Adult B2 Book recommendations

M_and_M, 24 June, 2014

Hi everyone,

I have a B2 (Upper intermediate) adult ESL student who’s going on holidays soon and asked me for some book recommendations to read over the summer. I’m a new teacher (started teaching in April), and have no idea what would be apt for her level.

She likes reading fiction; recently she mentioned she’d been reading Paul Aster and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

Thanks :)

dan, Moderator, 25 June, 2014

I would suggest some graded readers – these are books which have been specially adapted for English learners at different levels. There are a huge number available so your student will find some that interest her without any problem. Most of the major publishers produce them. Have a look at these, for example: … sh-readers
Hope that helps.


andrewberlin, 23 April, 2016

I think B2 level students are definitely ready to read real-world fiction, the question of what to read depends heavily on their interests. If they have a local English bookshop then they should see what catches their eye and try to read the first page, if they can read without constant need for a dictionary then that book is perfectly fine. Of course there is a big difference in the type of language writers use, it’s probably better to go for the summer beach type fiction than than literary classics.

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