November is for Reading (because it’s freaking dark outside)

I’m doing this new thing where I try not to spend money on books.  I looked at the size of my Kindle library, did a little math in my head, and almost fainted. Since I have lots of options for free/low-cost books, there’s no reason to squander money buying them, especially if I’m never going to read the book again.  (That’s the drawback of the Kindle e-book: you can’t sell it/give it away when you’re done with it.)

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The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (Paul Collins)

Now this was a good read.

The true story of the gruesome murder of masseuse William Guldensuppe, in 1890s New York City, The Murder of the Century tracks both the murder investigation and the surrounding media circus that presaged today’s tabloid culture.  I don’t usually read true-crime novels, although I very much enjoy programs like 48 Hours Mystery.  (Spoiler – it was the victim’s husband/wife/lover!!)

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Catching Fire – two out of three ain’t bad

Cover of "Catching Fire (The Second Book ...

Cover via Amazon

Moving right along…

I’ve wrapped up the second installment of the trilogy, which picks up approximately six months after The Hunger Games.  Katniss & Peeta have returned to District 12 and have taken up residence in the Victor’s Village – they, and Haymitch, occupy just three of the twelve houses intended for victors of the games.  Continue reading