When people want to try to read a book in English, too often they make a mistake and chose a children's book. Those are not always easy! Does anyone have a few 'easy to read books to recommend? Tell us! I think Ernest Hemmingway wrote in a fairly simple and direct style, so a book like "The Old Man and the Sea" might not be too difficult. Copy this link, see what you think, and give your opinion of this book or others that are not too complex...
That is an interesting, and very relevant question. I am having a similar problem, but in Spanish. I started reading a translation of the Hunger Games in Spanish. It is a very good read, but quite long. I became discouraged because it is 400 pages, and it takes me so long to read just 1 page. Recently though, I found a new book which I am much happier with. It is called The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros The language is quite simplistic as it is supposed to be written from the point of view of a child, but the themes are certainly NOT for children. (I read the book originally in English in high school.) I will say though, that this may appeal more to a female audience.
And now in Spanish, with apologies for butchering the language:
Creo que es una pregunta muy interesante y relevante. Tengo el problema similar, pero en Espanol. Antes, leí un poco de el libro ‘Los Juegos del Hambre’. Pero el libro fue muy largo (400 paginas), y my abilidad leer fue muy lento. Sientí desanimarte. Ahoro, estoy leyendo El Casa En Mango Street. La autor es Sandra Cisneros. Las palabras in esto libro son muy sencillo, pero no es un libro por los niños! (Las temas son muy adultos en partes del libro.) Estoy leyendo en Espanol, pero, el libro escribía originalment en ingles. Possiblemente es un opcion por tu? (Pero, este libro puede apelar más a las mujeres que a los hombres).
I can recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Or "Treasure Island"
I liked both of them. Treasure Island might be a little bit useless as Barbara says concerning the vocabulary but however, I enjoyed the book and one can find different versions for foreigners. So, this makes it even better.
The first book is very easy to read but yet contains a lot of unknown vocabulary. The topic will maybe not be your favourite one but the time passes by quickly, so you will not be tortured with it (if it`s a boring book for you :D)
But I am afraid that I am not able to give you a link, I have bought those books and do not know whether you can find them for free.
You are right.
I started to read in English since a few weeks ago, and I made the mistake of starting reading '1984' but it was a disaster because the book turned out to be extremly difficult for my current level, what a shame because I really wanted to read it.
Then I chose "The old man and the sea" and it was much more easy to read, but the vocabuary is quite useless... so I don't recomend that book for learn English, either.
In that regard I suggest books with more dialogues on it instead of books very descriptive, because with the dialogues you can learn expressions, ways of thinking, how build sentences in a real situation, etc.
I would recomend the series about Harry Potter. It's not hard to read and interesting not only for children.