Book Recommendations: June 2021

As another month passes by, more books pile up in the corner. But none of them really grab your eye. You’ve fallen into a reading slump and need a book that is going to awaken your passion read again. And with these book recommendations for the month of June, you’ll be staying up late saying “one more chapter” until you finish the novel.

Jurrasic Park by Michael Crichton

When billionaire John Hammonddecides to open a dinosaur theme park, choas ensues. Hammond and his scientsist bring dinosaurs back to life with spliced DNA of wild animals and dinosaur DNA preserved in amber. But there is trouble on the island that is now home to the dinosaur park. Hammond has a few people explore the park and determine whether it is actually safe. And to make it more fun apparently, Hammond’s grandchildren visit the park too. Best grandfather ever!

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs

Special Agent Clarice Starling is a student but has been temporarily been upgraded to an FBI agent. She is assigned the fun job of interviewing Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer who has a sweet tooth for human flesh. By taking up the job, Starling may jeopardize her career by not passing the upcoming exams. And she also has to get information from Lecter about Buffalo Bill before he kills again.

As you can imagine, that is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of one person. The fact that the best hope of catching a dangerous serial killer is a student and temporary agent is kinda sad. Harris does a great job of making Starling feel relatable and he doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that the agency is flawed and sexist. Lecter may be the star of the novel but Starling is also a gem and deserves to be in the converstation as a great protagonist and is a big reason on making the book recommendations list!

1984 by George Orwell

Orwell’s novel 1984 has become a mainstay in our lives. And that’s because some of the crazy scenarios ended up becoming reality. If one of them came true, maybe others will too? The novel was written in 1949 yet when we found out that the government was secretly spying on us last decade, we automatically thought about what Orwell’s dystopian novel. Orwell wrote the novel after seeing what was happening in Stalinist Russia yet here we are today where some of the novel’s plot can be applied to various countries all over the world.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven
Station Eleven

During a performance of King Lear in Toronto, a famous actor has a heart attack on stage and dies. That is the beginning of an outbreak that kills most of the population all over the world. Jeeven, one of the actors in the play, is forewarned about the outbreak and bunkers down with his brother.

Twenty years later and Jeeven is traveling with a troupe of performers. They go all over the Great Lakes and perform Shakespeare plays in small disorganized towns. The troupe returns to a town to reunite with fellow members but find out they are missing. A self-proclaimed prophet is running the town and he is kidnapping women and anyone who opposes him disappears. The troupe now has to fight out the delusional leader before they are detained and killed.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Logan Ninefingers fights off a bunch of supernatural enemies while barely clinging onto life. “Still alive” he mutters to himself in disbelief. His friends are most likely dead and Logan has to get away from the Shanti before they track him down. But where does he go from here?

Abercrombie’s novel is a dark and gritty midieval adventure that reminds me of The Lord of the Rings. It involves a bunch of great and fascinating protagonists, magic and sword fighting, and a lot of killing. But the grittiness is balanced with a lot of timely humor. This is an adventure that you will be happy you tagged along for and the last book on our book recommendations list for this month. Happy reading!

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