No-Obligation Book Club
You love curling up with a classic novel. You love talking with friends about the latest Jodi Picoult bestseller. But you can’t stand the obligations of a book club. (What time? What place? Who’s bringing the chip dip?)

We feel your pain. That’s why has started the No-Obligation Book Club.

No time frame, no deadlines, no obligations: just the pleasures of reading good books, as suggested―and led―by Real Simple editors. The goal is to get the benefits of a book club...without feeling overwhelmed by rigid schedules.

Recent Posts By No-Obligation Book Club

The Night Circus: Parts 4 and 5

Hi, Bookies! Unfortunately our four short weeks together are coming to a close. But before we say goodbye, let’s indulge in a whirlwind discussion of Parts 4 and 5 of The Night Circus. I found these last chapters to be action-packed and riveting. I can’t imagine I was the only one reading mouth-wide-open at a few major revelations! Let’s start […]

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Your June Winner!

Hi there, Bookies! I’m Mary Kate McGrath, the senior editor at Real Simple, and I’ll be your fearless book leader for this next month! I’ve always been a voracious reader, but ever since I had my son, Jackson, a year ago, I’ve found that unless it’s something lighthearted and humorous (yes, I giggled through all of 50 Shades of Grey), […]

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The Night Circus: Part 3

Happy Friday, Bookies! I’ve enjoyed the book from the start, but Part 3 really had me turning the pages. All of a sudden, Part 4 was upon me, and I had to stop myself from finishing the whole book on Monday night! We’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get right to it. We finally get a deeper […]

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The Night Circus: Part 2

Hi again! Thanks for the feedback on Part 1—I loved reading all your thoughts, and I’m glad you seem to be enjoying The Night Circus as much as I am. As another week comes to a close, let’s dive into a discussion of Part 2. I’ve loved getting a closer look at the workings of the night circus. Reading about the […]

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The Night Circus: Part 1

Happy Friday, Bookies! As a long, rainy week here in New York City comes to a close, I’m happy to report that The Night Circus has been a bit of a bright spot for me. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am, and are ready to dive in to a little discussion. The novel opens with a […]

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Bossypants: The End…and Guess What?

Why hello, Bookies! It’s that time we’ve been dreading—the last weekly post for Bossypants. What should I do with my last five minutes? I know, I’ll share some amazing news with you: Tina Fey will be answering some questions from the No-Obligation Book Club in an upcoming post! So, what questions have been gnawing at you as you’ve wandered through […]

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A Quick Hello

Hi there, Bookies! I’m Brigitt Hauck, the editorial assistant over here at, and I’ll be your May book club leader. I’m a bookworm at heart, so I’ve been secretly hoping for the chance to lead the discussion since I first started here just over a year ago. I’m thrilled you chose The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, because it just […]

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Bossypants: Chapters 18 Through 20

Hello, fellow Bookies! How was your week? Two things rocked my world this week: 1. I got engaged!! 2. Tina finally went there, what we’ve all been waiting for: the Sarah Palin story. “How to Succeed by Sort of Looking Like Someone” gave me a good chuckle. Who have you been told you look like? (I once got Jennifer Connelly, […]

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Bossypants: Chapters 9 Through 17

Hello, Bookies! This week’s read brought me so many laugh-out-loud and “that reminds me of when I…” moments. I love when those happen to me when I’m reading (mostly because nearby strangers catch me laughing and muttering to myself!). What made you crack up this week? For me, it was “Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat.” I’ve definitely sat […]

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Bossypants: Chapters 1 Through 8

Hi, Bookies! The beginning of Bossypants really flew by for me. Wasn’t it hard to put down after reading “Young Men’s Christian Association”? I am loving the book so far, particularly because Tina’s voice sounds like a close friend telling me about her day. (Seriously, I have friends just like her.) Let’s dive in. I love the title “All Girls […]

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