Book Recommendations: April 2021

Continuing the monthly book recommendations, I will be recommending six books I have read and enjoyed reading. And these are books that I felt like should be read by many people, not just me. So enjoy!

World War Z: The Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

The protagonist is a journalist and he travels around the world interviewing people trying to find out the full story yet also capturing their suffering among other things. The book reads like a memoir as we get the accounts of the people. Max Brook’s clever take on the zombie genre creates a new angle that feels refreshing and pushes the genre forward.

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

The novel that introduced James Bond to the world is definitely worth reading. It is a quick read and makes a game of poker literally a matter of life and death. Ian Fleming is a brilliant writer and I enjoyed reading his 007 novels. He knows the in and outs of special forces and how criminal organizations think and run. If you have seen a James Bond movie, then you have to read the novel that started it all.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

In this novel, we enter a fantasy world where magic and geishas collide and we are left with a wonderful tale. Rin Chupeco took something that we all loved (Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden) and adds magic. And it works perfectly. Chupeco is a great writer and an even better world builder. And that is why you should pick this book up as soon as possible.

The Bone Witch book cover
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Even in the densely populated genre of high fantasy, Brandon Sanderson stands out. In his Mistborn trilogy, you can see firsthand how immense his fantasy worlds are. Sanderson creates a wonderful mythology and then flips the book on his readers and even his own characters! He doesn’t shy away from chaos, in fact he encourages it. And somehow the next sequence of events is even bigger than that.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

If you want to read a book that is nostalgic, then Ready Player One might be the way to go. The novel follows, Wade Watts, a teenager who escapes reality by logging onto OASIS, a virtual reality world. He, and everyone else, are trying to solve a puzzle left behind the creator of OASIS. But a greedy corporation wants to be the one to crack the code and own OASIS and will do anything to make sure that happens.

Ready Player One book cover
Ready Player One book cover

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

When Will Graham, a former FBI profiler, is asked to come back to help catch a serial killer, his old demons reawaken. And he has a lot. One of them is Hannibal Lector, a serial killer Graham helped put away. Now, a serial killer who goes by the name “Red Dragon” is terrorizing Atlanta and Birmingham and Graham pays Lector a visit to get any type of lead. But that strategy falls apart and Graham is caught in the crosshairs as a result.

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