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Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
1d ago
What are you up to this weekend? It’s not overstating things to say I am giddy about the coming string of sub-90, lower humidity days, plus my 16-year-old is coming home tomorrow after five weeks away, woohoo! Plus I’m in the middle of an interesting nonfiction audiobook, and started an essay collection last night I think I’m going to love. It’s shaping up to be a great weekend! I hope you have something to look forward to these next few days, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind. Readers’ Weekend: Our virtual Readers ..read more
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20 favorite books for Disability Pride Month and all year long
Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
3d ago
July is Disability Pride Month, a time to focus on people with disabilities and their history, culture, accomplishments, and struggles. This commemorative event began as a Disability Pride Day in Boston in 1990, the year the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. It became Disability Pride Month in 2015, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the ADA. In honor of Disability Pride Month, I’ve curated this list of my personal favorite books that center or highlight the experience of the disability community. Some of these books are written by authors who draw from their own ..read more
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Life is short & my TBR is way too long
Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
4d ago
Today we’re excited to continue our mid-summer series featuring our team members! Whether you’re new around here or you’ve been listening for awhile, we hope these introductions will help you get to know some of our team members. Identifying other readers who share your taste is a great way to discover good books that might not land on your radar otherwise. Today I’m revisiting my very first conversation with Alabama reader Shannan Malone. Since this episode originally aired, Shannan has joined our team as our co-host and contributor, but in today’s show, Shannan and I go back to where it all ..read more
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What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable
Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
5d ago
Welcome to Quick Lit, where I share short and sweet reviews of what I’ve been reading lately on (or around) the 15th of the month, and invite you to do the same. This has been a satisfying and thoroughly “summer” reading month: compared to the hecticness of the end of school, my reading pace has increased significantly and I’m loving it. (It’s not necessarily good or bad to read more books, unless that is what you want—and it’s what I wanted!) We’ve been languishing in this heat dome for a full month now, which has been miserable in many ways but has also been most amenable to indoo ..read more
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Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
1w ago
What are you up to this weekend? I’m celebrating a birthday, which means brunch and family dinner and a long walk with the dog and … hiding from the heat, as per usual lately. 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. Mark your calendars! Join MMD Book Club for our version of Book Camp: a virtual Readers’ Weekend on July 18-20. We’ll kick things off with a conversation with Xochitl Gonzalez, author of our July selection Olga Dies Dreaming. There will be member me ..read more
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A short reading list for Manhattanhenge
Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
1w ago
Thanks to the magic of blogging, I can pinpoint exactly when I discovered the phenomenon that is Manhattanhenge: it was just after the first occurrence of 2016 that took place on May 30 of that year, and in the aftermath the internet generally and my feed in particular was flooded with images from the spectacle and my inner urban planning geek could not get over it. The term “Manhattanhenge” was coined by Neil DeGrasse Tyson to describe the moment in time when the setting sun perfectly lines up with the Manhattan street grid. (Unlike at Stonehenge, from which Manhattanhenge clearly takes its ..read more
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An epic birthday bookstore roadtrip
Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
1w ago
Welcome back to our July series brought to you by the What Should I Read Next? time machine. This month, we’re going back in our archives to share episodes with four of our team members. At the time of recording, none of us knew that these readers would be on our team eventually!  Listening through that lens makes it especially fun to re-listen, knowing how much has changed since we first spoke. Today I’m sharing my conversation with Donna Hetchler in an episode that has become a listener favorite. Donna’s account of her then-developing plans for an epic 50th birthday bookstore road tri ..read more
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7 tips for planning your own personal reader’s retreat
Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Shannan
1w ago
I first heard of a reader’s retreat on What Should I Read Next #11, when Meredith mentioned she stayed at a hotel every time a new Louise Penny novel released. I thought to myself, “well, that must be nice.” Then I began to hear about readers’ retreats being hosted in different places, all of which were too expensive for me. The inaugural MMD Book Club retreat in 2019 was the first I attended and I enjoyed it so much. [Editor’s note: Shannan is being modest here: she was instrumental in planning this entire glorious experience!] When COVID began, Book Club pivoted to the Stay at Home Book Clu ..read more
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Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Anne Bogel
2w ago
What are you up to this weekend? Around here, I’m catching up on my to do list, making lots of good food (okay, Will is the one doing most of the cooking), and reading up a storm. It’s been stormy here and you know what that means: reading weather. I hope you have something to look forward to these next few days, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind. Back in stock I’m also dodging boxes every time I walk down the hall, because my house has once again transformed into MMD/WSIRN Merch Central. When Will placed our most ..read more
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The books that shaped me: Brigid edition
Modern Mrs. Darcy
by Brigid
2w ago
I fell in love with reading at a very young age thanks to my mom taking us to our local library. Many happy memories were made visiting the wonderfully air conditioned space with my siblings on hot Florida days. We would hunt through the stacks for our favorites: I was always looking for the next installment of Encyclopedia Brown, the latest The Baby-Sitters Club release, and (if I was feeling brave that day) a copy of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Looking back now, I see how influential these family trips to check out books were in shaping me into the avid reader I am today.  Over ..read more
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