11 Best Fiction Books to Improve Your English | Favbookshelf

They say that the best way to improve your language skills is to read. Be it newspapers, articles, essays, academic books, or even novels. Guess what we are recommending?

Here are the 11 best books to help you improve and advance your English. You will enjoy reading them Some are classics, some are well known, and some are pretty underrated, but the one thing they all have in common is the writer’s amazing use of English words.

P.S. All books are arranged in alphabetical order. Because duh, they all are awesome.

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So, let’s get started.

#1 After The Funeral by Agatha Christie

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After The Funeral by Agatha Christie

Title: After the Funeral

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Publisher: Berkley

Type: Standalone

Pages: 256

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Richard Abernethie is dead. After his funeral, his relatives gather around to read his will. When his sister says something in passing, it shocks everyone, ‘It has been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it…But he was murdered, wasn’t he?’ The next day she is found dead too. Hercule Poirot is called as the mystery of both the deaths gets darker. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie is the 33rd novel of her Hercule Poirot detective series where everyone is a suspect, and even the dead aren’t above suspicion.

Why do we recommend this book?

Christie’s signatory writing style is upped a notch in this wonderfully executed mystery. A gentle blend of Victorian-style writing with bits of old English, this book is sure to advance your sentence structure knowledge.

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#2 And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Title: And the Mountains Echoed

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Historical fiction, Contemporary, Adult

Publisher: Riverhead books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 404

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Pari and Abdullah live with their father and stepmother in a small village, struggling together through poverty and winters when their father constantly searches for work that could provide enough for them. One day their father announces that he would be traveling to Kabul with Pari, and Abdullah accompanies them despite their father’s stern refusal. As they travel through the deserts sharing and enjoying stories, they are unaware that their destiny has something else stored for them. Spanning the various continents, and stories, the mountains echoed tells about kindness, envy, affections, desperation, and all those little things that make us human.

Why do we recommend this book?

Khaled Hosseini has a distinct writing style that makes one feel whatever his characters are feeling, envision whatever they are seeing, and hear whatever they are hearing. He sure knows how to tell a story.

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#3 Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Genre: Sci-fi, Classics, Literature

Publisher: Signet Classics

Type: Standalone

Pages: 141

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Farm animals gather around to make their dream of having a free world come true – where no human can mistreat them, a reality in this satirical allegorical novella. The animals defeat the farmer and take over the farm, learning to read and forwarding the principles of ‘Animalism’ for the better future of their kind. Chaos ensues when the two senior animals start to fight for the leadership of the farm. One of the best-written books in literature, Animal Farm is a classic that holds meaning and lessons to date.

Why do we recommend this book?

We weren’t going to miss out on one of the best-written satire classics in the history of literature, that too when talking about improving English. Written in simple English, this book would appeal to all levels of English learners.

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#4 Bill Hodges Triology by Stephen King

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Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King

Title: Bill Hodges Trilogy

Author: Stephen King

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery

Publisher: Scribner

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 Mr. Mercedes, #2 Finders Keepers, #3 End of Watch

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

People, mostly unemployed, were waiting for the job-fair opening when someone in Mercedes ran over them – killing eight and wounding fifteen others. It’s been months since the killer escaped the crime scene, and Bill Hodges, an ex-cop, struggles to cope with his depression ever since. He is about to kill himself when a phone call changes his plans. The killer is back in action, and this time his madness can kill thousands of people. Unless! Hodges and his team can do something about it. This Bill Hodges book it’s a race against time in every heart-pounding book.

Why do we recommend this book?

No one does horror as well as King. King’s writing is a little more advanced than other books in the list, but it’s nevertheless a great series to delve into for its amazing storytelling, and if you wish to see what goes on in a psychopath’s head (a little hint: it’s not pretty in there), then this series might be just for you.

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#5 Island of A Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

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Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

Title: Island of A thousand Mirrors

Author: Nayomi Munaweera

Genre: Domestic Fiction, Novel, War- story

Publisher: Perera Hussein Publishing House

Type: Standalone

Pages: 225

Goodreads Rating: 4 / 5

Island of A Thousand Mirrors is a fiction book about the Sri Lankan civil war. This book tells us the story of two girls who are on the opposite sides of the civil war in Sri Lanka; one is Sinhala and the other, Tamil. It is an unforgettable tale of lives twisted by terrible violence. It offers a unique picture of a beautiful land during its most difficult times. Island of A Thousand Mirrors is about sibling rivalries and adolescent heartbreaks, the burdens of exile and belonging, and the harsh needs of survival.

Why do we recommend this book?

This is one of the most amazing stories you will ever read. In here, you will find the most amazing and heart-touching friendship and sibling bond. And even after finishing the book, the story will surely stay in your mind.

Check out: Full review of Island of A Thousand Mirrors (Spoiler Free)

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#6 Lord of The Flies by William Golding

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Title: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Genre: Classics, Young Adult, Literature

Publisher: Penguin Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 182

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

When a plane crashes on an island, leaving a group of schoolboys alone, their first reaction is happiness. So far away from home, with no adult to supervise them, their freedom is something to celebrate. But, it quickly becomes apparent that they can’t survive alone, not when lies, betrayal, and evil surrounds them from each side. Their attempt at creating their own society and order collapses outright, and as the howls of horror close in on them, they have to wonder how they ever thought that living on the island would be a piece of cake.

Why do we recommend this book?

When talking about language and literature, there’s nothing better than classics. Golding’s hit classic Lord of the Flies is especially one of the most simple and straightforwardly written novels, and it is sure to help you understand the language structures better.

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#7 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

Title: Peter Pan

Author: J.M. Barrie

Genre: Classics, Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Type: Standalone

Pages: 176

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Peter pan always sits by the window of the Darlings – to listen to the stories Mrs. Darling is telling her children. No one has ever noticed him until that day. In a panic, Peter leaves his shadow behind, and he is caught by the young Darling girl, Wendy when he goes back for it. He asks her to accompany him to Neverland, his home, and meet his other friends, the Lost Boys. She agrees, and together with her brothers, they travel to his homeland. The adventure leads the group to captain hook, an evil pirate who has kidnapped the princess. Peter Pan is a story of a young, naughty boy who refuses to grow up, and is about his various adventures.

Why do we recommend this book?

Peter Pan is another classic that is to date enjoyed by all ages. The book is heavily filled with metaphors and personifications on almost every page, and as such is one of the best literary works (didn’t your English teacher make you do this play in class at least once? If not, then that’s pretty sad).

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#8 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Historical fiction, Adult, Literature

Publisher: T. Egerton, Whitehall (1813), Modern Library (2000)

Type: Standalone

Pages: 279

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” It’s the early 19th Century. Mrs. Bennett wishes to marry her daughters before they cross the right age. The arrival of Mr. Darcy, a wealthy bachelor, stirs up every family of the town with single daughters, and Bennetts are no exceptions. While her mother tries to pair her sisters up, Elizabeth clashes with the impervious and arrogant Mr. Darcy, gaining his interest unintentionally. In this 1813 classic, the two main characters fight off their attraction as they struggle with their pride and prejudices about each other. 

Why do we recommend this book?

It’s the last classic novel on this list, promise. But c’mon, how can anyone miss this gem of a novel when talking about literature. The writing here is complex and quite incomprehensible at first reading, but it gets better, with time (if you simultaneously use a dictionary). Elizabeth and Darcy’s romance is another reason to read this. And if you have already read it, re-read it.

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#9 Strange The Dreamer Series by Laini Taylor

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 Strange the Dreamer, #2 Muse of Nightmares

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.” Lazlo Strange is an orphan for whom his dreams have always been big question marks. Constantly dreaming of the Unseen City that everyone else has long forgotten, he is often looked at as if he is an abomination. Until he gets the most beautiful confirmation that the Unseen City does exist. And it requires help. Strange the Dreamer is a story about tolerance and forgiveness, told from the context of a city that has been through two centuries of trauma.

Why do we recommend this book?

We recommend this book because it’s perfect. No, literally. The poetic, lyrical writing is just a cherry on top of an already beautiful plot that is so beyond imagination (it’s actually difficult to comprehend that this story is written by a human). Again, this book is perfect. So please read it.

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#10 The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Title: The Lost Symbol

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Historical, Adventure

Publisher: Doubleday

Type: Standalone

Pages: 509

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Following the Harvard Symbologist in another adventure to uncover the mysteries that target the security of the civilians, The Lost Symbol is another book in the Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon is summoned on short notice to deliver a lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building when the officials discover a strange object, which is cleverly encoded with five symbols and need his help to decode it. When his mentor is kidnapped, Langdon is forced to accept a mystical invitation. This brings him face to face with hidden histories and their secrets, and he is in a race against time – if he wishes to save his mentor and the country.

Why do we recommend this book?

Ah, Dan Brown. Another novelist whose books need serious assistance of dictionaries. One of his novels that deals with codes and historical symbols the most. This is one of the best books to read to gain more vocabulary knowledge. Don’t forget to keep your dictionary and google open on the side.

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#11 The Origin Mystery Series by A.G. Riddle

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The Origin Mystery by A.G. Riddle

Title: The Origin Mystery

Author: A.G. Riddle

Genre: Sci-fi, thriller, Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Riddle Inc.

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 The Atlantis Gene, #2 The Atlantis Plague, #3 The Atlantis World

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

David Vale, a counterterrorism agent, discovered something strange buried in the ice. Dr. Kate, a geneticist, found the cure for autism. But neither of these discoveries are what they think they are, and the greatest mystery regarding human origins is about to be revealed. But, the reveal comes at a price, and also these two might be the last person who could save the humans. The Origin Mystery Series by A.G. Riddle is an apocalyptic Sci-fi with numerous twists and turns that will keep the readers reaching for more. 

Why do we recommend this book?

The plot is complex, and so is the writing, but it’s such a good book to increase vocabulary (and science jargon). The storyline jumps from one period to another, but the transition is pretty smooth. An underrated sci-fi book! The Origin Mystery Series is a pretty good book for advanced readers.

P.S.: This book series is available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read this book for free.

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That’s all for the recommendations for now. Honestly, reading anything that interests you can help with your language, but these are some books that really experiment with the language. And they do it so well. Hurry up and read them (and again, do keep your dictionaries by your side).

P.S: Some books recommended here are available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read these books for free. Check out this article: Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

So, to conclude here are 11 books that will help you improve your English:

1.After The Funeral by Agatha ChristieBuy This Book
2.And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled HosseiniBuy This Book
3.Animal Farm by George OrwellBuy This Book
4.Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen KingBuy This Book-Set
5.Island of A Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi MunaweeraBuy the Book
6.Lord of The Flies by William GoldingBuy This Book
7.Peter Pan by J.M. BarrieBuy This Book
8.Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenBuy This Book
9.Strange The Dreamer Series by Laini TaylorBuy This Book
10.The Lost Symbol by Dan BrownBuy This Book
11.The Origin Mystery Series by A.G. RiddleBuy This Book
11 Best Books to Help Improve Your English

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