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English E-Books- a Site to Read and Download Adapted Books with Audio

Ebook Readers or traditional books? What’s your choice?

I am a bookworm. I love reading  though it has not always been like that. There used to be a time when I only had time, and this unwillingly, to read the compulsory books my Literature teachers thought were essential to my upbringing, if I may use this word. And believe me, each of these unforgettable  teachers had a long list in mind! As my school years faded in memory, so did my laziness -called it boredom-to start reading again and one day I found myself with a long list of books waiting in queue to be read, only this time I was willing.

Why did I cross to the dark side and stopped buying paper books? I think this is easy to guess, dear readers, I am still an avid reader  but I have more books than shelf space  and that’s the sad truth.

And you, are you like me or do you still  prefer paperbooks? If you prefer e-books, then I’m sure you’ll find this site very interesting

English E-Books  has been created to help people learn English  by reading adapted books – one of the best and interesting ways to increase your vocabulary. Here you can find English ebooks of different levels, from elementary to advanced  in epub, mobi, fb2, rtf and txt formats and very often you can also download the audiobook.

Nice stuff to use for evaluating compulsory reading

I am a bookworm and have been so for a long ,long time. Not a single day  in my life goes by without reading . I like to discover to my own books. I don’t want to be talked about endlessly about how good a book is, I’ll for sure end up not reading it ( this has just happened to me with the Grey’s series) .  I like books that lure me in immediately.  Books that enable me to forget I have to cook my children’s dinner.Books I can’t  put down.Books that even when I turn over the last page, its characters stay with me for a while , characters that have lunch with me and make me wish they had been real.

I feel that everyone has to choose  their own books. That’s maybe why I keep putting off asking my students to read their compulsory reading books, normally adaptations from the classics which never come up to anybody’s expectations. I’d rather go to the school library with my students and ask them to select a book of their liking.

This term I have decided to use these cards  to work with their compulsory readings.If you go through them ,you’ll realize that most of the cards encourage creative thinking or reading with a purpose.  I don’t know who created them  as I found them on Pinterest and the link leads to a google docs account with no name. So, I apologize for not giving you credit if you are the owner and I thank you for this wonderful material.

Free Audio Books

When I am in the gym trying to sweat my kilos away I’ve sometimes considered not listening to music and  instead ,making a better use of the time I spend there. Today I’ve bumped into this page and I have thought :” That’s what I was looking for!” So instead of running with Lady Gaga I’m going to start running with Jane Austen, Mark Twain or Virginia Wolf.
In Books Should Be Free you can find a lot of free audio books divided according to their genre: adventure, comedy, romance, fairy tales, poetry…etc and you can download them in mp3,iPod or iTunes format . Now, you have no excuse for not practising English, even when you’re at the gym!!

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors. Not only did he create such memorable characters as Willy Wonka, Danny the Champion of the World and The BFG, but he also had a very successful career writing short stories for adults. Many of his stories, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, have become classics in their own time.

He was born in Llandaff, Wales. His parents were Norwegian. He did not have a very happy time at school. As soon as he could, he went abroad, first to Newfoundland at 18, and then to East Africa, to train with the Shell Oil Company.
In World War Two Dahl became a Royal Air Force pilot, fighting Italian planes over the Libyan Desert. He started writing after his plane was shot down, and the description of this adventure was so successful that he became a full-time writer in the US.
He was a successful screenplay writer, working on movies like James Bond’s You Only Live Twice. Dahl moved back to England in 1960’s.
If you want more information about this author, click here to visit his website, one of the funniest I’ve ever visited.

http://www.roalddahl.com/

There is also a listening activity which you might want to try in my website. Click here

The Paris Review

Probably one of the best literary magazines in time. If you like reading ,this is the place to go if you want to read the best interviews with the cleverest questions made to authors . There is also a very interesting section where you’ll be able to practise your listening skills by listening to the authors describing their work. Very interesting site if you are into books.

About books

Some books are not “food for thought”… and these are clearly not.

 

THE WORLDS 15 THINNEST BOOKS
   15.  HOW I SERVED MY COUNTRY – by Jane Fonda
   14.  MY BEAUTY SECRETS  – by Michael Jackson 
   13.  THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BILL – by Hillary Clinton
   12.  MY LITTLE BOOK OF PERSONAL HYGIENE – by Osama Bin Laden
   11.  THINGS I CANNOT AFFORD – by Bill Gates
   10.  THINGS I WOULD NOT DO FOR MONEY – by Dennis Rodman
   9.  MY WILD YEARS  – by Al Gore
   8.  DETROIT: a Travel Guide
    7.  EVERYTHING MEN KNOW ABOUT WOMEN
    6.  EVERYTHING WOMEN KNOW ABOUT MEN
    5.  ALL THE MEN I HAVE LOVED BEFORE – by Ellen de Generes
    4.  MIKE TYSON’S GUIDE TO DATING ETIQUETTE
    3.  THE 2008 AMISH PHONE DIRECTORY
    2.  MY PLAN TO FIND THE REAL KILLERS – by O.  J.  Simpson
    
AND THE WORLD’S THINNEST BOOK…
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1.  MY BOOK OF MORALS – by Bill Clinton/with introduction
by The Rev. Jessie Jackson
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