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

Hello, Bossypants!

Hi, fellow book lovers, 30 Rock fans, and Real Simple loyalists! I’m so excited to meet you. Please allow me to introduce myself: I’m Leigh Torretta, your go-to girl for the next month as we dive into Bossypants, by Tina Fey. I’m also’s advertising account manager—please come to me with any of your book clubbing or advertising needs. When […]

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Cold Comfort Farm: Chapters 17 to 23

Hi, Bookies: Does Cold Comfort Farm have a happy ending? Of course. But the message behind Flora Poste’s good works at the farm is more important: People really can change for the better, can break away from their self-imposed limitations and create a brighter future. Flora is clever enough to point the way, and she somehow finds the perfect solution […]

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Cold Comfort Farm: Chapters 9 to 16

Hi, Bookies: Two months into Flora Poste’s stay at Cold Comfort Farm, things are looking much brighter for several members of the Starkadder clan, although Flora’s work is far from complete. Spoiler alert: If you haven’t made it to the end of Chapter 16, do not read any further if you wish it to be a surprise. For those who […]

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Cold Comfort Farm: Chapters 1 to 8

Hi, Bookies: When I began reading Cold Comfort Farm one morning during my commute to work, I made the mistake of sitting in the “quiet car” of the train, where cell phones and loud conversations are forbidden. I soon started laughing out loud on nearly every page, and I realized that quiet reading wasn’t possible. I switched to the business […]

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Hi, Bookies!

My name is Terri Schlenger, and I’m very happy to be your guest editor this month. I’m a copy editor for the tablet editions of Real Simple (on the Nook, Kindle Fire, and iPad), as well as the print version of the magazine. I love to read, so I have what I think is the perfect job! When my good […]

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Rules of Civility: Chapter 18 Through the Epilogue

Hello, Bookies! Sadly, we’ve come to the end of our whirlwind adventure through 1930s New York via Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility. But before we park our Bentley in the garage, there’s quite a bit to talk about! While the action throughout the book kept me riveted, the last 10 chapters were full of so many twisty turns and shocking surprises that […]

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Rules of Civility: Chapters 9 Through 17

Hi there, Bookies! I’m back to explore the next nine chapters of Amor Towles’s Rules of Civility…let’s hop in our Bentley and take on the town, shall we? When we last left our heroine, Katey Kontent, she was settling into a life without her glamorous friends Tinker and Eve. Yet at the start of Chapter 9, Eve pops up to fill […]

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Rules of Civility: Preface Through Chapter 8

Hello, Bookies! Ready to jump into Rules of Civility and all of the excitement that comes along with it? Here we go… When I began reading the preface, I was surprised, yet delighted, to learn that the introduction to Rules of Civility took place not in 1930s New York City as I expected but in a much later, more familiar-to-me […]

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Greetings, Reading Enthusiasts!

My name is Anastasia Signoretta, and I am so excited to take the journey with you through 1930s New York City via the pages of Amor Towles’ novel, Rules of Civility! Even though I love my day job as the production manager for, I’m really looking forward to moonlighting this month as the No-Obligation Book Club moderator. When asked to […]

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Is Everyone Hanging Out: Pages 159 to the End

Hi, Bookies! I can’t believe this is my last post! Let me say, I have so enjoyed hosting the coolest book club there is, and I have absolutely adored every chapter of Mindy’s hilarious book. Alas, it is time to wrap up the marvelous Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Here are some closing lists and thoughts. […]

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