The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just finished reading this book and I loved it. Maybe it’s because I love non-fiction. I am also a big fan of mysteries, and I love books about fairs (weird I know, but I have a thing for fairs and circuses) and history so this was right up my alley. After reading this book, I have new-found appreciation for architects, engineers and landscapers. The book also left me wondering why on Earth some people act and do the things they do. (i.e. The serial killer, Holmes.) I would also love to pay a visit to Chicago now and see some of the places they discuss in the book. The author links the creation and construction of the World’s Fair in Chicago with America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who builds a “murder castle” about a block away and lures in unsuspecting guest from the fair to his dark lair. You get a very good mix of dark and grand, accomplishment and destruction. I would recommend this book to really anyone, fiction and non-fiction lovers alike, although parts of it are pretty gory, or maybe disturbing. I also heard that Leonardo Dicaprio is making this into a movie!!! If that’s true, then I can’t wait until it opens!! Another book I would highly recommend if you do like this one would be “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan regarding Frank Lloyd Wright another architect, about the same time period as this book.
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I just finished reading this book. It was ok, not my favorite ever, but not my least favorite.
Basically, this book is about a bunch of girls who are all friends and it follows them from Freshman year of college through their early 30’s. I could relate to some of the characters and things they were going through. Like, all your friends getting married and having babies, graduating college and things not exactly working out the way you had plan, the tight living during the early years of college, the strong friendships I formed during my 20’s, the awkwardness of being set up with people on blind dates.
The complaints I had about this book is that are too many characters and the author never really goes too much in-depth on them. Some girls, who aren’t really the main characters have their own chapter but it’s just one little story that leaves you hanging because she never concludes what happens to them at the end. Also, all their stories and crisis were about the same, so I kept getting confused on who was who. I think it would have been better to only focus on maybe 3 girls and go in more depth. The ending was very bad, I thought. I felt like it just ended with no real conclusion on any of girls. It just stopped. This is the authors first book and I think you can tell.
Like I said, wasn’t horrible, but not great… I would check it out from the library and not buy it though. I would rate it about 3 out of 5 stars.
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Currently I am reading:
1.) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
If you are a fan of “The Office” you will LOVE this book. Mindy is on the show and she is one of the script writers. She is so funny and so real! I took this book to the gym with me the other night and actually realized an hour later that I was still on the elliptical and my time had run out!! I was laughing out loud literally. She talks about her childhood, being a celebrity and how she got there, her friendships when she was younger, body image, etc. I don’t even want to put it down!
2.) 50 Shades of Grey
So… I usually hate books that get so popular so fast and are like fad books… but to be honest I heard it first from a friend who doesn’t ever read books and she liked it – so I picked up. I don’t know yet, how I feel about it. I think I like, I think it’s kind of boring and the characters are a bit overdone some ways. I think maybe I just haven’t actually got far enough into it yet. I hear everyone buzzing about it but I don’t know yet how I feel about it. So far – nothing too special to me, but like I said I think I am just now getting to the juicy parts.
3.)The Circle Maker
A couple of months ago a lady I work with at church gave us all a handout that had an excerpt from this book and I liked it. I put it on reserve at the library and just picked it up last night. I thought I would read a couple of chapters a night. So far I like it. If you like books like this, Christian self-help per say. I think you will like this one. It’s basically about how to have a better more confident prayer life and “drawing circles” around your hopes/desires/fears/concerns/etc and learning how to pray better about them.
So I usually do book reviews after I read a book but this is slightly different…
I was skimming through a May 2012 copy of Good Housekeeping. The Dr. I work with had it sent to her in the mail, and didn’t want it but before I got rid of it I thought I would take a look and I am glad I did!
They had an excerpt from a book called Helen in Love by Rosie Sultan. You know Helen Keller…I started reading it and couldn’t stop. It was so interesting!
This is one of those books where it tells you the untold parts of their lives. The parts that no one thinks about. Helen’s one love affair. (This book reminds me so much of Loving Frank – Frank Lloyd Wright’s love affair. Also a super good book.)
Is he handsome?” I asked nervously. “All I can say is, thank God you’re blind.” Annie spelled.
It’s one of those – we know it happened but we don’t have many details so we tell you how we think it happened. Which is fine to me… I just keep that in mind the whole time I read it, this is what the author thinks happened… may not be the exact way it happened or those might not be the thoughts Helen had but non-the-less it’s still good to me.
The truth is, that I was never unknown, often lonely. I am yours, I wanted to say to Peter.
So… now, off to the library to pick up a copy so I can finish… 5 pages worth is not enough.
My current read… and of course, I LOVE It.
Nicholas Sparks is the best right? A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, The Last Song, Dear John…
I was given the book about a year ago to read by someone and I never picked it up, it wasn’t the right time then I guess.
Then later, I see the trailer – and wondered why did I wait so long?….
I can’t put the book down and I am SO excited to see this movie and of course I do love me some Zac Efron. ❤
I am only half way through the book – knowing Nicholas Sparks it will be super sad and I am sure I will be bawling my eyes out here in a couple of days. (I think those are the best books though…right?!)