2 Reasons Why I’m Excited to Read Mindhunter

If you’re a fan of Mindhunter (the show) then you’ve probably already heard that Netflix is delaying the third season for a stupid reason I won’t even mention. As you can tell I’m definitely not bitter. Okay, I’m a little bitter, but how could I not be?

Luckily for me and the other Mindhunter fans, there is a solution to this problem: we read the book.

For some silly reason, I’ve prevented myself from reading the actual book that the show is based on. Well, today I said, “Enough is enough!”, so I bought the kindle version on Amazon. I have to tell you it feels pretty great. I have zero regrets, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to read this book…oh wait, I can! I can give you two reasons why I’m excited to read this true crime book.

I’m Obsessed with True Crime & Crime Shows

I am fascinated by true crime and have been ever since my brother convinced me to watch a documentary about Jeffery Dahmer, called The Jeffery Dahmer Files.

I’m from Milwaukee, and anyone from Milwaukee knows who Jeffery Dahmer is. But, in case you don’t know, he’s known as the Milwaukee Cannibal who raped, murdered and dismembered 17 young men from 1978 to 1991. He was caught and sent away for life in prison, and he had only served 3 years when another inmate murdered him in 1994.

After watching that doc I started watching other docs and fictional crime shows like, Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, Monk, Bones, etc. I also watched Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Don’t F**k with Cats, The Killing, and of course Mindhunter. If there’s a good crime show or true crime doc out there then you can bet I’ve already seen it.

All of these shows got me thinking: how could anyone be so evil, and how did they get to be that way? Were they always evil and external circumstances triggered their crimes, or was it only external circumstances that lead them to commit such horrifying crimes? It’s the classic discussion of nature vs. nurture. There’s nothing I love more than having late-night discussions with my friends on this very topic!

The Show is Awesome

Mindhunter is intense and I realize it’s not for everyone. I have many friends who have tried to get into this show but couldn’t stick it out. I’m definitely not like some of my friends because I absolutely LOVED the show. I’ve already watched the two seasons that are available twice, and I’ll probably have to watch it all over again since Netflix is stupid and delaying the third season.

The show is set in the ’70s and follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathon Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). Together Ford and Tench interview some of the most notorious killers in America. The two agents figure out early on that the best way to catch a serial killer is to get inside the mind of one. Their work ultimately leads to the creation of the Behavioral Science Unit and lays the foundation for criminal profiling.

This show is like the serious prequel to Criminal Minds. It feels more real and that’s probably because it’s based on the book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, by the real FBI agents the show is based on, John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

The book follows the true story of FBI agents John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, who started working at the FBI in the ’70s. They’re the actual agents who conducted interviews with serial killers, so they could get a better insight into their psychological motivations for killing.

I feel pretty good about this book, even though I haven’t started it yet. So far I have found that the book is almost always better than the movie or show, so I’m hoping that applies to Mindhunter. I’ll Just Read It and find out 😉

After I finish reading I’ll probably write a follow-up post to this with my thoughts/reaction, so please stay tuned!

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6 YA RomCom Books That I’ll Probably Read Again…And Again

I will probably always read YA romcom books even when I’m 100 and there’s no sense in denying that. My love for reading actually began with Twilight, so it only makes sense that YA RomCom books were the next genre I immersed myself in. It’s not the only genre I love, but it will be a genre that I’ll always appreciate.

I was just rereading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Hahn, since the second movie is coming out on Netflix soon. In all that excitement I was reminiscing on some of my favorite romcom books and thought that I would share them with you guys. These are books I first read in high school, re-read in college, and will probably read again in the not so distant future.

Let me know what YA romcom books are your favorite in the comments!

Since rereading this book has brought me to writing this post, I obviously need to start with this one.

When Lara Jean falls in love with a boy she writes him a letter. It’s a way for her to share and process her feelings in a safe, no-stress way. That is until somehow all of the letters she wrote (5 in total) end up getting sent to all of the boys…she has ever loved…before.

This disaster leads Lara Jean to strike up a fake relationship with the first boy she ever loved, Peter. Read the book to find out how all this craziness unfolds!

It’s the start of summer and Emily Hughes cannot wait to spend every day of it with her bestie Sloan. Doesn’t that sound nice? The only problem is Sloan seems to have disappeared without a word, leaving Emily incredibly worried.

The only thing Sloan left behind was a bucket list for Emily to complete. Sloan wants her to go apple picking at night? Skinny dipping? Kiss a stranger?! The whole list has Emily nervous, but she’s convinced that finishing the list means finding Sloan.

The bucket list has Emily, for the first time, going to parties by herself, making new friends, and even has her falling in like with a cute boy, Frank Porter.

But does the list actually lead Emily to Sloan? Gotta read it to find out!

Do you like spies? Cute romances? Best friends who would do anything for each other? Well then, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

Cammie Morgan isn’t your average teenage girl. First, her mom is the headmistress of a fancy all-girls school she attends. Second, that all girls’ school is actually a school for spies.

Cammie loves being a spy and she’s pretty darn good at it. Everyone at school calls her “chameleon” because she’s so good at staying unnoticed. That is until her class is taken on an important school field trip/spy mission and Cammie meets a cute boy who actually notices her, and wants to spend more time with her.

Drama, chaos, and laughter are guaranteed with this book. There are also 5 other books in this series, and I recommend each one.

I have read almost every Sarah Dessen book, but Just Listen is my all-time favorite one. This particular book follows Annabel who’s just beginning her Junior year of high school. On the outside, Annabel’s life looks perfect. She lives in a beautiful home, has equally beautiful sisters, and is a model. Up until the previous summer she also had two best friends and a social life.

What happened to Annabel that summer isn’t something she can talk about. She spent the whole summer closing herself off to the world around her until she meets the mysterious, quiet, music-obsessed Owen. Owen seems to bring Annabel out of her shell a little bit each day. Will it be enough for her to come to terms with what happened to hear earlier that summer?

I had the benefit of reading this book before the movie came out. While the movie was good, the book is better. Isn’t that always the case? This book follows high school freshman Charlie as he navigates his friendship with seniors Patrick and Sam. They open him up to an exciting new social life he never expected to have. Charlie and Sam also strike up a romantic relationship (NBD).

Along with Patrick and Sam, Charlie also becomes close with his English teacher, Mr. Anderson. Mr. Anderson says my favorite quote from the book, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” This quote is something Charlie carries with him throughout the whole novel as he struggles between embracing his new life and running away from what’s happened in his past.

In this lovely novel by Rainbow Rowell, Cath is obsessed with all things Simon Snow. She and her twin sister, Wren, spent their childhood and teen years reading and rereading the books, dressing up for the movie premieres, and writing fanfic to keep the story alive.

For Cath, she never wants to abandon Simon Snow, especially now that she and Wren are headed off to college. If only Wren felt the same way. As Wren distances herself further and further from Cath and Simon Snow, Cath finds herself forming an unexpected friendship with her roommate and her roommate’s handsome and charming best friend.

And the one class that Cath was most excited for ends up being a bigger challenge than she expected? Who would have expected Cath’s writing teacher would detest fanfiction? Cath sure didn’t!

There are so many more books in this genre that I love, but I wanted to keep the list short and easy to digest. As I mentioned above, let me know what your favorite book from this genre is in the comments below.

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Dear Edward, Give Me A Tissue

There was no reason for what happened to you, Eddie. You could have died; you just didn’t. It was dumb luck. Nobody chose you for anything. Which means, truly, that you can do anything.

Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward

I’ve always been one to stay away from tearjerkers, but for some reason, this book called to me. Dear Edward is a newly released book by Ann Napolitano.

Book Description

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. and then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery – one that will lead him to the answers to some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Dear Edward is at once a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.

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My Reaction

I cried a lot during this book. I’m also the kind of person who cries at a lot of things. I cried at the end of Mulan, so if you aren’t on my level you might not cry as much as me. Since I cry a lot I tend to try and stay away from books like Dear Edward because those emotions can be so overwhelming. For some odd reason, Dear Edward called to me. I truly wondered how Edward could possibly move forward after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. I couldn’t imagine losing my family all at once, so the thought of this little boy struggling to find the meaning of life after losing everything had me picking the book up. I’m glad I picked it up because it’s probably one of the best books I have read.

Chapters alternate between Edward’s life post-crash, and the passengers on the plane before the crash. Napolitano really makes you care and connect with those passengers, which makes the impending crash that much harder to read. There’s also an added mystery to the book, making you wonder how the plane crashes in the first place. Was there some kind of argument on board? Was it terrorism? Just a dumb accident? That’s not revealed until the very end.

As Edward gets older we see him trying to not just stay connected with his lost family, but with all of the passengers on the flight. The alternating chapters make the plane crash a constant trauma and trial in Edward’s life, which it is. Edward transforms into a different person as each year passes, but that boy on the plane, Eddie, is still present. He’s still on that plane headed to Los Angeles with his family and the rest of the passengers.

In a somewhat surprising and beautiful way, Edward finds a way to connect to all of the lost passengers on the flight.

Will this book put you to tears? Yes. But will it also bring you hope and joy? HECK YES.

Inspired By A True Story

When I first read the book, I thought, thank goodness this is fiction, even though clearly in the description of the book it says “Inspired by a true story”. I didn’t include that in my description on here, but on my book jacket, it clearly says this. My brain must have completely ignored that since I was so shocked when I realized that Dear Edward was indeed inspired by a true story. It makes this story an even more powerful read.

Apparently, in 2010 a commercial airliner flying from South Africa to London crashed in Libya. There were around 170 passengers on that flight and the sole survivor was a 9-year-old boy. Everyone else died, including his parents and brother. Napolitano became obsessed with the story, especially with the media’s fascination with the little boy. For 8 years Napolitano created her own fictional story based on this crash.

Just Read It

Just. Read. It. PLEASE read this book. It will have you feeling all the feels, but it is so worth it! Get your copy on Amazon today!!!

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