If you're learning Spanish, reading is one of the best ways you can improve! So no matter where you are, have a book or Kindle with you and delve into Spanish literature! Finally as a tip, if you struggle with the language or are reading too slowly, find a dual-language book with a facing translation. So here's our list of the best Spanish books to read!
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‘Esperanza Rising’ is a hard-hitting coming-of-age novel for Esperanza, a 13 year old Mexican child. Above all it tells the story of her and her mother going from riches to rags after her father’s death, and having to face up to the poverty and migration as they move to California.
‘The House of the Spirits’ is the debut novel of Chilean writer Isabel Allende and received worldwide acclaim. Certainly not a gentle book, it follows the Trueba family and involves lots of Allende’s iconic magical realism.
This is about a ‘miracle worker’ young girl who is bitten by a rabid dog and sent away. García Márquez, whose other famous works also include El amor en los tiempos del cólera, says the novel is based on a legend, and has been turned into a film and an opera.
In contrast, ‘Blood Wedding’ is a Greek-style tragedy about two men’s furious love for a girl, the Bride. There is all the love, action, plot twists and fighting of any great play, so this will have you gripped until the end and improving your Spanish in no time!
Finally, set against the backdrop of the protagonist’s favorite recipes, ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ tells the story of Tita’s forbidden love for Pedro and the rigidity of her family, through her love for food and cooking. Above all, this is a passionate story about her rebellion and defiance and is in beautiful Spanish.
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