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RIFers, we want to hear from you! Share your reading interests with the Read It Forward community. Here’s the cool thing: our polls are interactive. They allow you to answer a question AND ask a your own question. So get curious, get creative, and add a question to today’s RIF poll! We’re thrilled to have Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of the forthcoming thriller Gone Girl as our RIF Guest Editor. Check back often for polls, essays, and more from Gillian in the coming weeks. And don’t miss our live video chat with Gillian Flynn on Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Take Gillian Flynn’s poll – answer her question, ask your own follow-up question!

To celebrate the release of her new thriller Gone Girl, bestselling novelist Gillian Flynn is joining Read It Forward as a guest editor! Beginning this week and continuing through the middle of June, Gillian will ask questions of the RIF community, respond to RIFer Reviews of Gone Girl, share some of her favorite books, and join us for a live video chat. Be a part of the fun, and get exclusive access to one of the most talked-about novelists of the summer!

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan – but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.” Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman.

Dozens of RIFers are discussing Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s novel The Watch here on Read It Forward and Goodreads, all of them gripped by this first major novel of the Afghanistan War. We’re thrilled to share the official book trailer for The Watch with you and invite you to take a look and leave a comment with your thoughts. If you haven’t already, dive into the read in our downloadable excerpt of The Watch. You’ll be hooked on this heartbreaking and haunting novel.

“Written with exquisite grace, depth, and honesty, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. explores decisions driven by motherhood and marriage,” writes Randy Susan Meyers, international bestselling author of The Murderer’s Daughters. “I was transfixed as Kate read the journals she’d inherited from Elizabeth, peeling back the layers of her friend’s life, and in the process grappling with her own choices and terrors. Women have secret lives – sometimes hidden in the corners of our minds, sometimes in dreams unrealized. One mark of friendship is when and whether these nightmares and ambitions can be revealed. This riveting novel fiercely captures this fulcrum of the public and private lives of American mothers.”

Fans of the bestselling novel Julie and Romeo and anyone looking for a delightfully funny novel with a clever punch: add Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray to your TBR list! Jeanne Ray satirizes the ups and down of family and friendship in middle age with great wit and charm. Her strong, funny, smart female characters will keep you laughing and turning the pages. A perfect way to ease into your summer reading!