What should you read in 2019? Whether you’re into great American novels, historical fiction, or gripping family portraits, you can look forward to a string of books in the coming year…
1. 40 Rules of law (by Elif Safak)
“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.”
This novel will not only change your English language but your whole life; It is currently my favorite book. It is beautifully written, and the Penguin edition ensures that even relative beginners can have a good grip on the story and the book’s message. If you are into the more spiritual themes, then this is the book you need to go.
2. How to be a Woman (by Caitlin Moran)
“Why on earth have I because I’m a woman, got to be nice to everyone?”
This is not a typical feminist manifesto. Caitlin Moran is a powerful and exciting writer who speaks right out of the bag. This book is perfect for you, who will learn American slang, smash the Patriarchate (like any good feminist will!) while being well entertained.
The perks of Being A Wallflower (by Stephen Chbosky)
“So, this is my life. I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
This book is the story of a talented and socially awkward teenager struggling with mental disorders while trying to find his place in the world. If you’re in the mood to jump back to high school time while you fresh up your teenage slang, this is the book for you.
4. Deal Breaker (by Harlan Coben)
“Acceptance of the inevitable, a sign of a wise man.”
This is my favorite crime. Myron Bolitar, an ex-professional basketball player, settes crime with his eccentric best friend Windsor “Win” Horne Lockwood III. This book is full of mysteries – as a crime novel is – and sports jargon. Warning: If you are one of those who cannot put a book from you once they have started, you must steer around this one!
5. Treasure Island (by Robert Louis Stevenson)
“Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.”
This book doesn’t need any introduction – it’s a true classic with pirates, sailors, and fairy tales. It is good if you want to expand your vocabulary, and especially if you love to travel.
6. A Thousand Splendid Suns (by Khaled Khosseini)
“Marriage can wait; education cannot.”
This book has a storyline like no other. Delve into the daily life and challenges of Miriam and Laila as they struggle to find a future in Kabul. The English are simple enough for most but still beautiful and challenging. And the book offers characters that you will never forget.
7. Pride & Prejudice (by Jane Austen)
“I could easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine.”
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is another classic. Although the vocabulary is a bit advanced, it’s perfect for those who are ready for a challenge. And I challenge you not to fall in love with any of the book’s characters, especially a sure Mr. Darcy.
8. To Kill A Mockingbird (by Harper Lee)
“You never really understand a person until You consider things from his point of view…”
A masterpiece of American literature that will help you understand the history of the United States. People say that a culture can only be understood through language – do you have the courage to try?
9. Orientalism (by Edward Said)
“From the beginning of Western speculation about the Orient, the one thing the Orient could not do was to represent itself.”
For The intellectuals out there who are ready to break the stereotypes. If you are an advanced English level, this book is an invaluable resource to understand the world and our way of seeing each other. It is also a good conversation starting when you travel, especially in the Middle East.
10. Twighlight (by Stephenie Meyer)
“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…”
Maybe not what you expected as No. 10, but it’s the very first book I read in English, so it has a special place in my heart. And I will give my unqualified recommendations to anyone who is in the process of learning English: It offers an entertaining story, and the language is easy and straightforward enough. Do not judge a book on its film adaptation!