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Top tens: your vacation reading list

Summer vacation is here, so it is the time to read some good books and relax. After months of hard work and learning, you deserve some well-deserved vacation. Some fun vacation reads can make the perfect companion to join you on your summer journey, whether you're going to the beach, remaining at home, or starting on an adventurous excursion. Books can take you to imaginary places where you never go physically.

Here is our top list of books to read on your vacation that can make you productive during your vacation. Each book from the list gives you a different reading experience that ranges from suspenseful thrillers to soul-touching stories that can bring out your emotions. There is something for everyone on this fun reading voyage, no matter what genre you prefer. So gather your favourite snacks, locate a nice spot, and prepare to enter the magical world of books!

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: This is a story about magic, friendship, and excitement in the magical world of Hogwarts. Join Harry Potter, as he finds his identity and enters the world of spectacular adventure packed with mysteries, magic, and incredible challenges. Rowling's creative narrative will enchant you from beginning to end.
  • "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank: This Anne Frank novel is a must-read for learners during summer vacation. Immerse yourself in Anne's intriguing journal entries, which offer a unique perspective on World War II reality. Her candid and poignant narrative of life in hiding will evoke compassion, determination, and a profound respect for the power of hope.
  • "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel: Join Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" takes you on an adventure of a small kid with the Bengal Tiger. This captivating story follows Pi, a small kid who becomes stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. You will explore themes of survival, religion, and the unbreakable human spirit via Pi's heroic spirit and unrelenting tenacity, leaving them with a poignant feeling of awe and contemplation.
  • "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott: The ideal summer reading for learners is "Little Women," the ageless classic by Louisa May Alcott. Join Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they evolve, confront hardships, and follow their dreams in Civil War-era America. This lovely coming-of-age tale honours sisterhood, endurance, and the pursuit of personal and creative fulfilment.
  • "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins: Enter Panem, a dystopian nation in which Katniss Everdeen becomes a symbol of resistance against an oppressive authority. Get ready for an adventurous journey of survival, sacrifice, and perseverance. Collins' exciting journey will keep you hooked till the last page.
  • "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga: Explore the sad reality of modern India in "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga. The story is about Balram Halwai, a poor driver who becomes a successful entrepreneur. The story of protagonist Balram describes the inequalities between the rich and poor in modern India, and how the poor people are forced to break the rules to become successful.
  • "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak: This moving narrative, set in Nazi Germany, follows Liesel Meminger, a little girl who finds refuge in books during a period of deep sorrow. The story will make you feel strong emotions and you can experience the power of words and the strength of the human spirit. Zusak's writing is so beautiful that it will make you appreciate the power of words to comfort people, even in tough times.
  • "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis: Begin an amazing adventure through the closet into the fabled land of Narnia. Join the Pevensie twins as they encounter talking animals and magical creatures while fighting evil powers. Lewis' inventive world-building and profound metaphors will charm readers of all ages, reminding us of the strength of faith, bravery, and the triumph of good over evil.
  • "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio: This is one of the heart-warming books by R.J. Palacio that everyone should read. The story is about “Auggie”, a young child with facial defects and how he overcomes the difficulties during middle school. This book evokes a bunch of emotions in the readers like empathy, kindness, and acceptance and reminds them about the power of compassion and the importance of accepting diversity.
  • "1984" by George Orwell: Enter a world where Big Brother is watching your every move and being unique is a crime. Orwell's book speaks about dictatorship, surveillance, and the value of truth in a society ruled by propaganda. The story will make you understand the power and how it can be used to control people by taking away their rights, and why it is important to always be truthful.

“Harry Potter”, “Diary of a Young Girl”, “Life of Pi”, “Little Women”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and “Wonder” are ideal for both IGCSE and IB learners. "The Hunger Games," "The White Tiger," and "The Book Thief" are excellent choices for IGCSE learners. While "1984” is very pertinent for IB learners since it is a cautionary story about surveillance, state control, and information manipulation. These books are engaging to read, make you think about the mysteries of life and are suitable for everyone.

That concludes your top 10 vacation book reads! And your response to the topic, "What to read on holiday 2023?". These literary works will whisk you to new dimensions, introduce you to intriguing characters, and create an unforgettable mark on your imagination. These literary adventures will make your summer vacation truly unforgettable, whether you're resting on a sunny beach, cuddled up in your favourite armchair, or starting on an adventurous expedition.

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