At OnSpain we think that you should enjoy Spanish while you’re learning it.
And that’s why we are suggesting some books for World Book Day. And no, we don’t mean those books with exercises at the back or where you have to fill in gaps with words.
So we’ve decided to compile a list of books, novels and short stories for all tastes with a good plot, interesting characters and catering for all tastes!
And suitable for you whatever your level of Spanish is.
Don’t delay – look for one of these books in your local bookshop or online. You’ll learn to read better in Spanish, discover new vocabulary and you’ll also have the some of the most entertaining stories.
Books for all levels of Spanish!
Books in Spanish for A1 – A2
These books use simple sentences, dialogues, descriptions and narratives.
We’ve put together a varied list of suggestions so you can choose the one you find the most interesting (I’m sure there will be one!) but in all of them you’ll find a great story and learn a lot so you can keep improving your Spanish.
Fray Perico y su Borrico (Juan Muñoz Martín)
Fray Perico y su Borrico is a really amusing children’s book. Although it says that it is suitable for children from 8 – 12 years old, I’m sure that more than one person has read it again as an adult to rediscover its hilarious story!
We find Fray Perico and his donkey Sock, two unruly characters who have arrived at a peaceful monastery in Salamanca. As you might expect, the most nonsensical and amusing stories unfold, which will definitely make you laugh. And along the way, you will also learn to read better in Spanish.
And do you know what’s best about this book? It’s a 9-volume saga so you have plenty of reading to be getting on with!
Un pingüino en el desierto (Carlos Puerto)
This book combines adventure with a certain amount of fantasy. In the book, we meet Jaima, a young Tunisian girl who lives with the old man Habid and a penguin (!?). The little girl embarks on a journey in search of a map that will take her to find the desert, the sea … and herself.
It is a very enjoyable book for adults and children, as, although it is focused on a younger audience, it is also entertaining for adults.
And even more so if you are learning Spanish at levels A1-A2.
El Hada del agua (Gustavo Martín Garzo)
The Water Fairy is a book by Gustavo Martín Garzo in which we discover the fairies, the most timid beings that exist who hide in the deepest part of the forests. However, when a woman collects some leaves for her house, she accidentally takes a fairy with her. The fairy discovers that the woman also has a baby. After spending three days with the baby, the fairy leaves but not before leaving a gift…
This book, like the previous ones, is a work of children’s literature, but equally enjoyable for the older generation.
Cenizas (Álvaro Ortiz)
Cenizas is a comic by Álvaro Ortiz which tells the story of a road trip undertaken by three old friends who haven’t seen each other for a long time. In this adventure you’ll find mystery, suspense, car chases, strong emotions and a lot of entertainment.
It is a somewhat more adult book than the rest of those mentioned above. However, it is also very interesting because of the visual support provided by the cartoons, which allow us to understand the environment in which the characters move and the context in which they find themselves.
Books in Spanish for B1 – B2
Como agua para chocolate (Laura Esquivel)
This romantic novel tells the story of the love affairs, adventures and family relationships of Tita, the main character. It’s a novel which perfectly combines a very interesting historical context (the Mexican Revolution) with recipes and magical realism that mixes the supernatural with everyday occurrences.
This is a very interesting novel to learn a little about Mexican history, as well as some of the traditional recipes (each chapter has the name of a different recipe). All in al, it’s a great opportunity to continue improving your knowledge of Spanish.
El tiempo entre costuras (María Dueñas)
El tiempo entre Costuras was a best-selling novel in Spain and in several Latin American countries. It takes us back to 1936, a few months before the Spanish Civil War broke out.
A young dressmaker Sira Quiroga leaves everything in Madrid to move to Tangier with a man she barely knows in order to live out a passionate love story.
However, as you’d imagine, things don’t turn out quite as expected and Sira finds herself involved in a plot that includes spies, politicians and state secrets.
This book was acclaimed by the critics in its day, and we can assure you that if you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down. It will also be a good exercise to improve your Spanish and find out about some of the most interesting moments in Spanish history.
El libro de los rostros (Ana Alonso, Javier Pelegrín)
El libro de los Rostros, (Facebook in Spanish), is a novel which tells the story of Eva, a girl with many insecurities who decides to create a false profile in the well-known social network in order to try and fit in. However, it gives her nothing but enemies and problems on and offline.
This novel, designed for young people between the ages of 13 and 18, is also a good opportunity to discover the colloquial language of the Spanish youth. It will also give you the chance to learn vocabulary related to the Internet and the world of 2.0.
Pomelo y Limón (Begoña Oro Pradera)
This book is about the relationship between two young people, Jorge and Maria, who seem to have a loving relationship. So far, nothing very unusual. However, things start to go wrong when we discover that they are the children of very famous people, and both become involved in a series of rumours in the tabloids.
Similar to the Libro de los Rostros, it is gives you a chance to experience present day language usage, with current expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will serve to improve your colloquial level of Spanish.
So here you have our recommendations for Spanish novels categorised by level. We have made a careful selection of these Spanish novels so you can choose the ones you like the best or the ones that are most suitable for your level.
Have you read an interesting book in Spanish and would like to recommend it to us? Tell us about it!