I read a lot of articles on chinasmack.com
. They basically just take popular Chinese forum or blog posts and translate them to English, and they provide the link to the original article. This way you can read it
in Chinese and go back and read chinasmack's English translation to see if you got it right.
This is for a higher level though, if you are just starting out, then I recommend New Practical Chinese Reader as a good starting point for textbooks.