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 5 titles each in 7 genres, new releases and backlist, with the tastes of MMD readers in mind.

I read hundreds of books for the summer season; this guide contains only the best of the best. More than ever, I'm channeling my inner Kathleen Kelly, keeping her reputation for "flawless taste" in mind. 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.  

Every book here has earned its spot, and I’ve personally read it—often more than once. I can vouch for them, and answer any questions you have.

Get started by clicking on your favorite category below: