What are the best books for adult learners of English who want to get away from the coursebook and read authentic texts? There are so many to choose from that it can be quite bewildering. This list includes books recommended by English teachers and learners. All have been found enjoyable and effective for learning language through literature.
If you’d like to submit a recommendation, contact me using the form at the bottom of the page.
Links are to Goodreads. Most books are suitable for intermediate level and up.
More suggestions for advanced readers:
Jane Eyre, Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Popular authors many learners enjoy:
Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Danielle Steel, Janet Evanovich, Jodi Picoult, Sophie Kinsella, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham
With many thanks to all who submitted suggestions, including Samantha Avery, Glenna Barber, Mark Burling, Lynda Britten, Lucy Edwards, Jillaine Farrar, Jessica Garner, Jennifer Jacobs, Rachel Lally, Julie Meraud, Hannah McCullough, Nicole Parker, Lizzie Ross, Carl Snell, and Jane Rebecca Soh.
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