I Await Your Reply!

Hi, bookies!

I’m very glad to see that Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon, won the poll for our July book club. (It’s been on my Goodreads “to-read” bookshelf since it came out last year.) So I hope that you’ve nestled it in your boat tote, along with your flip-flops and SPF—I think it’s going to be a thrilling beach read.

I’m Ashley Tate, and I’ll be leading our online chats this month. I’m a staff editor at Real Simple, which doesn’t really say anything about what I do here at the magazine, so here’s a quick rundown: I edit all the money stories, including my favorite section, Moneywise, and our fairly new Discounts & Deals page. I’m also the writer of the upcoming Money Rant blog, so be on the lookout for it in the coming weeks. Being a money editor is challenging (Who can actually remember the difference between a home equity loan and a home equity line of credit?!), and a large portion of my time is spent finding great tips that will save you money. Tough, yes, but extremely rewarding.

I’ve been with Real Simple for almost seven years now, and I guess it’s no wonder that I ended up in a profession that deals with words and requires that I spend a large portion of my time reading. After all, I was the kid who would sneak out of bed to read The Baby-sitters Club series by the glow of my night-light. And then when I was in high school, instead of getting a job lifeguarding at the town pool, I was shelving biographies and assisting with the summer reading program at the county library. So it should come as no surprise that when I headed to Pennsylvania from the plains of Kansas for college, I was an English major.

I couldn’t wait to start this book, so I snuck a peek at the first three chapters (okay, five actually) of the book on my train commute this morning. Each chapter follows one of our three main characters, and I can already tell you that I’m extremely intrigued about how these characters are going to intersect. Or will they? We’ve got a long holiday weekend ahead of us, so let’s read the first part (chapters 1 through 10) by next Thursday, July 8. I’ll try not to read ahead, but I can’t promise anything….

Until then, I would love to know other titles you plan to read this summer. I will need another good read after I’m finished with this one.

—Ashley

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