Top Notch 3 - Unit 4 with Supplementary Vocabulary
(n: not countable) a story based on imagination and not on fact Ex.: The Harry Potter books are my favorite examples of fiction.
(n: countable) a long work of fiction Ex.: The last time I read a novel was in high school. I have no time to read them now.
(n: countable) a story, film, or play in which events take place that are not explained until the end, especially a crime such as murder Ex.: Sherlock Holmes novels are good examples of how a good mystery should be written.
(n: countable) an exciting story/suspenseful adventure story, play or movie Ex.: The Da Vinci Code thriller kept me so interested that I read it in just three days.
a romance novel
(n: countable) a long work of fiction about love and courtship Ex.: I am not a big fan of romance novels. The romance is unrealistic and couples are too perfect.
science fiction (sci-fi)
(n: not countable) writing that tells about imaginary events that involve science or technology Ex.: If you like science fiction, then you'll love this book. It's set in the future where humans have started to live on the planet Mars.
a short story
(n: countable) a brief work of fiction Ex.: This book contains 20 of my favorite short stories. It's great to read while on the airplane.
(n: not countable) writing about real people, places, and events Ex.: My parents prefer me to read non-fiction as they think those kinds of books are more educational and truthful.
(n: countable) the story of a person's life written by another person Ex.: The biography about the life of the late Korean fashion designer André Kim is very interesting. It was written by a former employee of André Kim.
(n: countable) the story of a person's life written by that person Ex.: If I ever become rich and famous, I will write an autobiography so that everyone can read about my life even after I die.
a travel book
(n: countable) records the experiences of an author touring a place for pleasure or a book that offers useful information about a place for tourists Ex.: As a student I don't have time or money to travel, so I like to read travel books and learn about famous places.
(n: countable) a book a person writes about a particular time in his or her life; it does NOT cover from birth to death Ex.: I just read the memoir of Kim Dae-jung, it's about his time as president of South Korea.
a self-help book
(n: countable) a book that gives one ideas about improving themselves and their lives Ex.: As an expecting parent, I have read a few self-help books on taking care of newborn babies, since this will be our first child.
(n: countable) a large thin book with a paper cover, containing reports, photographs, stories etc, usually published once a month or once a week Ex.: Maxim is a men's magazine that is popular worldwide.
(n: countable) a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets Ex.: The Chosun Ilbo is a Korean newspaper that prints in both Korean and English.
(n: singular) a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks Ex.: Oh no! The Wi-Fi isn't working, how can I connect to the Internet to view my professor's class blog?
(n: countable) a shared on-line journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies Ex.: The Pony Syndrome is one of the most well-known Korean beauty blogs, it has lots of tips on make-up.
(n: countable) a story told in pictures Ex.: When I was a child I read many comics, much to the disapproval of my parents.
(n: countable) very exciting book to read Ex.: Wow this novel is a real page-turner! I can't stop reading it, even though I have homework that I should be doing instead of reading.
(n: countable) an exciting or abrupt end to part of a book or television programme that makes you want to read or watch the next part Ex.: The end of book one ended in a cliff hanger. I still have so many questions that need to be answered; now I have to wait till book two to come out so I can find out what happens next.
(n: countable) a book that has had a large and rapid sale, very popular book sold in many copies Ex.: This book has been in the top 10 list for over a year. It's a true best-seller!
a fast read
(n: countable) a book that is easy to read either because of its style and/or length Ex.: I love to read short stories because they are such a fast read.
hard to follow
(adj) something that is complicated, usually poorly organized, and hard to understand Ex.: I didn't like to read that book on philosophy, it was too hard to follow.
(adj) describes something that is low quality (in the person's opinion) Ex.: I used to read teen magazines, but now I think they are trash and waste of time.
curl up with
(verb phrase) to relax or lay in a quiet, cosy setting Ex.: My sister loves to curl up with a good book on the sofa and spend hours reading there on the weekends.
(verb phrase) to talk when reading a book Ex.: The teacher made the students read aloud so she could hear their pronunciation of the words.
listen to audio books
(verb phrase) to pay attention to a recorded text Ex.: I can't read in a moving car, so I enjoy listening to audio books instead.
(verb phrase) to solve challenging word or mental games Ex.: I think doing puzzles is like exercise for our brains. Sudoku is my favorite number puzzle.
(verb phrase) to view information on the internet, like newspapers, blogs, and websites Ex.: My eyes hurt if I read online for too long. The light from the LCD screen gives me a headache.
(verb phrase) to look over or read (something) quickly especially to find the main ideas Ex.: I like to skim though the morning paper while I am riding the subway to work.
read electronic books
(*read is a verb) to view information on an e-reader or e-book, like the iPad, Tab, Kindle, etc. Ex.: Reading electronic books on my smartphone is more convenient than trying to carry heavy books around with me.
(v) to say that (someone or something) is good and deserves to be chosen; to suggest that someone do (something) Ex.: I recommend the Voice of America webpage for students who want to read the news in English.
(adj) to sell all of the items that were for sale so they are no longer available Ex.: Ugh! All the Honey Butter chips are sold out again. I have only been able to buy them once.
the latest issue
(n: countable) the most recent publication Ex.: The latest issue of Sports Illustrated magazine comes out in a few days. There is a story in that issue I am dying to read.
(adj) violating principles of right and wrong Ex.: He believes it's immoral to kill animals for food.
a guilty pleasure
(n: countable) something that you are not supposed to enjoy but you do Ex.: Eating in bed is a guilty pleasure for 10% of the men and about a quarter of women.
(v) to express disapproval of (someone or something): to talk about the problems or faults of (someone or something) Ex.: His boss criticized him for his sloppy work habits.
a graphic novel
(n: countable) cartoon drawings that tell a story and are published as a book Ex.: Did you know the 300 movie about the Spartans was based on a graphic novel with the same name?
a big reader
(n: countable) a person who really likes to read a lot Ex.: I'm a big reader as I usually read a new book every two weeks
(v) to buy something Ex.: Namdaemun Market in Seoul is where you can pick up some amazing bargains.
(v) to look at things in a shop without being sure whether you want to buy anything Ex.: I love to go browsing at flea-markets, you never know what you can find there.
(v) to meet somebody you know by chance, not planned Ex.: I was at the COEX Mall on the weekend and ran into my English teacher in the book store! It was so random.
(n: countable) a great book, painting, piece of music, movie, etc.; also : the best book, painting, piece of music, movie, etc., by a particular person Ex.: The Old Man and the Sea is an Ernest Hemingway masterpiece.
edge of (your) seat
(idiom) very excited and interested in something because you want to know what happens next Ex.: This action film will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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