• June 8, 2023

Links I love – Modern Mrs Darcy – rezal404

It’s Oaks Day here in Louisville, which means the kids are off school, the streets are festive, and I…. am deep in Summer Reading Guide edits! I rather like how these two big things—Derby and our Guide—have coming these past twelve years, but might I suggest you don’t have to be a Louisvillian to enjoy red roses, fresh-cut mint, or Derby Pie?

I hope you have something to look forward to this weekend, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.

The Summer Reading Guide is coming May 18!

Anne talks about what to expect for this year’s MMD Minimalist Guide and 2023 MMD Summer Reading Guide

The TWELFTH annual Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide and Unboxing event will be here on May 18. I recorded this short video to talk about what to expect from this year’s MMD Minimalist Summer Reading Guide and how to get the MMD Summer Reading Guide if you’ d like. I hope you’ll watch the video. Highlights are shared below!

The MMD Minimalist Summer Reading Guide will appear on the blog as a blog post on May 18. It’s completely free and available to all.

This year’s Minimalist SRG includes twelve titles! We announced six of those titles right here; the remaining six will be announced on May 18.

There are three ways to get the full 2023 MMD Summer Reading Guide:

  1. Join our MMD Book Club community
  2. Support our What Should I Read Next Patreon
  3. Purchase the Guide and Unboxing access to the map

If you would like to hear more about what’s different for 2023 Guide pricing and why, please check out this post and video. I go into detail there.

Ginger and I recorded a fun bonus episode discussing the difference between Book Club and Patreon. It’s called By popular request: Anne and Ginger talk Patreon vs Book Club. We’ve made this publicly available so anyone can listen (that means even if you’re not a boss, you can listen to this episode!

We hope you’re excited! If you have questions we didn’t answer, please share them in comments.

My favorite finds from around the web:

Ahead of the strike, writers from The Bear, CSI: Vegasand more tell us what it’s really like behind the scenes. (The AV Club) The Writers Guild of America are now on strike after negotiations failed. It’s not hard to understand why after reading this piece.

This simple Pasta With Bacon, Cheese, Lemon and Pine Nuts was a huge hit at my house this week. (New York Times Cooking gift link) Delicious and easy for a weeknight; we served in big bowls with rotisserie chicken and green beans.

Our 20 Favorite Music Memoirs. (Esquire) Lots of great backlist picks here.

7 steps to read “hard” books. (MMD) A reliable process for reading books with difficult subjects and themes. Such a great conversation on the blog this week!

Colorado Is Not a Rectangle—It Has 697 Sides. (Atlas Obscura) Nerd alert: I found this fascinating.

I love my Target wreath … but if you’re inclined to splurge, golly these botanical wreaths are pretty.

Please Eat in the Library. (Taste) “Libraries have long remained viable by shape-shifting to meet the needs of their communities far beyond lending books.”

Did you know you can purchase a LEGO typewriter?! Me either!

My Taste Is Basic. So What? (Harper’s Bazaar) Gosh, I love this. Samantha Irby shares how the simple phrase “I like it!” changes the conversation when the things we love are criticized.

Read Your Way Through Edinburgh. (The New York Times gift link) I’ll read anything Maggie O’Farrell recommends, including travel and book recs in the Times.

I’m a huge fan of Maeve’s Collette Cropped Wide-Leg Pants at Anthropologie, and I just discovered this darling denim version. (Your mileage may vary, but when I ordered my “backordered” pants last week they arrived three days later.)

The Most Walkable Cities in America. (The Thrillist) My kind of content.

15 favorite novels about sibling relationships. A favorite reading category: novels that make the sibling relationship—and not romantic love, marriage, or parent-child bonds—primary.

What the Longest Study on Human Happiness Found Is the Key to a Good Life. (The Atlantic) “Nearly all of us have people in our lives whom we’d like to see more. Are you spending time with the people you most care about?”

Libro.fm has a special pre-order campaign for The Postcard, one of our MMD Book Club summer selections. When you pre-order The Postcard through your local bookstore, you can receive a complimentary audiobook copy by submitting your receipt.

51 Things in Europe That Every Traveler Needs to Experience. (Conde Nast Traveler)

From our archives:

12 remarkable YA retellings for readers of all ages. See classics, fairytales, and myths in a brand-new light with these YA retellings!

10 beauty favorites I use (almost) every day. I look for reliable, dependable products that look good and go on easy so I can keep my morning makeup routine to three minutes or less.

16 page-turning mysteries that aren’t too dark and gloomy. A list of favorite mysteries that fall squarely within the confines of the genre, yet maintain a hopeful tone throughout.

Mark your calendars:

May 8: How to Get More Out of Book Club: We like to think of MMD Book Club as a sideboard. We have a lot of options for our members but there’s no pressure for everyone to do everything. We want you to choose what looks good to you, and what will enhance your reading life. This class will help members think about how they want to experience the Book Club buffet.

May 18: 2023 MMD Summer Reading Guide and Unboxing events

May 23: Live discussion with Dolen Perkins-Valdez: It’s time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of take my hand with the author!

Have a great weekend!

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