Books That You Should Read if You're True-Crime Obsessed
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Books That You Should Read if You're True-Crime Obsessed

Who doesn't love a good true-crime?

1. Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (1974)


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This is an absolute must-read. Like, seriously, you cannot miss out on this one. It's no surprise that it is the best-selling true-crime novel in history. It's written by Vincent Bugliosi, who was the prosecutor in the Manson murder trial, which took place in 1970. It tells the tale of the Manson murders, including the investigation, arrest and prosecution of Charles Manson. We also get a look into the members of his "family" (young girls who were essentially brain-washed into thinking Manson was some sort of god). Creepy, interesting and true... perfect for the true-crime lover.

2. Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson (2014)


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Now, this one is a little different from the others. It's written by Bryan Stevenson, a defense attorney who created and worked for a non-profit legal practice. His legal practice focused its efforts on helping those who were wrongly condemned, those who were mistreated, the poor, etc. Basically, his goal was to help people who needed help the most. He took on the cases of those who were given punishments much too harsh for their crimes (including those incarcerated as children in adult prisons), those who had (for lack of a better word) shitty defense teams, etc. It may upset you with just how much corruption was and still is present in our criminal justice system, but it's fascinating and is a definite must-read.

3. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (1966)


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This one tells the tale of the quadruple murder of the Clutter family in 1959. The author, Truman Capote, traveled to Kansas (where the crime took place) before the murderers were caught to write about the crime. Fun fact, Harper Lee (the author of To Kill a Mockingbird) accompanied him! They talked to the people in the area, as well as those working on the crime and took a bunch of notes. Capote spent about six years writing this novel. It is the second best-selling true-crime novel in history, right after our beloved Helter Skelter.

4. The Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule (1980)


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We all know about Ted Bundy, right? The super charming guy who murdered several young women, who they are now making a movie about starring Zac Efron as the killer himself? Yeah, that dude. Well, if you're interested in serial killer novels, I highly recommend this one. This novel is written by Ann Rule, who actually personally knew Ted Bundy before (and after) he committed his heinous crimes. Intrigued? I bet you are.

5. Columbine - Dave Cullen (2009)


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As the title indicates, this novel looks at the awful shooting massacre that took place at Columbine High School in 1999. It looks at the killers' evolution leading up the massacre. Also, since it was published ten years after the shooting took place, it looks at the victims' lives over the ten years following the crime. Super sad, but super interesting.


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Single Friends Try Marriage For A Week (Video)

"Don't fall in love with me."

"I think this is all married people do, is watch TV in bed and drink white wine."

Where do I sign up?

Zach and Ashley, both single AF, from Buzzfeed try out marriage for a week. Just for funzies. "It's been similar so far to friendship, but it's just longer."

The newlyweds spend seven days together, going to couple's dinner parties, stealing each other's bed covers, and fighting like the Kardashians. They reflect on all the essentials of marriage, like framing photos of you making out in your living room, and figuring out how to be alone with your partner right next to you.

Suddenly marriage seems a little less terrifying. I mean, if they can do it without the sex...

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Four Biographies Every 20-Something Must Read

Yes, you must read books.

As a 20-something year old millennial, you probably need guidance. What? You don't need guidance? You've already got life set up? Well good for you! Some of us still don't know how to operate a washing machine or screw in a light bulb so we very much need every bit of help we can get.

These are some of the most inspirational autobiographies out there. They won't teach you how to fix broken lights, but they sure as hell will point you in the right direction in this funny old game we call life.

Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela

This was the first book that got me into reading autobiographies. Nelson Mandela was locked up for 27 years for standing up to civil rights abuses during apartheid in South Africa. He was finally released from prison in 1990, lead the push to have apartheid abolished by 1994 and became the country's first black president in May of the same year. Mandela's most endearing trait was his desire for peace and unification after the end of apartheid, rather than retribution and revenge.

I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

On Oct. 2 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Islamic Extremists all because she wanted to continue going to school against their will. This book takes us on the whirlwind journey of the teen from living in Swat Valley, Pakistan to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. If Malala can risk getting killed by the Taliban to go to school, you can wake up at 8 a.m. and go to class, hangover or no hangover.

I Am Zlatan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish international soccer player who has played for some of the biggest teams in Europe, winning a crazy amount of trophies. Zlatan had a childhood unlike most others. Dealing with a drunk father, fighting with other kids and stealing the bikes of his coaches were some of the things Zlatan had to go through in to get where he is now.

As he progressed up the sporting ladder, his behavior came under scrutiny and was attempted to be influenced by various coaches, managers and teammates. Throughout all this, there is one message that pervades: Listen, but don't listen. The book preaches a mantra of not conforming to societal norms and to listen to what people say, but don't let it affect who you are as an individual.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou's story is a remarkable one, overcoming sexual abuse at a young age, deep-seated racism in the South of the 1930s and a sense of inadequacy in comparison to girls of her age.

Angelou triumphs over her childhood troubles by gaining a new sense of self-worth after having a baby at the age of 16, as well as becoming the first African-American streetcar conductor ever. If you have problems accepting yourself for who you are, or are dealing with confidence issues, this one's for you.

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Things to Thank Your Older Siblings For as Told By Full House

It's nice to have a partner in crime.

For those of us who grew up with big brothers and sisters, we know that back then, it felt like there were a whole lot more costs than benefits. Try to put the tattling and petty fights aside for a minute. There are a few things you should thank your older siblings for.

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They took the brunt of your parent's wrath.

You know what I mean here. Just like there are probably 50 times more baby pictures of your older sibs than you, your parents were way harder on them.

By the second, third or fourth kid came around, your parents were probably tired and much more lenient. So go ahead, sneak out. Your parents are so tired they may just sleep straight through it.

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They gave you their rockin' hand-me-downs.

Love that cool sparkly skirt your big sister rocked at her middle school dance? Great, you can wear it for your 7th grade class pictures. I lived for the days when my older sibs would clean out their closets. One older sister's trash is a little sister's treasure, am I right?

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They had your back.

Remember the first time your SO came over to meet your parents? Thank God for your older sibling who had been through it all before. They provided a nice barrier between you and your overbearing parents. Or that time there were FOR SURE monsters under the bed? Thank goodness you shared a room.

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They call you on your bullshit.

It's nice to have someone close by who's been through it all before. As adorable as your hissy fit about that cute boy at school is, your older siblings will be there to tell you when it's time to chill out. Older and wiser... most of the time.

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They'll cover for you.

Thank goodness your older brother agreed to play dumb that time you smashed your mom's favorite frame. Who did it? Oh, I don't know, the cat probably knocked it over. It's nice to have a partner in crime...

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They gotta love you.

It's nice to know that no matter how bad you screw up, you've got someone in your corner. They were there for you when you forged your mom's signature on your report card and got grounded for a month and they'll be there when you get dumped. It's pretty comforting to have somebody looking out for you.

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10 Books to Read This Summer

You can only watch so much Netflix.

For the uncertain and hopeful kid in all of us that doesn't quite know how to adult yet.

1. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Her senior year, Keegan wrote an article for the New York Times, begging us to question if we should seek practicality or meaning in our work. She then published a moving essay in the graduation issue of the Yale newspaper about hopefulness and fear for the uncertain future, and gratitude for people "on your team." She was killed 5 days after graduation in a car accident. The book is a compilation of her laptop's recovered essays that will have you reevaluating and searching for your life's purpose. These are essays that will stay with you--that will change with you.

2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Read this emotional autobiography for lessons on adulting, fucking up, taking chances, and heartbreak.

3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
This book is based on a college lecture that a dying Pausch gave entitled, "Fulfilling your childhood dreams." The novel is poignant, wise, and brimming with quotes you'll want to put on a poster or something.

4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Secret History is a classic murder mystery that helps to make sense of the strange chaos that is college--and life, for that matter.

5. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
If you're a rule-breaker or a weirdo or basically anyone who does things differently than the rest: Read. This. Book. It's made up of 9 essays, each one better than the last. You'll feel a whole lot better about not knowing what you're doing and embracing who you are by the time you finish reading.

6. Congratulations, by the Way by George Saunders
Sanders packs a powerful punch in this quick read, urging us to "err in the direction of kindness." This simple yet poignant message is one that Saunders says will change your life like it did his.

7. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
About young adults' love affair with New York City, this book teaches a lesson in making it in and eventually falling in love with the scary, unforgiving real word.

8. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
The only self-help book you'll ever need to read and probably the only one that actually helps. It should be prescribed for every mental breakdown or panic attack induced by thinking about life after college. It is a reality check that reminds us of life's brevity and the lasting implications of today's choices.

9. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
If you have relationships that are confusing or frustrating, this will help to figure that shit out. It reminds us that sometimes bad relationships can be our fault, because as much as we hate to admit it we are just kids. This is a lesson in how to treat people and grow up to be a good person.

10. Just Kids by Patti Smith
Written by the badass legend Patti Smith, this memoir is set in the early days of the rock-n-roll era. It's really all about finding your way and growing up to be something great, as told by a true rockstar. If nothing else, the story and other musicians in the book make for an interesting story.

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Five Books You Should Read Before You Graduate

"Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood."

Certain books are absolute must-reads by the time you graduate college. You probably read (or skimmed) several of these books in high school--like To Kill a Mockingbird, for instance.

What else is on the must-read list? Here are some of the most well-known and highly regarded novels you should have under your belt. Bonus: These are short books AND especially interesting to read while you're in college because the lessons are more relatable.

1.Lord of the Flies by William Golding

"Lord of the Flies" is known as the classic allegory about innate good and innate evil. Several young boys land on an uninhabited island in a plane crash, and form a society that leads to deadly results. The story is a testament to what it means to be a good person and co-exist peacefully.

2.Animal Farm by George Orwell

Political satire at its finest. On the surface, Animal Farm is about a group of pigs that take control of Manor Farm and create a community where "all animals are equal." Deep down, the book represents the consequences of conflicting political power.

3.The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This is the classic coming-of-age story. The Catcher in the Rye is about 16-year-old Holden Caulfield who narrates what happens to him during the two days after he is expelled from prep school. His story is about the struggle to understand a hypocritical and confusing adult world, and his place in it.

4.Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's novel is best known as a story of friendship and desperation. George Milton and Lennie Small are ranch workers who try to make a buck as they move from job to job during the Great Depression in California. It's a fast-moving and captivating story about how there is no easy road to reaching the American Dream.

5.This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Amory Blaine is a Princeton student who has it all going for him during the Roaring Twenties--wealth, women, and intelligence--but is totally jaded by life. This Side of Paradise is a story about trying to find yourself as you grow into adulthood, and all the uncertainty, heartache, ambition, and apathy that comes with it.

If you're looking to keep reading, grab these other classics. (Heads up: These are a bit longer.)

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • 1984 by George Orwell

Word to your flocker.