It’s here: the 2016 Summer Reading Guide.

It’s here: the 2016 Summer Reading Guide.

If you’re anything like me, you think summer is made for reading. But nothing is more frustrating than picking up the latest (and much-hyped) new release to find that even though it’s a bestseller, it’s not the right book for you.

How do you enjoy the hits without wasting time on the misses?

Enter the summer reading guide.

This compact, user-friendly guide whittles the overwhelming array of readerly options down to just 30 titles: that’s 6 unique categories of 5 titles each—because a list of 5 great books is much more useful than a list of thousands.

The 2016 Summer Reading Guide: your free guide to the summer's best books from Modern Mrs Darcy

You all know I love to read, and read a lot. You know where I’m coming from. If you like this blog—and the books I typically recommend here—you’ll find the titles here that are perfect for you.

Every book in there has earned its spot, and I’ve personally read them all, front to back. I can vouch for them, and answer any questions you have. In every description, I give you the information you need to help you decide not just if a book sounds good, but if it sounds good for YOU.

I read hundreds of books for the summer season; this guide contains only the best of the best. I don’t presume to have flawless taste, but know this: if I don’t love a book, I won’t recommend it here—even if I suspect most readers will enjoy it.

About this year’s guide: more than ever before, I’ve chosen new books for this year’s guide: novels and nonfiction published since the last Summer Reading Guide. If I make an exception—and there are a handful—it’s because I couldn’t bear the thought of not sharing a certain title with you.

Happy summer, and happy reading!

Head here to access the guide. (If you love it, share it! I appreciate it so much.)

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119 comments

  1. Michelle says:

    You might also want to check out the Scary School series by Derek the Ghost. AR points and voted one of the best books for reluctant readers. My kids hated reading and now I can’t get them to stop!

  2. Julie says:

    Hi there-

    I read that you have bookmarks to support your summer reading guide for librarians to use….how can I access these materials?

  3. Amber says:

    Hello! I hate to say this, but I am another someone who has tried to sign up for your lovely summer reading guide and have not recieved it. I have checked my spam folder and emailed support but never found anything or heard back from anyone.
    In the meantime, I have been catching up on other recommendations of yours 🙂 I absolutely love the Inspector Gamache series!

  4. Ginger says:

    Sorry to say I too am one having trouble getting the guide – requested several times, emailed support and checed junk folder. Can you send it to me directly? Heard about you on The Popcast, Knox raved about this list! Can’t wait to see! Appreciate your help 🙂

  5. Maria Horstmann says:

    Wow, you read hundreds of books for a summer session? Over how much time? That’s incredible. You must be a fast reader. Just found your blog….it’s very attractive.

    • Sandeep Sharma says:

      Please accept my apologies to say that I too am the one having trouble getting the guide. May I request you to send it to me directly?
      Thank you for your help.

  6. Katie VanGrootheest says:

    Great choices! I have to say though that The Nest is no where near Rules of Civility in quality of content or writing style! I just felt I needed to get that off my chest….carry on with your lives….

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