Hello, and happy Thanksgiving to the WordPress world and to my followers! I do apologize for not being on here to share new content yesterday. It was a long day and I ran out of time. At any rate, with it being the holiday weekend, this is the only time you will see me on here today. Throughout the weekend, I will come and come and go intermittently as my internet connection will be spotty. Have a great weekend, you guys! And enjoy this read:
I have been challenged by Not-so-modern girl (https://notsomoderngirl.wordpress.com/) to list 5 books and the
perfect location to read them. For this, I am going to draw from books
that I have read, and my own personal experience of reading them to
explain why a certain type of place would be best. To keep this chain
alive — If you would like to participate, then feel free to comment below
on your own suggestions. Or if you’d rather you can create your own
post. Just don’t forget to tag me in it! 🙂
‘Helter Skelter’ by Vincent Bugliosi
I have always been intrigued by the subjects of Criminology and true crime stories. This book is what sparked my absolute obsession with them. In addition to having been one of the best in his field, Bigliosi was a brilliant author — as demonstrated in this five-hundred-and-two-page true account of the Manson cult murders, arrest, and trial. The story is told from his perspective, as the lead investigator and prosecutor on the case. I was in high school, maybe a senior, when I picked up this book from the library. I believe I had selected it for a school assignment, and when I saw the cover I knew right away what it was about, and I got excited. I knew that I’d read it all the way through, even though it was to date the thickest book I had ever tackled. On many Wednesday afternoons after school, after my FCA group meeting ended and I still had time until the buses arrived, I would sit down on a bench right outside the library to read it. It was mostly silent there, all the time, and it allowed me to concentrate. I became so deeply involved in that book I could hardly ever put it down — but I would have to every once in a while whenever there wasn’t peace and quiet. So I recommend reading this book somewhere where there will be absolute silence, preferably outside, and if you can manage to do both then you can appreciate this book.
2. ‘Bag of Bones’ by Stephen King
This one I haven’t read all the way through yet. To me, in my limited experience, Stephen King’s writings are complex and hard to follow at times. I’ve been reading it at home on and off for going on three years now! I don’t know what it is about this one… It is very intriguing, and of course, the story unfolds slowly but in a way where you’re constantly wanting more from him. However, in order to be fully engaged with this book, I recommend finding somewhere quiet, inside or outside — preferably in a woodsy area, as that is the setting of this story and it helps to set the mood.
3. ‘The Christmas Thief’ by Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark
This is a really cute holiday story, and with it getting close to that time, I thought it’d be appropriate to add here. Written by the queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, and her daughter, Carol, this is a short read that’s good to enjoy wherever you feel the most like Christmas… I know. Predictable, right? However, that could be anywhere, depending on the person: It could be at home by the tree and a roaring fire, or at a dearly beloved’s house when it starts getting cold out. It could be a certain smell, too, and wherever you are is fine so long as you can smell it — pine, peppermint, etc.
4. ‘Almost Dead’ by Lisa Jackson
Really, I could chose any and every book ever written by this author, but with “Almost Dead’ being the first book I ever read by Lisa Jackson, it marked the beginning of my never-ending journey with my absolute favorite author. I can’t remember what the book is about, except an unknown killer that is going after a family by the name of Cahill, a family with twisted secrets, and one woman named Cissy Cahill is directly in the middle of it all. I don’t remember exactly what happens, either, except that it rains a lot, but it was only the second book I ever read completely — true story. I was in the sixth or seventh grade, and up until that point I hated to read, but loved to write… I soon learned what I was missing. Jackson’s books are gripping, and spooky. No, she doesn’t write about boogeymen. Worse, she writes about people who are in danger of those close to them — or closer to them than they expected. From day one, the way that Jackson writes has inspired me so much to start writing a suspenseful story of my own that I must get up and do it. To enjoy this book to the max, you HAVE to at least try reading it at home alone and at night just once. If you chicken out too easily, I understand. I will say that it’s not as bad as reading a Stephen King novel in that setting.
5. ‘Among The Missing’ by Dan Chaon
I actually bought this book at my college book store — when I still went to college. I needed it for a class I was taking on Literature. It can be helpful to get you started, if you’re like me and you’re working on short stories and excerpts. There’s a collection of stories in this book, and because they are of the educational type, they have a hidden message in them and they can be easily discussed and analyzed to find that message. This book remind me of that class and the teacher — mostly the soft-spoken way he talked and how he smiled. He really did have a passion for Lit, that old man, and it was neat. Like this book is neat. Based on the “feel” of this book, I would say it is best read in a classroom or office setting, or in a library.