Readers, I’m excited for the days of reading on the front porch with Daisy at my feet and a cold Spindrift in my hand. And then discussing all things books and reading with you in Book Club!
We’re kicking off the summer season on Thursday, May 19 with our Summer Reading Guide Unboxing, and that’s just the beginning of an incredible summer full of author chats, new classes, small group discussions, and ALL the book recommendations.
All this happens in the MMD Book Club community, where we delight in every season of reading.
If you’re in need of escape, community, or bookish joy, the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club is the place for you.
Our one-of-a-kind community is more than a book club, and it’s filled with kindred spirits who love talking all things books and reading. We read and discuss a monthly selection together, but that’s just the beginning of what we do. We also provide special events and content and host regular classes that help us get more out of our reading lives.
When you join, you also get instant access to our full library of past classes and author chats, including perennial favorites like Book Journaling for Book Lovers, How to Read a Classic, and One Hour to a Better #Bookstagram.
The Summer Reading Guide Unboxing
The best book party on the interwebs is right around the corner! We host an “Unboxing” event for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club members and What Should I Read Next Patreon community members and we look forward to it every year.
In a ninety-minute live session, I reveal every title in the guide, and tell readers why I chose it. Our conversation is casual and unscripted, filled with real talk about great books, in the presence of people who love books and reading.
Unboxing is a DELIGHT. We do it twice so more readers can attend live: at 1 and 8 pm Eastern time on Thursday, May 19. Our members get the guide in their inboxes just after Unboxing—which means they get it four days early.
Our members also get an expanded guide with more book recs from the team you will come to know and love, if you don’t already. If you’ve ever considered becoming a member, now is an excellent time to jump in.
We’re learning to read better, together
This year we’ve dug into the benefits of re-reading, mapped the hallmarks of a great book project, and done several genre deep dives. Our classes and sessions are recorded and available for you to watch anytime with your membership.
This summer, we’ll continue learning how to get more out of our reading lives with brand new classes and events. We’ll talk with incredible authors Bethany Morrow, Mary Laura Philpott, Bonnie Garmus, and Peng Shepherd about their books, their research and writing experiences, and (of course) what they love to read.
Our Summer Book Club selections
Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott. Among the finest—perhaps THE finest—memoir-in-essays I’ve ever read. This intimate look at family life is like sitting down with a trusted friend to talk about what matters most in life.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. A life-affirming tale of a chemist ahead of her time, a life-changing love affair, a dog with a huge vocabulary, and the combustible combination of chemistry, cooking, and afternoon television.
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd. A page-turning literary mystery with a dynamite premise and a little bit of magic. We’re also continuing our “Austen in August” tradition with Sense and Sensibility.
Our summer 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!
Do you (or a friend) have a graduation or summer birthday coming up? We’ve got gift memberships, too. A membership for yourself or a reading friend would make a wonderful birthday, graduation, or just because gift.
I can’t wait to read with you this season. Happy reading, friends!