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Welcome to 805 Reads Book Club!

With the continued uncertainty about meeting out and about - we are meeting via Zoom!!

We look forward to meeting you and seeing you soon at a book club meeting! We are a friendly group that warmly welcomes new members. There are many different groups covering several genres. We hope you find one or more that intrigue you:

1st Tuesday – Award nominees or winners, available in paperback and under 450 pages. Conducts polls for next books on a periodic basis.

Leader: Beverlee Abell,

Location: Zoom

2nd Monday – Members choose a book they love, then host that discussion.

Leaders: Monthly hosts vary, Sandra Reinbold

Location: Zoom

3rd Thursday – It’s a Mystery! Mysteries, fiction and non-fiction.

Leader: Jennifer Gross

Location: Zoom

Saturdays: Mystery and Fiction

Leaders: Jane and Kaaren

Occasional Sunday mornings – Page to Screen. We’ll read the book, watch the movie, and discuss both afterwards. Meets whenever a great opportunity arises.

Leader: Ellen Rodriguez

Location: Movie theaters and eating establishments in/near Camarillo

All of the group leaders can be reached through the Meetup app, through a “Comment” or “Messages” link. Beverlee Abell is the Lead Organizer of the group.

What to know about the MEETINGS:

If you’re on the Wait List, still read the book. The Wait List often clears, especially in the last few days before the meeting.

If you can’t attend, please change your RSVP. It helps clear the Wait List. We meet at local restaurants and some have ordering minimums for use of the space.

No Shows and people who cancel with 24 hours of the meeting will be marked on the meeting attendance. After three No Shows and/or late cancellations, you’ll be blocked from signing up for more meetings.

Dues are $15.00 per year, to offset the cost of Meetup and the cost of the Zoom membership. You may pay on the Meetup app or pay cash to Beverlee Abell. Your profile will show if your dues are paid. Meetup will remind you when the fee is due the following year.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at 805 Reads!

Beverlee, Ellen, Jennifer, Sandra, Kaaren and Jane

Upcoming events (4+)

It's A Mystery! Dark of the Moon (Virgil Flowers, #1) by John Sandford

Dark of the Moon
(Virgil Flowers #1)
by John Sandford
3.97 Goodreads Rating · 34,005 ratings · 1,482 reviews

Virgil Flowers — tall, lean, late thirties, three times divorced, hair way too long for a cop — had kicked around a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport had brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He'd been doing the hard stuff for three years now — but never anything like this.

In the small town of Bluestem, where everybody knows everybody, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside. There is a lot of reason to hate him, Flowers discovers. Years ago, Judd had perpetrated a scam that'd driven a lot of local farmers out of business, even to suicide. There are also rumors swirling around of some very dicey activities with other men's wives, of involvement with some nutcase religious guy, and of an out-of-wedlock daughter. In fact, Flowers concludes, you'd probably have to dig around to find a person who didn't despise him.

That wasn't even the reason Flowers had come to Bluestem. Three weeks before, there'd been another murder — two, in fact, a doctor and his wife. The doctor was found propped up in his backyard, both eyes shot out. There hadn't been a murder in Bluestem in years — and now suddenly three? Flowers knows two things: this wasn't a coincidence, and it had to be personal.

But just how personal is something even he doesn't realize, and may not find out until too late. Because the next victim... may be himself.

Saturday Mystery Group: The Burning Room by Michael Connelly (Goodreads 4.1)

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent.
Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

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805 Classics: The Stranger by Albert Camus

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The Stranger
by Albert Camus,
3.99 Goodreads Rating · 772,645 ratings · 26,127 reviews

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in English in 1946

Tues Night Let's Read: Writers and Lovers by Lily King

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Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2020)

Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with an unforgettable portrait of an artist as a young woman.

Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfil her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Writers & Lovers follows Casey--a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist--in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Written with King's trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.

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Tue Night Let's Read: Neither Wolf Nor Dog: by Kent Nerburn

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