Voting has begun for our next read.

By Real Simple
Updated May 09, 2014
from the June 2007 issue of Real Simple
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies:

This month’s picks come courtesy of our readers! Some weeks ago, we asked our Facebook fans to tell us what book made them fall in love with reading. The response was amazing—almost 4,000 replies. Of the multitude of titles mentioned, a number of books popped up over and over (see them here), and of those we chose the favorites below. Or, more precisely, our June discussion leader, Terri Schlenger, narrowed down the list to our four choices. You may remember Terri: One of Real Simple’s ace copy editors, she moderated our March 2012 discussion of Cold Comfort Farm. Take a look; cast your vote—the poll’s open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 25. I already know what I’m voting for!


Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier

This enduring novel of mystery, doubt, and obsession begins with one of the most famous lines in literature: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Another mystery, this one from the queen of the genre: Ten strangers are lured to an uninhabited island only to be killed off one by one in a classic whodunit.

Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King

The epic (544-page) sequel to The Shining represents the prolific King, who was singled out a number of times as a favorite. Here, Dan Torrance, the now-grown but still-haunted survivor of the Overlook Hotel, is at the center of a story imbued with King’s trademark suspense and horror.

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” Books don’t get much better than Dickens’ thrilling tale of switched identities set against the French Revolution.