Hello, Bookies!

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, House Rules, won the poll for our May book club pick. How many of you are just thrilled to death that a Picoult book is finally on deck?? I am. 

I’m Kate Parker, and I’ll be leading our discussion this month. I’m a blogger here on Simply Stated, contributing to the Holidays and Entertaining beat. This means I get to write about really fun things like throwing parties and yummy recipes and my favorite gifts. Which is pretty great. I spent three amazing years on staff full-time at Real Simple before moving to South Florida last summer. While I was a Home Editor at the magazine, I got to do everything from testing new products to styling stories to executing home makeovers (and about a million other things I won’t bore you with). Now I’m focusing on building-up my own design consulting business, and helping out at my (very-talented) mother’s beautiful interiors shop, Parkers. I recently became engaged to the most wonderful man (!!), and am busy planning our wedding for this Fall. From time to time I still get to work on a fun freelance project for Real Simple, like teaching an Entertaining Class at Pottery Barn or doing a TV makeover series with CBS. So yes, I am a lucky, lucky gal with a pretty cool (and ever-changing) job-description. I also love, love, love to read. 

I’ve always been a book-lover, and I’ll pretty much read any genre, but I’m partial to well-paced stories that really put you inside a character’s head. Which is why Picoult is just perfect if you ask me. I love how she tells her stories through several different characters’ points of view. Her child-in-peril plots are beyond intriguing – they pull you in from the first page and make you want to gobble up the entire book in one sitting. I devoured My Sister’s Keeper and Change of Heart, and was sad when they ended (as it is with any great book). 

I hope you’ll join us in this discussion. Let’s all come back and talk about sections 1 through 3 on Monday, May 10th. (For those with the hard-cover edition, through page 146). This gives you a little more than a week to get your hands on the book and dive in. I’ll post once a week on Mondays, and we’ll make our way through the story like this – reading through section 3 by the 10th, through section 6 by the 17th, through section 9 by the 24th, and then finishing up the book by the 31st. Sound good? 

I’ll see you back here on Monday the 10th. In the meantime, let’s kick-off our discussion by answering this question: Where is your favorite place to read? 

Mine is at the beach. Nothing beats sand between my toes, sun on my skin, the sound of the waves in my ears, and a great story in my hands. Heaven.