Readers, whether you’re reading for comfort, discovery, or escape, a great conversation about your most recent read elevates the experience from entertaining to memorable.
If you’re looking for a place where you can get those bookish conversations and make connections with fellow readers, the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club is the place for you.
In our one-of-a-kind community, we read books and discuss them together, often with their authors. With our monthly book selections, we have a structure to support our reading lives—yet we have a ton of flexibility to read what and when we want.
Part of the fun of reading in community is learning together: we enjoy classes that help us build our reading skills, making us more insightful readers and better bookish conversationalists, as well as classes that support our reading lifestyle, like learning how to book journal or up our #bookstagram game. (We record all classes so they’re ready for you whenever your schedule allows.)
My team and I are so excited to share our plans for the upcoming season. We’re celebrating all things Autumn with books, classes, and events that make you feel like a student stepping back on campus and hauling your backpack full of novels across the quad. (Or was that just me?)
Together, we’re reading three books perfect for fall (along with accompanying flight picks), talking with authors, hosting a Shakespeare watch party, and getting excited and informed about upcoming titles in our annual Fall Book Preview.
Please note: you don’t have to participate in every single thing to benefit from your MMD Book Club experience! Think of it as a buffet, and fill your plate with what you most want to enjoy right now. But know that everything here is included with your membership. Take a look at what we have in store…
The Fall Book Preview
Join us for our third Fall Book Preview, where I’ll share a curated list of the season’s hottest new titles, plus the info you need to decide which belong on your TBR.
This year’s Fall Book Preview is set for October 21 at 1 pm and 7 pm EDT. In this video event, I’ll share the books I’ve most enjoyed, the ones I’m most looking forward to reading, and the ones the industry is most excited about, all with release dates from September through November. (I might sneak in a few end-of-August or early December titles, too.)
Our Fall Book Preview event is exclusively for members of our MMD Book Club community and What Should I Read Next Patreon “Book Lover” supporters. Our communities will also receive a printable with every title included in our preview.
We’re learning to read better, together in Book School
This year, we’re going back to book school with a syllabus of fall courses on our most frequently asked questions about books and the reading life. That’s why we’re calling this our “As You Wish” edition! Classes like these are not only a great deal of bookish fun, they help us read better and get more out of our precious reading time. Our fall classes are:
• What kind of classics reader are you? Our Book Clubbers often lament that they’re intimidated by old novels—the ones they’ve been meaning to read for ages, but have been hesitant to start. We’re here to help! In this fun and accessible class we’ll give you practical tips for diving in, based on your unique reading style.
• Writing for Readers. So many readers long to be writers—whether solely for their own benefit or for future publication. If you relate—or if you simply want to better understand how the books you love get made—this class is for you. In our conversational session, novelist Kimmery Martin joins me to discuss how to get started, what you need to know, and why you might want to take the plunge.
• How to Write a Book Review. Why is it so hard to talk about books we love (or don’t)? This session is packed with practical tips and an easy formula for creating book reviews, whether you want to sum up your reading experience for your bestie, record your thoughts in your private book journal, or share publicly on Instagram, Goodreads, or other public review sites.
Please note: we teach our classes live, and record every class and author talk so you can watch these on your own schedule.
Our Autumn Book Club selections
This mix of backlist, classics, and modern classics is sure to provide ample fodder for discussion, insight, and readerly growth.
Our Fall season will help you get more out of your reading life as we learn to read better, together—and we’ll have so much fun in the process!
I can’t wait to read with you this season. Happy reading, friends!