Recommended Book: Prohibido leer a Lewis Carroll
I know people are always looking for books to read in their target languages, and I would like to recommend Prohibido leer a Lewis Carroll by Diego Arboleda.
It's a children's chapter book with illustrations throughout by Raúl Sagospe. The publisher rates it as ages 10+, so it isn't very difficult. It is, however, hilarious.
It's the story of French governess Eugéne Chignon, who travels to New York in 1932 to care for Alice Welruch. Alice is obsessed with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to the point where her parents have forbidden Lewis Carroll's book, as well as any discussion of or references to it, in the house. Eugéne was hired to keep Alice from learning that Alice Liddel, the real woman who inspired the Alice in Wonderland character, is traveling to New York.
Amazon link (you can 'look inside'): http://www.amazon.com/Prohibido-leer-Lewis-Carroll-Spanish/dp/8467864109
Note: Arboleda is Spanish, so you will run across "vosotros" conjugations in this book.
I got it from interlibrary loan at my local public library and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I also recommend "The Little Prince" authored by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The title in Spanish is "El Principito". Since it is one of the most translated literary work in history, you can read it in parallel with any other language you know. Moreover, there's a free audio book version in Spanish on Google Books.
This is a neat idea. I wanted to further my Spanish by trying to read a book as well.
I found a copy of something I've already read in English, since I thought that would make it a bit easier (and I have the paper copy by my computer so that I can cross-reference as I read.)
Might order a paper copy on Amazon or something, but things are often easy to find online ;-)
Here's One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which I found on the Radio Nacional de Venezuela website in PDF format:
It's originally written in Spanish, and it won the Nobel Prize. Great book! It might not be the "easiest" thing (compared to a children's book, which is probably a better idea.) But anyway, I hope someone else finds this useful :)
Si,yo leí cien Años de soledad también hace muchos años. Lo tiene todo: tragedia, amor,guerra......el capítulo final fue un poco triste. No pude creer como lo finalizó así. Que pobre familia......
Thanks for the suggestion. I have nearly finished my Spanish tree. So this will be a great opportunity to read something that is not too difficult and is originally Spanish. As far as I have seen this book won a prize but is not translated to others languages yet. I bought the ebook kindle version on Amazon. This was easy and not expensive.