“The Stranger Beside Me” by Ann Rule

1262745The Stranger Beside Me was originally published in 1980, and it had a 20th anniversary edition that came out in 2000. It’s been on my to-read shelf for…… longer than I care to admit.

Ann Rule, as you may know, is an acclaimed true crime author known for many of her works. Back in the 80’s, there was a suspected serial killer sexually assaulting and bludgeoning young women to death. The case was in full swing when Rule’s publisher asked her to follow the story and write a book about it.

A short time before this, Ann had done some work for a suicide hotline to honor her brother’s memory (he had committed suicide many years before). She became close to another volunteer there named Ted Bundy. Bundy was kind of a charmer, and Rule felt almost sisterly love for him, giving him rides and attending events together.

As Ann followed the serial killer case, she began to hear things that brought Ted to mind. But no, nice Ted that she worked with would never do something that horrible! Eventually, Ted was caught and sentenced to death by electrocution. Rule continued to communicate with Ted, even with him knowing she was writing this book, up until when he was executed.

Doesn’t that sound like an amazing, unbelievable story? In case you didn’t catch it, this is a T R U E  S T O R Y. You could not make this stuff up.

This is a very solid read, even with its age. If you like serial killers and well-researched procedural and mystery books, you should definitely put this on your list.

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Buy the book here.

NYC Trip – BookExpo & BookCon 2017

Tomorrow I leave for New York City! The main reason for my trip is to attend BookExpo and BookCon! I went last year and had such a great bookish time, and I decided I couldn’t miss out this year! Check out my post-BEA/BookCon 2016 blog here.

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BookExpo is May 31-June 2 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. BookCon is June 3-4 at the same convention center.

However, I’m leaving early to go sightseeing around New York! I’m so excited to see the Big Apple. I’m planning on going to the 9/11 Museum and memorial, Ellis Island, the Top of the Rock, a Rockefeller Center tour, a broadway show, but most importantly, the bookish sites: The New York Public Library, The Strand, Books of Wonder, and more!

Though this isn’t a travel blog, I do plan on blogging every day to show you all what I was up to that day! As for the BookExpo and BookCon posts, I hope to show who I met, what I picked up from the show, and exciting things coming for the next year in the book industry!

Thanks in advance for following me on this new adventure! I’ll be blogging from a different time zone tomorrow night! And I can’t have a trip to New York and not end a post or two with the famous words from my current Netflix binge:

XOXO – Gossip Girl 😉

Have you ever been to NYC, BookExpo, or BookCon? Will you be there this year? What are some other things I should see while in the city?

November Wrap-Up

November was a great month for reading. I had a four-day weekend thanks to Thanksgiving, in which I read like the world was ending. I managed to get through 31 books! Some of them were graphic novels, which I just started reading for the first time. They still count in my eyes!

2016 challenge update: As of the end of November, I am at 192 books read for my goal of 200. I’m on track to win!

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Here’s what I read this month:

  1. Defending Jacob by William Landay*
  2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  4. Ex Machina Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, et al.
  5. Can I Sit on Your Lap While You’re Pooping? by Matthew Carroll
  6. The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey* (review)
  7. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  8. Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan*
  9. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  10. Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan*
  11. Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan*
  12. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  13. Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
  14. Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  15. iZombie Vol. 1 by Chris Roberson*
  16. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  17. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  18. iZombie Vol. 2 by Chris Roberson*
  19. Panic by Lauren Oliver*
  20. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  21. iZombie Vol. 3 by Chris Roberson*
  22. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver*
  23. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  24. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  25. Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  26. Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk*
  27. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid*
  28. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
  29. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham*

*Not pictured — read as audiobook, library book, or ebook. Not included are 2 books read for work that are outside the scope of this blog.

Man, I really need to catch up on reviews this month! What did you read last month? What are you looking forward to reading in December?

Quick Update

Hi all!

Sorry for my lack of posts lately. I’ve been building up content to give you a more consistent feed of new and interesting books, giveaways, and bookish news.

Some exciting news: Next week, I’ll be attending BookExpo America, the country’s largest book-related conference, as well as BookCon! I hope to bring back lots of interesting new ideas and content, including some of the most anticipated books of the year.
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Thanks for hanging in there with me, and stay tuned for the scoop on what I’m reading.

 

Reading now:

61dQyRrqSsL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg715wJzWbkqL.jpgWhere They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (Audible) – Pick this one up now!

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly – waiting for the wow factor, but stay tuned for the final verdict.