I'm interested in the different types and sources of English material that you read.
Q1) Apart from any English textbook or formal learning material, and also not counting Italki, what is the most recent piece of English that you have read? (It could be from anywhere.)
Q2) Please describe the English sources that you read the most often. What are they? Where do you get them from? How much do you like it?
I don't know if I understand you very well. So I don't know if you will like my answer.
I sometimes go on BBC website.
I discovered very recently a website "newsinlevels.com", I like it very much, we can read news and today there was also here a link to read "Robinson Crusoe". I have begun to read 2 or 3 pages.
1) "The faithful executioner", a book by an American historian on a Nurembergish subject.
Franz Schmidt, who was Nuremberg's municipal executioner around 1600, has left us a diary about his professional life. Hanging people, chopping off limbs etc. Gay people were burned alive (those were the days). He retired after about 30 years in this position, and became a doctor or what passed for one by then. I've only just begun to read it. The author explains the whole background of the events and actions that Herr Schmidt describes in brief entries (paper was expensive). So it is really about the justice system in Renaissance-era Germany.
2a) What I have probably read the most text of is the book series Discworld by Terry Pratchett, which cannot be explained briefly. But I'll try and fail: It is fantasy, but not as you know it. It has a mostly comical nature and plays in a distorted mirror-image of the real world, with features of the past and of the present. Death appears frequently as a character, and he is quite likeable. Pratchett as a narrator ponders and muses a lot. My favourite volume from the series is "The Truth", a silly press satire. Pratchett used to be a newspaper journalist. But I also like "Night Watch", which has a time-travel plot and is a bit darker-themed.
I bought the books in paper form when I read them, but by now I would rather buy them as e-books. The e-reader I have now got myself makes it very convenient to look words up in a mono- or bilingual dictionary. My model has both installed, and it also has a touchscreen, so marking the words is also done without hassle.
MORITZ - Bill Bryson sounds really interesting. His background, and the writing he has achieved, is quite fascinating.