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  • Hello, I'm Crown!

  • Today I'm teaching you

  • how to choose English books suitable for you!

  • As many of you know,

  • I love to read English books

  • So today, I want to talk to you

  • about my experiences

  • reading English since I was little

  • I want to particularly focus on

  • choosing the right English books for your level

  • When I first started reading English books

  • I was attending an American elementary school in Taiwan

  • I remember at that time

  • We would always go to the library on the ninth floor to borrow English books every week

  • I remember

  • that the library had

  • a lot of English books for beginners

  • such as The Magic Tree House

  • Goosebumps

  • and A Series of Unfortunate Events

  • I loved all these books

  • In elementary school

  • I was a beginner in English

  • So I had to spend a long time reading a single book

  • So I think what's important is that

  • you must choose a book that you are interested in

  • If you're interested in this book

  • Even if it takes a long time to read

  • And you don't understand a lot of the words

  • Because you are drawn to the plot

  • You will have the motivation to continue reading

  • So since I went to the library every week

  • Over the years

  • as I continued reading

  • I started to read longer and harder English books

  • Here, let me share with you

  • a turning point in my experience

  • reading and collecting English novels

  • I remember when I was probably in middle school

  • My brother

  • Ray

  • He gave me a thick book one day

  • It's this book

  • This book is Twilight

  • I'm sure everyone is very familiar with this book

  • He put this book in the chair in front of me

  • And said

  • Your goal this summer is to read this!

  • When I first saw this book

  • I was dumbfounded

  • Think about it

  • A middle schooler

  • should be having fun during summer vacation

  • But?

  • My brother dared to put this book in front of me

  • And assigned me summer reading

  • While I was very reluctant at the time

  • After I started reading

  • That summer

  • I was completely immersed in this book

  • After I finished the first book of the Twilight series

  • I then finished the following

  • books in the series

  • That is one of the reasons how

  • I started obsessively collecting novels

  • Due to this experience

  • The books I later read

  • all belonged to similar genres

  • Like science fiction, magic

  • teenagers, romance

  • I'm not sure if you know

  • The first video I made

  • on this channel

  • was introducing five of my

  • favorite science fiction novels

  • If you're curious

  • My first time on camera

  • How was it exactly?

  • You can watch this video

  • Before I talk about how to choose books

  • I want to share with everyone

  • a special quirk of mine

  • I love to collect

  • books with beautiful covers

  • Even if the book itself

  • is really bad

  • It's not very enjoyable

  • (Really terrible)

  • I might still buy it for its cover

  • (Choose an example)

  • (A terrible book with a beautiful cover)

  • (There should be some in the background right)

  • Right now?

  • (Yes, now)

  • Like this book

  • The cover is gorgeous

  • But the content is...

  • Hmmm

  • So how does one choose books?

  • When you're first choosing books

  • You can skim a page or two of the books

  • You can go to a bookstore

  • Skim the English books or novels

  • As you're skimming them

  • Check how much of it

  • You understand

  • If you find that

  • you can understand

  • around 70 to 80 percent of it

  • Then that book suits your level

  • But if you accidentally chose a book

  • and open it

  • and you don't understand it at all

  • What should you do?

  • You can do two things:

  • The first

  • You can quietly put it back on the bookshelf

  • The second

  • You can just buy it

  • Then

  • When you reach the right level

  • You can then read this book

  • (And so, that book will just)

  • (stay on the bookshelf)

  • (forever...)

  • If you

  • don't habitually read English

  • Or you lack confidence in reading English

  • I recommend that you select

  • Books with pictures in them

  • Or

  • Choose shorter books to read

  • Books with sketches in them

  • can help you understand

  • the contents of the book better

  • Because as you look at the sketches

  • You can sometimes guess the meaning

  • To confirm your reading comprehension

  • This guessing habit

  • may help you remember new words better

  • This year

  • we're working with Caves Books

  • They've recommended

  • this books series called ELI

  • First off

  • The covers are pretty

  • They suit me

  • Next

  • On the back of the books

  • They've included a level chart

  • Elementary level

  • has about 600 words

  • Intermediate level has 1000 words

  • Anything advanced or above

  • has over 2500 words

  • So looking at this chart

  • You can probably figure out

  • whether you should choose to read this book

  • This book probably suits

  • Those who are just getting started with reading English

  • The words are simpler

  • The grammar isn't too complicated

  • For example, "The giant looks at his garden"

  • I also think that one thing

  • special about Eli's books

  • is that they all have practice questions in the back

  • For example, here

  • It asks you

  • to match the pictures with the seasons

  • It also asks you

  • About some easy grammar points

  • These types of questions

  • are written in a fun and easy way

  • yet you can still practice your English

  • Next,

  • let's talk about books suited to more advanced readers

  • When you open this book

  • There's something different

  • Huh?

  • There are still pictures

  • But did you notice?

  • There are a lot more words here?

  • Judging by the number of words this book has