Happy Anniversary, Bookies!

Real Simple’s online book club picks its September 2013 book—and marks a milestone.

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Well, here’s to us, Bookies, because believe it or not, we’re celebrating five years together as a club! You may remember that the first book we read together, back in September 2008, was Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck. Our first discussion leader? Real Simple Managing Editor Kristin van Ogtrop. So I’m happy to tell you that Kristin will make her return next month to help us commemorate this milestone. And now, the big question: what will we be reading? For the answer, I refer you to the poll below. See the four books Kristin has chosen, then vote for your favorite by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 25. The poll is now open!



—Maura 

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith

The buzz around this top-notch detective novel reached fever-pitch when its unknown author was unmasked as the creator of a series about a certain boy wizard.

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

Long after the summer of 1974 ends, a group of teens who bond at artsy Camp Spirit-in-the-Woods enter and exit one another’s lives in Wolitzer’s beautifully crafted, epic novel of friendship and all its joys and heartaches.

Blue Plate Special, by Kate Christensen

“My love of food was slow to ignite, but when it did, the year I turned eight, it exploded into one of the great passions of my life,” writes Christensen, who—brutally, honestly—examines her life through the prism of the appetites that ruled it.

And Sons, by David Gilbert

A reclusive, Salinger-esque author’s breakdown at his friend’s funeral kicks off this rich, insightful, and even funny take on the deeply complex relationships between fathers and sons.