The members of Real Simple's online book club pick their February 2013 book.

By Real Simple
Updated January 24, 2013
Monica Buck

Hi, Bookies:

Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club is currently in the lead, but will it hold? John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, our December runner-up, has been steadily gaining, and Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins is hot on the heels of that book. So anything can win. Don’t forget: You have until 11:59 p.m. ET this coming Sunday, January 27, to choose from those books or Cheryl Strayed’s wonderfully reviewed Wild; just click your pick below. And another don’t forget: Until EOD on Friday, January 25, you can leave a question for Maria Semple, the author of our read this month, Where’d You Go, Bernadette.


Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

A love story that spans 50 years begins with the arrival, in 1962, on the Italian coast of a beautiful American starlet who is dying—or maybe she isn’t. The cast of characters in this sprawling, time-jumping, continent-spanning novel includes Pasquale, the young inkeeper who falls for the actress, and Richard Burton.

The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

A mother and son bond under the most trying of circumstances by reading and discussing literature in a very personal book club of two. A graceful, moving true story recommended to the No-Obligation Book Club by Anderson Cooper.

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

In the wake of devastating personal losses, the author made an impulsive decision that turned out to be life-altering: She would walk the Pacific Crest Trail. Alone.

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The runner-up in our December 2012 poll, Green’s hilarious and heartbreaking novel about two teens who meet at a cancer support group is luminous, and one of the best-reviewed books of last year.