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Let's Talk About Books

An out of practice reader discussing the books I get around to reading. 

Currently reading

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt, Gillian Flynn
Progress: 122/352 pages
Joe Hill
Progress: 100/692 pages

In Cold Blood

In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences - Truman Capote

It is done! It's taken me a while but I have finally finished Truman Capote's true crime novel. 


I wanted to read this one after watching Capote a few years ago. I also learned that it's considered one of the first true crime novels/the grandfather of the genre, so it felt only right to give it a go. Overall, I'm really glad. I was surprised by the depth of exploration into both Smith and Hickock's lives the book went into and just how much Capote was able to discover. I was also surprised by the explorations of criminal psychology the book presented. Considering when this book was written, I didn't think people would be considering that sort of topic. Having read the book, though, it makes sense that it was explored and that so much was dug up on the killers since the shocking element of the crime is no one understood why it had happened at all. The randomness of it was something new and kudos to Capote for really exploring the nature of the randomness. He also gave lovely exploration of the Clutter family and I feel appropriate coverage to the lives that were lost. 


Part of why it took me so long to finish the book is related to having seen Capote. I think I expected the book to be like that movie and it wasn't. I'm actually surprised with how sympathetic the movie portrays Perry Smith, since the book really portrays him as a cold and remorseless person, even with all the exploration they gave into his backstory. You feel for what he went through, but the Perry in Capote is very different than the Perry of In Cold Blood. The book also dragged a bit, especially in the beginning. Every detail makes sense and is well written, it just is sort of didn't have a quick flow to it, if that makes sense. 


Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A little slow but a great read for those who enjoy true crime. 


New Buddy Read

Hard Justice (Body Armor) - Lori Foster

All right, a reread for me, a first read for Kiersten. My boy Justice is back!


Tall Dark and Cajun - Sandra Hill

Okay, I can’t do it.

Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 416 pages.

Tall Dark and Cajun - Sandra Hill

Remy has a pet gator, his name is Useless, and I love him.

Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 416 pages.

Tall Dark and Cajun - Sandra Hill

The buddy read has been chosen!!!!! Southern Fried Reads and I will be indulging in Tall, Dark, and Cajun by Sandra Hill. I'm so pumped, you don't even know. 

February Reads

So I didn't get as much read in January as I wanted. Se la vie, or however it goes (and is spelled). In Clod Blood should be done this weekend, so I figured I'd lay out my February plans 'cause I really need to get back into blogging.


For Me: Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - I bought this back in December and read the first chapter at the beginning of January, so I want to finally get it read by the end of the month. Considering how fast I read The Cabin at the End of the World, I don't expect it to be an issue. 



Book Club: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - My cousin is starting a book club and the first book is Six of Crows. I have until March to read this one so it might not come into play until mid-February. I hear it's fun though.



Buddy Read: TBD - I convinced my friend Southern Fried Reads to join since I send her my posts anyway and often talk about books with her. Since both of us want to read more, we're gonna do a long distance buddy read. We're planning on an obnoxious romance novel, though we haven't decided which yet. Feel free to make recommendations in the comments! 



So that's the plan. It should be doable. SHOULD be. 

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences - Truman Capote


Monster - Frank Peretti

Quick review before I head to bed!


Overall, I really enjoyed this. I checked it out on Libby because I wanted a good Bigfoot story and that’s exacrly what I got. The Bigfoot squad were fabulous and I enjoyed learning about their culture and ways. 


This one’s a bit of a slow burn but when it did get scary I absolutely got the creeps. It takes some patience but it’s well worth it in my view. The book has Christian overtones but it wasn’t done in a way that felt heavy handed too me. The book is a tad anti-evolution but again, not super heavy handed.


Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Reading progress update: I've read 70%.

Monster - Frank Peretti

Probably gonna get this one done today while I clean. I do enjoy a good bigfoot story.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences - Truman Capote

The goal: Get this done by the end of the month!

That’s Bad Luck

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

I‘m super tired from last night so no big review for this one. I enjoyed it but it’s not my favorite Christie. It had a pace that felt like it was dragging for me. Still, the resolution to the mystery made sense and it was a fun read. I recommend it if you’re looking for a fun mystery to read.


Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Reading progress update: I've read 201 out of 351 pages.

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

So close to being done! I got a spa tray to put on my tub that comes with a book holder so maybe some nice soaks are in order. All in the name of reading, of course. :D

Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 351 pages.

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

The goal is to finish this before New Years. Can it be done? Probably. Will it? That's the challenge. 

Coldbrook: DNF

Coldbrook - Tim Lebbon

Yeah, I'm calling it quits on this one. It's not a BAD book, I just honestly have no desire to keep reading it. Like I said, it was probably a mistake to go for a zombie book. Maybe one day I'll return to it but there are books I'd rather read right now. 

Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 656 pages.

Coldbrook - Tim Lebbon

Making my way through this one, slowly but surely. I think the mistake I made was choosing a zombie novel. Not that those are bad, just not my favorite these days. The writing is good though, so we’ll see.

They released the trailer for Bird Box today. It looks like they’re straying from the book quite a bit. I think they’re trying to hard to make it the next A Quiet Place, since the creatures seem more aggressive in the trailer than they were in the book. It looks good though and I’ll definitely watch it when it comes out.


What do you all think?