Book list

Recommended Reading

for Students of all Ages and Levels

Our List of Recommended Reading for Students of all Ages and Levels

Here is a list of suggested easy reader books and English literature according to the CEFR language proficiency level.

I have personally used all of these books with several classes of adults.  My students and I have equally enjoyed reading them. Adult students also have liked those stories written for younger ages.

I have included links to order the books online through Amazon as well as a secondary option, such as buchhaus.ch or smashwords.com.  

These secondary sites have been chosen either because amazon restricts delivery to Switzerland or because these sites offer lower rates for the same book and may also promote additional books by the same author.

To find the latest versions or the audio or e-book versions on these sites, be sure to go to the main website and  use the title and author name in the search fields to find various options.

LIST BY LEVEL

A1/A2 Beginners

Island for Sale, Easy Reader comedic drama by Anne Collins, 16 pages including comprehension exercises (for all ages 14+)

A2/B1 Pre-Intermediate

Anne of Green Gables, Easy Reader crime story by L M Montgomery, 60 pages including comprehension exercises (written for ages 8-12 years old)                                    

The Double Bass Mystery, Easy Reader crime story by Jeremy Harmer, 50 pages (suitable for ages 18+) 

B1/B1+

Matilda original version British comedic drama by Roald Dahl, 232 pages (suitable for ages 12+)                           

Deadlock, easy reader crime story by Sara Paretsky, 112 pages including comprehension exercises (suitable for 16+)

Dead in Dublin, easy reader e-book  written by English teacher, Jeremy Taylor,  (suitable for ages 18+)

Famous American and British literature: suitable for ages 16+

B2 and over 

Matilda original version British comedic drama by Roald Dahl, 232 pages (suitable for ages 12+)                 

Rebecca, a classic mystery novel filled with suspense and twists and turns in the plot, written by Daphne du Maurier in 1938.

Dead in Dublin, easy reader e-book  written by English teacher, Jeremy Taylor,  (suitable for ages 18+)

An Inspector Calls, a drama 3-act play by British novelist with a social vision – J.B. Priestly, 117 pages                     

About  a Boy,  a coming of age bestseller  written by the modern British writer Nick Hornby, 296 pages            

Great Gatsby, a drama set in the 1920’s in  America by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, with German explanations, 264 mini- pages                     

Death of a Salesman a dramatic 2.act play with a Requiem by American playwright Arthur Miller, with German explanations, 173 mini-pages            

Of Mice and Men, a drama set during The Great Depression written by American novelist John Steinbeck, with German explanations,  171 pages

Purchase via Amazon.de                              Purchase via buchhaus.ch

C1 and native speakers

Great Expectations, a classic drama written by well-known British novelist, Charles Dickens, 544 pages  

For Business Professionals: suitable for ages 30+

B2 and above

Eat that Frog! Get More of the Important Things Done Today, A self-help book for busy professionals looking to procrastinate less and get the important stuff done first, written by Brian Tracy, 144 pages

C1 and above

Shackelton’s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer, a look at a true story of an Antarctic exploration team and their leader, Ernest Shackelton written by Margo Morell and Stephanie Capparell, 256 pages

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, a world-renowned book giving lessons not just on business but life itself, written by the American author and influencer Stephen Covey, 432 pages                 

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