June has been an intense month for me, so when I’m feeling extremely burned out with life or just overburdened with my stress levels, I like to go to the library for “stress shopping.” This prevents me from spending money that I don’t actually have, and it also assists me in coping through anxiety and paranoia sort of like meditative breathing exercises. It’s basically my happy place and a rather huge lifesaver for me in multiple ways.
Last week, I dragged Madame Gabs to the Libs with me so that I could borrow her account for some check-outs (mine is totally maxed out… I know, I’m ridiculous… there are no words for me sometimes; luckily she’s nice enough to let me use her card since she had space ♥). Since I’ve been in a mood to read about serial killers and the psychology of criminality, most of the books that I snagged are nonfiction or true crime titles to do with those subjects. I did get a couple that aren’t so centred on such dreary and disturbing topics, but overall the haul is rather dark. I mostly blame a quick true crime anthology thingy I finished a few days ago called Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer. It was so fascinating to me that I decided to go with that fascination and keep reading more on the subject.
Anyhoo, check out my latest Libs loot down below. Any available GoodReads links are shared via the titles. I do plan on reviewing the book that I mentioned above, so keep an eye out for it in the coming week or two.
Encyclopaedia of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan, Ph.D: A nonfiction, historical and cultural reference to one thousand women—Goddesses and heroines—from around the world who have had significant influences on their respective countries, cultures, religions, and much more, while also looking at their male counterparts and how they impacted the manner of which these ladies of history and time were perceived. The examination is mostly anthropological and references many sources of folklore, literature, and psychology to explore the topic.
Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule: A nonfiction novel that centres on the Green River Killer, starting with his first victim in 1982 until his apprehension and conviction decades later. The Green River Killer was convicted of murdering 49 people, with his preferred method pertaining to strangulation. The novel is written by the same author who wrote the quintessential nonfiction book on Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara: The nonfiction, true crime account was meticulously researched by a journalist that became obsessed with discovering the truth, and she worked on the story until her tragic demise. The book chronicles the infamous Golden State Killer, who started out as a serial rapist and then turned into a terrifying serial killer. He was active for over a decade, committing approximately 60 heinous acts of rape and murder combined.
Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen Bays, MD: A nonfiction, spirituality/mental health novel that teaches how to renew one’s sense of pleasure, appreciation, and satisfaction with eating to help us become more mindful of what we eat, how we eat it, and how it makes us feel. The goal is to assist people that have issues with food (such as stress eating, which I severely struggle with) so that we can build a much mentally and emotionally healthier relationship with food, which can then help us to formulate a physically healthier relationship with it as well. (Given my semi-recent heart surgery and continued heart issues, combined with my emotional challenges pertaining to eating and food, I figured this could turn into an invaluable resource for me…hopefully.)
Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from The Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky: A true crime, nonfiction historical reference that takes a look at serial killers (and serial killing psychology) across the vast reaches of time, starting with potential serial killers of the Stone Age and the origins of serial killers that concentrated on sexual deviancy, to the early 1400s and 1500s when the belief in werewolves were rampant during a time when young girls would go missing, to great witch hunts across all continents, and continuing onwards into modernity with Jack the Ripper and Ted Bundy.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Film that Terrified a Rattled Nation: A Cultural History by Joseph Lanza: This nonfiction contemporary cultural title takes a look at the production, reception, social climate, and the overall impact that this controversial film had on America at the time of its release in 1974, mentally rattling the nation further than it already was. The author looks at political upheavals of the era including cultural disillusionment and the perceived decay of the nuclear family.
That does it for this round of Library Loot. If you’re interested in seeing which of these I’m reading this week, then please visit my latest Caturday Reads post here. I can tell you right now that once I finish reading The Texas Chainsaw Massacre novel, I plan on watching the film so that I can compare the source material with it’s in-depth critical analysis.
Do any of these books sound interesting to you? Are you fascinated by serial killers too, or would prefer to keep them at bay and far, far, far away?