Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves | January 2021

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Hi friends! I hope you all are having a good weekend so far. I’m going to relax and do some reading after I finish editing a video. Speaking of books, it occured to me that I haven’t shared the books I hauled in January. It isn’t a very big haul but that’s okay because I want to be more intentional regarding what books I add to my TBR this year. I fell out of love with reading after September in 2020. Not that the books I read were bad, I just didn’t love them. Everything was just meh. So I think I need to reset my reading life and not get distracted by what the online bookish community is hyping up at the moment. If you want to hear more about the steps I am taking to do this just let me know and I’ll be happy to put a post together about it. Anyhow, all that to say I’m not buying the book unless it calls to me.

Thanks to the documentaries I’ve been watching on Hulu and Netflix, I’ve been on a true crime kick lately. So the two books I bought in January are true crime non-fiction books. I know these are not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m reading what interests me at the moment. I figure that is the best way to get out of my reading funk.

My dad recommended The Five to me a year or so ago. I had just finished reading a crime fiction book (I can’t remember the name of it) but the killer reminded me of Jack the Ripper. My dad told me if I liked the book that I should give The Five a try. It’s a nonfiction book that tells the story of the five women that were killed by Jack the Ripper. Their true story, not how they were portrayed in the newspapers at the time. I love hearing about people’s stories, their lives with all the up and downs. I’m going to buddy read this one with my friend Jamie in March I think.

I was going to watch the documentary on Netflix, but then I heard that the Netflix documentary covers the lives of the detectives more than Richard Ramirez. As much as I love hearing people’s history and stories, if the title is The Nightstalker I expect to learn about Richard Ramirez aka The Nightstalker. So I picked up the book that the Netflix documentary was based on. I won’t lie. The picture on the cover is unsettling. Richard Ramirez has a creepy stare. I might cover up his face with sticky notes while I read it. I may or may not watch the documentary after I read the book. I haven’t decided yet.

That’s it for my January haul. I told you it was small. I skipped my BOTM subscription this month. I’m actually considering cancelling it because I have been skipping for the last 6 months or so. None of the books they have picked have caught my interest enough to own them.

Let’s chat down below. Have you read these? Did you do an STS post? Do you have any true crime recommendations for me? Please let me know down below so I can check them out.

Take care and I’ll chat with you all in the comments!

Lots of love,

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