Goodreads Monday – Columbine by Dave Cullen

Welcome back to Goodreads Monday! It’s been a very hot minute since I did one but I figured I might as well get back into it! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s featured book is Columbine by Dave Cullen. This is a true crime non-fiction that was published in 2009 and it has a 4.28 star rating on Goodreads.

“The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror…” So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of “spectacle murders.” It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year.

What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn’t about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors

Why do I want to read it?

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction because I find my concentration wavers too easily and almost 90% of the time, I find myself getting bored. It’s more “it’s me, not you” than anything but this is a NF read that I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for a while now! I still remember Columbine and how the news rang shocking loud all the way across the world (I was in middle school living in the Philippines at the time). For months (although I remember it feeling much longer) it was news you couldn’t escape. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, especially how well it is written, plus I also have a weirdly morbid curiosity when it comes to true crime, so I’m looking forward to reading it whenever I manage to get my hands on it!

Have you read Columbine or is it on your TBR?
If you have read it, what did you think of it?

6 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – Columbine by Dave Cullen

  1. I wish I’d read more nonfiction. This year I actually read 2!! 😀 And loved both of them, especially You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day. I’m a bug fan of hers and reading her book was a great experience 🙂


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