Month: August | Date: 8/23/15
Genre: True Crime – Serial Killer
Book: Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer by Harold Schechter
In Attendance: Norma (host), Celeste, Taja, Amy, Linda, Jonetta, Cristi, Debra (new member)
Not in attendance: Stephanie
Meeting Recap: We had a really good turn out this month. We welcomed Taja’s return from her leave of absence and another new member, Linda’s friend, Debra. Primarily for the newest members, and as a refresher for our long time members, we went through a brief recap of our participation rules. The link can be found on our Goodreads group page under “Rules and Structure”.
Most of us were able to complete this month’s book. Norma was the first to note that while she is a regular reader of True Crime, this is not exactly the type of book she usually reads. Because of the historical context of the setting, modern forensics and first hand accounts were not as readily available to the author as they otherwise would have been. This really made for a dull read, overall. It felt more akin to reading a textbook where the story was presented only as facts and it lacked a dramatic appeal. Ultimately, we decided as a group to try a True Crime again in the future but limit the time period to sometime within the last 40ish years or so.
September Book: We are reading Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler.
September Host: Debra, despite being a brand new member, has volunteered to host our next meeting. The meeting date is set for 9/27.
October Genre: We will be reading a young adult novel with themes of the characters having abilities. Novels suggested at the meeting (Beautiful Creatures and I Am Number Four) have already been added to the group bookshelf. Be sure to add an others or let me and/or Taja know before Sunday so they can be added to the poll. Happy Reading!
Month: July | Date: 7/26/15
Book: The Andromida Strain by Michael Crichton
In Attendance: Jonetta, Amy, Linda, Stephanie, Celeste
Not in attendance: Norma, Cristi, Taja (LOA)
Meeting Recap: Due to an unfortunately plumbing crisis, Jo was not able to host this month. Instead, we were able to move our venue at the last minute to Johnny Garlic’s in the Marketplace. The food was delicious and it was a nice change of pace.
Discussion of this book centered mostly around the technical writing style of the author. Those of us that were able to finish it all seemed to be in agreement that this book really left us wanting. It had the potential to go in a lot of different directions, but ultimately, it was anti-climatic and wrapped up a little too neatly at the end. There seemed to be a lot of agreement that Crichton’s technical writing style made for a somewhat boring read, as well. Though Amy felt that quality is what interested her enough to make her want to finish the book after having heard the spoilers during out meeting. Overall, this book could have done some very interesting things, but ended up being a bit of a disappointment. We should have just read Jo’s book. 😉
August Book: Our poll winner for True Crime – Serial Killer is [Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer by Harold Schechter.
August Meeting Date: There appeared to be a lot of conflicts among the members in the meeting regarding their ability to attend the next meeting (traditionally scheduled for August 30th). As a result, we’ve decided to have a poll to potentially move the meeting up a week or back a week. The poll is live now and will be up until Sunday. Please take a minute to put in your vote so we can solidify that. It may effect who the host will be.
August Host: Jo has graciously volunteered to host again because of her last minute cancellation this month. Stephanie has volunteered to be a back up if our date poll results in a conflict for Jo.
September Genre: We are going to read a comedic autobiography for September. I have already added authors mentioned at the meeting to our bookshelf, but if there are any others you guys want to see, let me know or added them in. The poll will be live from August 2nd through August 16th.