Sunday, 29 May 2016

What I'm Reading (1)

My second year of uni is finally over, meaning that I have a long, long summer ahead of me to finally catch up with reading what's left on my bookshelf. 

I say that, but I'm always buying new books instead of reading what's on my bookshelf. It's a bad habit, but I can't help it. Anyway, here are 3 books that I'm reading and have lined up to read at the moment. 

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry - The first time I learned about Charles Manson was when I discovered that Marilyn Manson was the stage name of Brian Warner. That must have been back around 2006 or 2007, and from then on I've been fascinated with Manson and his 'Family', and his so called apocalyptic vision of the 'Helter Skelter'. 

It wasn't until last summer that I got fully invested in researching and learning about the murders, after Aquarius aired its first season. From there I came across attorney Vincent Bugliosi's book of his accounts of the investigation and subsequent trial of the Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969. 

The book is a hefty 638 pages, and even though I've been reading it since December of last year, I haven't been able to put it down. There have been times where I've had to leave it for a month to let it sink in, but for the most part Bugliosi's account of the case is horrific, albeit extremely intriguing. I'm nearing the end of the book now, I've got 30 or so pages left, but if you're at all intrigued by the Manson case and similar murder trials, this book is a must read. 

The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffery Toobin - Stemming from my recent true crime binge, I ordered a book on the case and trial of O.J. Simpson. I vaguely remember him as a kid, since I remember my Dad telling me he traveled to Los Angeles for business around the time the murder happened. I think he managed to drive past the house and it was cordoned off by the police, or something along those lines.

Anyway, the book has recently been adapted into the first season of American Crime Story on FX, which I haven't watched yet. I've been meaning to, but I think I'm going to save it until after I've read the book.

Bucky Fucking Dent by David Duchovny - I have been waiting for months to read this. Duchovny's first book, Holy Cow, was hilarious and heart-wrenching; I was so happy that he announced last year he was writing another one. Instead of Duchovny putting himself in the mind of a cow, Bucky Fucking Dent focuses on the relationship of father and son, with the backdrop of rivalry between the Yankee and Red Sox fans in October 1978.

I've never had the pleasure of seeing a baseball game in my life, but I've always said it's my favourite sport since I was a kid, along with ice hockey and basketball. There's something about American sport that I've always gravitated towards; growing up with football and cricket in England just wasn't exciting enough for me.

Once I finish the Manson book, I'm delving into this straight away. Months of Amazon giving me a multitude of different delivery dates after pre-ordering it, only to have it come randomly a few weeks earlier than expected has constituted me to a pile of impatient rubble.
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