The 2013 summer reading guide is here! (FREE for you!)

The 2013 summer reading guide is here! (FREE for you!)

Ultimate Beach Reading: A Summer Reading Guide from Modern Mrs Darcy

UPDATE: The 2013 summer reading guide has been archived. To be the first to know about future reading guides (because they’re coming), sign up here for monthly-ish updates from MMD. If you’re desperate for some good book recommendations fast, email me–I’ll also help out a reader in need of a good book!)  

If you’re at all like me, you think beach chairs and pool decks are made for reading. But nothing is more frustrating than taking a much talked-about book on vacation only to realize it’s terrible and you’re stuck with nothing.

Anybody can browse a bestseller list, but just because a book is a best seller doesn’t mean that you will want to read it. (Hello, Fifty Shades of Grey.)

You all know I love to read, and read a lot. You know where I’m coming from. If you like this blog, I think you’ll find something perfect for you in this guide.

I’ve chosen some bestsellers that are actually good. I’ve also tried hard to give you some fabulous reads that you’ve never heard of. I’ve personally read every book on this list (often more than once). I can vouch for them, and answer any questions you have. (Like, how’s the language? Or, Do I really want to read this right now?)

The books are divided by category, so you can flip right to the section that interests you most.

I also share tips I’ve figured out through years of dealing with summer reading’s challenges: sun, water, sand, travel. (Has anyone else ever recommended throwaway books before?)

Praise for the 2012 edition

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I’d love to hear your feedback when you’re done reading your guide! Come back and comment on your favorite summer read right here, or follow the hashtag #beachreading on twitter.

Happy summer, and happy reading!

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  1. PSKarr says:

    I have signed up and am looking forward to the list, especially some authors I may not have read before. Dare we expect to see anything by Jane Austen on the list?

    • Anne says:

      Absolutely. I included the Jane Austen book that’s best suited for the beach (any conjectures?) and a Austen-themed memoir that I just loved.

  2. Kelty says:

    Hello! Thanks so much for this. I flew through and loved “Rules of Civility.” It was a very unexpected, thought-provoking but not heavy, enjoyable. As a tip, our library had the kindle version check out for 7 days.

    I enjoyed “where’d you go Bernadettte” in a Portlandia/It’s fun to make fun of high-income, west coast hippie stereotypes, kind of way.

    Thanks for doing all the hard work for us in compiling this list! 🙂

  3. Kelly says:

    Hello! I don’t know why, but I’m not receiving the link to respond to in my email. I have tried a few different times and it is going to my spam folder either. Any ideas?

    • Anne says:

      Yep: it’s been archived. The 2014 edition will be out in May, but if you want last year’s email me at modern mrs darcy at gmail dot com and I’ll shoot a copy your way. 🙂

  4. I stumbled on your blog today while on the hunt for good vacation reads. I’ve already found some great recommendations, but I can’t wait to check out the full summer beach reading guide. I’m so glad I found your blog!

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