because summer's too short to read bad books.
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NEW: Use the checkboxes to create your own custom summer reading list.
Kick off YOUR summer with this curated guide to the best summer reads. Anyone can browse a best seller list, but those lists don't help you decide if those are the right books for YOU.
That's why this is the SIXTH year we're sharing our MMD Summer Reading Guide. These are my hand-picked top reads for the season. I've read every book in it, front to back, and can tell you why each title may or may not be the right book for YOU. Amazon has millions of books, your local bookstore has thousands, but this guide has just 30 handpicked titles—that's 5 books each over 6 categories--so you can bypass the duds and go straight to the good stuff.
I'm especially excited about our reading list feature, new for 2017. Click the checkboxes to highlight the titles you're most excited about (or check them all!) and click "print" or "email" to get your personalized summer reading list. Tuck it into your reading journal, take it to your local indie, or hand it to your local librarian—it's a piece of cake to use.
A quick note about the titles listed here: this guide is editorially driven. That's a fancy way of saying that here on MMD, we don't accept $$$ to recommend books or even talk about specific titles—not ever. I'm sharing these 30 titles because I loved them, and I think you will, too. That's not always the norm on the interwebs, but it's the way we roll on this site.
This guide is so much fun to put together and I'm so happy to share it with you. I hope you find some completely amazing titles to read this summer. Email us, tag us, tell us what you're reading and loving—we can't wait to hear!
Happy reading, everyone! - Anne