On this page, you’ll find recommendations for English reading material and some tips that might be useful for you.
Below is what will be covered. When you click one of the links below, it will jump you to your desired topic without refreshing the page:
Tips for New Readers
When you’re just getting started reading, your primary goal should be to establish the habit of regular reading. So the first rule is to read something you’re interested in. Don’t torture yourself by reading something you don’t care about, otherwise you may not finish it. If you’re a fairly imaginative person, for example, you might want to read novels. If you’re not sure which books are good, pick one that is a bestseller.
Some English teachers recommend books for children. But I find it rather stupid to read something just for the sake of learning English. Personally, better English grammar and vocabulary are not my primary reason for reading. I read because I want to educate myself and be entertained.
Here’s another tip: don’t read books written several decades ago. The writing of these books is old-fashioned. Reading one of these books always puts me to sleep.
Where to Buy Books
I think the best place to buy books is on Amazon.com. You can also buy books at some local bookstore, of course. But personally I find it inconvenient. So I always buy books (Kindle ebooks) on Amazon and read them with my Kindle. I always read the reviews before buying a book to make sure it doesn’t suck. It takes less than one minute to transfer a book to my Kindle after the purchase. This is very convenient. If you don’t have a Kindle, no problem. You can still buy Kindle ebooks and use Amazon’s free reading apps to read them on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Don’t know what books to read? Not interested in any book in particular? That’s good! There are some great books that I really want you to read. These books will increase you chances of success in improving your English. They have completely changed the way I learn English. If I had not read these books, my speaking skills would not be as good as they are right now.
Let’s find out what these books are.
Books on Skill Development
Speaking English is a skill just like playing the guitar, playing basketball, etc. There are some principles that can be applied to learning any skill. I wish that every English leaner had the opportunity to read these books before they start learning English. By applying the principles from these books, I went from being bad at speaking to being OK in six months by practicing only 10 minutes a day. The results were pretty dramatic.
My #1 Recommendation:
The title is self-explanatory. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to develop any skill. It contains scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills. The book is clear and easy to read. It has changed the way I learn English. If you’ve ever asked, “how can I improve my English”, this book is for you.
Other recommended books on skill development:
- The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.
- Outliers: The Story of Success
- Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
One of the key reasons that most English learners fail is that they don’t have enough discipline, motivation, persistence, and other characteristics all successful people share. So if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd, start feeding your mind with lots of positive books.
My #1 recommendation:
You need two things to become a good English speaker: 1) the right knowledge and 2) the ability to take consistent action. Most people have the knowledge – they know exactly what to do. But they lack discipline to take action to produce the desired outcome. This book will help you overcome that problem. It’ll help you turn common sense into common action.
Other recommended self-help books:
- Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
- The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
What to Read Other Than Books
If you don’t want to read books for some reason, you can read other stuff like blogs instead. The best thing about reading blogs is that it’s free. However, I prefer to read books over blogs because most blogs just aren’t worth reading because the content is too generic and unoriginal.
You can find blogs to read on your own, but let me share with you a few blogs just in case:
- Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post
- Lifehack – Tips for Life
- Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development Blog
If you really want to read blogs as a way of improving your vocabulary, then I recommend subscribing to those blogs an RSS feed reader to subscribe to all the blogs you want to read. It’s much more convenient this way. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch this video to learn what RSS is, and then read this article to learn how to use it.