Why learn English reading Fiction?
When you want to read a book in English, it can be hard to know where to start.
Why not start with the same books native English speakers are reading? Fiction Books usually use past simple and present perfect tenses. So if you are a high intermediate or advenced level, Fiction Books are suitable for you.
My students used to ask me. Mr. Willford, Is there any good way to improve our English? Yes, needless to say! A good way to improve English is reading what you like about. I.e: People who like literature, I Highly recommend novels for them to read. There is a list of some books for you to start to read.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
About this Book: The novel follows the complex friendship and relationship between two teenagers, Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron attend secondary school in a small town in Ireland and will soon be going off to college. They are smart, like to read, are interested in world events, and care about social justice. Marianne lives with her brother and her widowed mother. They are a wealthy family, but her brother, Alan, is verbally and physically abusive toward Marianne, and her mother, instead of intervening, takes Alan’s side. Marianne has low self-esteem from years of internalizing her brother’s verbal abuse.
The English level in this book: It is a very good book for A2 and B1 level. it contians present simple tenses. Buy this book on Amazon (Highly recommend).
2. The Diamond Eye: by Kate Quinn
About this Book: In the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son—but Hitler’s invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper—a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.
Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.
The English level in this book: Kate Quinn wrote this book using the simple past, She naturally uses present perfect but not a lot. I Highly recommend this novel to a A2 and B1 level readers. Buy this book on Amazon
2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Karen Joy Fowler
From the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”
Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance. (From the publisher.) I Highly recommend this novel to a B1 and B2 level readers. Buy this book on Amazon