My last three reads are all over the place! From hunting a serial killer in The Alienist to humans relationships with water in Why We Swim to a romance started by two basset hounds in You Lucky Dog. Variety is the spice of life, no?

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Alienist is about novel about a serial killer whose victims are young male prostitutes. It takes place in NYC in the late 1800s- when criminal profiling (and finger printing) were pioneering technologies. I picked it from our neighborhood Little Library- when I dropped off Then She Was Gone.

The book is over 500 pages, but not a tough read. The subject matter is a bit disturbing though! Surprisingly I didn’t have any bad dreams from reading it before bed. There were a few red herrings, but nothing too far fetched. I can’t wait to binge the series!

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui {Audiobook}

why we swim by bonnie tsui

I was listening to Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui while reading The Alienist. (Am I weird that I can read a book at night but listen to a book during the day?) It was the perfect mix of thrilling novel and insightful book about human’s relationship with water. I often listened to it on my way to the pool to do laps. My favorite was the true story about Icelandic fisherman Guðlaugur Friðþórsson who survived hours in freezing water after his boat capsized. A movie was also made about it- but it’s obvious how that ends.

All around great book, with great swimming stories. I liked it immensely more than Why We Sleep, although I prefer sleeping to swimming. 😉

You Lucky Dog by Julia London

After reading the Alienist, You Lucky Dog was the perfect, light, rom-com book to read next. I picked it up from the New Fiction area of my library. I was mostly drawn to it because of the two cute basset hounds on the cover. (Yes, I do judge books by the covers- don’t @ me.) I don’t think it’s going to receive any awards, but would be a perfect beach vacation read!