Book Thirty-Three

My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.

I visited Chicago for the first time last October (2017) and had the most fun exploring the city with Liz (and Emily!). Chicago is so full of history and innovation. Open Chicago, where many of the historic buildings downtown and in the neighborhoods are open to the public, happened the first few days of my visit. We had the opportunity to tour so many fascinating places, including the Rookery where the offices of Burnham & Rook were located during the planning of the World’s Fair in Chicago. Liz had just finished this book so the history (and mystery) surrounding the Fair were a hot topic during our adventures.

Naturally I didn’t pick up the book until a year later. It did not disappoint. The construction of the White City itself and the amount of talent, innovation, and creativity that went into creating such an event is astonishing. Larson also explores the dark underside of such drastic innovation and social change in his account of the murders that took place at the hands of Herman Webster Mudgett in the very same city. There are so many plot twists and “how did he even get away with that?!” moments and the worst part is that it actually happened. 

If you love reading about murder mysteries and/or historically significant events, check this one out. It’s a page turner.


Goodreads rating: 3.99/5

My rating: 4/5 stars

Days read: July 31 – August 12

Recommend: For history lovers