Friday, September 9, 2011

Judging Books by Their Covers

As you'll find out, I'm an avid reader. I wish I could say I read scholarly texts about theology, wars, self-help or how Play-Doh came to be. I like to refer to these as "smart books". The fact is, I like trash and gore. I'm not into our mothers’ Harlequin romance novels, but I won't turn down some well written smut (God, I love that word!). I tend to keep with suspense/mystery and chick-lit. Beach reads if you will. However, for the past 3 years I've been hooked on memoirs. It started with Eat, Pray, Love. I absolutely fell in love with this book.  I then moved on to The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This book is nothing short of amazing. If you haven’t read it stop reading this post (I really mean it) and go buy it, download it or whatever you need to do – just get it. I then found Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco. Similar in aspects to Walls’ book but her tale is unique, yet something I think many can relate to.

Lately I’ve been going back to my roots. In this case roots means mystery and suspense. I grew up on Nancy Drew. I’ve been hooked on Mary Higgins Clark. In a rare twist of life, my previous boss is personal friends with her son so I’ve interacted with him on numerous occasions.  Through channels a signed copy of a book found it’s way on my desk. Sadly it wasn’t for me. In any event I started reading it and was completely sucked in. So started my MHC love affair. I’ve demolished 5 of her books so far and I’m making it a personal goal to read every book she’s ever written. Yea, that’s the way I roll. Although I’m a full-fledged MHC groupie I needed a minor break. Insert true crime.

You can’t tear me away when it comes to murder stories, car accidents and the like. It’s just sooo interesting! When I went to college (round I) I was a Psychology major. Anything mental illness and I was all over it. It started with phobias when I was 13 (a subject for another time) and eventually grew to serial killers. Yes, I know. It sounds creepy. Yes, it can be disturbing but isn’t that what pulls us in? Either way, Jeffrey Dahmer has always been my #1. He’s held my top spot on the interest charts and as of yesterday I was reading The Dahmer Story: An American Nightmare by Don Davis. In a sentence? I couldn’t put it down. So as any fan does… I’m looking for my next serial killer book to read. Or any books for that matter. I have a stack of at least 20 books in my TBR (To Be Read) pile, but I want new ones! There’s just something about going to Barnes & Noble and buying new books. It must be my paper obsession.

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