20 libros en inglés (Nivel B1)
Buenas a todos,
Esta semana venimos cargados de deberes para vosotros, ¿a que somos majos? 🙂 Y es que hemos pensado que estaría muy bien hacer listados con libros según niveles, y esta semana os queremos traer un listado con 20 libros para leer en inglés (nivel B1), en las próximas semanas iremos publicando más listados de otros niveles. Y como ya sabéis, comentad y recomendad otros libros, que entre todos estamos haciendo un blog super completo (gracias!).
Hemos querido comenzar por un nivel intermedio, para aquellos que tenéis un nivel alto, a veces no disgusta leer una literatura facilita, y para los que estáis en un nivel por debajo, os va a costar más, pero ya depende de lo que os apetezca quemar neuronas.
Lo primero, quiero contaros porqué es recomendable leer en otro idioma, ya no solo centrándonos en el inglés. Cuando un no nativo, se encuentra en pleno proceso de aprendizaje de una lengua extranjera; debe de intentar realizar la mayor inmersión lingüística posible, y como no, los libros son una parte fundamental de ello. En el libro nos vamos a encontrar con vocabulario nuevo (que posteriormente deberíamos trabajar con él), expresiones no conocidas, muchos traen audiolibros lo cual facilita el listening también. Los hay incluso, que al final del libro, traen como ejercicios para trabajar los textos. Por lo que, un simple libro, nos va a ayudar en gran medida a mejorar nuestro vocabulario, nuestro reading, y si trae audiolibro, también nuestro speaking.
¿Cómo deberíamos leer un libro en inglés? Sencillo, deberemos de llevar a cabo ciertas pautas para que no nos resulte tedioso, para esto, es muy importante escoger un libro adecuado a nuestro nivel. Segundo, tener al lado una libreta, lápiz y un diccionario; según vayamos leyendo, subrayaremos las palabras que no conocemos, las anotaremos, y habrá que buscarlas en el diccionario. ¿Qué sería ya lo ideal? Realizar una segunda lectura, esta vez en voz alta y grabándote al mismo tiempo, luego podrás oírte y ver en que fallas del speaking.
Pero ahora, pasemos a ver cuales son los 20 libros en inglés que os recomendamos leer para un nivel B1.
1. The Great Gatsby: Gatsby’s mansion on Long Island blazes with light, and the beautiful, the wealthy, and the famous drive out from New York to drink Gatsby’s champagne and to party all night long. But Jay Gatsby, the owner of all this wealth, wants only one thing – to find again the woman of his dreams, the woman he has held in his heart and his memory for five long years. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, is one of the great American novels of the twentieth century. It captures perfectly the Jazz Age of the 1920s, and goes deep into the hollow heart of the American Dream.
2. A Christmas Carol: Christmas is humbug, Scrooge says – just a time when you find yourself a year older and not a penny richer. The only thing that matters to Scrooge is business, and making money. But on Christmas Eve three spirits come to visit him. They take him travelling on the wings of the night to see the shadows of Christmas past, present, and future – and Scrooge learns a lesson that he will never forget.
3. A Kiss Before Dying: A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews and an Edgar Award, it also set a new standard in the art of psychological suspense. It tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she’s pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder.
4. Bridget Jones’s Diary: Here is the laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of a hilarious year in the life of the devastatingly self-aware Bridget Jones; a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1 1/2 inches, visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, and form a functional relationship with a responsible adult. Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel — or at least afloat. Whenever her plans meet with disaster, she manages to pick herself up, go out on the town, and tell herself it will be all right in the morning, when life will definitely be different this time and totally alcohol, calorie, and perverted-misogynist free.
5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: There are broken hearts and kisses and weddings, so this is a story about love. There are actors who are funny because they cannot act, so it is also a story that makes people laugh. And there are fairies, spirits of the night, so it is a story about mischief and magic too. What happens when love and laugher and come together with magic in an Athenian forest? A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in about 1596 and is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. It has been retold for Bookworms, not as a play, but as a story.
6. Not Above the law: George Keegan, a Dublin lawyer, wakes to find himself lying in bed in a pool of blood. He can’t remember what happened the night before. He soon has a clue when he sees the body of his girlfriend and colleague, Orla, on the TV news. But who killed Orla if he didn’t? And why? George wants to know.
7. Great Expectations: Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip.
8. Ghost Stories: Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. As he realtes in the erudite introduction to this volume, he read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story,” Dahl writes. “It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton.
9. The Picture of Dorian Grey: In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.
10. No Place to hide: Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student’s capabilities. One day in the fall a woman calls at the New York office of Nat Marley, licensed private investigator, to ask him to find Patrick, her missing husband. Marley’s enquiries take him to the financial district of Wall Street and an investment company whose returns are too good to be true. Then the police find a body in the trunk of a car – Patrick’s car. Whose is the body and where is Patrick?
11. Emma: Emma is the story of a wealthy and beautiful girl whose favourite hobby is matchmaking. But when she tries to bring her friend Harriet together with Mr Elton, a young widower, the results are disastrous. Emma is the amusing and wonderful story of a young woman’s journey towards self-knowle dge and true love.
12. Romeo & Juliet: This is the most famous of all Shakespeare’s plays – a story of passionate young love. What’s in a name? Does it really matter if you are called Montague or Capulet? When Romeo, son of Lord and Lady Montague, falls in love with the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen, he finds out that it does matter. It makes all the difference in the world, because both families hate each other bitterly. For a time, Romeo and Juliet manage to keep their love secret. But when Romeo is sent away from Verona, and arrangements are made for Juliet to marry Paris, a friend of her father’s, hope begins to die. Can any of their friends help the young lovers to be together for ever?
13. The Lady in White: Is it coincidence or is he losing his mind? While researching a new programme, John, a successful television producer, comes across a story about a ghostly hitch-hiker. Soon he realizes that the story of the Lady in White bears many similarities to part of his own life. Returning to London from a holiday in Ireland, John begins to ask himself some uncomfortable questions.
14. The Secret Garden: Little Mary Lennox is a bad-tempered, disagreeable child. When her parents die in India, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle in a big, lonely, old house. There is nothing to do all day except walk in the gardens – and watch the robin flying over the high walls of the secret garden . . . which has been locked for ten years. And no one has the key.
15. The Vesuvius Mosaic: ‘We have some wonderful mosaics in Pompeii, but I’ve never seen a better one than this!’ After the young Roman mosaic designer Felix starts work in Pompeii, his whole life changes. There he falls in love with the beautiful Greek slave Agathe, who can see into the future. When the volcano Vesuvius sends hot ash over the city, Felix – and Agathe’s brother Alcander – ride to the port of Misenum for help. But will they reach admiral Gaius Plinius in time, and will they ever see Agathe alive again?
16. The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and a host of other curious creatures come to life as they set out on an exciting quest down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the elusive Wizard. Reset in large, clear type and accompanied by 20 beautiful black-and-white illustrations. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
17. V is for Vampire: When Viktor Sarav takes a job at Ballantine’s, Angie and her brother Don – the young owners of the New York fashion company – are pleased. But Angie and Don’s parents died in an unusual plane accident, and other strange deaths in the company follow. Is there a vampire at work at Ballantine’s? Vera Donato, a company director with secrets to hide, is against Viktor. But Ed Valdemar, the company lawyer, trusts him. Who is right? And what happens to Viktor, Angie, Don, and Vera in the end?
18. Who, Sir? Me, Sir?: Sam Sylvester is a teacher who wants his class to have ambition, and to do great things in life. So he enters them for a sporting competition against the rich students of Greycoats School. The team that he has chosen for the competition think Sam has gone crazy. ‘Who, Sir? Me, Sir?’ says little Hoomey, his eyes round with horror. ‘We’ll never beat Greycoats,’ the others cry. ‘Never in a million years!’ But you don’t know what you can do – until you try . . .
19. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland: There, on top of the mushroom, was a large caterpillar, smoking a pipe. After a while the Caterpillar took the pipe out of its mouth and said to Alice in a slow, sleepy voice, ‘Who are you?’ What strange things happen when Alice falls down the rabbit-hole and into Wonderland! She has conversations with the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat, goes to the Mad Hatter’s tea party, plays croquet with the King and Queen of Hearts . . .
20. A Matter of Chance: Paul Morris’s happy life in Italy changes when his wife dies suddenly. He develops a relationship with Sandra, a friend at work, but everything is not as it seems. How can Sandra afford such an expensive car? And why does she keep making mysterious phone calls? Soon Paul is involved in international crime and a thrilling car chase across Europe.
¿Qué os ha parecido la entrada? ¿Os parecen interesantes los libros que os hemos recomendado? ¿Cuáles son vuestros favoritos para leer en el nivel b1?