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Books to End Your Summer Vacations With

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Summer vacations allow you time to work on yourself, it is the kind of luxury that one normally doesn’t enjoy on regular days. A very important aspect of self-development is reading, here is a list that you must have checked-off by the time vacations end.


  • Anne of Green Gables: This dear book written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery has an entire world of hope to offer to the readers. Orphaned Anne Shirley is adopted by siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had initially wanted a boy. But she brings light and life to the fictional town of Avonlea and becomes an instant favourite of every town-dweller.
    Fun fact, it has been scientifically proven that reading this book helped with anxiety and depression.


  • The Little Prince: Originally “Le Petit Prince”, written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a beloved children’s book, translated and read throughout the world. But don’t let that fool you! This novella has an extraordinary way of getting us face-to-face with the sheer absurdity that is in growing up into adults who don’t wonder at life anymore. The Little Prince in the book leaves his planet to travel the universe, and shares with the readers experience that they will hopefully remember all their lives.


  • Brave New World: This dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley is enough to make you uncomfortable with yourself, and then proceed to think long and hard about the world that exists. The novel features genetically-modified citizens who are conditioned to perfectly suit social hierarchies, made to normalize death, given a ration of soma or a governmentally-sanctioned drug that makes the citizens be in a state of euphoria, etc. John, who is a ‘normal’ human, or in Huxley’s terminology, a ‘savage’, questions the system. This book is sure to keep you hooked throughout.


  • To Kill a Mockingbird: It surprises me how many people have not read this beautiful book written by Harper Lee. The story is told from a child’s perspective and talks about fabricated rape charges against men of colour – a practice that was not uncommon in that period of time. Because of the protagonist being a child, the story is narrated in a more humanised way that is allowed to only children and makes one think about the evils that the humankind is capable of.


  • Gone Girl: A mystery/thriller novel written by Gillian Flynn is a sure nail-biter with all of the suspense that it holds till the very end. Nick and Amy Dunne are a picture-perfect couple until suddenly, Amy goes missing, and the plot reveals itself and morphs into something that the readers never anticipated was coming their way
    This flawlessly-plotted book is a page-turner, and putting the book down to get work done will be a misery.


Happy reading!

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Maumil Mehraj

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