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Recommended Reading

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Mr. Feldman's Reading Recommendations



As I mentioned in class, reading regularly in English is one of the best and most important things you can do to maintain the progress you have made during the past four weeks. Reading in English EVERY DAY, even if its only a page or two, will increase your reading speed and comprehension, teach you new words to expand your vocabulary, and improve your grammar skills at the same time.


The most important thing in selecting reading material is that it must be INTERESTING to YOU. Reading material that is boring will just put you to sleep, and teach you to read slower, and

s l o w e r, and zzzzzzzzz.......


Pick things that make you want to know what the next page says.

Magazines are good choices, and stores like the BU Bookstore or the newsstands in Harvard Square have HUNDREDS to choose from. Whatever your hobby or interest there are magazines in English that deal with it. Even graphic novels are great! However, nothing is better than a good book.


It is hard to know what books a person will like, so I would like to mention some authors who I think are the best in their genres. Just about ANYTHING by these writers will be good.


Spy novels


Anything by Ian Fleming (James Bond) Most famous for Dr. No, Goldfinger

Anything by John le Carre (British) Most famous for The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


Detective Novels


Anything by Dashiel Hammett - Most famous for The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man

Anything by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot ) Most famous for Murder on the Orient Express

Anything by Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe, the 150 kg. Detective)

Science Fiction


Anything by Isaac Asimov - Most famous for The Foundation Trilogy and I, Robot

Legal Fiction


Anything by John Grisham - Most famous for The Pelican Brief (the movie starred Julia Roberts) and The Firm (the movie starred Tom Cruise)


Anything by Stephen King - Most famous for Carrie, The Shining, Pet Cemetery

Understanding American Culture

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Older, but classic and funny)

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Classic novel of teen alienation, a favorite of serial killers)

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Farina (the author died in a motorcycle accident on his way to a party to celebrate the publication of this book)

Anything by Jack Kerouac (King of the Beats) Most famous for On the Road and Big Sur


The Hobbit, followed by The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (better than the movie)

The Hunger Game novels by Suzanne Collins - (also much better than the movie, and easy to read)

The Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling

Finally, here is a list I found on the internet titled "44 Books to Read Before You Die" and I find I agree with most of them. Good reading!


44 Classic Novels To Read Before You Die

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