If you want to learn a new language and are crazy about books, this is for you. If you’re going to learn a new language but are not keen on reading, this is also for you.  A good book may be the right motivation to learn English. The common misconception is that bestseller books are not the ideal choice for English learners. On the contrary, best sellers are the best books to learn English because they are generally written in straightforward language. Finding the right books can be a bit of a task. We have provided you with a list of the best books in different fields. Read on to learn more.

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Best English Learning Books To Bury Your Head In

If you are not a bookworm, prepare for the initiation! Just kidding! But we are ready to get you excited about reading and studying English through books. Before you go off willy-nilly into the world of books, you should pick a genre first. Don’t let the term confuse you; a genre is a specific kind of writing, such as mystery, fantasy, or fiction. We have taken the liberty of organizing our top picks under their corresponding genres to help you search.

ü  Thriller and suspense

Thrillers typically have exciting plots that get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping. They keep you guessing, frighten you, and pull you into a world of twists and turns. If you are a thrill-seeker with a taste for fast-paced crime dramas, consider this selection of books.

1.     Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

This thriller by Stephen tells the story of a retired cop going above and beyond to stop a vicious killer from claiming the lives of thousands of people. The book is the first of a three-part series of books. Why should you read this book? Aside from its thrilling plot twists, King uses slightly advanced language, suitable for intermediate language learners or beginners who want to improve their vocabulary. The characters in this book are realistic and give a reader how honest life conversations play out.

2.     1st to die by James Patterson

1st to die is a novel that talks of four women working together to catch a person on a wild murder spree. If this book tickles your fancy, you’ll enjoy the second and third. Patterson uses many action words that are useful for English learners to familiarize themselves with verbs.

ü  Romance

I am a sucker for love! Aren’t you? Romance books explore love, relationships, finding “the one,” and goodness. The language in romance novels may get steamy and sensual. But they are suitable for learning English adjectives. Romance authors have a knack (talent) for describing people, situations, and feelings.

1.     Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

This book was very talked-about upon release, among many for being very unconventional. James’ “Fifty shades of grey” is for adults only because of the more sensual scenes explored in the book. The story is that of Ana Steele, who meets the dashing Christian Grey at an interview, and they embark on a journey of sex, power, and control. The language in this book is quite colorful. The author uses a lot of adjectives to describe even the minutest things. It is handy for learning new and descriptive words.

2.     One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

The main character Stephanie Plum is strapped for cash and decides she might as well become a bounty hunter (a person who hunts down criminals for money). Things get complicated when she has to find a man she has a past with. The story is easy to follow and understand. It is written from the point of view of the main character and is quite conversational.  This is good for familiarizing yourself with how native speakers speak English.

ü  Fantasy

Werewolves, dragons, flying carpets, and magic wands, there is so much to explore with fantasy novels. Fantasy novels take you out of the world you know into something new and mystical, a world where any is possible. Such stories are highly descriptive and are great for learning synonyms for nouns and familiar words to describe people. One such novel is the famous “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowlings. The story is that of Harry Potter, whose life changes when he gets an invitation to learn magic at Hogwarts. This book is ideal for British English learners since you can find more British-specific languages. The language is also simple and easy to understand because the target audience for the book is young adults. What’s great about this selection is that it is available in multiple formats. If the reader doesn’t do it for you, watch the movie!

ü  Science fiction

Sci-fi (science fiction) novels usually revolve around stories concerning outer space, technology, and science. Sci-fi novels will have a vocabulary that touches these topics to some extent. The stories are based on natural science, just not actual events. So you are likely to acquaint yourself with science and tech-related terminologies. One of such books is “The Martian” by Andy Weir. The book was so good they made a movie out of it. The story is that of an astronaut who is stuck on Mars. The world thinks he is dead, so he must find his way home. Since the main character is alone, there’s very little dialogue, but the book makes up for that in many facts and words you can learn about outer space, mars, and space travel.

ü  Mystery

“Who-dun-it?” Mystery novels are about finding who has committed a crime. They are slow-paced, allowing you to follow the story’s development and try to figure out who the culprit is (the guilty one). Such novels teach you to catch liars based on how they talk and act. That life skill could come in handy one day. A good mystery novel to explore is Agatha Christie’s “Evil under the Sun.” It is an older novel in that you will find words seldom used in today’s vocabulary. The story follows Hercule Poirot’s investigation of the death of a woman on holiday. If you want to learn fancy, high-sounding words, you should read this book.

ü  Non-fiction

Non-fiction novels are based on real-life events, I.e., things that happened. Finding the story that is right for you depends on, well, YOU! You can learn whatever you want, depending on the topic you are drawn to. If you are unsure where to start, try David McCullough’s “The Wright Brothers.” The novel tells the story of two brothers who built the first-ever airplane. This book is a great resource to learn new words that describe people and things. It may be a bit difficult to follow for beginners but if you feel up to the challenge, then go for it.


Romance, fiction, or fantasy; what is your pick? There is so much to learn in books, grammar, and vocabulary to catch a lie. Plus, a good novel is entertaining and can be an excellent way to whine time. There are categories of books that we have not mentioned in this article, so feel free to explore them. Maneuvering your way around the world of books and mastering the English language by yourself may be challenging. You may want to opt for an English teacher. Book us at italki for lessons today.

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