The Book List #42

The Book List #42

Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries by Jon Ronson

year: 2012 | pages: 400 | rating: 4/5

A book about strange passions, extraordinary opinions, and the peculiar things we're willing to believe in. Jon Ronson investigates intriguing stories that are hilarious, poignant, and disturbing, and which reveal the strangest of people are not those residing on the edges of society but about all of us. I really enjoyed reading Lost At Sea, it reads more like a collection of essays; I found the stories to be absorbing, unusual, and provocative. I found myself fascinated and frequently found the book asked more questions than it answer.

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid

year: 2015 | pages: 310 | rating: 5/5

As an established, best selling crime writer, McDermid has become very familiar with forensics and, in this book, uncovers the history of forensic science, real life murder cases, and the people who must solve them. McDermid visits war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites to explore the origins of forensic science right through to modern day techniques, explaining how to determine time and cause of death, and how DNA can be used to convict a killer even years after the event. Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime is an incredible book and if you have any interest in forensics, this book is a great place ot start.

H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald

year: 2015 | pages: 300 | rating: 4/5

H is For Hawk is a deeply moving memoir about great loss, grieving, and recovery. When her father dies, Helen Macdonald becomes obsessed with taming a goshawk. A beautifully written, deeply moving story of death, love, and life, H is For Hawk really took me by surprise. I enjoyed every moment I sank into the pages and remembered my own lost loved ones, how bitter and lonely grieving feels, and the long, slow process of recovery that follows.