All new English learners are advised to read books. Reading books helps us develop our vocabulary and grammar. However, one area of struggle for beginners is choosing a good book to read.

The books chosen must be short and simple. Hence, it is ideal to choose a good novel that is easy to understand. Today we shall see few novels for you to begin learning.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

This is a short novel and is perfect for beginners to learn English. The sentences are short and easy to understand. The vocabulary is also very easy and you will enjoy reading it.

Plot – The story is about Ponyboy Curtis, who is the main character and his struggles with right and wrong in the society. He lives with his older brothers, Sodapop and Darry since their parents passed away in a car accident. They are members of a gang of teenagers called Greasers. Regular fights with the enemy gang leads to a member from the enemy gang killed and Ponyboy is in the hospital. The judge has to decide if Ponyboy is guilty or not?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

In this book, the author uses short sentences making it easy for the readers to understand. He also gets straight to the point.

Plot – The old man and the sea is a story about a battle between an aging, experienced fisherman called Santiago and a large marlin. Santiago has gone 84 days without catching a fish and he finally catches a really big fish – a large marlin. However, this was not the end of his problems but a beginning to a new journey of struggles.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is an interesting book which catches the attention of the reader. The grammar is simple and easy to understand. Though this is a long story, it is easy to read as the sentences are short and simple.

Plot – Jonas is a young boy. He lives a very safe life with a lot of order and rules. There are many rules and everyone follows them. The citizens’ lives are planned for them and they don’t often make a decision by themselves. Later, Jonas is given a special job where he can see all the memories of the past. At first he is very excited but he soon learns some truths about the people in the community. He feels that this kind of life is unfair and comes up with an interesting plan to bring change in the community.

These are three books you could start with in your journey towards learning English through books. You may then move towards reading others books. There are various types of novels like romance, horror, mystery, humour, science fiction,etc. You could make choices according to your area of interest. You may even borrow books from friends or join a library. So get started and happy reading!


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