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Jaws

Sinister Summer

Beach Books with a Terrifying Twist

Do you like your frolicking to be a little frightful? Your picnics with a dose of panic? Your travels to have a touch of terror? Then fear no more, because here is a list of books for the reader who likes their summer scary—on the page, at least. Whether it’s something from the Master of Horror or an '80s exorcism throwback or a true crime account whose culprit just made headlines, each of these titles is sure to give you a chill on all those hot, muggy days we have ahead of us; happy Summer Challenge!  

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Nonfiction that Seems Like a Soap Opera

Reality television stars have nothing on these real historical figures

The adage is that truth is stranger than fiction and these books certainly show that to be true. These nonfiction books feature historical figures with personalities that would put reality television stars to shame—and the antics that go with such larger-than-life personalities.  

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The Underworld of Art

Books That Take You Into the Secret World of Criminals, Con Artists and International Detectives

Did you hear news of the recent price a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for at auction? Reaching a record for a painting by an American artist, the final sale price was for more than $110 million dollars. The incredible value of art makes it the frequent target of criminals and scam-artists. While there are hundreds of books devoted to the life of famous artists and art history, here are some books in the DC Public Librar

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #9: Read a book you've read before

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge . Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

How to Be a Victorian

So You Want to Be a Victorian?

Nonfiction Books on Life in Victorian Times

There's something about the Victorian era that so many people - myself included - find enchanting and idyllic. I feel like every time that old cocktail party question "If you had to live in a different time period, which would you choose?" comes up, several people always gush "Ohh, Victorian London, definitely." Full disclosure: I have for sure been one of those gushing people at times. But then I thought Ehhh, would I really want to?

Columbine by David Cullen

Literary True Crime

True Crime is a diverse genre that is currently undergoing a moment. While there has always been a true crime community, projects such as “Serial,” “Last Podcast on the Left,” and “Making a Murderer” have brought true crime into the forefront of public discussion and into wide-stream media circles. These true crime choices bring the investigative journalism that makes the genre so appealing with a literary twist.   

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Addicted to Crime Shows? Try these real crime thrillers

Real Crime and Justice that Puts Criminal TV to Shame

Shows like Law and Order, CSI, and NCIS have been popular for decades and the mystery novels make up one of the top selling genres in publishing. These true crime books will thrill mystery fans and crime show watchers while proving that real murder is always more shocking than anything fictional.  

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Criminally Addictive Reads

True Crime Tales that Read Like Mystery Novels

It seems like society’s obsession with all things true crime is at its absolute peak. Ever since eager listeners soaked up the first season of last year’s smash podcast, “Serial,” people can’t quench their thirst for more fast enough. If you’re one of those people who binge-listened to that addictive first season of “Serial” like I am, and then steadily made your way through HBO’s The Jinx, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and FX’s The People vs. OJ Simpson—and you’re still hungry for more true accounts of murder and mayhem—then these books are a great place to start.