Hello, everyone! I’m Maggie Shi, a deputy editor for RealSimple.com, where I work with content across several different areas—food, money, family, work, and life lessons. My job involves everything from overseeing photo shoots for the website to collaborating with the magazine editors to writing our daily recipe newsletter. I also blog regularly about food here on Simply Stated and am attempting to cook my way through the Real Simple recipe repertoire this year.
I’m an avid reader, so I’m incredibly excited to be leading the February book club. I read Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, about a year ago and absolutely fell in love with it, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating this follow-up. The title of the book, Half Broke Horses, also intrigued me; I was maybe just a *little* bit obsessed with horses when I was a kid (come on—how many of us weren’t?), so anything even remotely about horses is going to catch my eye. Which makes me wonder—what book topics are you constantly drawn to? Personally, I’m a sucker for pretty much anything about food (no surprise there), plus non-fiction about people who move to foreign countries and settle into new cultures, women who run off in search of adventure/fulfillment, and almost any collection of short stories.
This winter has been extra snowy and cold in most of the country, so it’s perfect weather for snuggling up with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a cup of tea or glass of wine. Since Half Broke Horses has nine chapters, let’s read three at a time. Here’s the schedule:
Chapters 1 through 3 by Wednesday, February 9
Chapters 4 through 6 by Wednesday, February 16
Chapters 7 through 9 (including the tiny epilogue, naturally) by Wednesday, February 23
Really looking forward to this—stay warm, and happy reading!