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25 Best Novels for Beginners to Improve English.

English as a second language can be pretty tricky to learn. However, reading books is an effective and fun way to improve English speaking and writing skills. English novels are also among those books. They have a massive set of vocabulary and different structures of a paragraph; therefore, choosing good English novels for beginners can be challenging.

Reading novels can open our minds to exceptional new words and take us to another English learning level. Employing English novels as a tool of learning can help us in English fluency faster. Choosing a good novel is vital to increase our English language skills step-by-step.

Here I have accumulated some of the novels for beginners to start with as one must have command of vocabularies and sentence structures over the more straightforward novels to read other advanced books. So I have categorized the novels into three levels of difficulties, i.e., novels for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level.

25 Novels for beginners to Improve English.

Novels for Beginners (Level 1)

Beginners level is for those whose English is below par. As a beginner, we must focus on reading everything, including magazines, novels, newspapers, etc., besides academic books, very few of us hardly have any interest in reading. Therefore, I will discuss few novels for beginners, including children’s stories and fictional books, which are accessible in vocabulary and understanding.

Novels for beginners

Animal farm, by George Orwell.

It is the story of farm animals who rebel against the farmers and how it ended in betrayal and fell into a much worse scenario. The excellent story had a lesson and was written in simple vocabulary

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon.

In the mystery novels, which narrates the story of a boy named Christopher John Francis Boone, who suffers from behavioral difficulties, the boy finds the dead body of the neighbor’s dog, and the story flights from there. The novel is engrossing and won many awards, including Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Malgudi days by R.K. Narayan.

This story is set in the fictional town of Malgudi, located in South India. There are 32 stories included in this book. Each of the stories features life in Malgudi. The book has a decent vocabulary which helps in improving English speaking. There is also a T. V. Series on this book.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

The story is about Albom, who visits his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz, diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The album is divided into 14 different days where Morrie discusses various topics important to life and living.

The Famous Five (novel series) by Enid Blyton.

The children’s adventure novel, The children who came from boarding school on holidays each time they meet, caught up in some adventure. It has series of 21 books.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

In the story of a Fox who lives beside a tree in a burrow with his wife and four children, he faces struggles to feed his family as he seizes the life stock of the three cruel farmers.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

A group of boys stranded on an uninhabited island where they failed to govern themselves. Nobel Prize Winner William Golding writes the novel. An absolute masterpiece.

The kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

It is the first novel of Afghan-American Author Khaled Hosseini. The story tells about a Boy named Amir, who lives in Kabul. This story is set against the falling of the Afghan Monarchy after Soviet army Intervention, the Exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the U.S, and the rise of the Taliban Regime.

The Giver by Lois Lowry.

The novel is based on society, which seemed to be perfect but later disclosed as the worse. The story revolves around a 12-year boy named Jonas who got the high responsibility of the job offered to him.

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.

The book was first published in 1906 and was one of the adored books among children. The story shed on the three children whose father was abducted mysteriously. The fortune of the three children and her mother bring them to live near a railway station, where the three siblings prevent a horrific train disaster.

The book is fascinating and very easy to understand.

Intermediate level books (Level 2)

The intermediate level is for the people who have done some novel reading, finish dozens of novels. So after completing the Novels for beginners, you must take your chances to improve your English skills to another level.

This level includes great authors, mostly nonfiction novels who spread magic with their words, excellent writing with an exciting story. So to become a pro in reading books, you should implement reading the books we have selected below.

Novels for intermediate level

The Pot of Gold by Plautus.

It was a play where the story revolves around greed, cheapness, and gold. The actor portrays a character name Euclio, who is poor and finds a pot of gold. He becomes wealthy, but besides his materialistic richness, he becomes poor in every other aspect of life.

This comedy genre is entertaining and easy to read, and a great moral.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

The novel portrays the story between two cities, London and Paris, before and during the French Revolution. This story tells us about French Doctor Manette, who had been imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years, his release, and lived in London with his daughter.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

This children’s novel follows several animals in the adventure of the British countryside. When a mole found itself dissatisfy living there. He leaves his burrow and finds himself at the river, and makes rat friends.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

A fictional Novel published in 1952. The story is about the old fisherman and young boy living on the Havana coast of Cuba, struggling to catch fish after his wife’s death. Until one day, when he sees the big merlin fish and the difficulties he faced as he sails back towards Havana.

Ernest Hemingway won the novel prize for this story in 1954.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Pulitzer Prize for the best novel, the namesake, was the first novel written by American Indian author Jhumpa Lahiri. The story sets from Kolkata (then Calcutta) to American life. The excellent book with the artistic touch distinguished between two nations and the burden of his old heritage and odd name a guy carries into the new generation.

India Unbound by Gurcharan Das.

Are you interested in the global economy and its future? The book connotes developing India after 1947 how the economy crumbles until the new economic reforms of 1991. The standard vocabulary is used in the book decent in learning English.

Wings of Fire By A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

An autobiography of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India. The inspirational and motivational journey of a “Missile Man of India.” A son of an educated boat owner and his journey as the most outstanding defense scientist of India.

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Published in 2010, “The Emperor of all maladies” won a “Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fictional” and scores of other awards. A considerable part of this book is science. It is a biography of a cancer disease. The author cast the history of cancer treatment and research. The history will take you to 4600 years back in the study of cancer. The author describes treatment and research on different patients.

Besides all these sciences, the book is also enjoyable. The words chosen in this book are also very standard and will be recommended for beginners and intermediate readers.

The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman.

A level of playing field in terms of commerce, the world is flat is a metaphor as all the competitors have equal opportunity. It shows the analyzes of globalization and a brief history of the early 21st century,

The book was the International best-selling book of the year.

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.

It is the story of a brother and sister living in Alabama. The novel shows light on the moral nature of humans when a black resident is falsely accused of rape charges of a white woman and faces the humiliation of society.

Novel published in 1960 was instantly successful and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961.

Advance level books (Level 3)

Now we are advancing onto another level. If you have completed reading all the books mentioned above, you should now start some intense reading. Talking about this level, it mainly includes semi-fiction novels series.

Advance level novels

Harry Potter (Novel Series) by J. K. Rowling

The name Harry Potter is enough for every 90’s kid and 21st-century kid to make them nostalgic. The novel’s 1st series, “Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone,” was first published in 1998. The book shows the life of a young wizard boy, Harry Potter, and its adventure as he grows in a wizard school.

The fictional novel is all about magic, spells, wizards, witches, but besides all this, it also shows the bonds—the bonding of Harry Potter among his friends and his professors.

The seven series of excellent novels and the words used are of advanced level. J.K Rowling, the author, works excellently on this novel series. The novel-based movie is top-rated among people till now.

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

It is a collection of 12 short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was first published on 14 October 1892. The story features a consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. All 12 stories don’t support any fictional chronology, and the only character familiar to all twelve are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Comparing other novels of this level, this is quite simple to read as, after the publication of the first two novels, Doyle started to write these stories for mass publication in the Standard Magazine.

The Song of Ice and Fire (Novel Series) by George R. R. Martin.

The Song of Ice and Fire occurs on the fictional continent of Essos and Westeros where the seven kingdom fights for the supremacy and the Iron Throne. If you love reading politics, war, love, betrayal, supernatural, mystery, dragons. Then definitely this novel is for you. The words used are exceptionally advance, and one must dedicate themselves to read this novel.

The author wrote the first novel in 1991, and over 90 million copies have already been sold. And currently, its 6th series is in writing, while the 7th series of this book is still in the planning period.

India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Sucheta Mahajan, Aditya Mukherjee, and K. N. Pannikar.

India’s struggle for independence is a History book of modern India how India stepped from the kingdoms to the hands of the British colony. The book connotes the incident from the early 18th century (decline of Mughals) to the mid 20th century (India’s independence in 1947).

This book also tells us about great leaders and revolutionaries and their participation in India’s Independence.

The words used in this book are precise for you to have a good command of English skills.

Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian.

It is a sequel of a nautical historical novel of 20 series books and one unfinished. The author published the first novel in 1969 and the last 20th novel in 1999. The death of O’ Brian in 2000 led to the unfinished 21st novel.

The novels are set during the Napoleonic war and center on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin. Most of the novel series reached “The New York Best Times Seller List.”


There are a variety of books to learn and you can choose any of them. Reading is not only for improving English but also to gain numerous benefits. Reading novels for beginners is a challenge as making a habit out of it is an uphill task.

These novels mentioned above has been quite helpful for me and other readers. I hope this list of novels for beginners will help you as well. If you have read and found them helpful do try to share your views in the comment section.

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