Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales: The Devil in the White City 

Hello cupcakes. Today I bring to you my review for Erik Larson and Tony Goldwyn’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair Changed That America. I had been wanting to read this book for the past year or so. I hard so many great reviews and well it has a serial killer so you know I was all about it. The book revolves around the Daniel H. Burnham, the architect for Chicago’s 1893 World Fair, and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer disguised as a doctor who took advantage of the huge amounts of people flocking to the city.


As I mentioned before I’m all about serial killers and had heard about Holmes and his Murder Castle before so I was excited to dive into this. However once I started reading it my enthusiasm died down. While I knew the book wouldn’t be entirely about Holmes I found it dragged on when it came to the parts dealing with the construction of the fair. At times I found I had to force myself to keep reading just to make progress. It wasn’t like this the whole time, but yeah you may loose interest here and there (or not, my attention span is short). While I enjoyed reading about the fair and the challenges faced by the creators I wish there had been more on Holmes. With that being said the writers did get into some of his murders and how he ultimately got caught. I’m amazed with the scams and lies Holmes pulled off, along with the killings of course but can see how it happened. The writers paint a good picture of life surrounding the fair.

Overall I can say I was a bit disappointed but it wasn’t a total let down. If you’re looking to give it a read go for it, but be warned there might be parts that are drawn out. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
What kind of books do you like to read? Any recommendations? 


Xoxo,

Desiree

Oh hi

Hello dolls. I know I know I’ve gone and disappeared again. While I’ve tried to stay on top of blogging and reading blogs I have failed miserably. School takes up so much time. But I didn’t want to make a quick update of some of the current things going on in my life.


Watching: Daredevil, I’m sure most of the world is also watching this. It’s SO good. And while I would usually binge watch I’ve actually paced myself with this series. Also it’s just been renewed for another season so yay!!

I’ve also been watching Bloodline, which is a Netflix original series. I’ve only watched 3 episodes and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I like it but there’s something that is just not letting me love it. We’ll see how that goes.

Reading: The Haunted, it’s a book based on one of Ed & Lorraine Warren’s cases. Ed and Lorraine are the demonologist who have investigated several hauntings including the Annabelle case which has been made into a movie.

I’m also reading The Devil in the White City, which is about a serial killer in Chicago. It revolves around a huge World’s Fair that is being built there.

Mood: Tired, so very tired. And a bit bummed due to some news I received to day, but I’m choosing to not focus on that.

Health: Well I’m living! I signed up today for a “Biggest Loser” challenge at work. Everyone who signs up pays $20 and at the end of 3 months the person who looses the most weight gets the pot. I figured even if I don’t win its a way to help motivate me. Now I need to find time to get back in the gym.

Listening: I listen to a lot of Slate podcasts, but also The Indoor Kids, The Nerdist, The Read, Stuff You Should Know, Bizzare States, and This American Life to name a few. Oh and Fake Goth Girls by Liz and Mia. They’ve made two episodes so far and they’re great.

Obsessed With: My hair, well wanting to dye it again. I just don’t know what. I’ve done red for so many years, and while I switched to this blondish brown two months back and I like it I would like something new. Skincare, I’m on the search for a new routine/products. What I’ve been doing no long works.

Thinking of: So many things!!! Awaiting the arrival of my niece in about a month. So excited for that. Wanting to get into vlogging and podcasting myself. Tips are welcomed.

Working on: Besides school stuff I have been working on launching a Geek Girls Brunch chapter here in Jersey. I found a lovely co-officer and we’ve been trying to recruit gals for our first event. Ideally we would like to be up and running by the end of summer. So if you’re a geek gal in NJ or know of one send her our way.

I’m also looking to have someone make me a logo. I may attempt to make one on my own bit doubt I’ll be able to sit and do so until after the semester is done.
So those are some of the things surrender occupying my time. Kids, work and school take up most of it, but I try to keep up and do other things when possible.

What are some of your currents? As always recommendations are always welcomed. 


Xoxo,

Desiree 

Currently…

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted what some of my currents are. So I thought why not?

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Reading: Gone Girl, yes I’m a bit late. I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie but it worked out the other way around. I enjoyed the movie and am also enjoying the book.

Watching: The Killing on Netflix. This was originally aired on AMC, yet somehow I missed it. It was canceled but thankfully Netflix picked it up. It’s about two detectives trying to solve a homicide with loads of twists and turns along the way.

Gym: Been working on my cardio. I hate cardio, I rather lift but it has to get done. I think part of the reason why I hate it is because I suck at it. I’ve had issues with my knees that interfere with running and other activities. I’m working on building up my stamina & endurance.

Family: Squish is 10 months old and I’m still adjusting. He’s currently teething again and there have been many sleepless nights in our home.
The oldest joined the robotics team after I “encouraged” him to and loves it!! I’m volunteering on the team and am excited to see what they come up with. The current project has to do with recycling.

Music: Currently I’m loving “Riptide” by Vance Joy. It just puts me in a good mood.

Purchased: Well it’s not technically a purchase, it’s a replacement. My headphones broke but luckily I had protection plan on them and today I received my brand new pair of headphones.

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Projects: Focusing on this blog and getting back to posting. Also been toying around with the idea of making some vlogs. I did a few years back and am always asked why I stopped. It’s a time issue and time continues to be an issue but I may aim for biweekly maybe. Any suggestions, topics are welcomed.

There’s my currents, what are some of yours? I love hearing what other people are into.

Till next time my lovelies.

Cupcake Kisses
Desiree

Happiness Is…

So after the last post I didn’t want to stay hanging on a bummed out note, which is why I decided to write something more upbeat and happy. Here is a list of what happiness is to me right now.

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Happiness Is……
1. A good book and nice cup of tea.
2. Going into the gym and it’s empty.
3. Vanilla scented candles.
4. The smile on my kids’ face.
5. Having time to play some Call of Duty/Bioshock (yes I’m late to the Bioshock party).
6. New York Comic Con being 28 days away.
7. The start of football season
8. Hitting a PR on the leg press.
9. The perfect red lipstick.
10. Watching Hannibal

What’s making you happy? Share what happiness is to you.

Desiree