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The Book-Addled Brain

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the universe.  Join me as I make my way through my infinite reading list one page at a time.

Currently reading

A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin
Progress: 187/1009 pages
Edith Hamilton
Progress: 85/497 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Progress: 46 %
Les Miserables
Victor Hugo
Progress: 718/1463 pages

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"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."— Bill Nye

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 21

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders - Curt Gentry, Vincent Bugliosi

Day 21 - the first novel you remember reading...


Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders - Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry 


This may or may not be the first novel I ever read, but it certainly sticks in my mind.  I remember reading Anne of Green Gables, The Incredible Journey, The Outsiders, all the typical childhood favorites.  But at some point, probably in junior high, I decided to sneak a grown-up book from my dad's big bookshelf in the hallway, and this was the one I chose.  My dad had a huge collection of westerns and Texas history books, but as an almost-teenager, it was his true crime books that held my fascination.  I was very curious about the creepy little man with the beady eyes and the forehead tattoo that I saw on the news every few years being denied parole for the umpteenth time, so I snuck Helter Skelter off my dad's shelf and hid it under my bed, reading it little by little at night when I was supposed to be sleeping.  This book scared the bejeebus out of me then and it still scares me now.  I learned my lesson, and to this day I will choose a western or a history book over true crime any day!