Category Archives: Books and Reading

“What Should I Read in English?”

If you’ve read my special report on how to improve your English, you know that I recommend you do a lot of listening and reading. (And if you haven’t read my report, hurry up and get it today by signing … Continue reading

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Does “Reading” Mean You Have to Say the Words Out Loud?

Several people have emailed me recently to ask about the advice I give in my special report on how to improve your English (and if you haven’t seen it, sign up to get it below). In the report, I recommend … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Books When You’re Older

The following comes from a recent essay in the British magazine Literary Review. It says that as we get older, books that meant one thing to us when we were young may mean something very different when we get older. … Continue reading

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What is the Secret to Remembering New Words?

How can you remember all the new words you read and listen to in English? I have the answer. And it will surprise you. Keep reading . . . My answer has two parts. #1: We’ll start with the wrong … Continue reading

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The Stephen King Book You Will (Probably) Never Read

If you went to the movies this past weekend, you may have seen a movie called It. It is a remake (newer version of a film) based on a 1986 novel (book-length story) by Stephen King.  The film is already a big … Continue reading

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The Poppies “In Flanders Field”

Today, we observe (celebrate; recognize) Memorial Day, a federal (national) holiday to remember those who died while serving (working) in the military (a country’s fighting forces). It seems fitting (appropriate) to talk about one of the most famous poems of … Continue reading

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He Wrote Them First

Almost all American students get to know William Shakespeare, England’s most famous writer. Some fall in love with him – like my youngest daughter who read all of his plays (a story performed by actors in a theater) one summer. … Continue reading

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So Many Ways to Murder, So Little Time

One of my favorite things to do in my spare (free; extra) time is to read mysteries, fictional (not true; invented) stories about a crime — usually murder (killing another person) — and finding out who committed it. I started … Continue reading

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Become a Book Detective

Reading and listening – as we all know – are the keys (the things that make something possible) to better English. Better English is the result of spending as many hours as possible with interesting, easy-to-understand podcasts, blog posts, and … Continue reading

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Ender’s Game

Hollywood has a history of taking blockbuster (extremely popular and successful) fiction novels and turning them into (making from them) blockbuster movies. A recent example was The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins. The film version grossed (earned, before expenses are subtracted) … Continue reading

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