If you’re anything like me, you think summer is made for reading. But nothing is more frustrating than picking up the latest (and much-hyped) new release to find that even though it's a bestseller, it's not the right book for you.
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 these 25 titles with the tastes of MMD readers in mind. Reading is personal, and my goal in this guide is to help you discover the books that are perfect for you.
Every book in there 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.
You might notice this list is in order of publication date and that there are no categories. If you can't live without them, I have a list sorted by categories here.
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? Share on your favorite social media platform or with your favorite bookish friends. Our official hashtags are #summerstooshort—because summer is too short to read books you don't love—and #IdRatherBeReading, because we're all book lovers here. (Follow me on instagram @annebogel for summer reading goodness all season long.)
Happy summer, and happy reading!
Roy and Celestial are young, middle-class, in love, and “on the come-up,” as Roy likes to put it. But only 18 months into their marriage, Roy is sentenced to twelve years in prison—for a crime he didn’t commit. Roy needs Celestial behind him if he is to survive. She needs to cut him loose if she is to do the same. In his letters, Roy writes, “I’m innocent.” But Celestial tells him, “I’m innocent, too.” If everyone is innocent, where does the fault lie? 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.