5 Best English Books for Beginners – Intermediate

June 1, 2017 - Priscila Pereira


Good morning guys, how are you feeling today?


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You can also watch my video about reading in English. Reading can be very effective if you do it the right way:


But anyways, we all want to speak better, become fluent, improve our pronunciation and be understood by others. One thing we tend to ignore, though, is reading in English! Yes! I’ve talked to many people about reading and whenever I ask them if they read in English the answer is usually no!

Well, reading is a hobby not many of us are interested in. However, combining reading with our studies is a very effective way to improve our speaking as a whole! Many people believe that in order to improve speaking, they should only speak! WRONG! Improving speaking requires vocabulary, good listening, good grammar, good writing. All these skills need to be sharpened if you want to speak better, more naturally, like native speakers do.

When you read, you are able to see “grammar in context”. Moreover, the number of words you learn is unbelievable! Therefore, we should appreciate Reading! I know, I know, it takes time, and sometimes it is very hard to understand the meaning of words, expressions or even full sentences. But we need to keep pushing and working hard until we fully understand those tricky words and phrases. One thing is going to help you stay motivated is to read the right books. Exactly, there is nothing worse than Reading a boring book, let alone in another language. So, Reading the right story will definitely keep you looking for more!

Now, one thing I notice when people start reading in English is: they read the wrong books. Yes, guys, this is very common. When we are learning English and we want to start reading it is important that we pick good books that will help us improve, not the other way around! Sometimes, you really want to read that best-seller, but your level is not appropriate for you to do that. So what happens? Frustration! “I can’t understand”, “the story is too difficult”, “there are many words I don’t know”… I could go on and on… I am not saying you should not read best-sellers, ok? But it is important to respect your limitations and pick books that will challenge you but at the same time will make you feel good about your improvements, not disappointed or frustrated. You need to stay motivated!

So, it is very important to respect your English level! That’s exactly what I want to suggest you today! I want to give you 5 names of English books you can read which are going to be a challenge for your level, but at the same time possible to understand. You will have to dedicate yourself, though.  Still, you will feel that by the time you finish these books, you will feel good about yourself and that you were truly able to enjoy the story and above all, understand it!

So here we go:

Book 1: American Life – Penguin Readers – Level 2 (around 600 words)

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It is a book for beginners. It is a very basic story talking about “the American Life”. Its main grammar focus is on simple present tenses.

Book 2: The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Penguin Readers – Level 3 (around 1200 words)

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If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then you have got to read this story! The nice thing is you will learn a lot of vocabulary, in level 3 books you already get to see more grammar (different tenses, not only simple present). So if you are feeling  a little bit more confident, it is time to challenge yourself with this book

Book 3: The Incredible Journey – Penguin Readers Level 3 (around 1200 words)


If you like animals you will fall in love with this beautiful story of two dogs and cat that go on a journey together around Canada.

Book 4: The Ghost House – Penguin Young Readers – Level 1 (around 300 words)


Starting your English journey? So you need something simple. This book is wonderful for real beginners. It is about two friends exploring a very mysterious old house!  Do ghosts exist? Read and find out!

Book 5: Ali and His Camera – Penguin Young Readers – Level 1 (around 300 words)


Also, a book for beginners, embark on a story about a guy who wants to take pictures in Istanbul, but has a problem!

Guys, these are my suggestions for you beginners and pre-intermediate speakers!

I hope you like these books and learn new words!

Let me know how that goes!

Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

4 thoughts on “5 Best English Books for Beginners – Intermediate

  • mike

    February 16, 2018 at 13:14

    excellent all about the books, but how can I do to get them?


  • Pshtiwan

    March 10, 2018 at 09:12

    It’s very useful to improve our english skills

    • Nagnath

      May 3, 2018 at 07:48

      Yes I agree with you

  • Nagnath

    May 3, 2018 at 07:51

    The post was very useful and I read it from top to bottom. The suggestion give for book r awesome & they are the best books for the beginner.


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