Is this sentence grammatically correct?

"I thought you might find it an interesting read"

If not, what would be a better way to word it? I thought of

"I thought you might find it interesting to read"

but since I'm referring to a non-fiction book it doesn't sound right, however, the former sentence sounds a little off too.

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    Yes, your original sentence and the sentence that you came up with are both perfectly valid English sentences and mean exactly the same thing. A read is a book or any other type of material considered in terms of its readability. That's how online dictionaries define it. But most often it's typically something in the form of a book which can be fiction or nonfiction. Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 8:00
  • Using read as a noun is a bit informal. See the noun definition from lexico.com/en/definition/read, which states that this use of read is informal, and it must also be with an adjective (interesting in this case)
    – Justin
    Commented Feb 20, 2020 at 19:38

2 Answers 2


Both sentences are valid. In the first, "read" means the same as "book" (or "magazine", "article", etc.). To improve clarity, you could say "I thought you might find it interesting." ("To read" is implied, since that's what one would typically do with a book.) You could also say "I thought you might find this book interesting," but I don't really see anything wrong with "I thought you might find it an interesting read."


Both of your sentences my friend are grammatically correct. In your first sentence, the word 'read' functioned as a noun. Hence, the adjective 'interesting' described it. In your second sentence, the word 'read' functions as a verb. Thus, it is in future tense implying that you might find the book interesting if you would read it.

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