Have you ever read any books in English?
If you have, maybe you’re looking for some new book recommendations. And if you’ve never read an English book, where’s the best place to begin?
In this episode, we’ll give you some book recommendations to help you get started and take your reading to the next level.
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Who was Jorge Luis Borges?
(Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo) 1899-1986
Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer who is considered one of the founders of Magical Realism.
He didn’t actually write in English, his books were translated, but he spoke excellent English. In his early years, Borges was home-schooled by his mother and later attended a bilingual school. In 1914, he moved with his family to Switzerland where he studied at the Collège de Genève.
He was a polyglot who spoke several languages including Spanish, English, French, German, and Old Norse.
Some of his most famous works include “Ficciones” (1944), “The Aleph” (1949), “The Book of Imaginary Beings” (1957), and “Labyrinths” (1962).
Book recommendations for learners of English
We gave some recommendations in episode https://www.inglespodcast.com/177 including Harry Potter, Animal Farm. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Angela’s Ashes.
Another useful episode is https://www.inglespodcast.com/280 in which we give you some advice on how to improve your reading skills in English.
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom The Bell Tolls
Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach (read with your kids) and his short stories.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Treasure Island & Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hide by Robert Louis Stevensen
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Aesop’s Fables, including The Hare and The Tortoise, The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, etc.
The Narnia Trilogy, including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Anne Frank’s Diary
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The poems of Robert Frost
Also, short-form content such as blogs, articles, comics, reviews etc.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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