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12/15/2011 Bassima Alansary 2 Comments


 Hello everyone

No one can deny that reading books is the most common hobby around the world, without reading we will be silly human beings, that is a simple fact.
For us (English Learners) the most important part to develop our learning progress is to READ as much as possible. If we want to increases our vocabulary we need to read, therefore I'd love to share with you lists of the books I have read, and the books I am reading at the moment, and finally the books on the shelf waiting for me to eat them yummy!

First: Books I have read.

1. The Golden Goose and other stories, Retold by David Foulds. (level one)

Description: Three brothers go to cut wood. The two older brothers come home with nothing, but the youngest one, Dummling, has a day of surprises. A new friend gives him a bird with golden feathers. The golden goose leads Dummling through many adventures, until he finds a beautiful but serious princess, who never smiles or laughs. How does Dummling make her laugh?

Two sisters, one kind and polite, one rude and horrible, go to get water from a spring. Much later, the kind girl becomes rich and goes to live in a palace. Her older sister goes to live alone and never speaks again. What happened to the sisters at the spring?

Find out the answers to these questions, and read many more strange and magical stories in this collection of fairy tales.

2. David Copperfield by Charles dickens. (level  three)

Description: "David Copperfield's father dies 3 months before his birth. His mother, very young, pretty, and inexperienced, raises the boy with the help of her loyal maid, Clara Peggoty. Things go well, young Davy is growing up in a happy, loving home – until his mother marries again. Mr. Murdstone, Davy's stepfather, believes that “firmness” is the only way of dealing with boys. He ends up sending Davy away to a boarding school run by a cruel schoolmaster Mr. Creakle.

When Davy's mother dies, Mr. Murdstone decides that even this kind of education is too good for his stepson and promptly gets rid of him by sending him to London, to work at a blacking factory. Davy is only 10 when that happens. After many trials, he decides to run away and search for his aunt, Betsy Trotwood, who eventually adopts him.

The second part of this novel shows the grown-up David Copperfield, he has completed his education and is apprenticed as a clerk to work in a law firm. He meets his boss's daughter Dora and falls in love. His feelings are returned, but Dora's father is furious when he finds out about the engagement. Meanwhile, David's aunt goes bankrupt, the family loses most of their possessions, and David has to work even harder in order to provide for himself and his loved ones.

3. The Call Of The Wild, By Jack London. (level three)

Description: . . .And Buck really was crazy now. He had fire in his eyes, and he wanted to kill . . . In the end, Buck couldn't stand up. He couldn't see or hear. He was almost dead.

In this way, Buck's new life in the cold north of Canada begins. He has to learn many new things, and the lessons are hard. But Buck is a strong, intelligent dog and he wants to live.

Buck meets dangerous men—and dogs—in this difficult, snowy country. He changes because he has to change. But can he really be happy there?

Second: Books I am reading.

4. English Fairy Tales, collected by Joseph Jacobs. (advance)

Description: WHO SAYS that English folk have no fairy-tales of their own?

The present volume contains only a selection out of some

140, of which I have found traces in this country. It is probable

that many more exist.

5. Wheel on the school  By Meindert Dejong. (advance)

Description: Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.

Third: Books waiting to be read.

6. A Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens. (level five)

Description: This great story is set against the background of the French Revolution. Two men – one French, one English, but very similar in appearance – are in love with the same woman. The three of them, like the people of France, are faced with the dangers of life at a time when the guillotine never rests.

7. the gifts and other stories, By O. Henry and others. (level four)

Description: The New Oxford Progressive English Readers offer a great selection of classic novels and plays from renowned authors that have been abridged in the form of easy-to-read stories for children to enjoy.

8. The Knife Markets of Sanaa.

From National Geographic with a CD.

9. Birds in Paradise.

From National Geographic with a CD.

10. The Story of Beautiful Girl By Rachel Simon. (advance)

Description: It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.

     I hope you found my list is good and useful for you, of course there are other books I have read with friends in some English learning groups, but these books in the list are the ones I liked personally.
Please leave a comment response and tell me what your favourite books, or what the books you recommend me to read.
Thank you very much.

Bassima =)

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  1. Aslam alykom bassima,
    I found your post amazing and surely very useful. I got some of the penguin readers as well now.
    Level 4 1984
    Level 5 British and American short stories
    Level 6 The beach ( I surely recommend it)
    Level 6 I know why the caged bird sings.

    I am glad that you are very organized mashallah.
    Hope to know more about your experience in readings penguins and How you study them.
    best of luck,
    Mona from Egypt

  2. Thanks a lot dear Mona for stopping by and posting your books. I have finished most of all the books on the waiting list, I study the books as I did with The English fairy tales, and A tale of tow cites.
    currently I am taking a break I'll get back to reading activities after the Eid holiday insha allah :)