I’ve known for months that I wanted to bring back a new summer reading guide for 2013. And for months, I’ve been reading like it was my job (what a great job!), vetting all the newer books that I thought might be good additions to the guide.
Here’s a sampling of books I once thought would be perfect for the 2013 summer reading guide, but that didn’t make the cut:
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend, Rachel Bertsche
This memoir about the author’s year of friend-dating (52 weeks, 52 dates) would be an excellent book club pick: conversation starters abound. But with no book club in sight, it wasn’t strong enough to earn a spot in the Memoir category.
Pat of Silver Bush, L. M. Montgomery
I loved the idea of including an L. M. Montgomery book in the Kit Lit category for Anne of Green Gables fans who were ready to branch out. Pat is a sweet story, but the dialogue gets a little precious in places (a lot of places) and I just couldn’t get excited about recommending it for your summer reading.
I’m a little obsessed with cultural trends pertaining to marriage and family, and I thought this new release sounded like a perfect pick for the Nerdy Nonfiction category. But instead, it felt a little icky…and then I abandoned it.
I was eyeing this book for the Nerdy Nonfiction category. Last’s scholarly exploration of demographical trends in America and abroad is interesting, but it’s not beach reading. (Also? Terrific title.)
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Don’t laugh–I seriously considered putting this runaway bestseller in this year’s guide as an Easy Reading Novel. But then I came to my senses, and realized you all already know about this book and don’t need me to recommend it. Besides, it was in last year’s guide.
Get your copy of the 2013 MMD summer reading guide here. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm–and kind words–on this year’s guide!