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Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2020 Summer Reading Guide

Anne Bogel compiled her 30 favorite summer titles, with the tastes of Modern Mrs. Darcy readers in mind. Download the entire guide here!

Playlist Tags: genre: Fiction & Literature influencer-created season: summer topic: best of 2020

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Code Name Hélène

A Novel
By Ariel Lawhon
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik & Peter Ganim /  17 hours 17 minutes

"This fully animated portrait of Nancy Wake . . . will fascinate readers of World War II history and thrill fans of fierce, brash, independent women, alike."
--LISA WINGATE, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

BASED ON THE THRILLING REAL-LIFE STORY OF SOCIALITE SPY NANCY WAKE, comes the newest feat of historical fiction...
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The Last Train to Key West

By Chanel Cleeton
Narrated by Kyla Garcia, Rachel L. Jacobs & Karissa Vacker /  9 hours 16 minutes

In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.
 
For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and... Read More »

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Publication Date: June 16, 2020

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This Tender Land

By William Kent Krueger
Narrated by Scott Brick /  14 hours 19 minutes

This Tender Land

“Historical fiction in the hands of a genius storyteller. A band of vagabond children on an epic journey to find their way during the great depression. Their search for home, for peace, for family, for identity is one of the most beautiful stories I have read in a very long time. This is Mark Twain meets Dickens, and then some. Extensively researched and eloquently told, this is storytelling at its finest. Yes, I used the word “storytelling” twice. But there is no better example of this beautiful art form. The only thing missing is a crackling fire and a creaking rocker, as this tale unfolds. “Lucky us”, as Mose would say.”

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The Jane Austen Society

A Novel
By Natalie Jenner
Narrated by Richard Armitage /  9 hours 55 minutes

"Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal." —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

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Simon the Fiddler

A Novel
By Paulette Jiles
Narrated by Grover Gardner /  11 hours 36 minutes

Simon the Fiddler

“Texas is not a typical setting for a novel staged at the end of the Civil War and the chaotic months immediately after. A skinny fiddle player and an indentured servant are not the typical romantic western protagonists. But the story of these two, along with a host of lovable and despicable support characters, vivid descriptions of the country and culture of Texas in the mid-1860s make Simon the Fiddler a winner. Add in the masterful voice of narrator Grover Gardner and this is an unforgettable audiobook experience.”

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Lovely War

By Julie Berry
Narrated by Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry & Dion Graham /  12 hours 56 minutes

Lovely War

“One of the best, most unique novels I've read recently! The story of four young lovers during WW1, as told by the Greek Gods during a trial for Aphrodite. The audio cast is amazing, bringing to life the delights of first loves, the heartaches of separation, and the brutal truth of war. Simply perfect!”

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Musical Chairs

A Novel
By Amy Poeppel
Narrated by Amanda Carlin, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Gibson Frazier, Fred Sanders, Jackie Sanders & Carly Robins / 

“Poeppel has created a story that is well thought out, well plotted, well written, and fully developed. A delightful novel that celebrates the messiness and joy to be found in real life.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“100% page-turning delight…Pull out a lawn chair and prepare to read this gleefully entertaining novel.” —Stephen McCauley,... Read More »

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Publication Date: July 21, 2020

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I Was Told it Would Get Easier

By Abbi Waxman
Narrated by Lisa Flanagan & Bailey Carr /  8 hours 45 minutes

“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

Squashed among a bus full of strangers, mother-daughter duo Jessica and Emily Burnstein watch their carefully mapped-out college tour devolve into a series of off-roading misadventures, from the USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of...
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Publication Date: June 16, 2020

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I'd Give Anything

A Novel
By Marisa de los Santos
Narrated by Caitlin Kelly /  9 hours 14 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of Love Walked In and Belong to Me comes a profound and heart-rending story about a horrific tragedy that marks one woman and her hometown and about the explosive secrets that come to light twenty years later.

Ginny Beale is eighteen, irreverent, funny, and brave, with a brother she adores and a circle... Read More »

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The Vanishing Half

A Novel
By Brit Bennett
Narrated by Shayna Small / 

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by O, the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Buzzfeed, Vogue, PureWow, New York Magazine and more

“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal 


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Publication Date: June 02, 2020

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Sea Wife

A novel
By Amity Gaige
Narrated by Emily Eiden, Cassandra Campbell & Will Damron /  9 hours 45 minutes

Sea Wife

“Wherever you go, your anxieties go with you — even (or especially) if you go live on a boat to sail the world with your spouse and small children. Nothing will ever be the same for Juliet, Michael, and their family after their harrowing year at sea, and no reader will be the same after reading this taut, brilliant novel. I can’t stop thinking about it.”

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The End of October

A novel
By Lawrence Wright
Narrated by Mark Bramhall /  13 hours 25 minutes

“An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global . . . A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller.” New York Post
 
“Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, the book produces deep shudders . .... Read More »

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The City We Became

A Novel
The Great Cities Trilogy: Book #1
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles /  16 hours 12 minutes

The City We Became

“I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020. This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a trilogy, it is completely satisfying as a stand-alone novel. Read it and be happy.”

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Strike Me Down

A Novel
By Mindy Mejia
Narrated by Samantha Desz, George Newbern & Allyson Ryan /  8 hours 35 minutes

“Ingenious...sexy...carefully plotted.”—The New York Times Book Review

From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller where a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the... Read More »

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Big Summer

A Novel
By Jennifer Weiner
Narrated by Danielle Macdonald /  10 hours 54 minutes

“Sexy and satisfying, Big Summer is the perfect quarantine read.” —USA TODAY

“The beach read to end all beach reads.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Big fun, and then some. It’s empowering and surprising—a reminder to put down the phone and enjoy each moment for what it is.” —The Washington Post

A deliciously funny, remarkably poignant, and simply... Read More »

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Tweet Cute

A Novel
By Emma Lord
Narrated by Dan Bittner & Emily Shaffer /  10 hours 8 minutes

A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper
, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly... Read More »

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Loveboat, Taipei

By Abigail Hing Wen
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller /  11 hours 2 minutes

Loveboat, Taipei

“Ever Wong’s loving, but very strict, Chinese American parents expect her to go to medical school to assume the profession her father gave up when they moved to America to provide her with a better life. But Ever, an accomplished dancer, has dreams of her own. When her parents send her to an elite summer school program in Taipei to study her cultural heritage and language, a whole new world opens up for Ever. The freedom to skip classes, break rules, and explore new friendships leads to plenty of eye-opening experiences and busting of long-held stereotypes. But will Ever figure out how to balance her life in both of her worlds and maybe even fall in love? Remember the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Despite what you might assume from a glance, this story is so much more than a teen romance novel.”

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Throw Like a Girl

By Sarah Henning
Narrated by Devon Hales /  9 hours 14 minutes

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all... Read More »

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn

By Melissa Bashardoust
Narrated by Nikki Massoud /  10 hours 6 minutes

Melissa Bashardoust's Girl, Serpent, Thorn is "an alluring feminist fairy tale." — Kirkus Reviews

A captivating and original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse.

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for... Read More »

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Publication Date: July 07, 2020

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Tell Me Three Things

By Julie Buxbaum
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie /  8 hours 54 minutes

A New York Times Bestseller


What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

 
Funny and romantic, this tug-at-your-heartstrings contemporary YA debut is perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at... Read More »

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