How is everyone surviving the Polar vortex? While the first signs of spring usually arrive in March, it looks like like many of us will be snuggling up with books and blankets for a bit longer. (This, of course, doesn't apply to our fellow bookies in warm climates who probably read last month's pick outside—consider us jealous.) We've got an eclectic mix of choices for the March book club, courtesy of our new moderator Jenny Jin, Real Simple's beauty assistant. "I recently read a profile on Marie Kondo and was intrigued by her philosophy when it comes to keeping a clean home. The article alone inspired me to purge a lot of my stuff and it was so liberating," says Jenny. Let us know your pick by Sunday, March 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST. And remember, we'll be hosting an on-going discussion on Twitter about the winning book, where we encourage you all to post your thoughts with #RSbookclub, the official book club hashtag. Jenny will weigh in with questions and comments throughout the month.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, by Issa Rae
If you're a fan of Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, or any other acutely (and sometimes painfully) self-aware woman, you will find another kindred spirit in comedian Issa Rae. This book is for anyone who has ever felt out of place, riddled with insecurities, or alone in her eccentricities. In reading about Rae's countless awkward encounters, readers will hopefully learn to find humor in the uncomfortable.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
Everything we own represents some aspect of who we were, who we are, and who we want to be. This book encourages us to reexamine our belongings and decide whether or not they still "spark joy" in our lives, or hold us down. Imagine a clutter-free home where everything you own is something that makes you happy; Marie guides us to cleaner pastures.
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
In this classic, epic adventure, an unlikely hero shows that everyone, no matter how big or small (literally or figuratively), can live a larger life than ever imagined. As we grow older, we tend to become fearful of things that are greater than what we already know. This story is a reminder that we should keep dreaming and living beyond our expectations; life is more fun that way.
Neither Here Nor There, by Bill Bryson
Follow Mr. Bryson as he traverses across Europe to relive the same journey he took 20 years prior as a much younger man. Equal parts memoir and travel log, there is no shortage of hilarious anecdotes throughout. Consider this your antidote to the seasonal affect disorder we're all experiencing. Warning: You will want to book a trip for yourself after reading this.