Been a very busy month, with my full-time venture into the eBay business! It’s going really well so far and I now know what it feels like to be excited to go to work every day. (It feels amazing.)
Given the workload, I haven’t been able to read as much as I would’ve liked, but still had some great reads this month. It’s helped distract me a bit from the news, if nothing else… Keep reading, marching, and resisting, my friends!!
Such a strange book, but I’ll never forget it. Graphic raw imagery with unforgettable characters. It had a surreal quality I haven’t experienced in fiction yet.
Unbelievable but true stories of the endless cycle of poverty. Forced me to recalibrate the importance of a steady rental and place to live, above even that of a job or food. Really fascinating to hear the perspectives of landlords as well as long-term tenants. Very eye-opening.
I really admired the tenacity of Jason, who kept up written correspondence during high school and college with some of the biggest names in serial killing (Manson, Gacy, Ramirez, Dahmer). Even more interesting than his glimpses into pure evil was the toll that it gradually took on Jason psychologically and emotionally (especially when he goes to meet John Wayne Gacy in jail). Chilled me to the bone. It was an excellent pairing to Whoever Fights Monsters this month, since Ressler does it for a living and still suffered tremendously from having to face these killers. I can barely make it through the Bundy tapes without feeling nauseous….can’t even imagine.
Absolutely heartbreaking story of mental illness, murder, and the criminal justice system. Took place in our own city of Seattle so it felt even more chilling.
One of my favorites of the year so far. Massive twist and one of the scariest books I’ve ever read. Started it in the evening and couldn’t go to bed until it was done. Luckily it’s a short read, but it’ll stick with you for a while.
So much respect for this woman. She suffered remarkably in the hands of the IFB and came out an advocate for cult survivors. If you need a reminder of the destructiveness of organized evangelical Christianity, look no further. (Well, the reminder is probably not needed at this exact point in history, but it was an excellent and infuriating read nonetheless…)
This makes an unshakable case for the importance of taking breaks, vacations, and midday walks. I’m terrible at doing all of those things, so it was an excellent reminder that the quality of your work is impacted negatively by the quantity of time spent doing it. This runs counter to our cultural expectation of working 9-5, plus sending emails at 10pm to show what a good worker bee you are. Using examples of some of the most prolific artists, scientists, and writers in history, Pang argues that focused and targeted time spent working (while dedicating the rest of your time to hobbyist pursuits, exercise, family, and even daydreaming) produces the best results and happiest people.
Really interesting book about con artists. Anyone who enjoys Psychology Today will appreciate this read.
Fantastic read by one of the FBI’s most talented criminal profilers. Ressler interviewed the basest of humanity over the course of his career (Kemper, Speck, Gacy, etc.) and used this information to create a behavioral profiling system which started with the childhoods of those who would grow up to become serial killers. It gives you a true glimpse into the heads of serial killers, and a better understanding of the situations and tragedies that create these monsters. Ressler is a national hero.
Great timing for this book, given that we’ve elected one to lead our country. Turns out that many successful CEOs and political leaders are sociopaths, since they can easily overlook the emotional impact of their decisions. Appreciated Stout’s clinical analysis of the traits and cultural impact of these people.
Fun thriller with a surprise twist. Definitely inspired by Gone Girl and Girl on the Train but it still stood on its own. Also reaffirmed that I never want to take a cruise.