08 June 2010

Top 2 Tuesday: Books

This week's theme is favorite books -

1. My favorite book of all time is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

It is a classic & really hits me hard in my heart. My mother suffers from bi-polar disorder and I read every memoir/journal/autobiography I can find by someone suffering from the disease, in hopes that I might understand what she goes through on a daily basis. An Unquiet Mind is another good one - by Kay Redfield Jamison. My maternal grandmother suffered from the disease as well... however, back then (about the same time Sylvia Plath was alive) they knew very little about the disease and how to treat it. In my family, it was late onset (around mid-40's for both my mother & grandmother) and I could very well end up dealing with it later on in life (thank you genetics). Anyway, I think it is one of those book's that everyone should find the time to read.

2. Secondly... I've mentioned my interest in serial killer biographies before... and the reason for that was my interest in Final Truth: The Autobiography of a Serial Killer by Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins and Wilton Earle.

I initially read the book because a friend of mine had read it and said good things. Pee Wee Gaskins was from a small town about 30 miles from where I grew up. Therefore, everyone had heard of him and I wanted to read his story. Here is the synopsis taken from adeptbooks.com:

Final Truth is the confessional of Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins whose acts of sexual torture, serial rape and murder are unsurpassed in the annals of American crime. In graphic detail, and without remorse, Gaskins describes his escalating pattern of crime that brought him inexorably to a September morning when he committed his initial Coastal Kill, the first in a series of murders of teenage hitch-hikers – the random rape and sexual torture of girls and boys without names, buried in graves without markers – obsessive carnage perpetrated to relieve the rage that burned inside him; acts that made it easier for him to commit what he called his Serious Murders – killing victims he knew, including friends and family.

P.S. I promise I'm not a sick individual and get off on reading about stuff like this! Crime and psychology just interest me like no other. :)


  1. Following you from Social Parade. :) Better late than never!! I hope you can stop by my blog and follow as well.


  2. Wow!! Interesting picks!!! I love that you aren't shallow with your book choices!! I, however, am shallow with my book choices but I need to branch out!! Thanks for inspiring me today. :)

  3. 102...creeping on up there!
    time for another giveaway, ya think?

  4. I am with you and find it really itresting WHY people are and do the things they do. I have read The bell jar and agree it is a very interesting and telling book. I think I may have to read your number 2 book sometime this summer.