Hello, and Welcome to Gone Girl!

Hi there, Bookies!

I’m Emily Schroeder and I work in the business development group for RealSimple.com. I will be your July book club leader, and I am very excited that Gone Girl won the poll (it was my first choice!). Like Maura said, I recently moved (as in, just a few days ago), so I welcome the distraction from unpacking boxes, organizing closets, and hanging pictures. I know this is going to be a great read based on two very good reasons:

1. I asked one of my best friends if she would read the book and follow my posts—especially since it’s my first time “book-leading” and I needed at least one loyal follower. Well, she’s blown right past us and is almost finished. Needless to say, she can’t put it down—gave it an amazing review (and I always trust her book recommendations).

2. I bought Gone Girl last weekend and—maybe it’s the move and/or all the commotion of having a newborn in the family (Charlie is only 5 months old)—our notorious Lab, Scout, has been acting out and decided to eat the front and back covers (as well as a few intro pages). Scout has an affinity for books and only my most favorite (I guess I brought this on myself—she is named after one of my all-time favorite characters, in To Kill a Mockingbird).

So, with those two stamps of approval, I know this is going to be a good one, and I can’t wait to get started. Let’s go by this schedule:

Part 1: Boy Loses Girl for Friday, July 6.
Part 2: Boy Meets Girl for Friday, July 13.
Part 3: Boy Gets Girl Back (or vice versa) for Friday, July 20.

Looking forward to our discussions. Happy reading!