A couple months ago I did a try a chapter post for all the library books I had out. I found this was a great way to get rid of books that I wasn’t going to read soon. Since one of my goals this year is to get my unread shelf down to under 70 (hah), I thought doing another try a chapter but with books I own would be a good way to see which books I want to read and which I can get rid of. I’m really enjoying doing this, so I might make it a semi-regular type of post with different genres of books. This time I’m reading a chapter of all my nonfiction books.
Killers of the Flower Moon
I’ve had this book on my shelf for about a year now. I remember all the hype it got when it first came out, so I was super excited to find a copy at my library book sale. It’s a true crime book, which is one of my fave genres, so I’m hoping I’m going to enjoy this one!
My reaction: I’m keeping this one for now. The first chapter was a little slow, but a friend and I have a list of 50 true crime books, one from each state, that we want to read and this is on the list. So I’m definitely keeping this until I read it!
The Case Against the Supreme Court
I’ve actually read a few chapters of this book a couple years ago but then put it down. I remember really enjoying it then, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it when I get to it now.
My reaction: The prologue is kind of dense, but I really enjoyed it and do want to continue on with the book. I don’t know how soon I’ll pick this book up, but I am interested enough to keep it on my shelf for now.
The Devil in the White City
This is such a popular title, and I’ve had it on my shelf for a couple years now. I’m hoping I’ll like it because again, it’s true crime! I’ve heard mixed things on this book, but we’ll see what I think!
My reaction: I’m keeping this one. I’m super excited and didn’t even want to put it down after reading the first chapter! I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and it’s making me want to pick it up really soon.
Would You Rather?
I picked this up after I found out Never Have I Ever has a sequel. I laughed so hard while reading Heaney’s first memoir, and was sure I would enjoy this one. Unfortunately I haven’t picked it up yet and I’ve had it on my shelf for quite a while.
My reaction: Meh. I don’t really care to pick this book up and keep reading it. I’ve heard that the author has made some transphobic comments in the past, so I don’t really care to read this and support her.
The Big Trial
This is a book I bought for class but never read (oops). It sounds super interesting, and I’m actually really intrigued to read it. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one and get to it soon.
My reaction: Chapter one was a fascinating look into the different types of trials and why they’re so popular. I’m definitely keeping this one for now.
I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on this book, that I have no idea what I’m going to think about it. This is another book I bought at my library book sale, that I’m hoping to get to soon.
My reaction: I’m definitely keeping this one. I sped through the prologue and first chapter and can’t wait to read the rest of it soon. It’s a short book so I know I can read it pretty quickly.
As soon as I heard this book had to do with Harper Lee, I knew I needed to read it. Besides the fact that it has something to do with Harper Lee, I have no idea what this book is about. I keep staring at it on my shelf but haven’t picked it up yet. Hopefully reading a chapter will encourage me to get to it sooner.
My reaction: I kept getting distracted while reading this. It sounds super interesting and like a book I’ll definitely enjoy, but I’m going to unhaul this and check out the audiobook from my library instead.
Start Something That Matters
I forgot why this book is on my shelf, but after reading the back it sounds kind of interesting. It’s also a short book, so I know I can probably pick it up and read it pretty quickly.
My reaction: I am definitely keeping this one. Chapter one was about how Toms was started. It’s a very interesting read, and one I didn’t want to put down after the first chapter. This is definitely a book I’m hoping to pick up soon and finish.
You Are a Badass at Making Money
Honestly not sure what I’m going to think of this book. I tried reading You Are a Badass a couple months ago and had to put it down because it was all surface level and didn’t really share much. I’m hoping this book will go a little deeper instead of the surface level “you can do it” stuff that the first one was full of.
My reaction: I tried reading You Are a Badass last year, and it was so surface level that I DNFed after ~50 pages. I tried reading this, but the first chapter was just as surface level as the other book so I’m definitely getting rid of it.
A History of America in Ten Strikes
I was super excited when I picked this book up, but somehow I still haven’t read it yet (story of my life). I’m really excited to read it because it’s about history and it’s about strikes, which sounds pretty interesting to me.
My reaction: I only read the intro (it was pretty long), but I’m very intrigued and keeping this one. I hope I’ll get to this one soon!
In Cold Blood
A classic in the true crime genre that I still haven’t read yet. I also picked up a copy during a library book sale because it’s so well loved. I don’t know much about the book, but I’m excited to read a chapter!
My reaction: The first chapter was super short (only 2 pages) and just gave a description of the town. I really want to read it, and it’s a part of like three different true crime reading challenges I’m participating in, so I’m keeping it for now.
I tried reading this a few months ago, but put it down for some reason. Hopefully I enjoy the first chapter when I read it now because it seems like something fun to read.
My reaction: I’m definitely keeping this one. The first chapter was so good, but so sad. I read a few chapters a few months ago and I’m not really sure why I put it down. I definitely want to pick this one up soon.
The Murder of the Century
Another true crime book I picked up during a library book sale. I really don’t know what this is about (besides murder), so here’s hoping that I like it!
My reaction: Meh. It’s fine but not something I’ll be itching to pick up any time soon. I’m getting rid of this one for now. If I ever feel like reading it I can pick it up from the library.
Can you guess where I picked this one up from (hint: it’s the library book sale). The cover looks intriguing, but I haven’t heard anything about it. I’m hoping it’s an interesting book that I’ll want to pick up soon.
My reaction: The first chapter of this was kind of boring, and not very interesting to me. I only read the prologue because it was more than ten pages and chapter one is about seventy pages long. I’m going to get rid of this book.
Death in the Air
When the publisher reached out and asked if I wanted a copy of this book, I jumped at the chance because it’s true crime. But like most of the other books on this list, once I got it I put it to the side to read later, and still haven’t picked it up. The premise sounds super interesting, and it’s about a serial killer I haven’t heard of, and I’m interested to learn more.
My reaction: So I only read the prologue of this one, but I’m already hooked! I knew the book was going to be about a serial killer, but I did not realize that it was also going to focus on the London smog and all the issues it caused. So far I really like the writing style, and I can’t wait to pick it up and finish reading it.
The Road to Jonestown
I actually read about half of this book about a year ago, but put it down for some reason. I’m sure I’m going to enjoy it and want to pick it up again, but I’ll probably have to start from the beginning since it’s been a while since I’ve read it.
My reaction: I definitely enjoyed the prologue more because it’s actually about The People’s Temple. The first chapter is about Jim Jones’ parents. I think the first half of the book is giving all the history of Jim Jones and his family before it talks about him starting a cult. I think I’m going to keep this book for now and try to read it sometime soon.
Another book I’ve read part of and then put aside. I remember mostly enjoying it, but getting irritated at the way the author seemed to pit introverts and extraverts against each other. I’ll see if that sticks out now and if I’ll want to continue reading.
My reaction: Meh. I didn’t even get through the first chapter before I set it down. I mentioned that I’ve read part of this before, but now when I tried to reread the first chapter just now, it didn’t interest me at all. I’m going to get rid of this book, and if I ever want to read it in the future I can just get a copy from the library.
Year of Yes
I picked up a copy of this because I’ve heard so many great things about this book, and because Shonda Rhimes seems pretty cool. I know the premise of the memoir is about saying yes to things, but that’s all I know. I guess we’ll see if I like it or not.
My reaction: I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one, but I really enjoyed the intro and the chapter I read. I like that it’s about Shonda Rhimes’ experiment with saying yes more often. I’m definitely keeping this book, and planning on getting to the rest of it soon.
I picked this up for a book club (#murdermondaybookclub), but at the moment the book club seems to be on hold. I listened to the podcast about Dirty John, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the book.
My reaction: I went in thinking that most of the book was going to be about Dirty John, while reading I found out that only one of the chapters is about him. In this book each chapter tells a story about a crime. I really enjoyed the first story I read, and can’t wait to read more of this book, I’m definitely keeping it!
Reading Lolita in Tehran
I picked this one up a couple months ago from my library’s book sale. I don’t know much about it, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book for years.
My reaction: I really like the writing style of this book, and am definitely going to keep it. The first chapter hooked me, and I can’t wait to continue soon. This is a book I think I’ll speed through once I start reading it.
Dead By Sunset
Another book I picked up at the library book sale a while ago. I’m really interested in reading another Ann Rule book even though I’m not sure whether I’ll enjoy it or not because I wasn’t a huge fan of The Stranger Beside Me.
My reaction: The premise is super intriguing and it’s Ann Rule, but I’m not going to keep this book because it’s probable not one I’ll pick up anytime soon. I have so many true crime books on my shelves and my tbr and this is near the bottom right now. I think I’ll just get a library copy if I decide to pick this one up.
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on the ones I decided to keep or unhaul?
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