What Books Should I Read to Practice English Fluency?


Hello! Hey!
Hi! How’s it going?
Pretty good. This is my friend and fellow ESL teacher,
Stephanie. Hello!
And she’s here to help us with answering some questions from the GNE audience. So I want
to mention: so you know how smart she is…well how smart both of us are! We have Masters
have teaching ESL and over ten years of experience, each of us. So together you’re getting twenty-plus
years of English teaching experience Lots of experience.
And Stephanie has a Masters in African studies, so she knows about culture and stuff.
Yeah. Yeah. So we’re to help you with a question
that I’ve gotten a lot from the GNE audience. What books do we recommend for intermediate
English language learners to enjoy and to improve your English? We each have a book
recommendation. So if you’re ready, we can share them with you. Just before we share
them, I want to tell you that if you want a free sample of the GNE video course, you
can come to It’s a great way to learn more and see if GNE is
right for you. Yeah, check it out. It’s great.
So, okay, Stephanie, what’s one of your favorite recommended books for an English learner,
the intermediate or higher level? Yeah, definitely this is a little more advanced
book but it’s not super difficult. The name of the Book is “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes.
It’s a last name and the book title is “Me Before You”. It’s actually going to be coming
out in a film soon, so that’s kind of of exciting. I always love reading books first before I
watch the movie. Yeah
But this author, Jojo Moyes, has really captured the female experience. She has these characters
that I just fall in love with, like from page one, like there’s some kind of challenge that
this woman has to overcome. She’s maybe, you know, got some issues in her life with her
family or financial issues or something, and she has to overcome them. And, of course,
there’s a love story. Oh it’s so sweet! And she meets this guy that she, you know, has
this relationship with, but it’s kind of like a slow, you know, coming.
It keeps you interested in reading, right? Very interested, yeah.The characters are just
so well written and I just fell in love with all the characters and I highly recommend
that author. All of her books are excellent, but “Me Before You” is great.
“Me Before You”. Yeah, it’s great when you can find a book that you can get into, that
you enjoy, that you can’t wait to go back to reading. You know ?
Yeah. I love that. It’ll really help your English too if you’re
reading a little bit every day. That’s so important for your English fluency
that if you can find fifteen minutes out of your day to read in English. And, you know,
be an active reader. Don’t look up every word. Right
But you know, look up some words, keep a little notebook next to you, you know, jot down ideas,
questions. You can improve your English a lot.
Yeah I like that idea of being active reader. That’s really important to think about because
if you’re just reading and not actually picking up new vocabulary, I mean it’s still good
that you’re reading, but you can enrich your experience, you can improve faster if you’re
being an active reader. So taking notes like you said or writing down new words or writing
down questions you have about the worker. So there’s so much you can do wit books. We
were talking in another episode, actually, for the Go Natural English podcast…which
if you didn’t know there… a Go Natural English podcast if you prefer to listen or if you
want to have some additional Go Natural English in your life…we’re talking about ways to
practice and we’re talking about creating a book club.
Yeah! So, you’ll have to listen to that episode.
We won’t tell you everything here. But check out that episode for steps, practical steps,
on how to start your own English book club. Yeah, it’s great.
So speaking of taking fifteen minutes or thirty minutes or however long…even ten minutes
is good, of time to read every day…the book that I want to recommend talks about doing
that exactly. It’s called “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. And I love this book. It’s a
very practical, motivational guide that encourages us to wake up early and take a little bit
of time, even if it’s just ten minutes, to do, I think it’s five or six different things,
let me see if I can remember. To meditate. To visualize the things you want in your life,
so you could visualize what it would be like to be fluent in English. To say some affirmations
to yourself, so for example, “I am a great fluent English speaker”.
Yeah, something you really want in your life, right?
Exactly. Exercise. Did I say visualizations? I did.
Yeah. And reading. So, I think that’s five things.
So, reading is a really important part of that. That’s interesting.
Totally. Yeah, no, reading is so important for developing yourself, your thoughts and
it can change your life. I mean I agree.
I love reading. I don’t always do it every day but when I do read, I feel so good.
I feel good, too. Yeah.
I like to end my day actually with reading. I don’t have a lot of time in the morning
to read but I like before I go to bed to really calm my mind. You know, I think there’s studies
actually that show that if you can read before you go to bed you’re much more likely to sleep
better. Instead of being on your phone. Oh yeah.
Like that addiction to checking your social media every time before you go to bed.
I don’t recommend reading on your phone. I mean if you have to, you have to.
Right. But it keeps you awake, that light on your
phone. There’s some kind of stimulation. I mean it’s
distracting because you look at other things at the same time right?
So, if you have a real book or maybe like you have a reader, like a kindle or something,
I recommend using that. I mean you could use your whatever, iPad, iPhone or other devices.
That’s fine. But just stay focused.
Yeah. Just stay focused. It’ll be way more relaxing.
Sometimes I feel like, “Oh I don’t have time to read.” But, you know, what I do is I set
a timer. Oh, that’s good.
For ten minutes. It actually feels a lot longer than ten minutes, especially if you’re not
used to reading in English. If you never read in English, if you rarely read in English,
set a timer. Start with five minutes. That’s good advice.
And every day you could add a minute. Yeah.
And then you’ll just see oh it’s easy. And also you can increase your speed.
Totally. Which a lot of English language learners need
to go because they have to take tests. Oh my gosh. This is huge.
Or they have to go to university. They have to be able to increase their speed.
Oh my gosh. We’ve both worked with a lot of aspiring TOEFL or IELTS test takers . We could
talk about that a lot. Yes. Right.
That maybe is another video Maybe next time.
Cool. Well alright, just to remind you again to come to where
you can try a sample course and we hope to see you there.
All right. Bye!

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72 thoughts on “What Books Should I Read to Practice English Fluency?”

  1. 박진우 says:

    Thx for this video!!

  2. Marcelo Souza says:

    So Many great advice Dear Teacher. Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

  3. mostafa abdou says:

    good video. ..thanks for both of you

  4. Khonesavanh Ppv says:

    Thank you for video

  5. Manuel Rosado Torres says:

    I like you babe

  6. عمر عمر says:

    thx for this stunning video dear teacher

  7. Daisy May Adra says:

    I've no patience in reading a book although I read sometimes, my book gets me to sleep and can't finished the whole thing to read but when I watched this guide for reading I totally agree both of you 5mins, 10mins, 15mins even 30mins or when your free time that would be awsome!

  8. Saa T. Bundo says:

    Thank you for advice my dear teacher.

  9. Mollie Tai says:

    1) Me Before You
    2) The Miracle Morning
    1/ mediate 2/ visualize 3/ encourage yourself 4/exercise 5) be active in reading

  10. Ramy Antr says:

    thanks, Gaapy l will but I don't have time because my work l , m let in language the video is good

  11. ilyas Sheykhov says:

    we can understand you , i mean you are great teachers we love you

  12. Leandro Sousa says:

    +Go natural English what do you think about Harry Potter's book? I just bought them in order to improve my english

  13. Wilmer Conde says:


  14. Anıl Efe says:

    Could you give me helpfull book name(s) ? Please 🙂

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  16. Bria B ASMR VIDEOS says:

    This is good advice! For those in the beginner/intermediate level I would recommend practicing by listening to audio books first. There are a TON of audio books in English to listen to on youtube to help improve listening to natural spoken English at a normal speed. I'm learning an Asian foreign language myself and for me reading tends to be better than speaking and speaking tends to be better than writing. Writing is the hardest for me because the writing system of the Asian language I am learning is drastically different from my native language of English.

  17. Hyeongman Jeong says:

    hi im crosby from korea ,south  and intermediate level of english speaker so could u guys recommend me some of great book for me 🙂  plz i will find out on  i like to read story book it like harry potter and adventure so on thanks:)

  18. Yahia Alwasity says:

    can you add a lyric to this video because I am very weak in english and can't understand all your words please

  19. Patrícia Barbosa says:

    I find that book in pdf. I will read it. Keep tell us the names of another books. Thanks.

  20. Loud Entertainment says:

    am happy to gain help from you two specially my respectful teacher Mrs Gabe, one question please if u don't mind have stopped online teaching. Thank you.

  21. Mario souza de lima says:

    Thanks for your recommendation.
    You guys look like sisters!

  22. peace& love says:

    peace and love from Egypt I love USA

  23. Elyor Davidov says:

    Hey guys please check put my English pronunciation here I wonder if native speakers can understand me…

  24. Elyor Davidov says:

    Hey guys please check out my English pronunciation here I wonder if native speakers can understand me…

  25. ahmed abdulkadir says:

    i really appreciate the way both of you are giving us the suggestions and advice's of reading the books, even though i have no appetite reading the books but every time i do like to increase my reading part to improve my english skills . again and again thank you very much for your eternal work to make us fluent englsih speakers.

  26. Лора Савченко says:

    thanks for your video, reading is really important, and I am fond of reading. I am reading "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" at the moment. It's really good book, it's interesting, easy to read.

  27. Samantha Viana says:

    Hello Gabby,great video!!My first language is Portuguese and I started to read books in English since the last year.While I'm reading in English I listen to the audiobook together,because doing it,this way I train the reading and the pronunciation at the same time.This way have helped me a lot.I'm really happy with my progress every day!!!

  28. sebastian alegria says:

    really a great lesson, that's good recomendations, i remember the last book that i read was "1984" by George Orwell, i hope u both are fine, greetings



  30. Aigerim Sarsenova says:

    "Me before you" and "After you" were my first books i've read in english, so interesting! now "LiveBoldly" is my fav motto too) Cognitive videos!

  31. Miki Te says:

    thanks for making this video

  32. Miki Te says:

    thanks for making this video

  33. Miki Te says:

    thanks for making this video

  34. Miki Te says:

    thanks for making this video

  35. Miki Te says:

    thanks for making this video

  36. Miki Te says:

    thanks for making this video

  37. Amy Booktube says:


  38. Eki Hartani says:

    Hi, Dearest
    I'm Eki Hartani, I'm from Indonesia. Can you tell me how to learn English simply?

  39. Tarig Mansor says:

    Thank you great teachers for this video really I learnt more things from you

  40. mubarak gidado umar says:

    I think the best part of reading is you will acquire more and more vocabulary but for the fluency, listening is much better. Gabby!

  41. intikhab panhwar says:

    thank you so much for your video,it has encouraged me for reading. i am myself fond of reading and keep reading plus being teacher your tips help me teach students in a better way.

  42. Nilofar Mahmood says:

    thanks for making this video for us,it's very helpful.

  43. mareh22 says:

    Is she your sister?

  44. Cláudio Silva says:

    I love this tips. I'm going to buy this books.

  45. Ali Jassim says:

    god bless you helpful and very good lesson ask god bless in your life you are better and that's great

  46. Komang Artana says:

    hey, Girls. i love english very much. amma Bhagavan sharanam


    Very good advice! I always do the same in a similar way, I take my ten minutes for meditation about God and myself, about he goals that I want to get in my life, I pray God for all the important things in my life and the other people, and I also read the bible in English about 10-15 minutes… And I believe everyday that I can do everything I want with the help of God.. Yo can do this in many different ways but I think in whatever way the advice in the video can help to people a lot in their life

  48. pancho trejo says:

    hi hi 👋

  49. jessical Hieu Kien says:

    the video is very great, thanks a lot

  50. Mohammad Hussain says:

    thank you for your help ? teacher

  51. agus tondaono says:

    thank you so much. now i can learn English very well. and Now I have spirit again to improve my English. I hope , I can master in English. Thanks Gabby.

  52. Luiisa Queiiroz says:

    It has over?

  53. mundex125bieszczady says:

    Hi 🙂 How do I read English, if differently writes and reads differently. I learn the Slovak language and reading because there is to be read how to spell, just as in Polish.

  54. Carla Souza Anjos says:

    Adorei as dicas. Muito obrigada!

  55. Xanthippus says:

    I always loved Edgar Allan Poe's stories, so I bought a compilation of most of his poems and short stories in English.
    At first, the experience was exhausting, because of the dense vocabulary. After a while, I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

  56. Kamony Lee says:

    Me before you I had just finished. You know? When I read it i could not put it down. I'm so in love with the story. It's the really good recommendation.

  57. Kamony Lee says:

    Me before you I had just finished. You know? When I read it i could not put it down. I'm so in love with the story. It's a really good recommendation.

  58. Kamony Lee says:

    Me before you I had just finished. You know? When I read it i could not put it down. I'm so in love with the story. It's a really good recommendation.

  59. El moustapha Abdellahi says:

    Hello please write the name of the book.

  60. Анастасия Чугунова says:

    Hi! I just want to add a few book's I read with pleasure.
    1. The Hunger Games (all 3)
    2. Doctor Sleep

    I also read the Nicolas Sparks' book "The Best of Me" it is great book but it makes me sad. And now I'm holding the book "A bend in the road" (N.Sparks too). I hope it will be enjoyable.

    I'm already sorry if I shouldn't have do this. It's just my experience)

  61. Keerthi Bandara says:

    My whatsapp number +94715559363 I have an English text group and English voice group welcome into our English Audio and text group ..we are trying to make our group a powerful for practice our English speaking feel free to send us audios message and text message as much as possible and make yourself comfortable to talk with us any time.

  62. Dina Sayed says:

    can I start with book it's called, who moved my cheese

  63. viet nguyen says:

    this episode is really so special because there are two teacher,all of you so are good teachers,i really really happy with your sharings,the best teachers .the best wishes for you ,thanks so much.

  64. Adel Elmasrey says:

    thank you very much

  65. Binder Singh says:

    I have learn a lot of things from your videos I m very thankful to you may be live long .very nice

  66. Binder Singh says:

    I have learn a lot of things from your videos I m very thankful to you may be live long .very nice

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  68. Aitach Aleskerlee says:

    woooow great thanks teacher. I admire ur pronounciation. I study in Azerbaijan University of language Translation faculty 🤗I wanna be same as u babe♡♡

  69. b g says:

    A lot of times before, there was a magic city. Who people living peace. Childs going school, and run araund, every body smile each other. They respect their old and love kids. But one day, (this day is a "long day" in their history) come the devil in this city. First look to devil he burn to chilpark, and eat the two child. İt most danger for human. All country politic instuition had a no time. But only one person save the humanlity. No body know who is? Who is one person of save the humanlity? İts never came. Devil eats more chil, people and cookies.  ( not to be)

  70. Mohammad elsayed says:

    i am sorry but i do not read because if i got a book i could not let it i have to read it on one shot because i get confused and i forgot the names and actions of the characters so if there is tip for that please help .

  71. Yupitrer says:

    0:46 What books. I hear [wet] books. Not [wot]. Is it ok?

  72. Daniel Pillai says:

    Hello Hi

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