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All about books


Hardback – в жёстком переплёте, в твёрдой обложке (о книге)
Paperback – в мягком переплёте, в мягкой обложке (о книге)
E-books – книга, хранящаяся в электронном формате
Mystery – произведение с захватывающим сюжетом и элементами мистики 
Romance (novel) – роман
Synopsis – конспект, краткое содержание
Science fiction – научная фантастика
Illustrated book – иллюстрированная книга
Manual (textbook) – учебник, справочник

To imply – предполагать, подразумевать, заключать в себе, значить
To book in – зарегистрировать
To book out – выписаться из гостиницы, заплатить по счёту
To bind a book – переплетать книгу
To be a bookworm – быть библиофилом
To have your nose in a book – уткнуться носом в книгу
Truth is stranger than fiction – правда бывает диковиннее вымысла
To judge a book by its cover – судить книгу по обложке
To be an open book – быть как на ладони
To throw the book at smb. – обвинять кого-либо во всех смертных грехах
To dip into a book – поверхностно прочесть, просмотреть книгу

1. Manual – a book of instructions, esp. for operating a machine or learning a subject; a handbook.
2. Mystery – a novel, play, or movie dealing with a puzzling crime, esp. a murder.
3. Bookworm – a person devoted to reading.
4. E-book – an electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a personal computer or hand-held device designed specifically for this purpose.
5. Romance – a book or movie dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way.
6. His silence implied consent.
7. His collection of poetry is now out in paperback.
8. I like fiction.
9. Every child loves fairy tales.
10. If you want to read a book quickly you should dip into a book.


Hello. This is Cari. I’m a teacher with the online English school, EnglishDom.com. Today, I’m going to talk with you about books.

So, do you enjoy reading? What kind of books do you like? Do you prefer to read hardbacks or paperbacks? Or, do you prefer the new style of e-books? Do you like to read fiction or non-fiction? What kind of genre do you enjoy (mystery, romance, biographies)? Do you like movies based on books? Or do you prefer to just read the books?

Who do you enjoy reading with? Do you read and share the information with others? Do you read to your children?

What do you enjoy reading? Only books? Or, also magazines or newspapers?

When do you like to read? Do you like to read at night before you go to sleep? Do you like to read the newspaper in the morning before you go to work? Or, maybe you like to take a book with you on vacation or during the summer while you’re sitting out in the backyard enjoying some of the warm weather?

Where do you like to read? Um, do you only read when you’re on vacation? Do you read at home? Do you read in a bookstore or a café? Do you mostly read only at work?

And, why do you read? Do you read for information or for enjoyment or both?

Some phrases or idioms that we use when we’re talking about reading or books are… the first one is to be a bookworm. A bookworm is a person who loves to read. They’re reading constantly. Um, this also leads to people often saying that you have your nose in a book. My mother used to tell me, "You always have your nose in a book! Go outside and play." I was probably one of the only children who was reprimanded for reading too much!

Something else that we often say which is related to the idea of stories or books is the truth is stranger than fiction. This is a saying that people use when they have an incredible story that’s hard to believe. And, we say, "Well, you know, the truth is stranger than fiction." Meaning… sometimes things happen that we couldn’t invent or make-up, they’re just too unbelievable or too crazy.

Another idiom that’s related to books is he wrote the book on that. When we’re talking about a person (man or woman) and we say, "Well, he wrote the book on that," we’re implying that that person is an expert about that topic. Maybe they didn’t actually write a book, but that’s the implication.

Another idiom is you can’t judge a book by its cover. This is probably one of the most common idioms that I’ve heard in my lifetime. You can’t judge a book by its cover literally means you can’t look at the cover of a book and say, "Oh. No. That’s boring. I don’t wanna read that. Oh, yeah. This one looks interesting." You have to find out some information about the book first. Maybe you read the synopsis on the back. Maybe you have a book review from a newspaper or a recommendation from a friend or a librarian. But, this also applies to people in general. Meaning you can’t look at a person and judge how that person is (uh, their personality, their behaviors, their characteristics). You need to get to know them a little bit first before you make a judgment about them.

So, that’s a little bit of information about books and reading. Of course, in our discussion clubs, we’re going to talk about this even more. So, please prepare yourself by going over our Weekly Box. You can see this video, along with some vocabulary and conversation questions, practice exercises… And then, you can join us in a discussion club to share your ideas and opinions and information. You can also go to the forum on our Facebook page to share (in writing) some of your thoughts about books and reading with other students.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you join us soon. Feel English and feel free. Bye for now.




Reading books removes sorrows from the heart.


A donkey that carries a lot of books is not necessarily learned.


Unplowed fields make hollow bellies; unread books make hollow minds.


A blonde decided she needed something new and different for a winter hobby. She went to the bookstore and bought every book she could find on ice fishing. For weeks she read and studied, hoping to become an expert in the field. Finally she decided she knew enough and out she went for her first ice fishing trip. She carefully gathered up and packed all the tools and equipment needed for the excursion. Each piece of equipment had its own special place in her kit. When she got to the ice, she found a quiet little area, placed her padded stool and carefully laid out her tools. Just as she was about to make her first cut into the ice, a booming voice from the sky bellowed, "There are no fish under the ice!!" Startled, the blonde grabbed up all her belongings, moved further along the ice, poured some hot chocolate from her thermos, and started to cut a new hole. Again the voice from above bellowed, "There are no fish under the ice!!" Amazed, the blonde was not quite sure what to do as this certainly was not covered in any of her books. She packed up her gear and moved to the far side of the ice. Once there, she stopped for a few moments to regain her calm. Then she was extremely careful to set everything up perfectly – tools in the right place, chair positioned just so. Just as she was about to cut this new hole, the voice came again. "There are no fish under the ice!!" Petrified, the blonde looked skyward and asked, "Is that You, Lord?" The voice boomed back, "NO THIS IS THE MANAGER OF THE SKATING RINK!"

List of questions for discussion

1. How important are books to you?
2. What would life be like without books?
3. What kinds of books do you like?
4. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
5. If you could write books, what would you write about?
6. If you could only have one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
7. Do you think the Internet will make books disappear?
8. What do you think of the idea of E-books?
9. What books would you recommend for children?
10. How many books have you read in English?
11. Who is your favorite author?
12. Why doesn’t everybody enjoy reading?
13. What’s the most number of times you have read the same book?
14. What is better, the book or the movie?
15. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

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