These works for children, teenagers and adults will help to expand vocabulary and just enjoy reading.
Books for children
1. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Roald Dahl
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a classic of children’s literature. The book tells of the adventures of a group of children who won a visit to the chocolate factory of the eccentric Mr. Willy Wonki. Among the lucky ones are Charlie Bucket, a big chocolate lover from a very poor family. The guys on the tour do not listen to Willy Wonka’s warning, as a result of which they get into unpleasant situations and leave the factory without the main prize. Common sense and attentiveness help Charlie get a special prize that can change the life of his whole friendly family.
The secret of the success of the story lies in the author’s extraordinary ability to attract children. The book has everything that children love so much: chocolate, magic and adventure. The simple and clear language of Roald Dahl is sure to please small readers.
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2. “House at World’s End”, Monica Dickens
The great granddaughter of the famous English writer Charles Dickens hated injustice and especially injustice towards children and animals. The main characters of the book are children left without parents. Their trustees – the unconscious Uncle Rudolph and his extravagant wife – send their nephews to live in a semi-abandoned house in the countryside, having little interest in their future destiny. The children show their best qualities and arrange a real Noah’s Ark from the house, giving shelter to all the animals that were hit by the hands of evil adults.
Classical English and a soul-taking plot will ensure a hundred percent hit in the minds and hearts of those who are just beginning to live and to study a foreign language.
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3. “Railway Children”, Edith Nesbit
The touching story of a family left without a father and forced to move from a big city to the countryside, has been adapted many times for cinema, radio and television. Love, devotion, friendship and mutual assistance help the family not only to reunite, but also to find many faithful assistants. They have a lot to learn: take care of yourself without the help of a servant, see the beautiful in everyday life and appreciate intangible things. A new life is connected with a daily express train, which children observe at the same time.
This is an understandable story for everyone and a good option for acquaintance with the English language. The book does not have catchy speech, but there is an excellent storyline and vivid characters that conquer from the first page.
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4. “Winnie-the-Pooh”, Alan Miln
Who goes to visit in the morning and begins to learn English with the good-natured Winnie the Pooh and other company, he acts wisely. Alan Milne literally on the run invented for his son Christopher Robin funny stories about the adventures of a teddy bear – the boy’s favorite. Gradually, around the toys, a whole world has developed, in which the main characters live happily and happily, as it should be for children.
The book will certainly please young readers, if only because it contains an unbelievable amount of rhymes, rhymes and other rhymes with which the learning of English language turns into an exciting and not boring game.
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5. “Jungle Book”, Redyard Kipling
“The Book of the Jungle” is a classic children’s work, on which more than one generation has grown up. A boy, brought up by wolves in the jungle, learns to be a man on the example of his four-legged friends. This book is timeless: stories published in 1894 have not lost a single bit of relevance. The main characters are taught to distinguish good from evil, enemies from friends, truth from lies.
Colorful descriptions of nature and the animal world will supplement the vocabulary of small readers who until the last page will empathize and sympathize with Mowgli, so similar to all children.
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Books for teenagers
6. “The island of Doctor Moreau”, Herbert George Wells
The chilling story of the mad doctor Moreau, who decided to turn a secluded island into a laboratory. There are unthinkable experiments on unfortunate animals. Sincere indignation and excitement for the fate of those whom the doctor managed to tame, will not leave readers until the last pages of the book. The cause for reflection will be the ethical issues of the human right to the full disposal of animal life.
A fitting supplement for English learners will be the author’s classic classical language, not overburdened with ornate sentences.
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7. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, J. K. Rowling
The modern classic, on which several generations of young people have already grown, is the story of the adventures of Harry Potter, a young wizard with great potential. The first book of the series – “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” – will introduce readers to the world of Harry and magic. The first year at school, new friends, wonderful teachers – it’s impossible not to get carried away by the wizard universe, which Joan Rowling masterfully described.
The dictionary of the student of English will be greatly enlarged as the book is read: magical spells, speaking names and surnames – I want to understand myself. It is all the more interesting to compare my translation of certain things with what readers could hear from TV screens.
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8. “The Hunger Games”, Suzanne Collins
American writer Susan Collins wrote a trilogy that captured the entire planet. The action takes place in the post-apocalyptic world, where, according to the laws of the genre, the rich enjoy life at the expense of the poor, forced to lead a half-starved existence. In the memory of the war every year an entertainment reality show for survival is arranged. Katniss Everdeen, a voluntary participant in the games, becomes the winner, but her adventures do not end there.
A simple storyline, teenagers’ understandable emotions and spoken language make reading a book pleasant and easy. You can always distract yourself from the love line and focus on the descriptions of the game and the attributes that accompany it.
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9. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, Ransom Riggs
At the very moment when 16-year-old Jacob Portman was ready to recognize the absolute mediocrity of his life, the most extraordinary events began to happen to him. It all began with the tragic death of my beloved grandfather: exploring old archives, Jacob finds unusual pictures of strange children and recalls old stories about the childhood of the head of the Portman family. Finding your roots leads a guy to an ominous island in Wales, where the main events of the book take place.
Teens who study English will necessarily like the author’s uncomplicated language, which easily describes typical for many teenagers emotions, doubts and unrest. Readers will be interested to know what the main character will eventually choose – a quiet existence in the bosom of a family or a life full of amazing adventures.
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Books for adults
10. “The Hound of the Baskerville”, Arthur Doyle
The classic work is written in classical English with some kind of heaviness. The plot is familiar to many: the London detective Sherlock Holmes, along with a faithful friend, Dr. Watson, reveals another tricky crime in the county of Devonshire. Fans of the genius of Sherlock Holmes will appreciate the opportunity to approach the idol by reading the book in the original language. In passing, you can compare the source text with the classical translation into Russian, many of the phrases from which have become winged for us.
11. “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, Helen Fielding
The heroine of the book – the resilient Bridget Jones – is like millions of women around the world. She also tries to lose weight, build a career, find love and be happy. Unadapted original text is read in one breath, so easy and accessible language says the author Helen Fielding. For those who are not quite sure of themselves, the second part of the book has a classic Russian translation with exercises and comments.
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12. “The Godfather”, Mario Puzo
The history of the family of Sicilian emigrant Vito Corleone was a reflection of the latest American history. The author honestly described the world, which he saw with his own eyes from an early age, as he grew up in a troubled area of New York. Mario Puzo moved away from the classic gangster novel with his shootings and chases. The writer was more interested in family relationships, hierarchy formation and management mechanisms. In a sense, he managed to create a real family epic.
Readers will no doubt find it interesting to immerse themselves in the world of the Corleone family, to feel their characters, not distorted by the translation, even the most impeccable. Short and simple phrases of the novel foster understanding and cause a desire to quickly find out the denouement.
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13. Forrest Gump, Winston Groom
This is an American fairy tale about a man who could withstand many life troubles, keep kindness and character and change people around him. Forrest Gump, the main character, happened to be in various alterations. The reader will note with surprise the small differences in the events of the book and the film, which has become a favorite for many. For example, it turns out that Forrest Gump was able to visit space and be captured by a real tribe of cannibals.
The narrative of the book is for Forrest, and even those who are just beginning to learn English will be able to note the special style, style and spelling of the narrator. However, these moments only add to the atmosphere of the novel.
14. “Theater”, William Maugham
“Theater” – the most famous and popular novel by the English writer William Somerset Maugham. A subtle and ironic work tells about the life of a brilliant and very smart actress. The game and theater become a reality both for her and for those who surround her. Classical English perfectly frames the plot and serves as a good practice for beginners immersing in the world of a foreign language.
15. “Street Cat Named Bob”, James Bowen
“Street cat named Bob” is a true story of the friendship of a desperate street musician and a homeless red cat. Two lonely souls found each other in noisy London to change their destinies forever. Thanks to the cat Bob, the author was able to end the drug addiction and start a new life. The touching story immediately became a bestseller in the UK and the US
The book is written in modern English, which is especially important for beginners to learn English. Occurring slang expressions will be a useful addition to the readers vocabulary.
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16. “The Old Man and The Sea”, Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for the story “The Old Man and the Sea”. This is the story of the confrontation between man and nature, the hunter and the elements, strength and weakness. The old man Santiago joined the open sea in a fight with a five-meter marlin. If not for gluttonous sharks, Santiago could bring to his native village the largest fish, fish dreams. However, even the skeleton of marlin inspires respect to the inhabitants of the fishing village, for which the old Santiago becomes a hero.
Ernest Hemingway’s laconic style picks up to the heart. In his works there is no superfluous, every phrase is self-sufficient and so valuable to the readers.