May Book Reads

I have been trying to make more of an effort to read as I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the laptop and it started to do my head in. This month I read the following books:

  1. Mindhunter written by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
  2. I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by Michelle McNamara
  3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck written by Mark Manson
  4. How To Start A Podcast written by Mike Migas

Mindhunter written by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Decided to read this book as the FBI classifications of serial killer – organised and disorganised is something that comes up in teaching and was an important development. Further to this Mindhunter is the popular Netflix series which is based off the book. I enjoyed this book because there was discussion of the interviews that were conducted with the serial killers. However, I felt at times there wasn’t a linear discussion, there is a tendency to jump all over the place. Douglas is arrogant but, in a way, does acknowledge this.

What I wasn’t expecting was for Douglas to acknowledge the limitations of offender profiling, that it is best as an investigation tool. At the same time though there is definitely a focus on ‘gut instinct,’ which I do find problematic with policing. Surprisingly the Netflix series Mindhunter is quite a good adaptation of the book and weaves a narrative which is more pleasing, which was really nice. The book also was only about £5 on Book Depository.

I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by Michelle McNamara

Was a gift from my sister for my birthday but was one that in true crime circles has been getting a lot of attention recently, especially with the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer (which the investigation of this book is focused on). McNamara does have a really nice writing style, her attention to details and development of relationships with persons of interest to the investigation is really fantastic. The ability to be able to discuss both her thought process to discussing the crimes is not something all true crime authors do well (for example John Safran’s Murder in Mississippi became more of a monologue of his feelings about the crime and the investigation with little focus on the facts).

For those that read the book the main issue is what the book could have been. It is so disappointing that McNamara died before finishing her book and how it could have been developed even further after the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer. However, who knows whether she would’ve been able to let go of the book with her pursuit of perfection. Whilst it was gifted you can purchase at the Book Depository for about £10.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck written by Mark Manson

So disappointed in this book, probably just best to give Manson’s blog a read. I decided to get on the bandwagon as this book has got a lot of attention. However, Manson is overly simplistic in his advice and in the end quite repetitive. There are ‘gems’ of advice at times, but they aren’t anything new. It is an easy quick read, but a bit disappointed that I paid £12. That’s as much attention I want to give to this book.

How To Start A Podcast written by Mike Migas

Given my obsession with podcasts I decided it would be good to do some research. There are a lot of books out there now that offer advice as to how to run a podcast. However, I decided to go with Migas’s book as he works on the podcast Casefile which is one of my favourites. To be honest I wasn’t a fan of Casefile when I first started listening to it because of the production quality and it wasn’t until my sister insisted I give them another go that I was won over. The quality had drastically improved and made a big difference to the listening experience.

The first part of the book is a bit too descriptive and wordy, but it is the second half of the book that Migas’s knowledge in sound production is really beneficial. It is an easy read that gives practical advice including on costs and what one should invest in, especially if starting off. Given the success of Casefile not just because of content but also how it is produced I would recommend this book for those interested in learning more about starting a podcast. I paid $25 on Amazon with delivery to the UK.

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