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im in my final year at school next year and im looking to improve my vocabulary  what are some good novels that i can enjoy and learn considerably from at the same time? i hate romance novels and anything to do with vampires etc (no twilight) 

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mizzwillie eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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This question should be moved to a discussion topic where you would get more answers, but I don't know how to do that.  I would suggest that you try some of the novels written specifically to teach SAT vocabulary with words underlined and definitions available for words you don't know.  You can find them at book stores if you just explain what you want.  Also, some of the more difficult books such as the classics use vocabulary which requires you to look up words in the dictionary if you don't know them.  Vocabulary books themselves such as the "Word Power Made Easy" suggested above do help.  In addition, the real secret to improving vocabulary is to know the meanings of prefixes and suffixes which are added to the beginnings and endings of base words.  Vocabulary is important to build anytime but especially before college.

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udonbutterfly | Student

Reading the classics list is a great way to improve your vocabulary. I swear when I read Wuthering Heights twice my vocabulary improved by at least ago 5% to 10%. I made it my duty to write down every word I did not under stand while reading and learned the words. Then while I read it the second time I understood the novel more and was better able to analyze the story. Also I was able to remember the words easier after reading the novel the second time around.

praneshhk | Student

i sujjest you to read .. "world power made easy" book it helps u to improve the vocabulary .