Inferno: This Book is Hell’a Good

25 Jun

Top Books to Read this SummerAll images found via Google.

I have not found a historical thriller mystery author whose novels are as easy to read while still being enjoyable than Dan Brown. (I am open to recommendations. Send them my way!) I’m no literary critic, but I found the portrayal and interwoven nature of this plot and Dante’s Inferno quite captivating. For those of you who have not read Dante’s Inferno, I highly recommend it. This classic piece of literature, the first part of the Divine Comedy details the journey through hell, depicting it as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth.

Inferno brings back one of Brown’s well known characters, Robert Langdon. He wakes up in a hospital only to find out that he cannot piece together where or what he was doing in Florence. The story centers on the storyline seen from the Inferno but in present day Florence. It continues with travels through secret hideaways of museums, cathedrals and monuments in Venice and Istanbul, with the usual spectacle of art. (I took the time to Google the different museums and pieces so I could visualize how it fit into the story.)

As in the previous books, Harvard professor Langdon, a symbologist, is in the middle of a crisis that only his knowledge can resolve. Does he succeed or not? You’ll have to read it to find out.

What’s next on my list?

There are a TON of books I’m looking forward to read after this. My top five to read this summer are:

1) The Maze Runner by James Dashner –  This book’s plot surrounds the journey of a bunch of boy who are trapped in a maze filled with deadly creatures. These creatures are ready to kill. Further, their home is a ticking time bomb, and apparently one will  race through the book to find out if they ever escape. Intrigued? I am.

2) The World of the End by Ofir Touche Gafla- Ben Mendelssohn is an epilogist. After his wife dies, he puts a bullet to his brain. He awakes in another world desperately looking for Marian, but does not find her. Itching to see her again, he enlists an unconventional afterlife investigator to find her, little knowing that his search is entangled in events that continue to unfold in the world of the living. 

3) If I Stay by Gayle Forman-  The book tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who slips in a coma after a bad accident. She has an out-of-body experience, watching as friends and family visit, and needs to choose to live a difficult life or die peacefully.

4) Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple – Bernadette Fox is notorious; one day she disappears. In order to find her mother, Bee compiles emails and secret correspondence. This book is about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an cray cray world.

5) Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – A workaholic single mother discovers her only child has committed suicide. She does not believe her daughter would do that to herself. Looking for answers, she combs through texts, emails and Facebook posts. Through this, she finds out some shocking information about her daughter’s last few days.

What’s on your list??

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