. Christopher is an intelligent and noble boy.
However, he has great problems relating to others due to his illness. When the young man finds out about the murder of his neighbor’s dog, he decides to investigate the case and finds himself involved in a series of unprecedented adventures and mysteries. It is an entertaining and light story with a great vocabulary, ideal for intermediate-level students.
6. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
“The Outsiders” is one of the favorite books of literature teachers in middle and high schools in the United States. The novel tells the story of a group of young people belonging to two opposing “gangs.” In addition to adventure and drama, the book talks about the differences between social classes in the United States.
At some point, he was even banned from high schools for his mentions of the use of alcohol and tobacco and for “promoting” violence between gangs. This book is a short novel but full of emotion—ideal for students who are just beginning to read in English. It is ideal if you also want to learn street English and terms used by young people. As a curious fact, there is a film adaptation directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Watching the movie and then reading the book will help you lose the storyline.