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text 2019-08-03 20:28
My July 2019
Evil Has a Name - Peter McDonnell,Paul Holes,Jim Clemente
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Gillian Flynn,Gabra Zackman,Patton Oswalt,Michelle McNamara
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered - Karen Kilgariff
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered - 5 stars
Evil Has a Name - 5 stars
To Kill a Kingdom - 3 stars
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month:

Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered, Evil Has a Name, I'll Be Gone in the Dark

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet:

Still, Tote Asche, Percy Jackson - Die Schlacht um das Labyrinth, Gläsernes Schwert (dnf), On The Come Up

 

Random ramblings:

The best decision I ever made in july was to take a week off of reading and just consume all the other medias. I'm still catching up on tv show episodes that aired november '18, I haven't watched a movie in forever, and I'm still painfully behind on all the True Crime podcasts. So I took care of that for a bit. And when I decided to go back to reading again, I didn't care about the books I was currently reading, I decided to start some new ones, that I really wanted to read, no matter if they fit with that month's reading challenge for the goodreads bookclub I'm part of, no matter if I HAD to read something. I just picked up what I felt like. So yess, I'M BACK. I'm back to reading, enjoying my reading and actually finishing books. YAY ME.

 
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review 2019-08-01 04:41
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn

With only a few hours left of July, I have finished! 

 

So as mentioned in a previous post, I feel like this book was hyped more than deserved. It's promoted as something groundbreaking full of new information. But as I read, I found that not only did none of it seem groundbreaking, but none of it felt new either. I've listened to Generation Why's episode on the case - my first introduction - as well as Casefile's multi-part series. The latter especially seemed more in-depth, explaining not only the facts of the case but the cultural changes related to the case relevant to the investigation (apparently the rape kit came to prominence around the same time this creep was active). Compared to the detail and explanations these podcasts gave, this book felt shallow.

 

At book club this past Sunday, I realized a key reason WHY this book felt disappointing to me: I was already familiar with the case AND a true crime junkie. If this is your first exposure to the case, it's as terrifying as Gen Why's podcast was to me on a plane. So keep that in mind if you want to read it: if you're familiar with the case and/or true crime, it probably won't be as mind-blowing to you if you're not. I'm glad we discussed it at book club because it definitely gave me a new appreciation for the unique structure this book has compared to something like The Stranger Beside Me or In Cold Blood.

 

I had to smile towards the end because I can remember what I was doing that day. I first learned about the arrest on Twitter, but when I learned about the identity of the killer himself, I was in jail. It was for a training and I was just standing in the lobby but still. Oddly fitting. I sat there, watching them discussing this enigma on the TV and I just thought, "This is incredible. This is like my 9/11 or Kennedy Assassination". Less than a year before, I had been listening to two podcasters speculate whether we'd ever have answers. I'm glad we do now.

 

Final rating; 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Final thought: The biggest tragedy is that McNamara didn't get to finish this book herself. She was an incredible writer and I can only imagine what the book would have looked like had she lived. The Letter to an Old Man is without a doubt the best part of the book.

 

 

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review 2019-07-30 14:56
I'll Be Gone In The Dark!!!
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Gillian Flynn,Gabra Zackman,Patton Oswalt,Michelle McNamara

english review

audible audiobook
*warning this review is written while I have some headcold going on. I can't breathe and can't hear properly. If my review doesn't make sense or doesn't seem thought out really well, blame it on the huge cloud around my head*

 

This was such a chilling read for so many different reasons.

 

That case is all kinds of disturbing. BUT it was told in such a great way. Seriously, the writing. (Also, I truly enjoyed the way the audio book was produced).

 

The last few chapters. Especially the letter towards the end just gave me all the chills.
I also loved the (kinda) discussion part at the end about how much that book helped find the son of a bitch, or if it didn't help at all. That was...interesting.

 

I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!
Even though I'm super into True Crime, I think that was the first time I actually read a book about it. I have some serious catching up to do. But this one set the bar really high.

 
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text 2019-07-21 03:22
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 352 pages.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn

To be honest, this feels more like one of those books that got more than is actually due. It's good, but not the amazing true crime read I was expecting it to be.

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text 2019-06-20 05:05
Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 352 pages.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn So it begins!
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