Vocabulary is an essential part of our English skills as it defines our grasp of a particular subject. Magazines, newspapers, comic books, and some best novels, etc., significantly affect our vocabulary and English skills. It is one of the practical and entertaining ways. Also, it helps you with numerous benefits to help us in different aspects of our life.
Reading novels is one of the great ways to increase/improve English vocabulary as it also increases our imagination, creativity, memory, etc. With the help of novels, the authors find a way to keep us engaged with the story while you are also exposed to the variety of styles & sentence structures. Besides, there are numerous books for different aged people.
Today, we are highly blessed by the almighty that we have thousands of novels within our reach of favorite genres, and every novel has its level of difficulty for different persons. It is imperative to enjoy the books one reads and perhaps start with slightly easier books and then progress to more advanced books. The novels I have mentioned below are based on my personal experience as well on my research.
After surveying with some of my best friends who study books, I have created a collection of some of the best novels which I believe could help you out.
15 Best novels you must read to improve vocabulary
The Post Office
The Post Office is one of the best novels of famous Indian author “Rabindranath Tagore.” This book was written in 1912, originally named “Dakghar” in Bengali, and later translated into English in 1914.
The author portrays the story of an 8-year old boy who was stuck inside his home due to a long-term illness. He sees the World only from his window and tries to engage with the passerby’s to evoke a conversation.
Once, a watchman told him that the big building opposite is the King’s new office. Imagining that the King will send him a letter, he creates an imaginary world around him. The author used allusions to make readers understand his situation and evoke empathy among everyone.
This book was written by E.B. White (author of Stuart Little), and it is one of many children’s classic literature she wrote. This book is appealing to both children as well as adults.
E.B. White’s Charlotte web is one of the best novels for many upcoming generations revolving around friendship, love, life, and death. It is the story of a spider named Charlotte, a pig named Wilbur, and a girl named Fern who saved Wilbur in his childhood.
Whether read in school or at home or independently by adults, it has been a favorite of many people.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone
Authored by J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series requires no introduction. The series has set its standards high among many children and adults. It has been a favorite of many readers which is a lifelong journey of children from his/her childhood to adulthood.
This series has a series of books in which the story revolves around Harry Potter and his friends sent to a magic school at Hogwarts to complete their education. His best friends are Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Harry is being hunted by the most powerful villain who comes back from the dead by some magic in the latter part of the series to avenge himself.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone is the first book of the series. I would highly recommend this novel to everyone as the latter part will gradually attract you towards it to complete it.
The World is flat
Thomas L. Friedman writes this brilliant classic novel. He illustrates the brave new World for readers, allowing them to make sense of often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes.
With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the World happened at the dawn of the 21st century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt. The World Is Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, successes, and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
Written by Lois Lowry, the story of this book revolves around a 12-year old named Jonas who uncovers the dark secrets lying in his perfect World as he is the receiver of memory. It is dystopian fiction, one of the best novels I would recommend to everyone above the age of 12.
The details & descriptions have been described very well in the story evoking emotions making the characters feel real. The author has used simple English and short sentences, making it easy for the learners to study.
Love in the Time of Cholera
Written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, ‘Love in the time of Cholera‘ is a romantic novel translated in English yet lost none of its touch from the original in Spanish. It is the story of 2 adults who fell in love with each other and faces the harsh reality of human society portraying the fundamental nature of humans and the American culture in the 20th century.
This book is one of the best romantic novels composed in a simple language that the readers can use to understand the English language better.
Written by Nicholas Sparks, ‘The Notebook‘ is a fierce romantic story that evokes emotions to all end. If you are really into romantic novels, this is also highly recommended.
The story revolves around Noah Calhoun, a boy who came back from war and started working at his home plantation to avoid the ghosts of war. However, eventually, his memories of her lover Allie haunt him.
Her parents never approved of her love, and thus they were separated. Noah used to write her letters every year, and one day she shows herself on his doorstep. Noah was excited and wanted to win her back, but she was married this time and was not a woman to back up from her promises.
It’s a thrilling love story that will break your heart and then makes up with the suspense at the end.
Murder on Orient express
One of the incredible murder mysteries of Agatha Christie. The story revolves around a Simplon-Orient Express train traveling from Istanbul to Calais. Surprisingly, the train is full on that day of the year. An American businessperson lies dead in his compartment and is locked from inside, stabbed dozens of times.
The detective Hercule Poirot also boarded the train and set himself onto solving the mystery before the suspect makes another person his/her victim. It is an exciting plot for both adults as well as children.
The Old man and the sea
Written by Ernest Hemingway, “The Old man and the sea” is among one of my favorite novels, even though some may find it boring at the start, but the message of Hope, will, determination, luck, nature, and life are the one to look out for.
It is also one of the best for improving English vocabulary due to the simple sentences straightforwardly used by the author. The plot in this book revolves around an old man, Santiago, who hasn’t found a fish in 84 days. While returning from the board, the young boy Manolin, who was the old man’s life, cried to Santiago to take him to the fishing.
The old man told him how he has been struggling in fishing, but the young boy kept the HopeHope alive in Santiago and leaves for fishing. The suspense, twists, and turns in this story are not worth spoiling rather than enjoying.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Roald Dahl is known for his best children’s novels, which are also famous among adults. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of a kind with a simple yet exciting plot engaging the readers with suspense and an intense story.
The story revolves around three farmers and Mr. Fox, who used to snatch the livestock from the farms of these farmers every day. Every time the farmers create a plan to capture the Fox, he eventually escapes. Now, the farmers decided to kill it and come up with a plan. Now, Mr. Fox must find a way amidst the trap to capture his dinner yet stays alive.
Game of Thrones
The game of Thrones Book series is one of the incredible novels written by “George R.R. Martin.” This series is one of the greatest and epic thrillers of the modern era. The TV series hasn’t depicted the exact plot the author has presented in these books. The readers eagerly await the remaining parts of the series of the book.
The author has portrayed every emotion you can name. This series proved to be rare in millions by absolute anger, love, lust, war, fiction, horror, adventure, romance, and politics. No one could have expected the author to have fabricated such a story, and believe me, if I say, it can’t be depicted in one summary. However, the whole plot is around a crown of a kingdom and the long winter awaiting the World, which will consume everyone unless the unexpected is stopped.
Apart from the story, it is also highly recommended for the readers to expand their English vocabulary since the series has more than 1,000 pages using different words as the author is highly admired for his talent in language.
The Wright Brothers
Written by David McCullough, The Wright Brothers is a true story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who had just made an outstanding invention that would take some time for the World to believe, yet was primarily unexpected by anyone.
They were more than just brothers. They were determined to achieve the success which led them to this path. They were bicycle mechanics with remarkable courage and the same interests with a little bit of curiosity between them which led them to build an airplane.
With this thrilling book, the author draws attention to the story of both Wright brothers to success and their humane nature with the help of their colleagues, friends, and relatives.
The Emperor of all Maladies
This brilliant science novel is written by “Siddartha Mukherjee” who was a doctor, writer, and researcher by profession. This book portrays the documentation of the powerful disease Cancer since its detection, cure, and control towards a new understanding of its nature.
The author has superbly glimpsed through the story of Cancer how it has lived among Humans for more than 5,000 years. He narrated the history from the words of the peers, scientists, doctors, researchers, documentaries of the victories and losses from this deadly disease and how the World has found a way to cure it.
This novel also gives a short yet brilliant glimpse of the future therapies of the disease and how scientists and doctors have understood and observed the human body around diseases for centuries.
Siddhartha Mukherjee has brilliantly used his talent in language to help the readers by using compelling words and sentences in the book.
James Joyce, “Ulysses” is considered one of the most challenging books for improving English vocabulary. It is advised for the readers to keep a dictionary along with them. The author has made good use of the English language by using more than 30,000 unique words in this novel, such as ineluctable meaning unavoidable.
The book has been written in a uniquely artistic way by the author in which all the action takes place in one day. The book starts at 8’o clock in the morning involving three main characters, Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom, and his wife, Molly Bloom.
Ulysses is a literary masterpiece and quite remarkably one of the best novels of all time.
Moby Dick is another one of the novels furnished with more than 17,000 unique words unfamiliar to the general population, which must be interpreted either by using a dictionary or the context of the sentence. Written by Herman Melville, it is considered another one of the most challenging books after Ulysses, yet highly recommended to expand vocabulary.
The story’s plot revolves around Ahab, a mysterious sailor, and Moby Dick, a legendary great white whale. He took Ahab’s one leg during their last encounter. Being a whaler, Ahab pursues the ship to avenge his leg by killing Moby Dick and, in the process, risking the lives of others on the boat.
Moby Dick is a great book that gives you insights into different aspects of life and portrays a good impact on good vs evil.
Reading is one of the most extraordinary ways to improve vocabulary. Yet, they need to be noted and used regularly in sentences or will be forgotten in an hour or a day. A dictionary must be kept handy while reading to learn and use new words, ultimately expanding our library of words.
There are countless novels in this World to choose from, yet we get perplexed while selecting. These are the 15 of many books I have stated above that have proven profitable to me. Some other books that can help you are:
- The White tiger
- Trevor Noah
- The Alchemist
- The Martian
- Evil under the sun
- The weird World of worlds
- Twilight book series
- Goosebumps most wanted
- A thousand splendid suns
- The Cindrella murder
- A tale of 2 cities
- Elon Musk
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