HI all,

I hope I could found this place earlier, I got very satisfied answers here, thank you all!

My vocabulary is very limited, people always say reading is the best way to improve it. I browsed several pages of "The Lord of the Rings", to my surprised, it's not as difficult as I imagined, I want to read it carefully, since it's quite old, is it a good choice for learning English?(maybe many vocabularies are old-fashioned). Thanks!
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The first book in the series is a fairly easy read as Tolkein intended it to be a continuation of The Hobbit for which his audience was children. By the time you read well into the third book, the language becomes more complicated as Tolkein plays out his saga in dramatic fashion.

That may make it ideal for your purpose as your understanding will develop gradually as the story progresses.
I would be interested to hear what other people think.

So far as recommendations for novels go, I would suggest the works of the American author John Irving: The Hotel New Hampshire, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules. You may be familiar with the stories already as all three have been made into films (Owen Meany under another title).

I would also recommend biographies such as Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee or the travel writings of Bill Bryson as entertaining and easy reads.

NB I don't have a fixation with cider, honestEmotion: smile
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Yeah, I have already read The Cider House Rules. Thanks for your suggestions.
If a novel is what you're looking for and you like fantasy, then I suggest the best fantasy series out there right now (it just barely beats out LOTR for #1 in my mind).

THE WHEEL OF TIME series by ROBERT JORDAN. So far the series is up to 10 books (each around 550 pages long) and it doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon either.

Go to your local library and check out the first book in the series. Read it and see what you think, I practically fell in love with it!


All the works by Albert Camus.
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And The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus in particular.


also books by Lois Lowery, margaret peterson haddix, lemony Snicket,
Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle,
The Mysterious Matter of I.M Fine (forget the author),
I'm Emma: I'm a quint by Stella Pevsner, and
Switching Well by Peni R. Griffin
I loved these books too. I also have enjoyed all the movies.
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