I'm looking to improve my German by reading a book, translating it as I go. That's pretty much how I learned LaTeX, C, Python, and Bash, so why can't it work with normal languages as well, right?

Are there any good sci-fi/fantasy novels or novella which aren't especially difficult to read that also have English translations (so I can compare my translation)? I tried The German version of An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire, but I think that was a bit above my level. I figure something more in the young adult section would be better.

I took German in college, so I do have a decent enough grasp of the grammar (or so I think). It's more my vocabulary, and familiarity with the conjugations that need work.

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    We cannot recommend "good books" because "good" is entirely subjective. Fortunately, there are many web sites that do provide this service. Amazon and Goodreads come to mind. I suggest looking up book reviews on these sites to find books you are likely to enjoy in your target language.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 7:32
  • You can recommend books that you feel are good. As for these services, I've never really found such things to be useful. Personal recommendations have always been what I've found to use helpful.
    – Nero gris
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 15:44
  • Unfortunately, subjective recommendations are strictly off-topic on this web site. We focus on objective questions and answers as much as possible.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 16:04
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    There is a related question on German.SE
    – Arsak
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 17:42
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    You can try almost anything by Cornelia Funke, her German is close to the spoken variety (not too "bookish") and not particularly difficult. Of course, there are some typical triggers of fantasy language in there. Another recommendation: Tschick by Wolfgang Herrndorf. Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 15:33


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