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review 2018-03-26 19:27
I've heard of misplacing car keys but losing a head is just plain careless
Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses - Bess Lovejoy

Yes, I'm somewhat fascinated by death culture. No, I don't think it's unhealthy. Yes, I do recognize it makes many people uncomfortable especially when walking around with a book somewhat shaped like a coffin with the title Rest in Pieces emblazoned across the front. (It might have been unwise to read this on an airplane but I'm a risk taker.) The subtitle of Bess Lovejoy's book is a dead (ha!) giveaway as to the substance of what lies within (on a roll here!). This book is full of fascinating histories of what became of famous people's corpses. She covers everyone from Presidents and political leaders to outlaws, radicals, and artists. No matter their designation, the dead were rarely left to rest peacefully and with all of their pieces together. There was a lot of ground to cover and I honestly felt like I learned quite a bit (I'm going to be a hit at my next dinner party if I ever get invited to another one). If you have a strong stomach, an interest in the unconventional, and some time on your hands then this is one you definitely shouldn't pass up. 10/10


Inside art from the illustrator Mark Stutzman


What's Up Next: I've Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart


What I'm Currently Reading: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2015-10-01 17:00
September Wrap-Up
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile - James Jean,Craig Hamilton,Lan Medina,Steve Leialoha,Bill Willingham
The Autumnlands Volume 1: Tooth and Claw - Benjamin Dewey,Jordie Bellaire,Kurt Busiek
Batman: Streets of Gotham, Vol. 1: Hush Money - Paul Dini
A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman
Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses - Bess Lovejoy
Batman: Private Casebook - Paul Dini,Peter Milligan,Dustin Nguyen,Derek Fridolfs

This month it was all about getting out of my reading slump.  It wasn't a lack of reading material, but a lack of a want and the attention span.  August was a stressful month both with work and outside.  Which left me exhausted most days.  Plus my roommate was back from her summer job, and we were hanging out since we really hadn't seen much of one another in about 3 months.  I found myself picking up a lot of graphics novels, most of which were on my TBR list.  They pulled me out of my reading slump and lead me to two pretty awesome books.  All and all it was a pretty good month for me and October is shaping up to pretty awesome.  I have a lot of spooky and weird books ready for the month!


Books Read: 7

Number of Pages: 1315

2015 Reading Challenge: 29 out of 45 books

Series Finished: None

Series Started: 1 - A Dirty Job, Grim Reaper #1

BINGO Squares: 1 - A Dirty Job, A Book I Own

DNF: 1 - Vengeance Road 



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review 2015-09-16 23:14
Rest In Pieces Review
Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses - Bess Lovejoy

A corpse is always a problem - both for the living and for the dead.


Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, was one of those books that I just stumbled across one day while book shopping online.  At the time I found it I remember it being sold out, so I marked it on Goodreads should I ever stumble across is again.  Once or twice I'm pretty sure it even appeared as giveaway on GR after I added it.  That was probably 2 years ago seeing the book was published in 2013.  Since then it sort fell off my radar, popping up as a rec on Amazon, but only ever when I was short on funds.  Enter the new library in the new town I just moved into, sitting right there on the shelf, waiting to be added to a haul.


This book was a fun read, it was very morbid, but fun at the same time.  Bess Lovejoy put a lot of time into her research and it shows throughout the entire book.  She used a lot of people famous throughout history, but I never once felt like I was getting a history lesson.  In fact it was a look into each of these people's lives that I hadn't seen.  While I knew who they were, what they did, and for some even how they died.  I didn't know what happened after their death.


Like, I had no idea people tried to steal Lincoln's body on more than one occasion.  I also didn't know that Elvis's father was accused of setting up a grave robbery to be able bury his son and wife in Graceland.  


The book moved pretty quickly and is broken up into section: Saints and Sinners, Science and Medicine, Crime and Punishment, etc.  Each section talks about different people who fit into those categories.  This made the book flow a little better in my opinion.  It made the book have a solid structure instead of each chapter about someone else, which could have made the book to heavy and long winded.  Something that Rest in Pieces is not.  Each chapter is pretty short and focuses on what happened after death of these people throughout history.


I only have two complaints when it came to Rest in Pieces, and they are small ones that were easy to overlook.  First is sort of the size and shape of the book.  At first I was intrigued by the fact it was long and rectangular.  Only, after a while reading it got a little awkward to hold, so I kept putting it down after a few chapters and doing something else.  The other, well, it's not really much of Bess Lovejoy's fault in the end.  A lot of the chapters are repetitive in what was done to some of these people's bodies, but the voice and tone that Lovejoy used was what kept me coming back every single time.


If I enjoyed it so much, why 3 stars?  Well, it was a great read and I learned a lot not just about some of these people, but the weird things we do to people after they pass.  However, I probably won't every pick this book up again.  It's not something I'll ever feel the need to re-read.  However, I do throw down some facts about Elvis because of this book now (only because we have a cupcake at work named after him).


Would I recommend it?  Oh of course!  To anyone into the macabre side of life and death.  Rest in Pieces, is full of fascinating facts about people we grow up learning about in school.


All and all, I really enjoyed my time with the book.  It was fun, and really weird.  There were a lot of times I would read pieces out loud to roommate because the needed to be shared.  I also wish I wouldn't have sneezed and spilled coffee all over it because it's a library book and want other people to be able to enjoy it.  But, what can you do when you read a book with a sinus infection.


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text 2015-08-20 06:35
Reading progress update: I've read 27 out of 329 pages.
Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses - Bess Lovejoy

I couldn't wait until I finished the book I'm currently reading to crack this open. It's a lot on the morbid side, but fascinating as well.  People have done some strange things with the bodies of not only famous people, but those considered Saints. 

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text 2015-08-05 03:40
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Rest in Pieces (PTO Murder Club Mystery Book 1) - Katie Graykowski

Uh uh...can't finish this. It's too cheesy. I usually love a good, cozy mystery as a go to, wind down book. This one is working my nerves. It's like the author is trying too hard with the sarcasm and corny one liners. Also, she spends pages on things that aren't advancing the or adding to the plot; they're doing more harm than good. I just can't. Scrapping this for the time being being. I may try to finish it when I get some down time. Moving on...

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