English Books for Beginners

Hello, everyone and welcome to readlogy’s new post! I hope you have a great weekend! Mine is a little busy, it’s just a miracle I can sit down and write a new blog post. Okay, enough with the small talk, today I’m going to give you a book recommendations for beginners. If English is not your native language and you’ve been wanting to read an English book, then you come to the right place! Without further ado, let’s get started!

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

★★★☆☆

 

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

This is probably the cutest young adult romance I’ve read this year. Aside from the fluff, this book is not heavy at all. It’s about summer love, finding all the answers you’ve always craved for. Good thing about this book; it’s fast paced so you won’t take days to finish this book. If you’re familiar with young adult romance novels or Wattpad stories, pick this book right away! This book is cute with light problems, you won’t regret it!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

★★★★★

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

How do I personally hug Tahereh Mafi and thank her for creating such a beautiful book? Finally, a good representation of a hijabi girl that breaks the stereotype. This book is so dear to me because of how relatable it is. Mafi successfully portrays not only Shirin’s culture and religion beliefs, but also how it feels to be a teenager—where religion is only a small part of who Shirin is. The racism and discrimination Shirin has to face, the lame question such as “do you wear that when you shower?” she has to answer, and how her parents expect her to be a good Muslim—these are some good quality contents.

This is one of the realest books I read and I will continue to recommend everyone to read this. As a hijabi, I love Shirin and I really can relate to her.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte

★★★☆☆

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

Enemies-to-lovers? Check. Crime solving slash mystery? Check. Smart female lead character? Check. Actually, A Study in Charlotte is the first book of Charlotte Holmes series. This book is about descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson—Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson—who are framed for murder. Yes, in this universe, both characters are real and their families grow. If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, I suppose you should give this book a chance!

I know this book sounds heavy, but the writing is not. Trust me.

 

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Bridig Kemmerer

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

★★★★☆

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 

I don’t always recommend fantasy book for someone who just starts reading English books. Sometimes the world building is hard to understand or there are few rare vocabularies we don’t always hear on General English class. But, A Curse so Dark and Lonely is an exception.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but luckily, we don’t get to see modern Belle here. Harper is different from Belle, she’s not your typical obedient girl who loves to read books, no. She’s a strong character despite having cerebral palsy. She’s determined to help Emberfall and not easily charmed with jewels and fine things. God truly grants my wish to have more badass female heroines on YA novels. The storyline, however, is not so different from Beauty and the Beast. Instead of having invisible servants, Rhen has no one but his commander, Grey.

And writing wise? I forget the last time I read something light on young adult fantasy genre. I’m so glad this book exists.

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That’s it for today! I want to recommend more books but I’m afraid it’ll be a very, very long list. Do you have any other recommendations? Let me know in the comment section below! See you later!

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