Reading literature is an activity that can help you learn faster, as you can acquire new vocabulary, reinforce grammatical structures and understand how a fluid discourse should be created. Likewise, reading can help you learn about new ideas, perspectives and concepts while enjoying a nice story. It's the perfect activity to have a good time while learning!
However, sometimes it can be difficult to choose the books that we want to read. There are so many options! Whether you like fantasy, commedy or crime, here you can find some good examples of what to read to improve your knowledge of the language!
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, is the perfect book to have a good time while reading! This comical fiction book narrates the adventures and struggles of an angel and a demon in the modern world, and their encounter with the end of this world. There's not a better book if you want to laugh for hours while learning some vocabulary! Additionally, this book was originally a radio podcast, so you can also listen to it and improve your listening skills!
The perks of being a wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, tells the story of Charlie's experiences through high school. This young adult novel dives into the ups and downs of the teenage years and reflects the difficulties of a world filled with loss, love and friendship. This a great book for readers of any age to improve your English. Also, it has been turned into a movie, which means that you will be able to experience the story again and reinforce what you have learnt with it!
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman, is a very enjoyable and captivating book. This fantasy novel tells the story of the unexpected encounter of a man with an underground, unreal world in the sewages of London. With this book, you will be able to learn new vocabulary while enjoying an amazing story. It is definitely a good book to read to explore a singular world and the adventures that take place on it!
Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is a satirical novel, perfect for reflecting on our society! This timeless classic explores the intricacies of mistreated individuals, revolutions and totalitarian social structures through characters that are animals. A great classic that doesn't only present interesting ideas but that is also very easy to read!
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roal Dahl, tells the funny tale of three farmers that try to hunt a smart fox. This amazing children's book is not only recommended for kids but also adults, as it presents an engaging story that will make you read the whole book in one sit! The book is a written narration that can also be found as a picturebook and a movie. There are so many ways of enjoying it!
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, presents the life of the author during her youth. In the format of a graphic novel, this book explores the difficulties and enjoyments of a girl living in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, through a moving and remarkable narration. It is definitely a great book to read and to enjoy with its written text and visual images. It is also a cartoon movie, so don't miss the opportunity to know the story!
I hope that you enjoy all these recommendations and that you have a great time learning English!