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What to read this August





Summer is not over yet! You still have time to eat ice cream and read something you normally don’t have time to read. Here are two books that were part of our English courses and that our learners really enjoyed, you might like them too.


I’m not your perfect Mexican daughter

By Erika L. Sanchéz

344 pages

Recommended level: intermediate and up

(If you are A2, you will find this book challenging but you will be able to read it)


As a Mexican woman living in Germany and growing up in Texas, this book hit close to home. When I read it with my English learners, everyone loved it, so that’s why it made it on this list.

It’s the story of a Mexican-American teenager living in Chicago and the difficulties she faces trying to balance life with her Mexican parents in her American surrounding. This topic was relevant to everyone in our class who read the book, because although we aren’t teenagers, we are all living outside our country of origin, trying to reconcile, both our native cultures and the German culture we are immersed in every single day.

Something I really enjoyed about the book is that the dialogues include phrases and words in Spanish and English. It makes me feel represented as this reflects my bilingual upbringing in Texas and my current living situation at home; mixing German, Spanish and English with my husband is common practice for us.



My not so perfect life

By Sophie Kinsella

448 pages

Level: intermediate and up


In a world where Instagram accounts and perfect photos, are around us all the time, this book is a reminder that not all that glitters is gold.

The book tells the story of Katie Brenner, a well-dressed Londoner with a killer flat, a job to die for and a life that will make anybody jealous, at least that’s what her Instagram feed shows and what she is truly longing for. It seems like everywhere she goes, somebody is living the life she wants and she is struggling to keep up appearances. She is particularly in awe of her boss, Demeter Farlowe, the perfect boss, a woman with the absolutely perfect magazine life. As the book progresses, Katie feels as though the rug is pulled from under her, and a ton of twists and turns help her discover the real Katie and the real Demeter.


This book was also part of one of our English learners, it is easy to read due to the many dialogues it has. It is written in British English, so this might be tricky if you aren’t used to the words or spelling, however, it will be useful to learn more about the differences. My learners seemed to really relate with the characters, and I guess I did too. It is very easy to forget that we only get to see a tiny fraction of a person’s life through social media.




Vocabulary:

  • To reconcile: to find a way in which two situations that are opposed to each other can exist together in harmony.

  • Upbringing: the way in which you were treated when you were a child.

  • Common practice: something that is done a lot and is considered normal.

  • close to home: a remark or situation that is related to your life or something you have experienced

  • Not all that glitters is gold: Saying that means that just because something appears to be perfect does not mean that it truly is.

  • Killer (adjective): a synonym of amazing. It is a positive way to describe something or someone. For example: She is a killer writer or The apartment has a killer view. NOT to be confused with the noun that means you killed a person.

  • pull the rug (out) from under (someone): To suddenly or unexpectedly remove support, from someone


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