Summer Reading Guides – Update!

At the beginning of summer, I posted about  Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves Summer Reading Guides. My goal was to read as many of the books on both of their lists that I could. I’m happy to say that I got through almost the entire list! It’s pretty rare for me to stick to a TBR list, especially one this large. Audio books were the key to success – I would’ve never read most of these if I didn’t have the audio versions. I also added some more books from their lists to my TBR after my original post.


Books I Read Before The Lists Were Posted

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin –

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb –

Recursion by Blake Crouch –

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid –

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth –

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering –

Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan –

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim –

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides –

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker –


Books on my TBR List (That I Own)


I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott –

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane –

When We Left Cuba* by Chanel Cleeton –

Waiting for Tom Hanks* by Kerry Winfrey –

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald – even though I have a Kindle copy (ARC), I have been waiting for my library audio hold for this one

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment –

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes –

Only Ever Her Marybeth Mayhew Whalen – just didn’t get to it

Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum –

Southern Lady Code* by Helen Ellis –

Normal People by Sally Rooney –

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer – I own a hard copy of this book, but haven’t made the time to read it.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez –


*Audio Book



The Gown by Jennifer Robson –

Never Have I Ever* by Joshilyn Jackson –

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson –

The Huntress by Kate Quinn – The audio book is really long, so I returned it to the library. I do want to read this one some day.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith –

The Editor by Steven Rowley  –

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke –

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite –

How to Be Married by Jo Piazza –

Out East by John Glynn –

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro –


*These were all audio books except for Never Have I Ever.


After I posted this list, I added a few more of their recommended books to my TBR

Save Me the Plums* by Ruth Reichl –

The Last Book Party* by Karen Dukess –

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – I have an ARC on my Kindle, but I’m still holding out for the audio version (library hold)

*Audio Book


As you can see from the 5-star ratings, my favorites were Ask Again, Yes When We Left Cuba / Evvie Drake Starts Over / Hope and Other Punch Lines

This was a lot of fun – I hope to do the same thing again next summer!

8 thoughts on “Summer Reading Guides – Update!

  1. joyousreads says:

    I have The Last Romantics to listen to next week and on a waiting list for Normal People. Looking forward to listening to those! How was Out East? Curious about that one. You did awesome. 😀

    Let’s see how I fared with this list.


    Daisy Jones & The Six
    The Dreamers
    Ask Again, Yes
    When We Left Cuba
    Hope and Other Punch Lines
    The Friend Zone
    The Editor

  2. Rachel @Waves of Fiction says:

    Wow, you got through a lot of the list! I wouldn’t get through so many books if I didn’t listen to audio books all the time, too.

    I love Hope and Other Punchlines too! 🙂

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