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Books to Read (Improve Verbal Score and Enjoy a Good Read)

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New post 29 Jun 2012, 09:14
thevenus wrote:
is Mein kemph good?


I could not see it as a great and interesting book to read in English (since it is a translation) and written by a maniac responsible for so many people's lives. However, if that is not a good enough reason for you to pick another reason perhaps the 3.5 stars on Amazon will be a good indicator.
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Finished "The Great Gatsby" and "The Grapes of Wrath" and purchasing new books right now. Thank You for the advices.
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I liked the book 'The autobiography of a Yogi'. There are many many good books. you guys have listed quite a few. Thanks!
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New post 09 Sep 2012, 00:52
Hi BB,

Thanks for the list. I am starting with Fountainhead. I wonder why a classic - Austen or one of the Bronte sisters' books doesn't figure in the list? Wuthering heights, Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice(this one's cliche). The english is convoluted and requires close attention to follow the story, which could sharpen a reader's listening skills.
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Hi guys,

These books are great for GMAT, but I'm preparing TOEFL right now. Which of these books would you recommend?

Is there a specific list or topic about TOEFL books (not for preparation, but for vocabulary) on this forum, other than "400 must have words..."?

Thank you so much guys, I've just finished my TOEFL and GMAt study plan, but without this forum and most of all without reading your experiences i couldn't do such a detailed and useful plan! :)
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BB, I apologize if this has been asked before, but what makes a good GMAT book? Why are these books better than others? Do you think it would be worth reading any of these if one is already a native speaker?

Thank you so much for all of the work you do and help you provide.
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New post 13 Jan 2013, 10:41
Just read it, I think every non native should also: "A brief history of time". Beautiful, a good read, well written.
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Hi,

I found this information helpful since i do have same problem with verbal section that i never finish this in time because it takes long time to read and comprehend. I have one question though. Its mentioned that keeping a dictionary and refering to it improves vocabulary and speed too. When i do the same, I keep on looking into dictionary many times and in a process loose my reading speed. Is there any solution or suggestion?
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I found this information helpful since i do have same problem with verbal section that i never finish this in time because it takes long time to read and comprehend. I have one question though. Its mentioned that keeping a dictionary and refering to it improves vocabulary and speed too. When i do the same, I keep on looking into dictionary many times and in a process loose my reading speed. Is there any solution or suggestion?


If you have to look at the dictionary very often, reading the book is not worth it. Neither will you develop speed, nor retain interest in the book. Read books where you understand almost everything that is going on without the need to look into the dictionary. Even if there are words you don't understand, you will get their meaning from context. GMAT anyway doesn't have a separate vocab section. We usually develop most of our vocab from context, not from a dictionary until and unless there is a need to actively develop vocab. Of course there is no harm in checking a word here or there. If you can understand most of the written material in a standard English daily, you are fine as far as vocab in GMAT is concerned.
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"The Finkler Question" by Howard Jacobson would definitely be a book to recommend if you happen to be a bittersweet humor and a comic cynism lover. It's one of those books that keep your brain active, not that any other book doesn't, but this one in particular challenges you at the point that every single line is unmissable nothing will be trivial and of course it will manage to get a smirk out of you quite often.

Really well crafted and winner of "The man booker prize 2010".

P.S. it's a pretty good lecture for CR in a non directly didactic way, I'd venture.
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I'm a non-native English speaker and suffered a lot with verbal section two times. I got to know that there is no short cut to success. So I started reading novels. initially I have read one of Ayn Rand novel but it took considerably very long time because of boring stuff. Next time, one of my friend suggested Dan brown books for interesting reads. In next three months I could complete three books and now I'm on his fourth book.
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New post 20 Jun 2013, 11:18
Great selection. I'll have to head over to the local book store and find a few of the listed books.
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I have started to read The Great Gatsby last night, but I feel it is very meaningful ... Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’
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New post 28 Jun 2013, 12:22
Great quote from the book. Did you get a chance to see the film yet?

It's a good idea to read the book and watch the film - did you catch all the metaphors/symbolism/meaning?

An important thing to note though is that the GMAT is not an english literature class. You don't need to know symbolism and metaphors -- you do need to know, however, the INTENTION of the author. What is the author trying to say?

Whereas in literature there can be all styles of writing with no clear structure, in GMAT passages they are going to be structured. So certainly the Great Gatsby is a great read -- but don't neglect traditional sources of writing that cover social sciences like Economist or Harvard Magazine, to name a few.
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Would you guys recommend game of thrones? The english is quite old comapred to the gmat.
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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0143116800)- is a beautifully written book about world finance system between WW1 and WW2 .
Highly recommend as a relaxing reading that will boost your vocab
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Hi bb, I am retaking the GMAT, my previous score was awful, although I had studied hard. My primary weak point, like of many other non-natives is the RC part. I delighted in your view to read such books, but can't find them in my country. Do you know any of such books available online or as e-books, preferably for free, as again we have constraints in paying charges through the Internet?!!!!
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Thank you very much for sharing your recommendation books especially for non-native speaker!
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I would like to recommend a book that I am reading, 'How to be a better Person' by Seb Hunter. It's downright hilarious.
I think Brits have richer vocabulary than Americans do (no offence) and the writer is no exception. The book has extensive vocabulary and is fun to read. Just give it a try.

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New post 01 Sep 2013, 05:01
Hi BB,

I just took my second take few days back and got to know that the major issue with my score is reading comprehension.

I am planning to retake exam in coming 1 and half months.

Do you think reading fiction can help me improve in such a short duration ?

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