Book - My Best Friend

Every day, millions of books are sold and given as presents for birthdays or Christmas. Reading is a big passion for some people – we call them bookworms.

We read books:

  • When travelling to school or work,
  • on holidays,
  • during breaks at school,
  • while waiting at our GP. ia general practitioner (GP) is a medical doctor who provides primary healthcare services to patients of all ages, genres, and backgrounds.


  • Our first books were often read to us by our parents or grandparents.
  • These books are usually called fairytales or stories, and they typically have more pictures than text.
  • They transport children to the world of fantasy and teach them to distinguish good from evil.
  • Famous fairytale writers include Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, and Pavol Dobšinský.
  • Popular fairytales include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel.



  • Non-fiction books are those that are based on facts and reality.
  • They tell about real people, places, and events.
  • Examples include textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, self- help books, and cookery books.


  • Fiction books are those that are not true.
  • They tell a story that is made up by the author and may include characters and
    events that are not real.
  • There are two types of fiction books: Poetry and Prose, which include
    fairytale, novel, short story, legend, fable, drama, comedy, and science fiction.
  • Boys typically enjoy adventure stories or science fiction, while girls often prefer
    romantic stories or novels. Adults may enjoy reading detective stories,
    historical novels, travel books, or biographies.


  • Books are our best teachers and provide us with answers to many questions.
  • Books are like a cure or therapy when we are sad or tired, and can be one of our best friends.
  • Reading provides escapism and allows us to escape from reality, which is a pleasure for many of us these days.
  • Geography books help us learn about foreign countries and continents, including their animals, plants, people, and habits.
  • When we read widely, we improve our vocabulary, spelling, and speaking skills, allowing us to express ourselves better.
  • Books also enrich our lives and force us to think. We gain wisdom through reading, and the more we read, the wiser we become.
  • Reading trains our imagination, allowing us to imagine our own world.
  • Books help us learn about good values and distinguish between good and bad things.
  • They also help us understand others’ feelings and emotions, boosting empathy.
  • Fairy tales are essential for small children because they teach them to distinguish between good and evil.


  1. Books are becoming increasingly expensive, and many people cannot afford to buy them.
  2. People often view reading books as a time-consuming activity that takes days or even weeks. Instead, they prefer to watch films, which only take one or two hours, and provide everything on the screen.
  3. Many people now prefer to search for information on the internet. Printed books are becoming less popular.


There are several ADVANTAGES of e-books

  1. Capacity – You can store thousands of books on one device.
  2. Portability – E-books are small and light, making them easy to carry with you wherever you go.
  3. Cost-effective – E-books are often cheaper than paper books, and sometimes they are even available for free.
  4. Customizable text – You can adjust the font size, font style, and background color to make reading more comfortable for you.
  5. Convenience – You don’t need to go to a library or bookshop to get a book; you can purchase and download e-books from the comfort of your own home.
  6. Language learning – You can easily look up the definition of a word by simply clicking on it while reading an e-book.

Despite the advantages, e-books also have some DISADVANTAGES

  • Cost of e-reader – You need a special handheld device called an e-reader to read e-books, and it can be quite expensive.
  • Eye strain – Extended reading on a screen can cause eye strain and fatigue.
  • Power dependence – E-books require power, and you have to recharge the battery in your e-reader.
  • Format compatibility – Not all book formats are compatible with all e-readers.
    Examples of format types are PDF, Word, HTML, etc.


  • In AmE, it is referred to as hardcover, and in BrE, it is called hardback.
  • In AmE, it is called softcover, and in BrE, it is known as paperback.
  • Printed books are timeless and irreplaceable; they last forever.
  • Many people prefer printed books as they enjoy holding them, touching the pages, and even smelling them.
  • The only disadvantage of printed books is that they take up a lot of space at home.


  • Audio books are very useful and practical, especially for people who have trouble reading.
  • They help with time management – you can listen to the story while doing other activities such as driving, cooking, or relaxing.
  • They also aid in training our listening skills, making us better listeners when it comes to conversations with friends or teachers.
  • Audio books can also improve pronunciation, especially for language learners.


  • Books can be bought in a small specialised stone bookshop or a giant shopping centre. People can have a cup of tea or coffee there and sometimes see a new book presentation.
  • We can get a book via the Internet by purchasing it or downloading it for free.
  • Some people still borrow books from a library. Libraries store books, magazines, and newspapers. If you want to borrow a book, you will pay a small fee and get a library card. You also have to respect a lending period.


Every year, the Swedish Academy announces the Nobel Prize winners in literature. Winning the Nobel Prize in literature is one of the highest honours for a writer. Some of the Nobel Prize winners are: Ernest Hemingway for his book: The Old Man and the Sea, John Steinbeck, Samuel Becket, Pablo Neruda.

My favourite story is a fable.

A fable is a short story that teaches a moral or lesson.

One of my favourite Aesop’s fables is The Bear and Two Travellers

The story is about two travellers who are on their way to the city to look for work. While walking, they come across a giant bear. One of the travellers climbs up a tree to escape while the other one falls to the ground and pretends to be dead. The bear sniffs him and whispers something in his ear before wandering away. The other traveller comes down from the tree and asks his friend what the bear said. The man replies that the bear gave him some advice and said, “Next time, go on a journey with someone who won’t leave you at the first sign of danger”

The moral of this story is to choose your friends carefully, and a friend in need is a friend indeed.


  1. handheld [hændheld] – ručný, do ruky
  2. to look up [lʊkˌʌp] – vyhľadať (na internete, v slovníku…)
  3. to afford [əˈfɔːd] – dovoliť si
  4. an e-reader [əˈriːdə] – čítačka na knihy
  5. a GP [dʒiːpiː] – všeobecný/ obvodný lekár
  6. escapism [ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm] – únik
  7. to escape from [ɪˈskeɪp] [frɒm] – uniknúť z
  8. good [gʊd] – dobro
  9. evil [ˈiːvəl] – zlo
  10. Good wins over evil. – Dobro víťazí nad zlom.
  11. wisdom [ˈwɪzdəm] – múdrosť
  12. wise [waɪz] – múdry
  13. Little Red Riding Hood [ˈlɪtəl red ˈraɪdɪŋ hʊd] – Červená čiapočka
  14. Snow White [snəʊ waɪt] – Snehulienka
  15. Hansel and Gretel [hænsəl ən ˈgretəl] – Janko a Marienka
  16. Cinderella [ˌsɪndəˈrelə] – Popoluška
  17. Once upon a time [wʌns əˈpɒn ə taɪm] – Kde bolo, tam bolo
  18. to boost [buːst] – oživiť, povzbudiť, podporiť
  19. to distinguish [dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ] – rozlíšiť, poznať
  20. hatred [ˈheɪtrɪd] – nenávisť
  21. to hate [heɪt] – nenávidieť
  22. to force [fɔːs] – prinútiť
  23. to enrich [ɪnˈrɪtʃ] – obohatiť
  24. references [ˈrefərəns] – oporúčania
  25. to express [ɪkˈspres] – vyjadriť
  26. to put down [pʊt daʊn] – odložiť (bokom)
  27. empathy [ˈempəθɪ] – pochopenie, empatia, vcítenie sa do situácie
  28. a device [dɪˈvaɪs] – zariadenie
  29. pros [prəʊs] – klady/výhody
  30. cons [kɒns] – zápory/nevýhody
  31. to store [stɔː] – skladovať, uchovávať
  32. a plot [plɒt] – dej príbehu, zápletka
  33. values [ˈvæljuː] – hodnoty
  34. honour  [ˈɒnə] – česť, pocta
  35. a fairytale [ˈfeərɪteɪl] – rozprávka
  1. a fable  [ˈfeɪbəl] – bájka
  2. a chapter [ˈtʃæptə] – kapitola
  3. a library card [ˈlaɪbrərɪ kɑːd] – čitateľský preukaz
  4. to damage [ˈdæmɪdʒ] – poškodiť
  5. to announce [əˈnaʊns] – oznámiť
  6. an announcement [əˈnaʊnsmənt] – oznam, oznámenie
  7. a bookworm [ˈbʊkˌwɜːm] – knihomoľ
  8. imagination [ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən] – predstavivosť, fantázia
  9. instead of [ɪnˈsted əv ] – namiesto (niečoho/niekoho)
  10. to improve [ɪmˈpruːv] – zlepšiť(sa), zdokonaliť (sa)
  11. free of charge [friː əv tʃɑːdʒ] –  bez poplatku
  12. time consuming [taɪm kənˈsjuːmɪŋ] – časovo náročné
  13. a lack of [læk əv] – nedostatok (niečoho)
  14. lending period [lendɪŋ ˈpɪərɪəd] – doba zapožičania
  15. irreplaceable [ˌɪrɪˈpleɪsəbəl] – nenahraditeľný
  16. to enlarge [ɪnˈlɑːdʒ] – zväčšiť, rozšíriť
  17. spelling [ˈspelɪŋ] – pravopis
  18. cure [kjʊə] – liečba, liek
  19. timeless [ˈtaɪmlɪs] – nadčasový, nestárnúci
  20. to recharge [ˌriːˈtʃɑːdʒ] – dobiť batériu
  21. old fashioned [əʊld ˈfæʃəned] – staromódny
  22. even if [ˈiːvən ɪf] – aj keď
  23. an adventure [ədˈventʃə] – dobrodružstvo
  24. an adventurous [ədˈventʃərəs] – dobrodružný, odvážny
  25. current [ˈkʌrənt ] – súčasný
  26. an issue [ˈɪʃjuː] – problém, záležitosť
  27. to pretend [prɪˈtend] – predstierať
  28. towards  [təˈwɔːdz] – smerom k/ku
  29. to sniff [snɪf] – očuchať, oňuchať
  30. to bend [bend] – ohnúť sa, nakloniť sa
  31. to whisper [ˈwɪspə] – zašepkať, pošepkať
  32. to wander [ˈwɒndə] – túlať sa
  33. a lesson [ˈlesən] / a moral [ˈmɒrəl] – ponaučenie
  34.  advice [ədˈvaɪs] – rada, odporúčanie
  35.  A friend in need is a friend indeed. – V núdzi poznáš priateľa.
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