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So, Jodi Arias has a book club...

  • Arias has been hitting the books behind bars
  • A website associated with the convicted killer appears to offer her reviews of famous novels
So, Jodi Arias has a book club...

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Jodi Arias trial by the numbers

Airing Jodi Arias' dirty laundry

Airing Jodi Arias' dirty laundry

Since she was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8 for brutally killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, Jodi Arias appears to have found time to hit the books behind bars.

Arias announced Aug. 5 on a Twitter account that has been tied to her that she has launched a book club with a website that showcases her reviews of books she has read in jail.

This isn't Arias' first online sojourn since her arrest. She also reportedly sells her art through a website run by a friend.

The site dedicated to her book club features her reviews of such classics as “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

"I just finished 'To Kill a Mockingbird', which I managed to avoid reading in HS. I understand now why it's a classic. It was a good read. This author, now elderly and nearly blind and deaf, was conned out of her royalties for a period, but won them back in a recent legal battle. Good for her! There is so much quotable material in this book. A few that stuck out to me: 'The one place a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentment right into the jury box.' (Atticus Finch) and, 'It's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you.' (Atticus Finch). I cried three times reading this book,” writes Arias.

Arias is also reading books that focus on her Mormon religion, including the critical “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer, which explores the controversial origins of the faith.

"This is an unbelievably true story of religious fanaticism taken horribly too far," she writes on the book club's site. "I typically do not read books with this type of subject matter because some of it is deeply disturbing."

She goes to to say how the Mormon Church might not be happy with her reading the book due to its critical nature.

"I found it very educational and in an unexpected way, I was endeared to Joseph Smith more than before reading it in spite of the book's focus on his failures and shortcomings. It showed he was a flawed human being. Only Jesus was perfect, Right? The author also clearly delineates the LDS Church and the splinter groups NOT associated with it that practice polygamy. On a side note: I crossed paths once with some bona fide FLDS polygamists in the Grand Canyon of all places. They looked plucked directly from the 19th century," writes Arias.

The site says Arias is currently reading “Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records” by Kevin Todeschi. On Sunday, Arias tweeted to her followers to stop sending books to her, because she is currently “max’d out."

Arias is awaiting her retrial for the penalty phase of her case. Arias' first-degree murder conviction still stands, and so does the jurors' finding that Arias murdered Alexander in a "cruel manner."

When the retrial of the penalty phase begins, a new jury will be selected, and they will only decide whether Arias will be sentenced to death via lethal injection or life in prison.

Judge Sherry Stephens said she wants to conduct Arias' retrial in September. A date for the retrial could be set at hearing scheduled for Aug. 26.

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