Serial Killer Sunday #1

2:09 PM

Warning: Do not read these posts if you are easily affected by gore/abuse. Read at your own risk.

So, for those of you who don't know I am insanely interested in serial killers. Mainly because I don't understand why anyone would be capable of committing their crimes, which also makes me incredibly interested in the concept of psychopathy and sociopathy. I know that I'm not the only person in the world thats interested in this, so I decided to start a segment on my blog called "Serial Killer Sunday" where I write about a serial killer each Sunday! (Probably not every Sunday lets face it). If there is anything extra you want me to know about a serial killer, or there's one that you want me to write about, please let me know in the comments or by contacting me on any of the sites listed on the side of my blog!

And to start off this series I thought that I would start with a serial killer who everybody has heard of, one that was never actually caught but everyone has heard his name...

Year's active: 1888 possibly until 1891
Number of Killings: 5 accepted, possible 18.
Killing method: Strangulation
Year caught: Never Caught
Where now: Unknown

Jack the Ripper is considered one of the first ever recorded and most famous serial killer of all time. With five known victims that were heavily mutilated and over a hundred years later, his identity is still unknown.

The killings occurred in the east end of London in 1888. Even now, you can take a tour in London, at night, around where the killings took place, I wouldn't be brave enough to do that! 
The name "Jack the Ripper" came from letters supposedly from the serial killer who signed them with that name. During the time, however, the serial killer was
often referred to as "The White chapel Murderer" or "Leather Apron". Jack the Ripper's victim count is often disputed over, it is generally accepted that he had five victims, however there are twelve more murders that were believed to have been the work of Jack the Ripper, but were never officially confirmed, if you want to read more detail on the victims click here


Wishing on a Wednesday #2

11:21 PM

Look at me attempting to do this 2 weeks in a row! Well. This is simply because there's been some new books I've been wishing on, already, I need help. So, I thought that I would share these with you! 

If you haven't read my previous post, then wishing on a Wednesday is a play on the popular "waiting on Wednesday" book blogger post where people write about books they are waiting to be released, I on the other hand am just writing about books I really want! So, here it goes! 

5. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Page Count: 432
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Horror, Thriller

Synopsis and Reason: This was recommended to me by my friend, Dan. He's keen on getting me to try Dean Koontz and this is where he said was a good place to start. I did a little bit of googling and now I really want it. This is about a man who can see dead people as well as "evil spirits" that appear when something bad is about to happen. Recently he's been dreaming about dead bowling-alley staff and when one day he notices a high amount of these "evil spirits" he wonders if this is the day when the bowling-alley massacre will take place. This is the first book in the series, though I believe all books have their own stories and could be read separately, not sure though. This just sounds really interesting to me! It might be a good book to get me into the horror genre!


Book Review: Butter by Erin Lange

4:05 PM

Star Rating: 5/5
Title: Butter
Author: Erin Lange
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages: 343
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health, Obesity

Where to buy: 
Amazon  Waterstones  TheBookPeople
A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans? 


Wishing on a Wednesday #1

10:58 PM

So I heard that there is a community book blog thing that happens on a Wednesday called "Waiting on Wednesday" in which you talk about books that you are excited to be released. I decided to do something similar to that, obviously this won't happen every single Wednesday (I release it's Tuesday but I'm busy tomorrow and it gives people a chance to read ;)), but I thought that I would talk about five books that I REALLY want right now. They don't have to be new, they just have to be books that have been making me hover over the checkout button because they've been sitting in my basket for so long. I'm going to put these in reverse order of the amount I want them... HERE WE GO! 

5.  Books V. Cigarettes by George Orwell

Page Count: 144
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Essay

Synopsis and Reason: One of many of George Orwell's essays that he may be less famous for. If you didn't know one of my all time favourite books is 1984 by George Orwell, I recently read Animal Farm and really enjoyed it so decided to look at what else he has written. I watched a video by Ariel Bissett in which she did a haul of George Orwell's works, here is where I found this essay. This is essentially an essay where George Orwell discusses the dilemma as to whether or not he has spent more money on books or smoking... That's it! To be honest, it's probably the mention of books that has sucked me in!


Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

2:30 PM

Star Rating: 4/5
Title: The Silver Linings Playbook
Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Picador
Pages: 289
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health, Mystery

Where to buy:
Amazon  TheBookPeople  Waterstones

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him -- the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat's now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he's being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he's being hunted by Kenny G!