I'm an enthusiastic listener of true crime podcasts, having been caught up in the My Favorite Murder craze back when it started, but have read very few true crime books. While I've moved on to better and more responsible podcasts, my interest in true crime remains. When the opportunity to read Killing for Company crossed my path, I decided to give it a go, despite some of my discomfort around true crime reporting and attitudes.
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but when I do pick it up I tend to lean toward history books. My friend Amber listened to the audiobook for The Five over the summer and it sounded so intriguing! I ended up picking it up and absolutely loving it too, not just for the social history aspect but because it, for the first time, gives a voice to the women who were murdered by England’s most infamous serial killer.
Years after his crime spree, the Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist didn’t have as much public interest as criminals like Jack the Ripper or the Zodiac killer, but for one woman, the capture of this man became an obsession. The Golden State Killer terrorised California residents across the 70’s and 80’s, committing over 50 rapes and at least 10 murders. True crime writer Michelle McNamara dedicated her life to finding this man's identity and putting him behind bars. Although she did not live to see his capture in 2018 -- she sadly passed away in 2016 -- she was instrumental in keeping these heinous crimes in the public consciousness.
I love true crime, but I tend to get my true crime fix from podcasts rather than books. I want to amend this and have recently been keeping an eye out for interesting titles. I have heard great things about My Friend Dahmer, which has recently been made into a film, and decided to pick it up. While I wouldn’t call it true crime, it offers fascinating insight into the early life of one of America’s most notorious serial killers.
Happy Friday! I’m wrapping up my last full week at my current job, working through my huge list of current reads, plotting my triumphant return to YouTube, and preparing to go on holiday. In short, I am so busy and so sleepy. It has certainly been an interesting week for reading, so let’s dive in!
Happy Friday! This has been a short week here in the UK and it really did fly by. I didn’t do a weekly wrap-up last week because there would have only been a couple days between my monthly and weekly wrap-ups, so this post will feature two weeks worth of books!
Happy Friday! I’ve been a little quiet here and on social media this week because, well, everything else in my life has been crazy! Work is crazy, personal life is crazy, I’m attempting to start training for a half marathon, and we are packing up and heading to Edinburgh on Tuesday. Being so busy is amazing, but it hasn’t left much time for reading or talking about books.
Hey guys, guess what? It’s December! Already! I feel like November was just a thing that didn’t happen. This year has absolutely flown by and I’m not sure where the time has gone. But now that November is over, it’s time for my monthly reading round-up.