MomAdvice 2020 Book Club Selections

December 16th, 2019

MomAdvice 2020 Book Club Selections

Have you been looking for a free book club to join? Check out the 2020 MomAdvice Book Club Selections and join our FREE book club today! These 12 selections have all been read and loved, by me.  I look forward to our free book club chats, interactive book club crafts, and our interviews with this year’s chosen authors.

This is one of my favorite days of the year. I am so excited to reveal our MomAdvice Book Club selections with you today. 

I have read each of these selections and couldn’t be prouder of the gathering this year. Not only do I love them, but I think that they will lend themselves well to a great book club discussion.

Why?

Well, each of these books have challenged my viewpoint, in some way. I really believe that this is one of the BEST side effects to being a reader. It expands your world in a new way and reminds us that we all have the capacity to grow.

After reading each of these, I contacted each of the authors (with the exception of Betty Smith, of course) to let them know that their book had been officially selected as our official monthly selection.

I admit, I am no Reese, Jenna, or Oprah, but I do believe that I have gotten many to read books that they never would have picked up.

I consider this one of my superpowers.

I am hoping there will be a few on this year’s list that will be new to you and that they will top your list of favorites too.

If one of your goals this year is to join a book club or read more, I’d love to introduce you to our FREE book club you can join. This is  an AMAZING Virtual Book Club group filled with almost 3,000 (!!!) readers where we all share in a monthly discussion together.

MomAdvice Free Online Book Club

What Will Be Different in the MomAdvice Book Club This Year?

This all has been a big learning process, for me, on how to expand and make the book club even more beneficial to you.

In the past, I selected novels based on awards, authors that consistently delivered great reads, or anticipated buzz books for the year. 

This strategy ended up working a lot, but there were books that I wasn’t as crazy about that ended up on our list.

This year I made it a goal to read all the 12 selections to (hopefully) deliver consistently great books that you will, truly, love. 

I also  contacted the authors to let them know that their book had been officially selected as our official monthly selection.

With their help, we will be having interactive discussions, reviving the author interview series, and we will have a copy of each book to giveaway to a reader.

In addition to our chats, this year, I am partnering with MJ, at pars caeli, to craft a project around each read. 

MomAdvice Book Club Chats

How Does the MomAdvice Facebook Book Club Work?  

Scroll down to see my list of the twelve books that we will be discussing.

The Book Club Chat is held on the last Friday (of the month)  and an Event invite is sent out to members at the beginning of each month.

Once you RSVP to an event, Facebook does its thing and sends out reminders to you.

Discussion questions are posted throughout the event and you are able to hop on at anytime during the day (or when you finish that book) to answer the questions at a time that is convenient for you.

This year, we will have many authors also participating in our chats.

How fun is that?

Feel free to join us and let your friends know about the group too.

The more the merrier!

How Much Does it Cost?

Nada.

Well, What Do YOU Get Out Of It?

I want this to be fun and free for you. I post the daily Kindle book deals (sign up for our daily deals newsletter to receive these directly to your inbox)  and I share our book club picks through something called an affiliate link.

What is an affiliate link? 

Great question!

Basically, this link gives me a few pennies on each of your purchases that help pay for the web hosting on our website.

The web hosting currently costs me approximately $200 monthly and your purchases from this group basically help to offset that cost for our family at no cost to you. This year, I will also have the additional expense of mailing giveaway books and the cost to hire a designer for our crafts.

Thank you for helping me make this book club great with your purchases.

I promise that I try to only share the good stuff and good books.

I know I can’t appeal to everyone’s taste, but I do try to pick books that I think you will enjoy.

I also would like to think I made a lot of great bookworm friends too in this group. It’s been fun to have a place to obsess about books, to share what we are reading each week, and just hang out with other people who just get you.

I have tried to cultivate a positive environment and the group is filled with those kinds of drama-free people that you want to have filling your Facebook feed.

MomAdvice Reading Retreat

How Do I Meet People from the MomAdvice Book Club?

Did you know that we hosted our first MomAdvice Reading Retreat this year?

I can’t begin to tell you how magical it all was and how thankful I was to meet these incredible women.

You have to be an active member in our club to participate in our face-to-face weekend retreats so be sure to join!

Enough waiting! I’m thrilled to share these twelve 2020 book club selections with you today! I can’t wait to hear what you think about this year’s list.

MomAdvice 2020 Book Club Selections

MomAdvice 2020 Book Club Selections

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett January- The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali February- The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica March- The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

When All Is Said by Anne Giffin April- When All Is Said by Anne Giffin

Dominicana by Angie Cruz May- Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Formation by Ryan Leigh Dostie June- Formation by Ryan Leigh Dostie

The Warehouse by Rob Hart July- The Warehouse by Rob Hart

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop August- We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson September- Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

October- The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

November Road by Lou Berney November- November Road by Lou Berney

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith December- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (my favorite classic!)

MomAdvice 2020 Book Club Selections

 

Join in on the MomAdvice Book Club HERE! Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site!

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The 2019 MomAdvice Summer Reads Guide

June 1st, 2019

For many years, I have wanted to do a reading guide for you all, but each year the days would slip away and I would think, “Maybe next year!”

Well, not today, Satan!

I am thrilled to share my first Summer Reading Guide with you! This has been a true labor of love and I’m incredibly proud how this turned out.

Within this 15 page guide you will find:

  • A huge list of great books to read over the summer. I have included some new (and upcoming) novels, but I also weaved in some older favorites that might be easier to snag at your local library.
  • Tips for reading more this summer including a few of my own tried-and-true formulas for reading.
  • A bookworm gift guide filled with fun finds from Etsy sellers.
  • 10 of my all-time favorite books
  • 5 summer selections curated by the Currently Reading Podcast.

All you need to do to access the free guide is be an email subscriber! Upon signing up for our mailing list, you will receive a link to the reading guide.

If you decide to read any of these selections, I’d be honored if you used the #momadvicesummerreading hashtag and tag me on Instagram!

Happy reading, bookworms! xo

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MomAdvice 2019 Book Club Selections

November 26th, 2018

Check out the 2019 MomAdvice Book Club Selections and join our FREE book club today!

Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for more great reads for your stack!

Can you believe that I am picking our 2019 MomAdvice Book Club selections this week? This year has flown by and I have SO enjoyed sharing books and discussions with you.

If one of your goals this year is to join a book club or read more, I’d love to introduce you to our FREE book club you can join. This is  an AMAZING Virtual Book Club group filled with almost 2,000 (!!!) readers where we all share in a monthly discussion together.

The best part?

There is no commitment to participate in chats (although I love it when you do!). This is a place to get opinions about books, find out what everyone is reading, and start chats of your own about books you would just love to talk about.

I wanted to get this list up a little early so you have loads of time to make requests to your local library or read ahead on any of these selections.

How Does the MomAdvice Facebook Book Club Work?

Scroll through the book list below to see what we have in store for you in 2019.  The discussion is held on the last Friday and an Event invite is sent out at the beginning of the month to join a virtual chat. Once you RSVP, Facebook does its thing and sends out reminders to you.

Discussion questions are posted throughout the event and you are able to hop on at anytime during the day (or when you finish that book) to answer the questions at a time that is convenient for you.

How fun is that?

Feel free to join us and let your friends know about the group too.

The more the merrier!

How Much Does it Cost?

Nada.

Well, What Do YOU Get Out Of It?

I want this to be fun and free for you. I post the daily Kindle book deals and I share our book club picks though through something called an affiliate link. Basically, this link gives me a few pennies on each of your purchases that help pay for the web hosting on our website.

The web hosting currently costs me about $200 monthly and your purchases from this group basically help to offset that cost for our family at no cost to you.

I promise that I try to only share the good stuff and good books.

I know I can’t appeal to everyone’s taste, but I am really trying!! 

I also would like to think I made a lot of great bookworm friends too in this group. It’s been fun to have a place to obsess about books, to share what we are reading each week, and just hang out with other people who just get you.

I have tried to cultivate a positive environment and the group is filled with those kinds of drama-free people that you want to have filling your Facebook feed.

Escape the political nastiness and join a feel good kind of space.

I’m thrilled to share these 12 selections with you from a pool of talented writers. As always, I try to keep a good mix of fiction, nonfiction, YA, memoirs, and mysteries.

MomAdvice 2019 Book Club Selections

January- A Ladder to the Sky

February- My Sister the Serial Killer

March- The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

April- Little

May- The Friend

June- The Editor

July- In Sight of Stars

August- There Will Be No Miracles Here

September- No One Can Pronounce My Name

October- The Lying Woods

November- The Library Book

December- Virgil Wander

Join in on the MomAdvice Book Club HERE! Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site! Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads! xo

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MomAdvice 2018 Book Club Selections

January 1st, 2018

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Is one of your goals to join a book club this year? I’m thrilled to share that we have an AMAZING Virtual Book Club group that I’d love for you to join. I’m so excited to share with you our MomAdvice 2018 Book Club selections.

Our book club now has over 1,200 bookworms (!!!) and we would love to have you join in on the fun discussions this year. I loved last year’s selections so much that they even found their way on my Best Books of 2017 list.

How Does the MomAdvice Facebook Book Club Work?

I will be your book club hostess this year and have selected the entire year of books for 2018 to round out your book stacks.  The discussion is held on the last week of the month and posted in the group with a thread for each question.

To make finding these discussions easier (and so you can hop in at anytime!!) we have moved our discussions into the Events tab. You will receive an invitation to each discussion and can find the entire discussion in the Events, instead of searching through our VERY active page.

You can jump in to answer questions at any time throughout that week, interacting with loads of other fellow bookworms.

How fun is that?

Feel free to join us and let your friends know about the group too.

The more the merrier!

How Much Does it Cost?

Nada.

Well, What Do You Get Out Of It?

I want this to be fun and free for you. I post the daily Kindle book deals and I share our book club picks though through something called an affiliate link. Basically, this link gives me a few pennies on each of your purchases that help pay for the web hosting on our website. The web hosting currently costs me about $200 monthly and your purchases from this group basically help to offset that cost for our family at no cost to you.

I try to only share the good stuff and good books.

In fact, I have been reading our book club picks before we get to them to make sure that not a moment of your time or penny is wasted.

I know I can’t appeal to everyone’s taste, but I am really trying!! 

I also would like to think I made a lot of great bookworm friends too in this group. It’s been fun to have a place to obsess about books, to share what we are reading each week, and just hang out with other people who just get you.

I have tried to cultivate a positive environment and the group is filled with those kinds of drama-free people that you want to have filling your Facebook feed. Escape the political nastiness and join a feel good kind of space.

Here are the books we will be talking about this year!

MomAdvice 2018 Book Club

MomAdvice 2018 Book Club Selections

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood January- Alias Grace

Lucky Boy February- Lucky Boy

American Fire March- American Fire

Lilli De Jong April- Lilli De Jong

The Music Shop May- The Music Shop

Everything Here is Beautiful June- Everything Here is Beautiful

Salt Houses July- Salt Houses

Little Broken Things August- Little Broken Things

Far From the Tree September- Far From the Tree

The Hunger by Alma Katsu October- The Hunger

Steal the Stars by Nat Cassidy November- Steal the Stars

Girls Burn Brighter December-Girls Burn Brighter

MomAdvice 2018 Book Club

Join in on the MomAdvice Book Club HERE! Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site! Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads! xo

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2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

December 1st, 2021

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

Have you been looking for an online book club to join? Check out the 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections and join our book club today! Learn more about how you can join our virtual book chat for these next 12 selections and our exclusive bonus offers this year for our community 

Do you want to have the best reading year ever?

If one of your goals for 2022 is to join a book club or read more, I’d love to introduce you to the MomAdvice Book Club today. Our virtual group has now grown to over 4,500 bookworms and is (truly) one of the kindest and coziest communities on the internet. 

Each year, there is so much love that goes into each of our selections. Not only do I hope to introduce you to a few under-the-radar reads, but I also love to cast a wide net of genres to hopefully expand your reading life in big and beautiful ways.

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

This year has been a big year of new endeavors and one of my biggest new endeavors has been launching the MomAdvice Book Gang Podcast. This ended up being the perfect format to share with you what our book club is all about and a little bit about each of these books I’ve selected for you.

You can listen to today’s episode below to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on what I’m offering for your stack this year. If you are planning to join in on the fun, this episode is essential to understand how our club works and why I have chosen these books, in particular, for you.

The other two endeavors that I’m proud to launch are just for our new book club year. 

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

This year we have a partnership with my local bookstore to allow our readers to shop an independent bookshop for your reading this year. Fables Books, located in Goshen, Indiana. We are linking to their shop below with our book club picks. If you join my Patreon, they will give you a 15% discount on our book club books through our exclusive partnership.  (Note: Patreon members, please check your inbox for this exclusive coupon code)

THANK YOU, FABLES!! We love, love, love you! 

a sneak peek at my interview with Allie Larkin- look at that video quality, folks!

If you want to really immerse yourself in this year’s picks, your Patreon support will also give you access to our MomAdvice Book Club Author Interview Series to learn more about the stories behind the stories.  These video interviews are another brand new endeavor that I’m proud to share. I’m so thankful for these writers and how generously they are sharing their lives with us.

Let’s quickly run through some frequently asked questions (for those that don’t have time for the podcast today!):

MomAdvice Free Online Book Club

How Do I Join the MomAdvice Book Club?

Request to join HERE for our free community.

When Do Book Club Chats Happen?

The Book Club Chat is held on the last Friday (of the month) at 8 PM EST. An event invite is sent out to members at the beginning of each month.

Once you RSVP to an event, Facebook does its thing and sends out reminders to you.

This year’s discussion will be a typed chat. 

Discussion questions are posted throughout the event and you can hop on at any time during the evening (or when you finish that book) to answer the questions at a time that is convenient for you.

What New Book Club Features Can I Access in the MomAdvice Patreon?

Membership to access ALL of our online book club features is just $5 a month (or prepay for an annual membership for a ten percent savings). These bonus features allow you to immerse yourself fully in this year’s book club year.

Your membership offers these curated benefits:

Monthly in-depth video interviews with each of our chosen authors. Learn the stories behind each of their stories and what they hope you will walk away from each of their books.

Exclusive Bookstore Coupon Discounts. Our Fables Bookstore partnership will give Patreon members 15% off ALL the book club selections for our year. This can be applied to both paperback and hardback selections. 

Exclusive MomAdvice Book Gang Podcast Episodes & Early Access Book Reviews. Your stack will be toppling over with my real-time reviews each month. These reviews are available in both audio and printable formats. Sneak peek 

Monthly Themed Playlists & Digital Downloads. Pair your favorite thriller with my spooky playlist. Brew some tea and listen to an instrumental mix with your favorite classic. Embrace short story songs with my favorite storytellers. The playlists are endless and digital downloads are available for your reading journals.

Sneak Peek Upcoming Content. You will know before anyone else what to expect in upcoming podcast episodes and what I’m researching for our next shows. Be bookishly curious with me and give your input for these MomAdvice Book Gang podcast shows.

Head HERE to join the Book Gang today and gain immediate access to the full digital catalog of materials.

Grab Our Official 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Shirt (or MUG, or TOTE, or MASK!!)

Are you planning to read with us? I have created a brand new book club shirt with our new stack on it.  We are so thankful to Bonfire for their hard work on this adorable design that captures our reading together! 

We have long sleeve, short sleeve, crewneck sweatshirts, and hoodies for this year!  

In addition to these items, we added a few more merchandise items for our book club members. Shop totes, mugs, and face masks this year too! 

Enough waiting! I’m thrilled to share these twelve 2022 book club selections with you today! I can’t wait to hear what you think about this year’s list. 

MomAdvice 2022 Book Club Selections

January- The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

(order through Fables Books)

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections February- In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

(order from Fables Books)

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections March-The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

(order from Fables Books)

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections April- The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

(order from Fables Books)

May- The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

(order from Fables Books)

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections June- The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers

(order from Fables Books)

July (Reader’s Choice)- Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

(order from Fables Books)

2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections August- The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade

(order from Fables Books)

September- The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

(order from Fables Books)

October- A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

(order from Fables Books)

November (Reader’s Choice)- The One Hundred Years of Lenni & Margot 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

(order from Fables Books)

December- A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers 2022 MomAdvice Book Club Selections

(order from Fables Books)

 

thank you for letting me be your book mom! 

Other Mentions on the Podcast Today! Thank you to my co-host Mary for the phenomenal job talking us through our next year of reading:

MomAdvice Book Club Facebook Group

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Paris Architect Book Club Post on MomAdvice.com

MomAdvice Patreon

Fables Books

Book Gang Podcast Episode 9: The Book Shortage Dilemma with Kristin from Fables Books

Patreon App

Pizza Hut Book It Program

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Meagan Francis from The Mom Hour

Meagan Francis The Mother of Reinvention Podcast

New Adult genre

Heft by Liz Moore

The Shape of Water

Mary Carver

Mary Carver on Instagram

Join in on the MomAdvice Book Club HERE! Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site!

Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads

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2021 Black Friday Short List

November 26th, 2021

I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday with your family. I wanted to share my short list of the top Black Friday deals I found today. If you would like anything linked up today (I’m missing), please let me know! This is the season where your visits and purchases count, and I appreciate you doing any shopping with me.

If you are signed up with Rakuten, make sure that you shop from your laptop and activate it. This will give you cashback on your purchases and, the cashback savings are HUGE today. Sign up with Rakuten to get cashback on your purchases- they are offering $40 for joining today (highest offer ever)! If you have not used this app before, you can learn all about it in my post over here. Some of the suggestions are as high as 12% cashback today. 

If you are looking for my gift guide, you’ll find it here. So many readers have sent me the kindest messages that they have been able to check the majority of their gifts off with this one. Many of the items are on sale today so start there if you need a specific gift.

Most notable deals (for me) today!:

  • Kindles are just $49.99, or you can buy 2 for $80 today
  • Today is the day to buy family games- these prices are the lowest that they will be all year. I have made a list for you of the best ones. We recommend Ticket to Ride, Catan, Azul, Mexican Dominoes, & One Night a Werewolf.
  • This is the day to buy holiday pajamas. Carter’s runs a great sale annually, and Land’s End has adorable Draper James pajamas if you covet Reese Witherspoon’s style. 50-60% off is HUGE.
  • MAGAZINES. Do not miss this offer- this is the lowest price of the year. In particular, People Magazine is just $31.98 for an annual subscription (this magazine comes weekly). This is my favorite girlfriend gift to give! 
  • If you need towels, this is the time to replace or replenish them. 
  • Nordstrom Rack has 40% off clearance items. You really should take a minute to go through those for your gift-giving! 
  • Subscriptions to entertainment services are at an all-time low. Audible is just $5.95 for the first three months, Sirius Radio will let you sign up for three months free (with no credit card activation required), and Hulu is just $.99 a month for the first year.

quick-dry towels just $4.99

Home

$15 Annual Sam’s Club Membership With Free Pie 

12-pound Faux Mink Weighted Blanket $21.24

Always Pan, $99

Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1, $119.95

JCP Towels Are $2.99

Home Expressions Quick-Dry Towels, $4.99 (I’m stocking up today)

NutriBullet Blender, $59.99

Shark Power-Lift Navigator Vacuum, $169.99 (over 60% off!!)

Better Homes & Gardens 10 Pack Flip-Top Food Storage Containers, $30

draper james land’s end collection 50% off today

Clothing, Shoes, & Beauty

50% Off EVERYTHING at Old Navy

50% Off J. Crew Factory (60% off their clearance!!)

Eddie Bauer Down Parkas, $99 (come in petite and tall sizes)

Carter’s Christmas Jammies Starting at $7 a set!! 

Nordstrom Rack Extra 40% Off Clearance (huge, huge savings)

Sperry Boots, $49.97 (my favorite boots- great for wider width feet)

Land’s End Slippers $27.98 (they also have the Draper James style for the same price)

Draper James Land’s End Whole Collection 60% Off 

Men’s UGG Slippers, $52.49

Huge UGG Discounts on Their Closet Event (robes, hats, and blankets are marked at great prices)

Coach Wristlets are 85% Off Today!

ULTA Glam Beauty Boxes, $14.99

kindles- 2 for $80 (lowest price yet)

Entertainment

Kindle, $49.99 (or 2 for $80- lowest price yet)

Kindle Paperwhite (8GB), $104.99

Audible Only $5.95 For Your First Three Months

Get 3 For the Price of 2 (Amazon-on books, games, and music!!!)

Buy 2, Get 1 Free (Target- on movies, music, & books)

Magazine Deals Over 80% Off Today (People Magazine is just $31.98 for the year- this is my favorite gift to give!)

Fitbit Charge 4, $69

Azul Board Game, $15.99 (this is our new family favorite)

Marvel Villainous Board Game, $17.49

Catan, $22

Pandemic, $17.99

Ticket to Ride, $21.99

One Night Ultimate Werewolf, $12.49

Mexican Train Dominoes, $9.64

Ancestry DNA Kits, $48

Hulu $.99 a month for a year

3 months of Sirus Radio for FREE (no credit card required)

Just Dance 2022 for Nintendo Switch, $25

Cricut Maker (Save $170 today!)

60% Off Holiday Cards 

Echo Dot, $29.99

Fire TV Stick, $19.99

Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Bundle (in stock!)

Xbox One Wireless Controllers (starting at just $29.99)

Kindle Book Deals

HUGE Black Friday Kindle List

Additional Black Friday Kindle List

The Last Flight, $2.99 (I loved this)

Nine Perfect Strangers, $2.99

The Wish, $4.99

False Witness, $3.99

The Maidens, $4.99

Red, White, & Royal Blue, $3.9 (this is so cute)

The One Hundred Years of Lenni & Margot, $2.99 (this will be a 2022 book club book- get it)

Razorblade Tears, $3.99 (brutal, but beautiful)

Firekeeper’s Daughter, $2.99 (this is a reader’s choice for book club next year- get it!!)

Fox & I, $1.99

Leave the World Behind, $2.99

Sorrow & Bliss, $1.99

44 Chapters About 4 Men, $2.99

When No One Is Watching Us, $2.99

The Wives, $2.99

Ariadne, $3.99

The Survivors, $3.99

The Beautiful Ones, $2.99

What’s Mine & Yours, $3.99

Mistletoe & Mr. Right, $2.51

A Lot Like Adios, $1.99

Stolen, $3.99

The Windsor Knot, $2.99

Memorial Drive, $2.99

While Paris Slept, $2.99

What If It’s Us, $1.99 (I loved this)

Concrete Rose, $2.99

Afterlife, $1.99

This post contains affiliate links! Want to keep shopping? Check these posts out below:

the 2021 minimalist momadvice gift guide

 

100 Unique Stocking Stuffers Everyone Will Love 100 unique and helpful stocking stuffers

Unique Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything from MomAdvice.com unique gifts for the man who has everything

Unique Gift Ideas for Kids from MomAdvice.com unique gifts for kids of any age

 

November 2021 Must-Reads

November 23rd, 2021

Are you ready for winter reading? I’m sharing a stack of SEVENTEEN books to check out this month. Be sure to pin today’s post for your next library day. 

It’s time to discuss another massive stack of books with you today. I have seventeen books to share today and so many more to talk about for next month. As you can imagine, this is the busiest time of year as I prepare for next year’s book club year.

Be sure to check back on December 1st for my big announcement for our reading year together.

You don’t want to miss our year of reading together.

What’s Happening on the Book Gang Podcast

Even though the blog has been quieter, I’m still talking books every week on our podcast. The MomAdvice Book Gang Podcast has been so much fun to work on, and I’ve loved hearing your feedback on these episodes.

These past two months, we have talked about under-the-radar thrillers for your stack (with Mary Kubica!), heard from a top GoodReads reviewer on how he holds his top standing on this platform (along with some incredible book suggestions), and found the best fantasy escapes to escape reality in hard times. I also learned a lot about the book world by researching for a reader’s backlist reading challenge and what the book shortage experience is like for a bookseller.

You can listen to all of the episodes of MomAdvice Book Gang on Apple or wherever you stream your favorite podcasts. If you enjoy it, please consider subscribing, liking, and sharing it with your favorite bookworm friends!

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I’ve also been in the thick of recording our author interviews, which has been the best thing for this reader. I can’t tell you how beautiful it is to hear about these books’ writing process from the authors themselves! 

You can join the MomAdvice Book Gang for just $5 for an exclusive one-of-a-kind reading experience, and let me be your tour guide. I have selected 12 phenomenal books to read together that were picked just for you.  These are thought-provoking stories that deserve discussion, and many are hidden literary treasures. The official 2022 MomAdvice Book Club selection announcement will happen on December 1st. Your $5 membership will grant you access to the following exclusive features.

Monthly in-depth video interviews with each of our chosen authors. Learn the stories behind each of their stories and what they hope you will walk away from each of their books.

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Check out the November Book of the Month Club Selections:

A Little Hope- Ethan Joella
The Keeper of the Night- Kylie Lee Baker
The Collective- Alison Gaylin
The Family- Naomi Krupitsky
How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days- K.M. Jackson

 

Now let’s talk about this month’s stack!

November 2021 Must-Reads

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

4 out of 5 Stars

I love how historical fiction can take us down a rabbit hole, and that’s just what this book did.

This story was inspired by those who assisted with forged documents that helped children escape from Nazi concentration camps. 

Told from alternating timelines, we are introduced to Eva, a librarian, shelving books when she locks eyes with a story and photograph of a book she has not seen in more than sixty years. This book holds the names and secrets of Eva’s time assisting children to safety through the documents she fabricated for them. 

Eva must travel to claim the book and explain the story, but that’s not all that might be hidden in the book.

She’s been waiting for many years for a correspondence that could give her closure and peace to her own love story. 

This book is one of those universal book recommendations that I think any reader could appreciate and share as a gift. It incorporates all the necessary ingredients for a solid historical fiction read- a well-researched backstory, a great love interest, innovative twists, and some clever creative liberties crafted by the author for this book. This lent itself well to our book club discussion and, overall, seemed to be liked by all our book club members. 

After you finish this one, be sure to go back to our MomAdvice Book Club Events to see the discussion with links to the story of Adolfo Kaminsky and the work he did to bring these children to safety.

Once you read it, you won’t ever forget the incredible bravery and sacrifice that was made to ensure the safety of these kids. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

How Lucky by Will Leitch

5 out of 5 Stars

I found this story to be charming, laugh-out-loud funny, with memorable characters that made it difficult to put down.  

Our main character, Daniel, considers himself a lucky guy even though he’s suffered from a debilitating disease since he was a small child. This disease leaves him unable to speak or move without a wheelchair and requires constant care to help him lead as normal of a life as possible. 

When a local girl goes missing, Daniel realizes that he may have been the last person to see the girl and the person who may have kidnapped her that day.

He decides to take his story to Reddit, and it is there where he begins a conversation with the captor. As he discloses more and more, Daniel is convinced he might be the one to help solve the case, but it is tough to convince the police that you have valuable information when you can’t speak or move. 

I’m thrilled I made space for this one in my stack and highly recommend it if you look for memorable characters with laugh-out-loud plotlines. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

5 out of 5 Stars

This captivating coming-of-age story pulled at every heartstring as you follow one girl’s journey towards finding love in her chosen family.

April has always had a difficult life, so it isn’t hard for her to pack her things and leave behind her father. The problem is that she is completely broke and must figure out a way to survive once she’s gone.

In Ithica, she finds a job as a waitress and an unexpected support system that can finally bring her the peace she needs. But, unfortunately, April is unaccustomed to love and doesn’t know how to accept the peace she’s found. 

As a reader, this journey can be a difficult one to take because you long for April to settle into these spaces where she has captured people’s love and hearts.

What makes it worth continuing along with April is that these people just won’t give up on her, bringing these big heartwarming moments that remind us that chosen families can be just as good as the ones we are given. I couldn’t put this one down and am adding this to my list of top books for 2021. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

5 out of 5 Stars

I have been raving a lot about Jeff Zentner on the podcast, and his latest release solidifies his standing as one of my favorite YA authors and solidifies his holding in our 2022 Book Club year. 

Cash and Delaney are dear friends that have the shared experience of being children of addicts and growing up in a small Appalachian town. So when Delaney receives a scholarship offer to an elite school, she accepts only because she can bring Cash with her on the same scholarship acceptance. 

Cash should be thrilled to get this offer but feels conflicted because his grandfather is raising him and battling emphysema. With their encouragement, though, he takes the coveted spot at the school. It’s through the support of one teacher; Cash begins to find his voice, people, and someone to call his own. 

The audiobook narration is just gorgeous and brings Zentner’s story to life even more.

I would highly recommend doing it in this format if you can make the space for it.

Zentner does coming-of-age stories SO WELL, and the storytelling in this one is superb. I couldn’t stop listening to this gorgeous read and loved how Cash evolved through this story.

This is, absolutely, my favorite YA book of the year. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

5 out of 5 Stars

This captivating read comes with many trigger warnings, especially if you are a highly sensitive reader (rape, incest, sexual assault). I found it worth the journey, though, and finished this haunting book in a single day. 

This fast page-turner opens with Elle and her oldest friend Jona sneaking out the back door and having sex with each other while their spouses chat away in the kitchen.

They are on vacation at the summer home, nicknamed the Paper Palace, where she has spent every summer of her life.

Over the next twenty-four hours, Elle is faced with deciding to stay with her husband or leave him for the boy she has always loved. But, unfortunately, that boy also happens to hold the biggest secret of her life.

If Elle’s affair makes you immediately dislike her, your reaction will be a lot like mine. However, what makes it compelling is Elle’s backstory and the trauma she had endured to get to where she is. 

As I described, it’s a lot of trauma, and the reader gets to go through each devastating moment with Elle. I found myself unable to stop listening to this audiobook, though, because you wanted to see how Elle would escape her tragic circumstances. 

If you prefer likable characters, this book might not be for you. I don’t think they evolved significantly, but I felt like this mesmerizing read delivered on the book hype. 

Again, I did this one on audiobook and thought the narration was fantastic on this too. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin

3 out of 5 Stars

Georgia is a urologist with a struggling love life. Luckily, she has a great support system with her best friend. Also, a physician named Jonah.

While on a trip, Georgia meets the guy of her dreams but comes home to a rather startling scenario at the hospital she works for. The hospital has asked that doctors now refuse medical care for transgender patients. Jonah, a gay man, is the first to be fired when he refuses to abandon his patients. 

In defense of her friend, Georgia decides to fight this change in the only way she knows how and ultimately makes a decision that has profound consequences for all involved. 

This book is perfect if you gravitate towards a book with rich character development and need big book club themes for discussion. But, ultimately, the meat of the story seemed overshadowed by Georgia’s relationship, and the build to get to it took longer than expected.

If you pick up the author’s latest book, you will discover that these characters live on in a pandemic world. She brings together the doctor characters from three different books, and it’s quite compelling.  I have been swept away in this story and would recommend it if you are curious how Martin wrote this fictional pandemic in 2019 that later became all too real.

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

3 out of 5 Stars

In this story, a woman is reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Her struggles have now amplified into painful panic attacks whenever she thinks about how differently her life has turned out. Her one escape, tending to honeybees, has not even offered her the escape that it used to. 

In the grips of one of these episodes, she nearly collides with Jake, a local teen who has recently become a paraplegic. Her pickup truck happens to be filled with 120,000 honeybees, and Jake instantly wants to learn about the bees and their story. Alice invites him into her home, surprising Jake and herself, and finds an unlikely friendship with him.

She also invites a young man, Harry, desperate for work, to join her team. This unlikely trio bond over their shared love of these bees and the bond is strengthened further when their colony is at risk of dying due to a local pesticide company.

The friendship is charming between these three, and the author weaves many parallels about the world of beekeeping into this very human story of chosen families.

This is a great one to add to your stack if you are looking for a sweet escape filled with second chances and how we can find purpose again after loss.

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper 

3 out of 5 Stars

This true crime pick combines coming-of-age and a deep dive into a Harvard campus murder in 1969.

In 1969 twenty-three-year-old graduate student Jane Britton was bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment. 

When Becky Cooper starts studying as an undergraduate, she learns of Jane’s story, but a more sinister gossipy layer is shared among students. In this layer, Jane was a student who had an affair with her professor, and he murdered her because she threatened to go public about this relationship. Unfortunately, that professor still works for Harvard, and Cooper wants to know more about Jane’s story and devotes a decade of her life to uncovering the truth. 

Cooper feels discomfort with the true-crime world, and the true victims yet are consumed by this true crime case. As a reader, we feel that in those pages. 

I do not want to discredit the hard work you can see in Becky Cooper’s pages and how she devoted so much time to learn more about the murder- there is a lot in these pages to admire. However, at over 500 pages, this one could have greatly benefited from editing because the story felt disjointed in many moments. 

The DNA evidence that has now been found, and added at the end, certainly could be challenging to that bookending you had been working towards.

Had Cooper not led us down so many rabbit trails and had more substantial editing, this had the potential to be a 5-star read.

Overall, it just missed the mark for me. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

In My Dreams, I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

4 out of 5 Stars

If you are in for a fictional campus murder mystery, then I would recommend this psychological thriller for your stack.

In this story, six friends reunite on their university campus and are reminded of the unsolved murder of their closest friend Heather. Someone is determined to get to the bottom of this case, and that means uncovering and confronting each of their secrets one by one. 

It feels a bit like a one-room play as these secrets are revealed, and Winstead keeps the plot moving with clever well-developed twists and a solid ending. 

This story is told in dual timelines from their beginning days on campus and is a perfect spooky, not scary story for the Halloween season. I think you will really like this tightly woven plot and the secret motives of each of these characters. I can say, without a doubt, this was one of the most solid thrillers I’ve read in a long time. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

5 out of 5 Stars

I got to dip my toes into the climate-fiction waters with this phenomenal read. This MomAdvice Book Club selection was a reader’s choice and ended up being a hauntingly beautiful audiobook escape. McConaghy imagines a dystopian world where the oceans have been emptied of most life by climate change, acidic water, and overfishing. 

The Artic terns will soon be extinct in this novel, and Franny Stone is determined to follow their final migration to Antarctica. Getting there is a hurdle, but she manages to talk her way onto a fishing boat that happens to be sailing out that way. However, Franny doesn’t want to board these birds because she is running from many things. Franny’s tragic life spills out in haunting memories that leave the reader breathless and let us know that Franny is boarding this boat for some profound reasons we will soon get to discover through her flashbacks. 

I found this story to be uniquely told, enthralling, and disturbing. The themes of a world left behind by the devastation of climate change feel altogether too close, and that might be why this storyline was so compelling.

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

We Are Watching Eliza Bright by A.E. Osworth

4 out of 5 Stars

This dark thriller was as satisfying as any horror film and won all the stars for plot originality. 

Eliza is one of only two women who are hired as a programmer at a gaming company. Unfortunately, her presence isn’t welcomed, particularly in the programming department, where Eliza becomes a source of ridicule and is harassed.

When the incident is reported, her boss doesn’t take the necessary next steps and goes along with the “boys will be boys” toxic dialogue instead of addressing the issue correctly. 

When Eliza takes the incident to a journalist, all hell breaks loose as people begin to demonize, target, and dangerously harass her. One user, in particular, has made it his mission to destroy Eliza for her actions.

The narration is told through users of 4chan & Reddit, which is highly original and can be agonizingly brutal as they discuss Eliza’s motives and destroy her character. Osworth uniquely explores this story through speculation and the viewpoint of tainted lenses.

It’s masterful and darkly entertaining. 

This one won’t be for the highly sensitive reader, but I would recommend it if you like darker themes that aren’t afraid to go into the awful corners of the internet.

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

4 out of 5 Stars

I’ve chosen the British cover for our website because this book, for sure, has been mismarketed with its U.S. book cover! Take a peek, and you will see why.

This historical fiction novel is a slow-burn romance with fade-to-black bedroom scenes that hardly represent the kind of plot you might expect from that cover choice. 

Harry Styles fans, for sure, will want to get their hands on this book before it is adapted for the big screen. The book was inspired by the life of E.M. Forester and his relationship with a police officer named Bob Buckingham

Set in 1950s Brighton, this love triangle is about two people who love one policeman- his wife and his secret lover. This tragic story explores the quiet love shared between these two men and what it would be like if speaking your truth resulted in your arrest and the destruction of your life.

The story utilizes journal entries (from his lover) and a manuscript (from his wife) that outline confession, allowing the reader to explore this story from different points of view and to varying timelines in this love story. 

Overall, this was a good read and led me to read more about E.M. Forester after finishing this book.

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

How to Save a Life by Eva Carter

4 out of 5 Stars

I talked about this novel in The Great Book Escape episode that just aired for our podcast and in a free sample of my one-book podcast reviews, I offer on Patreon

The author’s personal experience resuscitating her partner inspired this contemporary fiction novel’s themes of one young man’s struggles after his heart stops for eighteen minutes and how this incident changes his life in ways he could not imagine. 

This novel is a cross between Normal People and One Day, so if you have loved either of these books, I feel you will really appreciate this novel’s themes and Carter’s storytelling. 

The novel has a very satisfying love triangle with beautiful backstories for each character as they struggle with their demons and brokenness in different ways. 

The only dissatisfaction, for me, was a rather abrupt conclusion and lack of epilogue after over four hundred pages building out these relationships into finally a delightful place as a reader. Overall, I found this book to be gorgeous, and this journey after a near-death experience has layers that speak to Carter’s personal history with this scenario.

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

4 out of 5 Stars

This thriller was described as Gossip Girl meets Get Out, which, honestly, delivers on this perfect description.

Set at an elite prep academy, two students, Devon and Chiamaka Adebayo are selected to be part of the school’s senior class prefects. This coveted spot holds notoriety in their school and puts them in the running for its valedictorian. 

After this announcement, the two start to receive threatening messages from someone who identifies themselves only as Aces. What begins as a harmless prank evolves into dangerous threats that lead the two to realize that these pranks are rooted in a dark history at their school that they could have never expected. 

The first half, for me, took some time to build into our plot, but once this story picks up steam, it delivers on the meaty social commentary that is so reflective of the Jordan Peele film that it had promised the reader.

This is a thought-provoking debut that has me looking forward to the author’s next book. 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon

4 out of 5 Stars

Oliver is a recovering addict that finds love and commitment with his partner Nathan. Despite finding love and financial security, he is drawn to apps that promise one-night stands and rendezvous.

One of these encounters leads him to a place called Bath Haus, where a hookup goes horribly wrong, and he is nearly strangled to death.

Oliver manages to get away, but he is left with a hand-shaped bruise on his neck. He is forced to file a police report and make up a story of being mugged so that Nathan never knows about his infidelity.

The problem is that the man he escaped from isn’t done with him yet, and he will stop at nothing to destroy Oliver’s life. 

Get ready for plot twist whiplash, particularly in those big final reveals when our story all comes together. In this story, nobody is trustworthy, and Vernon does a phenomenal job throwing the reader off the path multiple times. 

This book is highly original and was an excellent escape for Spooky Season.

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

5 out of 5 Stars

This selection just may have been influenced by the world of #booktok this year.

If you didn’t know, Booktok is one of the strongest influencers in the publishing space right now. Publishing houses are scrambling to print backlisted books that become bestsellers for the first time or find a brand new audience to love them.

So this is one trend I can get behind fully and how this beautiful book made it into my pile.

In this fictional world, Death-Cast is a service that lets you know the date of your death.

Two lonely boys find one another through the Last Friend app that gives them one magical day and company together as they finish out their final day.

Silvera invents special touches for these two, like amusement park activities if you knew you only had one day. There is often special significance, too, in the idea of how you might treat others if you knew you wouldn’t have to live with the consequences. 

The ending is a total gut-punch and worthy of all the stars. ⁠ 

November 2021 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa

4 out of 5 Stars

My dear friend is going to do an episode with me on South Asian Voices for our podcast, and I wanted to bring more books to the table, so I picked up this debut thriller and, have to say, it did not disappoint. 

Do you like your narrators to be in the unreliable camp?

That’s what you will find with our main character, Paloma, who happens to be taking a lot of pills that don’t play nice with her booze habit.

She also turns to this combination whenever she is struggling, a scenario that her therapist keeps reminding her is a combination she should not be indulging in. 

Paloma is struggling a lot, though, and it stems from her early days at an orphanage in Sri Lanka. You see, Paloma was chosen for adoption that let her leave her complicated past behind and start a new life in the U.S. However, in haunting memories and nightmares, she is reminded about all the girls she left behind.

Paloma, now thirty, has been carrying a secret about her past, and when her roommate finds out, she fears her cover will be blown, and people will finally know the truth. The thing is, she comes home to find him dead, blacks out, and then discovers his body has disappeared. 

The reader is left to wonder if Paloma might have been involved and what other secrets Paloma may be hiding. 

This book had some lagging in the middle where the story could have benefitted from some trimming. But, in the end, I enjoyed this thriller and thought it had some clever twists, especially as it pulls all those strings together at the end. 

 

The 2021 Minimalist MomAdvice Holiday Gift Guide

November 19th, 2021

This year’s holiday gift guide is a more minimalist approach than in past years. You may have noticed that the small-budget crushes disappeared, and less of an emphasis has been on shopping. When the pandemic happened, I realized that it didn’t feel true to me to push products each week and just focus on writing and creating the best book content I could for you instead. 

I did receive some messages from people though that have used our guides in the past, so I thought I would share a short and straightforward guide this year for a few of the gifts that have made me happy and that I plan to share under the tree this year. 

Just a reminder, be sure to sign up with Rakuten to get cashback on your purchases! If you have not used this app before, you can learn all about it in my post over here

 

The 2021 Minimalist MomAdvice Holiday Gift Guide

 

Minimalist Gifts for the Home

USB Chargeable Candle Lighters (this is my most used home item- pair this with a favorite candle from the home store)

USB Chargeable Hand Warmers (we use these on all of our winter walks- one per person works well)

The Coated Pan (the best nonstick skillet I’ve ever used for eggs- it also makes a beautifully seared steak)

Welcome Home Book (pair it with a pretty cheese board set)

cold brew coffee maker

Cold Brew Coffeemaker (it is flipping amazing- pair with your favorite coffee or coffee syrups)

Fleece to Sherpa Heated Throw (I live in this all winter)

Midcentury Modern-Inspired Space Heater (adorable and puts out a surprising amount of heat)

Political Pottery Mugs (this is a local seller that I adore- pair with your favorite tea or coffee)

There’s Good in Store Art Print Calendar (this is my favorite calendar)

Bedside Smartphone Vase (one of my favorite things in our home)

Puzzle Roll-Away Mat

The Best Laptop Bed Tray (height adjusts like a dream)

The Weekday Vegetarians Cookbook

Minimalist Beauty & Fashion Gifts

Hair Drying Towels (my daughter and I love these so much)

Olive & June Nail Polishes (this is THE BEST nail polish- that link should give you 20% off)

Olive & June Poppy Manicure Tool (I am obsessed with this- perfect for beginner polish painters or if you have shaky hands painting nails)

The Matte Over-the-Sink Makeup Mat (this is one of my favorite beauty items for tiny homes)

Foldable Vanity Mirror (pair with a makeup brush set or cosmetic items)

Monogram Pendant Necklace

Vionic Carlin Slipper (this brand is the absolute best for foot support)

Sperry Boots (the best boots ever- huge discount for Black Friday)

Secret Treasures Pajama Joggers (I can’t rave enough- these are the coziest)

 

handmade elastic bookmarkers

Minimalist Reader Gifts

Sleep Headphones (for audiobooks in bed)

My Favorite Reading Pillow (pair with a cover so you can wash it- I use this EVERY DAY to read in bed)

Blue Light Blocking Clip-On Reading Light

Elastic Bookmarker Sets (pair with a favorite book)

Bath Reading Tray 

Book-of-the-Month Subscription

MomAdvice Book Club Patreon Annual Subscription (expand your reading life with me)

Library Card Tote Bags (these are so durable and cute)

Little Free Library (Etsy also offers some wonderful options)

Little Free Library Book Stamp

Bookish Puzzles (Murder Mystery Puzzle (how cute would this gift be with a magnifying glass?), The World of Jane Austen Puzzle, The Book Club Puzzle, Pride & Puzzlement)

Minimalist Entertainment Gifts

The Hygge Game (cozy conversation starters)

Unsolved Case Files Murder Mystery Game (a great gift for true crime lovers)

Azul Board Game (this is the new family favorite)

Friends Coloring Book (pair with crayons or colored pencil sets)

Music Genius Playing Cards

Spotify Annual Gift Subscriptions (perfect for people who love podcasts and music)

Universal Tablet Stand

Schitt’s Creek Monopoly

Grandparent Pen Pal Sets (great for long-distance grandparents)

water bottle with time markers

Minimalist Healthy Living Gifts

Foldable Stationary Bike (pair with a subscription to your favorite exercise platform- I’ve put thousands of miles on this bike, and it is perfect for small spaces)

Hot Yoga Towel (and a gift certificate for yoga classes)

Happy Light

Water Bottle With Time Markers (pair with these electrolyte tablets that are perfect for your purse)

CBD Topical Balms & Massage Oils (this is the only brand that I use, and it works so well)

Bike Phone Mount

diy jigsaw puzzle mat DIY no-sew jigsaw puzzle mat

Handmade DIY Gift Ideas

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket

DIY Jigsaw Puzzle Mat

DIY Slow Cooker Candles (pick your favorite scent)

DIY Knitted Ear Warmers

DIY Sugar & Spice Candied Nut Mix

DIY Succulent Terrarium

DIY Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath

DIY Tween Self-Confidence Kit

DIY Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

DIY No-Sew Hand Warmers

Not enough gift ideas for you? Be sure to check these additional holiday guides!

100 Unique Stocking Stuffers Everyone Will Love 100 unique and helpful stocking stuffers

Unique Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything from MomAdvice.com unique gifts for the man who has everything

Unique Gift Ideas for Kids from MomAdvice.com unique gifts for kids of any age

Happy shopping, friends!

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Book Gang Podcast Episode 12: Best Thriller Books You Might Have Missed (With Mary Kubica)

November 19th, 2021

Mary Kubica joins the podcast to talk about her writing process and her latest domestic thriller, Local Woman Missing.

Her journey from writing in secret to a successful award-winning suspense writer is the story you need to hear if you have been entertaining a writing dream of your own.

We have a shared love for true crime and talk about if real-life cases have influenced her work.

I may be one of Mary’s biggest fans, and her newest edge-of-your-seat page-turner is just what you need to get you out of a reading slump.

Mary is bringing 3 of her favorite under-the-radar thrillers to today’s episode, and I think they will surprise you as much as me.

I’m also sharing a few of my favorite psychological thrillers that deliver on those unreliable narrators and murder mystery plots that kept me up until the wee hours of the night.

So, if thriller writing is something you have been entertaining, I hope today’s episode offers the inspiration you need to kick start your writing career.

Book Gang Podcast Episode 12: Best Thriller Books You Might Have Missed with Mary Kubica

Listen to the Show:

Listen below or listen on your favorite podcast listening platform!

Mentioned in this episode:

MomAdvice Free Online Book Club

Join the Patreon Community For the Bonus Content

Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Mary’s Interview on momadvice.com

Where I Lost Her by T Greenwood

Rust & Stardust by T Greenwood

Bodies of Water by T Greenwood

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

Do No Harm by Christina McDonald

This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

 

In this week’s Patreon Bonus 

This week’s bonus podcast shares some surprising behind-the-scenes information on our 2022 book club authors that I really think you will appreciate.

I’m sharing about the most difficult author interview I’ve done (so far), the scoop on our latest shirt design (with feedback from our writers), a sneak peek at next week’s episode, and I’m talking about a book that ALMOST made my book club in 2018. If you need a backlist book recommendation, you definitely don’t want to miss this week’s bonus Expand the Stack!

Join Our Patreon Book Gang Today

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Join the MomAdvice Book Gang for just $5 for an exclusive one-of-a-kind reading experience, and let me be your tour guide. I have selected 12 phenomenal books to read together that were picked just for you.  These are thought-provoking stories that deserve discussion, and many are hidden literary treasures. The official 2022 MomAdvice Book Club selection announcement will happen on December 1st. Your $5 membership will grant you access to the following exclusive features.

Monthly in-depth video interviews with each of our chosen authors. Learn the stories behind each of their stories and what they hope you will walk away from each of their books.

Exclusive Bookstore Coupon Discounts. Our Fables Bookstore partnership will give Patreon members 15% off ALL the book club selections for our year. This can be applied to both paperback and hardback selections. 

Exclusive MomAdvice Book Gang Podcast Episodes & Early Access Book Reviews. Your stack will be toppling over with my real-time reviews each month. These reviews are available in both audio and printable formats.  

Monthly Themed Playlists & Digital Downloads. Pair your favorite thriller with my spooky playlist. Brew some tea and listen to an instrumental mix with your favorite classic. Embrace short story songs with my favorite storytellers. The playlists are endless and digital downloads are available for your reading journals.

Sneak Peek Upcoming Content. You will know before anyone else what to expect in upcoming podcast episodes and what I’m researching for our next shows. Be bookishly curious with me and give your input for these MomAdvice Book Gang podcast shows.

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Book Gang Podcast Episode 12: Best Thriller Books You Might Have Missed With Mary Kubica

 

 

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BookGang Podcast Episode 11: What It Takes To Be A Top Goodreads Reviewer

November 12th, 2021

Book Gang Podcast 11: What it Takes to Be A Top Goodreads Reviewer

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and many of us rely on it every day to make our own book choices. Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a top GoodReads reviewer on a platform with millions of members?

Larry ranks 28th in the world on this platform and is giving us a peek into his daily reading life and how he shares books. Learn his preferred format to read a book, the process to rate and review books, how the GoodReads reviewer ranking works, his experience with review copies, and how he gained his loyal following.

He offers 5 great books we should add to our stack immediately and I couldn’t check them out fast enough. These fiction book recommendations include a couple that hit all the right notes for both of us.

Book Gang Podcast Episode 11: What It Takes To Be A Top Goodreads Reviewer

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Mentioned in this episode:

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Larry H. on goodreads.com

Larry H. on Instagram

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

A Friendly Goodreads Competition

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Tin Man Sarah Winman

The Dearly Beloved Cara Wall

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

To Kill a MockingBird by Harper Lee

The Charm Offensive by Allison Cochrun

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

UnREAL TV series

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

It’s Either Sadness or Bookphoria…

Connect With Us:

Amy is @momadvice on Instagram

Larry H. on goodreads.com

Larry H. on Instagram

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In this week’s Patreon Bonus 

This week’s nostalgic playlist is courtesy of my Columbia House pennies that were shipped off for my CD collection; membership stopped for the required duration and then restarted to collect more.

I carried around a big binder on all our road trips and dinners with friends.

My collecting followed me into those early married days. I still remember the excitement of ripping open those cardboard boxes and buying a CD of mediocre music for that one great hit. 

Enjoy this playlist while preparing that holiday feast this year! 

Join Our Patreon Book Gang Today

Do you want to have the best reading year ever? 

Join the MomAdvice Book Gang for just $5 for an exclusive one-of-a-kind reading experience, and let me be your tour guide. I have selected 12 phenomenal books to read together that were picked just for you.  These are thought-provoking stories that deserve discussion, and many are hidden literary treasures. The official 2022 MomAdvice Book Club selection announcement will happen on December 1st. Your $5 membership will grant you access to the following exclusive features.

Monthly in-depth video interviews with each of our chosen authors. Learn the stories behind each of their stories and what they hope you will walk away from each of their books.

Exclusive Bookstore Coupon Discounts. Our Fables Bookstore partnership will give Patreon members 15% off ALL the book club selections for our year. This can be applied to both paperback and hardback selections. 

Exclusive MomAdvice Book Gang Podcast Episodes & Early Access Book Reviews. Your stack will be toppling over with my real-time reviews each month. These reviews are available in both audio and printable formats.  

Monthly Themed Playlists & Digital Downloads. Pair your favorite thriller with my spooky playlist. Brew some tea and listen to an instrumental mix with your favorite classic. Embrace short story songs with my favorite storytellers. The playlists are endless and digital downloads are available for your reading journals.

Sneak Peek Upcoming Content. You will know before anyone else what to expect in upcoming podcast episodes and what I’m researching for our next shows. Be bookishly curious with me and give your input for these MomAdvice Book Gang podcast shows.

This post contains affiliate links.

Shop the above (Amazon) links or shop through my new MomAdvice Book Gang Bookshop Page!! They pay a 10% commission on every sale and give a matching 10% to independent bookstores.

Book Gang Podcast 11: What it Takes to Be A Top Goodreads Reviewer

Book Gang Podcast Episode 10: A Reader’s Backlist Book Challenge

November 5th, 2021

New releases are fun, but what if you dedicated a reading year to backlist books? From Our Bookshelf blogger, Lynn, shares her favorite backlist challenge discoveries. Today’s episode defines what it means to be backlist, how our pandemic shopping changed the backlist marketing budget, and some surprising publishing house acquisitions because of single backlist books.

Book Gang Podcast Episode 10: A Reader’s Backlist Challenge

 

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Under-the-Radar Books & Pivoting Back to Passion Interview

Book Clubs for Homeschooling Moms Interview

The Mother of Reinvention Podcast

Backlist to the Future

Why Backlists Matter to Bookstores

We Need to Talk About the Backlist

LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

lynnskitchenadventures on Instagram

FromOurBookshlelf.com

fromourbookshelf on Instagram

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

Syria’s Secret Library by Mike Thomson

Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew

 

In this week’s Patreon Bonus Expand the Stack, I’m sharing:

Since we are embracing backlist books, I want to talk with you about the novel that ALMOST ended up the 2020 MomAdvice Reading Retreat selection. Sadly, we never got to meet, but today’s episode inspired me to share why this book impacted me so much and to reach out to the author. I’m also sneak peeking next week’s exciting episode topic and sharing another Costco find that is making my fall. 

For just $5 a month, you get to join me after every episode to Expand the Stack together. This is where we get a bit more personal about those big bookish feelings, dissect what I learned each week, and give you suggestions for books based on our topics. To top it off, our members receive a monthly bookish digital download, a themed Spotify playlist, and a printable newsletter with the latest book news and reviews. I promise to give you way more than a $5 experience for your support. Join the Book Gang

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Book Gang Podcast Episode 9: The Book Shortage Dilemma

October 29th, 2021

 

Supply chain disruption has impacted many industries, including our beloved booksellers. So who better to guide us through what this book shortage looks like than an independent bookstore owner. Kristin from Fables Books shares how these shortages impact booksellers and what we need to know for this holiday season.

Book Gang Podcast Episode 9: The Book Shortage Dilemma

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Book of the Month

Why Authors and Booksellers Want You To Order Your Holiday Gifts Now

Fablesbooks.com

Out of Print at Fables Books

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Fables Books on Bookshop.org

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Fables Books on mymustreads.com

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

The Indie Next List by Indie Bound

Join the Patreon Community For the Bonus Content

 

 

In this week’s Patreon Bonus Expand the Stack, I’m sharing:

For just $5 a month, you get to join me after every episode to Expand the Stack together. This is where we get a bit more personal about those big bookish feelings, dissect what I learned each week, and give you suggestions for books based on our topics. To top it off, our members receive a monthly bookish digital download, a themed Spotify playlist, and a printable newsletter with the latest book news and reviews. I promise to give you way more than a $5 experience for your support. Join the Book Gang

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Fables Books

 

 

 

Book Gang Episode 9:Book Shortage Dilemma

 

 

 

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Book Gang Podcast Episode 8: The Great Book Escape

October 22nd, 2021

Book Gang Podcast Episode 8: The Great Book Escape

Are you looking for an escape from reality? We have you covered! In today’s episode, Kristina Reid, shares a few of her favorite books that allowed her to escape real life and travel somewhere else through her book stack. You won’t want to miss this fun break from IRL.

Book Gang Podcast Episode 8: The Great Book Escape

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

How to Save a Life by Eva Carter

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Crocodile on the Sandbake by Elizabeth Peters

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

Fable: A Novel by Adrienne Young

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

The Guild Codex Reading Order

The One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Join the Patreon Community For the Bonus Content

In this week’s Patreon Bonus Expand the Stack, I’m sharing:

I had to squeeze in one more dark and twisty thriller for Spooky Season.  Bath Haus is described as sinister, explosive, addictive, riveting, edgy, and utterly brilliant. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect October read? Listen to today’s podcast to get my own take on this unique thriller and a few hilarious facts on the surprising reasons why tech drives the plot in Vernon’s new novel. 

For just $5 a month, you get to join me after every episode to Expand the Stack together. This is where we get a bit more personal about those big bookish feelings, dissect what I learned each week, and give you suggestions for books based on our topics. To top it off, our members receive a monthly bookish digital download, a themed Spotify playlist, and a printable newsletter with the latest book news and reviews. I promise to give you way more than a $5 experience for your support. Join the Book Gang

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Book Gang Podcast Episode 8: The Great Book Escape

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Book Gang Podcast Episode 7: An Unforgettable Meet-the-Author Road Trip

October 15th, 2021

Book Gang Podcast Episode 7: A Meet the Author Road Trip

When a reader entered a local library contest to meet Emily St. John Mandel, she sent me a message to ask if I would come to Ohio and share the experience with her. This correspondence led to an unforgettable road trip and an experience that I won’t ever forget. Carie’s also sharing the joy she has found in running a middle-grade book club for her daughter. So be sure to tune in for all of her excellent book recommendations.

Here is a picture of our big moment with Emily St. John and I can’t wait for you to learn more about what an act of bravery this was for both of us and how glad we were we did it!

Book Gang Podcast Episode 7: An Unforgettable Meet-the-Author Road Trip

 

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Mentioned in this episode:

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Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Dyspraxia

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Movie

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda the Musical

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

My Life As A Potato by Arianne Costner

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Kristina Reid  – ReidingwithK

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

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The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Find Carrie on Goodreads

FREE! FREE! FREE!

The new Expand the Stack format includes a deep dive into one read that I think you should check out for the month. I want to give you the chance to sample this experience (FOR FREE) in our Patreon community! 

Grey’s Anatomy fans should immediately pick up How to Save a Life, a soapy medical drama that delivers on big feelings and a heartstring-pulling love triangle. Today’s episode explains the motives behind the author’s story and the hits and misses I found with this romantic novel.

For just $5 a month, you get to join me after every episode to Expand the Stack together. This is where we get a bit more personal about those big bookish feelings, dissect what I learned each week, and give you suggestions for books based on our topics. To top it off, our members receive a monthly bookish digital download, a themed Spotify playlist, and a printable newsletter with the latest book news and reviews. I promise to give you way more than a $5 experience for your support. Join the Book Gang

Try an episode of Expand the Stack today!

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