The Best Arabic Books to Improve Your Arabic

Reading Arabic books is a great way to improve!





Whether you’re just starting Arabic or are a seasoned pro, reading is a surefire way to improve your language skills, learn new words, and experience the intricacies of different Arab cultures. Better yet, you can do it all from the comfort of your couch! From poetry to novels, we’ve assembled all the best Arabic books in one place. And better yet, they’re designed specifically for language learners! Each book has translations, vocabulary, and other tools available to keep you engaged and entertained. So read on! Eqra’!





Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader – Various Authors

Are you overwhelmed by your choices or mystified by flowery language? Then this Arabic book is your new best friend. It’s full of beautifully-written and digestible short stories from all across the Middle East, and they’re all complete with vocabulary lists to help you out. So if you’re looking for a catch-all book to improve your Arabic, look no further!





The Broken Wings / الأجنحة المتكسرة  – Gibran Khalil Gibran

This classic novel tells a story of forbidden love and corruption set against the backdrop of twentieth-century Beirut. Furthermore, with facing translations throughout the book, you’ll never get lost!





A Hundred Love Letters / مئة رسالة حب and Bilingual Arabian Love Poems – Nizar Qabbani

Nizar Qabbani’s fans call him “the poet of women” for his gorgeous romantic works, but there’s more to this writer’s repertoire than mushy discussions of love. Qabbani established himself as a poet for the common man, whose writing was accessible to all — so you can be sure that these poems are a great choice for your first foray into Arabic literature!





The Butterfly’s Burden / عبء الفراشة  – Mahmoud Darwish

No discussion of Arabic books is complete without a mention of Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian poet whose work gave voice to the struggles of millions. And this bilingual collection gives you all the tools you need to understand his most iconic pieces. 





Stories from One Thousand and One Nights – Ghada Bualuan

The stories of One Thousand and One Nights have captivated readers around the world for generations. And fortunately, they’ve never been easier for Arabic learners! Firstly, this edition collects all the most exciting and unique tales into one single book. In addition, it contains language hints and vocabulary lists with every story. As such, with this book as your guide, you’ll be a veritable Scheherezade in no time at all!

These Arabic books are just a taste of what’s available — so if you’re looking for more, check out our Book Search to see suggestions from Arabic learners like you. You can also consider a Kindle subscription to take your books with you anywhere you go.





After that, be sure to schedule a Lex to discuss your new literary knowledge! Bettawfiq!

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