Book Recommendations: July 2021

Another month has passed and that means another book recommendation list! For this month, the selection includes a variety of books. From fantasy novels to a nonfiction account of exploring a city that was thought to be just a legend. Here are the book recommendations for July 2021!

Book Recommendations: July 2021

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Forrest Gump by Winston Graham

Many people have seen the classic movie but not many have read the novel by Winston Graham. And let’s just say, the novel would have been too controversial if it was made into a movie verbatim. And that is exactly why you should read the novel. You get to understand Forrest as the author intended. Not a censored watered-down version that was made to be home friendly.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Everyone knows about the Lord of the Rings trilogy but forget the prequel The Hobbit. While it isn’t necessary since J. R. R. Tolkien gives us a wrap up summary of it in the trilogy, as a fan you have to read it. Having a vague idea of the events before the Lord of the Rings is not the same as knowing what actually transpired. And the adventure in the Hobbit is definitely worth reading it. 

The Hobbit book cover
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

An expedition of a legend sounds like a fantasy novel but this novel is all true. Author Douglas Preston is invited to join an expedition of the Lost City of the Monkey God in Honduras. They travel to a rainforest that hasn’t been explored by humans in centuries. As the group unearths olden treasure, they face a monster that hospitalizes half of the group.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Sixteen-year-old Kitness Everdeen volunteers for the Hunger Games to replace her younger sister. The Hunger Games is a tournament where teenagers fight to the death for the entertainment of adults in the country of Panem. But Kitness is not going to abide by their rules. She decided to do what she believes is right and exact revenge on those who created the heinous games.

The Hunger Games book cover
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Patrick Bateman is a wealthy investment banker in his 20’s in the late 1980’s. We follow him as he and his friends live a life of vanity, drugs, and a lot of violence. And we get to see first-hand of the world Patrick lives in get his unfiltered thoughts in a stream-of-consciousness narrative. That leads to one of the darkest characters and protagonist who in my opinion is far scarier than even Hannibal Lecter


This list includes multiple classic novels and some gems. Not many people even know that Forrest Gump also has a novel! Enjoy reading and we’ll be back next month with more recommendations.

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