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

Unbroken: Part I Through Chapter 8 of Part II

Hi, Bookies: I hope everyone is enjoying the book so far. I’m completely immersed in Unbroken and had to restrain myself from reading ahead. Laura Hillenbrand truly has a gift for telling a remarkable story. In Part I, we’re introduced to 12-year-old Louis Zamperini, who is the son of Italian immigrants. Louie, as Hillenbrand calls him, is wild and unruly: […]

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Welcome to September’s Book Club!

Hi, everyone! I’m Krissy Tiglias, a deputy editor on, and I am excited to be leading–for the first time–this month’s discussion. Here on the site, I spend most of my time working on the Home & Organizing and Holidays & Entertaining content. That means lots of fun stuff like gift guides, product roundups, and photo shoots. In fact, earlier […]

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The Paris Wife: Chapters 36 Through the Epilogue

Hi, Bookies: The final section of the book opens with Hadley and Bumby vacationing in Schruns, while Ernest travels to New York City to meet with his publisher—among other things, he gets a hefty advance for The Sun Also Rises. When he gets back, he encourages Hadley to take a trip to the Loire Valley with her friends Pauline and […]

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The Paris Wife: Chapters 26 Through 35

Hi, Bookies: This quarter of the book sees the beginning of the end for Hem and Hadley, sadly. The couple moves to Toronto to have their baby. Their plan is to stay a year while Ernest makes some money editing at the Star. He, of course, locks horns with his boss and ultimately decides he needs to be writing…in Paris. […]

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The Paris Wife: Chapters 13 Through 25

Hello, Bookies: Spoiler alert: I’m about to sum up what’s happened in the second quarter of the book, so if you haven’t reached this point, read no further. The second quarter finds Hem and Hadley newly in Paris. Practically upon arrival, it seems, they meet Ezra Pound and his wife, and Gertrude Stein and her companion. Hadley describes feeling left […]

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The Paris Wife: Chapters 1 Through 12

Hi, Bookies: I do hope you are all loving this book as much as I am—or at least finding it as interesting. I realize that it is a work of historical fiction and, as such, is just one person’s interpretation of what might have happened between Hadley and Ernest, but it’s so romantic, isn’t it? It also humanizes someone who […]

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Hi, Fellow Bookies!

My name is Didi Gluck, and I’m the health and beauty director of Real Simple. I am so excited to be reading The Paris Wife—for several reasons. First, I love Ernest Hemingway. My father modeled himself after Hemingway (like “Papa,” my dad enjoyed hunting, fishing, wine, bullfights, and all things macho), so he’s always had a special place in my […]

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The Space Between Us: Chapters 19 Through the End

Hi, Bookies: Welcome back for our final pages of The Space Between Us. We start our final section with Bhima revealing to Maya more of her family’s tragic history. Maya’s discovery of the powerful letter that Gopal left behind for his wife is painful. Bhima hears this letter for only the second time, and it’s how Maya learns what happened […]

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The Space Between Us: Chapters 14 Through 18

Hi, Bookies: Before I share my thoughts and questions about our reading for the past week, I have some great news! Thrity Umrigar will be “joining” us here to answer our questions about the book! Send your questions and she’ll answer them when we’re done reading. I’m very excited to have her chat with us about her powerful book. Now […]

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The Space Between Us: Chapters 8 Through 13

Hi, Bookies: I’m still thoroughly enjoying this read. Are you? Umrigar continues to paint such a detailed picture of Sera’s upper-class world and Bhima’s world of poverty. I find the back-and-forth structure that she uses to weave the tale easy to follow. I never tire of one woman’s world, past or present, as the structure keeps me on my toes, […]

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