Welcome to the newly-categorized Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide! Click here to view the original version, organized by publication date.
Readers, this guide was born out of frustration: I can't tell you how many times I've taken a new book I couldn't wait to read on vacation, only to realize that while the marketing copy is good, the actual book is not. Or that it's not the right book for me.
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 25 titles with the tastes of MMD readers in mind. My goal in this guide is to help you discover the books that are perfect for you.
Reading is personal. Not every book here is for every reader, but every book here 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 if that book sounds like a good fit for you.
The new categories give you a little more guidance, helping you learn more about each book before tossing it in your beach bag, packing it in your suitcase, or—with a wave to our Australian readers—cozy up with it by the fire. Read the descriptions, choose the ones that speak to you—and don't be afraid to step gently outside your readerly home base with your selections!
Readers, I hope you find a book (or twelve) you LOVE on this list.
If you find something great in the Summer Reading Guide, would you spread the book love? This guide is—as you can imagine—a ton of (the best kind of) work to put together, and I'd appreciate it so much.
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Happy summer, and happy reading!
This is a good place to find your first book of vacation, and I mean that in an entirely good way. These five novels make for breezy reading: you'll be turning the pages at a steady clip. But don't be fooled by the easy-reading style, because the content is anything but lightweight, featuring good writing, strong characters, and seriously substantial themes.
Whether you choose domestic suspense, a police procedural, a noir detective novel, or a mystery from the history books, these engrossing mysteries have two things in common: they'll have you reading "one last chapter" until 2:00 a.m., and will keep you guessing until the very end.
Family relationships are complicated—whether the ties are forged by biology, adoption, or choice—and those complications make excellent reading material. These books strike different tones, but the constant is the through line of love, need, and obligation.
Each of these diverse novels features an independent-minded heroine, whether she's a 60-year-old Bavarian widow, a 17-year-old teen on a mission, or a trail-blazing Zoroastrian attorney from a hundred years ago. The common thread: you'll be wishing all the good things for the leading ladies on these pages.
Make no mistake: these literary novels aren't messing around.HSP alert: these books deliver intense, sometimes fraught reading experiences. Expect strong writing, well-developed characters, and plots that tackle serious (and sensitive) issues head-on.
This is very much a book about mass incarceration—and it’s no coincidence that Roy is arrested, tried, and imprisoned in Louisiana, the state with the highest per-capita rate of incarceration, with a 4:1 ratio of black prisoners to white—but there’s little talk of “issues” in this book. Instead, this is a love story, though one gone horribly and irreversibly wrong. Publication date: January 29.