Online English Book Club - Which book to get?
Buying the book for your English book club online
How do you choose the books for the English book club online?
Should I read an adapted or original book?
Classic or Modern Novel - what difference does it make?
Reading a classic novel in the original English language can be a joy - and a real achievement for a non-native speaker in an online book club in English. Of course, a classic book is usually more difficult to read than a modern novel - some of the language might be old fashioned, and some of the linguistic structures might be quite formal. However, there will always be unknown words in any novel you read so don't let this put you off. Ask me if you want an honest assessment of the difficulty level.
The other issue is about cultural knowledge. Classic books often refer to events from the past, or refer to customs or social rules which have now changed. Don't worry - we discuss these issues in the English book club online and you gain a wider understanding of these cultural aspects.
E-book, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardback?
Choose the type of book for your online English book club that suits you best. Audio-books can be good if you commute or spend time alone when you can listen while doing something else - cooking, cleaning, gardening! E-books can be helpful if you like to look up the meanings of words. But many people prefer to read and relax with the paperback or hardback - which also reduces your screen time!
Enjoy your book club! Geoff Hardy-Gould