Well here’s something I didn’t think I’d be doing today: readers, I’m happy to announce that there is a brand-new complement to the original 2018 Summer Reading Guide ready and waiting for you.
This new guide differs from the original in one significant way: categories.
In the original guide, the books are ordered by publication date. This was originally a stylistic choice (based on a layout we abandoned at the eleventh hour) but I came to love the category-less guide.
(Said with a wink and a smile: It’s probably relevant here that I’m an INFP and an Enneagram 9, yes?)
With no tidy categories, you were freed from any preconceived notions you may have about a book because of its category. You were able to read each description and choose the books that spoke to you, regardless of whether or not you typically read that genre. Without the categories, you were more inclined to try something new, something different—whatever that looks like for you.
My goal here on Modern Mrs Darcy is to help you get more out of your (reading) life. To me, that includes equipping you to choose books for yourself that you will (more often than not) be glad you read.
But many of you told me loud and clear that a guide without categories is like going to the grocery without a list. You could muddle through, but it makes you really nervous—and you’re certain to skip over something important.
And some of you like the categories simply because categories are fun. (Insert appropriate personality commentary right here, readers.)
With that in mind, click here to visit the newly-categorized 2018 Summer Reading Guide.
I’ll tell you more about the newly categorized guide on Instagram stories today at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. (Follow me there @annebogel.)
A few things:
• In the process of categorizing the books, I added one more title to keep things in balance. Can you spot it?
• If you love the categories, the 2018 Reading Challenge has your name all over it, and it’s not too late to sign up. Click here to get started.
• I’m working on a class right now tentatively called 7 Steps to Get More Out of Your Reading Life, and we will spend a lot of time talking about how to cultivate the skill set readers use to find books they love. It’s one of the preorder bonuses for my book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, coming September 4. I’ll be able to share more info soon. Stay tuned!