100 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Everyone On Your List

November 7th, 2023

This INCREDIBLE list of 100 stocking stuffers offer the perfect gift ideas for everyone on your list. We have included men, women, teens, tweens, and toddlers!

100 Unique Stuffing Stuffers for Everyone on Your List

Are you looking for the perfect small gift to tuck in your family member’s stocking? Today I’m sharing my Christmas stocking stuffers that everyone will love.

My family never did stockings, when I was growing up, and I was always so enchanted by the tradition at my boyfriend’s (now husband) house.

Each stocking was uniquely made and cut from felt with adorable details on each one. I loved watching them open their stocking and the fun things that their parents came up with to give to them.

In their house, they had scratch-off lottery tickets, car wash gift certificates, toll road gift cards, and their favorite candy.

As with ALL my holiday gift guides I want to give you a list of useful gifts to share with a loved one on Christmas morning.

100 Unique Stocking Stuffers For Everyone On Your List

We want to acknowledge that 2023 is expensive, and we have done our best to include families in ALL budgets for this year’s list.

If you are on a budget, I recommend that you sign up with Rakuten to do your shopping. We’re sharing some instructions below for ways to apply this to bigger ticket items in our list. This app gives you cash back on all your qualifying purchases.

If you want to read more about this shopping app, head here for an in-depth review of what Rakuten offers.

If you just want $40 and plan to get shopping, this should automatically deposit $40 in your account for your purchases (sorry- new customers only!).

And while the new stuff is fun, remember that experiences can also be an excellent stocking surprise that will only take up a little room in your home.

We have ideas for saving on theatre tickets and a fun Choose Your Own Adventure travel experience you can gift for the holidays.

However you shop, sharing this resource is a big help to our family!

You are supporting a woman-owned small business, and I’m SO GRATEFUL. Thank you for trusting me with this process for TWENTY YEARS.

100 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Everyone On Your List

The Best Stocking Stuffers

We have 100 ideas for the best stocking stuffers for men, women, kids, teens, and toddlers in this 2023 gift guide!

This year's list is divided into categories for easy shopping.


Looking for the best stocking stuffers for the guy in your life? This list has you covered with lots of incredible budget-friendly options.


The best stocking stuffers I recommend for the women in your life. These are some of my tried-and-true favorites that have been a hit with readers, too.


You don't need to be a teen girl to love these stocking stuffer options, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!


You don't need to be a teen boy to love these stocking stuffer ideas, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!


The best stocking stuffer ideas for kids can be found in this fun gift list for the holidays.


Looking for the best stocking stuffer ideas for your favorite toddler? We have you covered in this fun list with age recommendations on these gift ideas.

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100 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Everyone On Your List

Advent Calendar for Teens That They Will Love

November 6th, 2023

An advent calendar for teens and tweens can make the holidays special. Shop this curated guide for fun ways to countdown to Christmas this year.

Advent Calendar for Teens They Will Love

One of my favorite gifts to give my teen is their advent calendar as a Christmas gift each year. This year, we wanted to offer this year’s best calendar ideas for your kiddos in this age category, as well as those college-age kiddos that deserve a fun way to celebrate the season.

We have you covered with a few of our favorite ways to countdown Christmas in 2023. 

To keep it economical, be sure to read our suggestions for ways to reuse keepsake boxes or diy advent calendars for the season with our smart ideas for saving.


If you aren’t familiar with the program, this is my beginner’s tutorial on how to use Rakuten (and some sneaky ways I get cashback on stuff we buy all the time).

Let’s celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with these fun ideas for the season.

Advent Calendar for Teens

Discover the perfect teen advent calendar for a memorable holiday countdown with these fun suggestions curated by the MomAdvice team.

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These advent calendar games and puzzles can be done independently or as a family experience.


These arts and crafts advent calendars are perfect for the budding artist in your life.


You don't need to be a teen boy to love these ideas, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!


Unwrap a tasty surprise every day with this list of food advent calendars. From chocolates to gourmet treats, find the perfect December bite for the season.


You don't need to be a teen girl to love these ideas, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!


These personalized calendars allow you to personalize it to your teen's interests.

Fill the pocket calendar with handwritten notes, a crafty calendar with homemade treats. These DIY advent calendars offer a unique way to make the holiday season more meaningful.


Have a teen that's crazy about their furry friends? A pet advent experience can be a lot of fun for teens to open!

Love this guide? Don’t miss these other holiday gift guides:

Best Gifts for Minimalists

The Best Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything

Retirement Gifts for Men They Will Love and Use

Unique Gifts for the Man Who Has Everything

Advent Calendars for Teens They Will Love

My Favorite Things (So Far) This Year

June 21st, 2022

The best books, tv, movies, podcasts and products I’ve purchased in 2022!

Hello, my friends! I hope that you’re having a wonderful summer! I thought it might be fun to talk about my favorite things (so far) this year.

Personally, I get bogged down with those end-of-year recaps so I thought a mid-year surprise might be a lovely escape for summer.

Please consider today’s list as INTERACTIVE! Please leave a comment and tell me what’s topped YOUR list this year! It can be anything- books, podcasts, apps, recipes, clothing, organizers- WHATEVER. I love and miss the interactions we share in these spaces.

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My Favorite Things (So Far) This Year

Please keep in mind, these are new-to-me discoveries and may not have been released this year.

The Best Apps of the Year (So Far)

Two apps changed my mental health journey this year and I’m forever grateful.

Loona App


I have been struggling with nighttime anxiety and this app came recommended to me by my therapist to help with my sleep anxiety and insomnia.

Friends, it has helped me more than ANYTHING we have tried.

In particular, it has helped so much with my racing thoughts and inability to shutdown.

Throw on a pair of headphones and immerse yourself in these gorgeous interactive sleep stories.

The narrator acts as a guide, giving you directions for coloring in images and you tap the screen to fill in the colors.

As you tap, it has ASMR sounds that are beautifully pleasant as an added reinforcement. Sounds like tapping floor boards, paper shuffling, rocking a chair, or spinning a metal toy- that kind of thing.

The music and narration are just beautiful and will transport you somewhere else.

I don’t use this app only for bed though.

In fact, I’m listening to the work/study music while I type this post.

Other musical options include lullabies, sleep songs, music to wake up to, and calming tunes.

We share an account as a family and every family member has tried (and loved) this app too.

Sunnyside App (formerly Cutback Coach)

Sunnyside App (formerly known as the Cutback Coach App)

Last summer I decided I wanted to reign in my evening drinking habit and I used this app to help reinforce my commitment to myself.

Can some people do it without an app?


Did I ever honor a commitment that I didn’t invest into and get spelled out to me in black-and-white?

No, I didn’t.

Each week I would make a commitment to the amount I would drink that week and it would coach me every evening to remind me of that commitment I made to myself. It sent me charts on saved money, sleep hours reclaimed, and calories saved.

Gradually, I went from two drinks in the evening (or more) to being a girl who has a glass of wine on special occasions.

Admittedly, the holidays were weird this year and I now notice how I used alcohol to brave social situations.

It was the hardest and best gift I could have ever given myself to feel so aware of my actions.

Alcohol no longer plays a role in my life really at all and it was because of this app.

The Best Podcasts of the Year (So Far)

You know I have to mention the launch of the Book Gang Podcast (subscribe wherever you get podcasts!). The challenge with podcasting has been making shows AND listening to other people’s shows. That said, these are two that I loved this year.

Maintenance Phase Podcast

Maintenance Phase

When people talk about podcast hosts feeling like friends, I never really got that. I have always been pretty grounded in the separation in these feelings…that is until this podcast came along.

Fun fact that might change how you feel about me- I deeply despise harmful wellness culture and dieting fads.

These hosts, it turns out, do too, and they debunk and explore the myths around these topics in their show. They tackle everything from fad diets that we perceive as healthy to the problematic Dr. Oz and don’t mind exposing a few wellness influencers and their dramatic demises.

I have belly-laughed through so many of these episodes and appreciate the extensive lengths to their research they go to on why this culture and how fat-shaming is so harmful.

Sidedoor Podcast

Smithsonian Sidedoor

This podcast is going on its eighth season and I’ve enjoyed every single episode.

This takes you through the side door to learn the stories behind the exhibits from the experts themselves.

Each episode is different and utilizes the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists to tell the story behind the story.

I promise, you’ll fall in love with this one too. It’s also (relatively) family-friendly, but you can go through episode-by-episode if you have smaller children to pick topics they might enjoy.

I always learn something new and have fun trivia for any dinner party.

The Best Books of the Year (So Far)

If you thought I could narrow it down to just one, I can’t.

These two books that I’m sharing today transported me to a different time and place that I never wanted to end.

They both are coming out this summer so get those pre-orders in.

Carrie Soto is Back

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Masterful storyteller Taylor Jenkins Reid serves her readers a healthy dose of love and drama on and off the courts in Carrie Soto is Back

Carie fights for all of her tennis titles but refuses to be a media darling.

If she’s tough (shrug), that is on you.

She can’t be friendly and kick your ass at the same time.

Her nickname, Battle Axe, was won through her ruthless game.

After winning every title (and facing an injury), a girl should just enjoy retiring.


Well, Carrie refuses to take take the easy road.

She jumps back into training and challenges her body beyond its capabilities to try to win Wimbledon again.

She also discovers that it is okay to be loved and needed by others along the way.

This is CINEMATIC in nature and pure book club catnip.

Sweet, but never saccharine. Bitingly feminist-forward. 

It asks us to examine how we think about women in sports.

Why must we be likable?

Why are men held to different standards?

What does it mean to age out?

How can we find joy in the later years?

I held my breath through tennis matches when I care nothing about sports.

I snickered through trash-talk.

I ugly-cried through the ending and then cried again that this was over.

I am trying to be measured with praise and I can’t.

Reid has written another fully fleshed character that makes this book feel like a memoir.

Was Carrie real? Is there a Wikipedia page on her?

Since her debut, I have followed this author and have read her entire backlist in real-time.

I did my homework, and I’m telling you, this is going to be your favorite book too.

This book hits store on shelves on August 30th. Thank you to the publishing house for this sneak peek.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is a tried-and-true storyteller, but no one could have prepared me for the epic and sweeping journey she crafted for these characters in her latest book Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.

For three decades, we follow two unlikely friends who find each other in a children’s hospital.

Sadie’s sister is receiving treatment for cancer, and Sam is recovering from a series of surgeries after a tragic car accident.

They bond over their shared love of video games in the gaming room of the hospital.

However, when Sam discovers that Sadie has been tallying her visits to fulfill her bat mitzvah service, he feels like her charity project instead of a friend.

It ends the fast friendship abruptly, but they find one another again in college when Sadie shares another computer game she has been developing.

The two decide to develop a game together, which follows their success in the gaming industry with their first game.

It also follows the consequences of virtual world-building when they build a world where all are welcome that ends in violence and the dissolution of their formed partnership.

Sam’s chronic pain from his foot injury are written so beautifully and help us understand the daily challenges of chronic pain and learning to find peace with our disabilities when we face them.

This experience is unlike any other that a reader could imagine because Zevin writes each of the games for this company in beautiful and intricate ways that each feels fully fleshed from idea to execution.

I shared these scenes with my software developer husband, who was equally astounded by this remarkable execution.

One world she built, in particular, left me in a puddle on the ground.

It is a journey within a journey within a journey.

Publishers Weekly put it best when they said this book is a “one-of-a-kind achievement.”

Again, I assure you that this will be your favorite book too.

This book hits store on shelves on July 5th. Thank you to the publishing house for this sneak peek.

Best Movies of the Year (So Far)

I try to see a movie every week (both in theatre and/or streaming).

If you need some inspiration for dating yourself, here is an action shot of me on my weekly solo movie date and you could also try this fun new streaming tradition I’m going to do every year for the awards season.

This is another challenging category to narrow down so I’m going to share three that packed a punch this year.

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Everything Everywhere All At Once (watch the trailer)

I can’t recall the last time that a movie has transported me MORE than Everything Everywhere All At Once. We went into this one knowing very little and I am really glad we did.

This is the official blurb for the film- “An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.”

It pretty much tells you NOTHING.

Keep it that way.

This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve seen on the challenges of mothering our daughters. It made me laugh and cry- sometimes at the same time.

The film was astonishing and visually spectacular.

It was so visually stunning, in fact, that we felt guilty that we didn’t pay for a live theater ticket to see it.

It also is spectacularly strange as she goes through the different universes.

I loved every minute of it and the statements it made about what it means to be family and to fight for those you love.

Captive Audience

Captive Audience (on Hulu- watch the trailer)

I’ve been obsessed with true crime this year, and this series was one of the best I’ve seen.

Honestly, I’ve been surprised that I haven’t heard more people talk about it.

This documentary follows the life of Steven Stayner and his family, diving into the family’s 50-year journey to unravel the tale of two brothers, one deemed a villain and the other a hero.

Don’t Google anything if you are unfamiliar with the case- allow yourself to be immersed in this family’s story (told by their mother).

What made this one so compelling isn’t just the true crime case itself but the unique use of narration they used to tell this story.

The documentarians brought back the made-for-tv cast to read the scenes from the movie that was made about this case.

It sounds cheesy, but these readings were phenomenal, and they also reminisced on their own experience acting in these roles in a really beautiful reflective exercise about how they felt for their own characters.

If you are highly sensitive, the storytelling is compassionate and beautifully told.

The Best TV of the Year (So Far)

I am REALLY having a hard time today with this category because television has been so exceptional this year.

I’m narrowing it down to the best in ensemble casts and outstanding women’s lead performances today.

I do want to give two honorable mentions to The Righteous Gemstones & Physical this year.

The Thing About Pam

The Thing About Pam (on Peacock- watch the trailer)

This true crime tv series is based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband, Russ’ conviction. All along, Russ swore his innocence, but who else could have done it?

Well, it turns out this brutal crime was committed by her weird friend, Pam Hupp, who has felt MORE than entitled to a few of the finer things in life.

Again, narration wins for this one as it utilizes Keith Morrison, the journalist who first covered the mystery in a 2016 episode of Dateline as the narrator for this saga.

This dark comedy of errors could not be illustrated better and Zellweger deserves every award she receives for playing this role.

Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary (on Hulu- watch the trailer)

My friend Kelly recommended this show as one of her favorites, and we devoured this first season.

This adorable mockumentary series follows a group of teachers as they navigate the financial challenges of one public school.

This has so much heart and humor to it.

You can really tell that Quinta Brunson has been a powerful observer in her own mother’s teaching career.

It mimics, I’m sure, the challenges that so many of today’s teachers face. It also showcases brilliantly creative ways teachers work around budget constraints in the show’s thoughtful details.

The Dropout

The Dropout (on Hulu- watch the trailer)

Our fascination with con artists knew no bounds this year, did it?

I think I’ve watched every single con documentary and film that has come out this year. This is the one that I enjoyed the most though.

This limited tv series, chronicles Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ attempt to revolutionize the healthcare industry after dropping out of college and starting a technology company.

Thanks to all of this coverage on the case, I felt like I knew this story inside out.

Still, nothing prepared me for the performances of these actors or the way that they would tell this story.

It is such a binge-worthy series that you will have a hard time stopping once you start it. The writing of this story is so thoughtful and there are jaw-dropping performances in this cast too.

Amanda Seyfried could not have been more perfectly cast as Elizabeth Holmes.

The Best Purchases of the Year (So Far)

We continue to embrace minimalism. The purchases that I make and share about will always be authentically chosen. These are the things that have made my life better this year.

Conway AirMega Air Purifier

Conway AirMega Air Purifier

For the record, I’ve never owned an air purifier, but since I bought this I cannot imagine a day without it.

This gadget came highly rated by NYT and has done a phenomenal job not only reducing the odors in our home, but it also has reduced our difficulties with allergies.

The biggest glow-up from this device is when I am cooking. It has an eco-friendly setting that kicks on to clean out detected odors quickly. While I’m cooking, it efficiently cleans up smells before we have even sat down to dinner.

It also does a stellar job with pets, teenagers, sweaty workout smells, and trash.

Thirdlove Classic Uplift Plunge Bra

Thirdlove Classic Uplift Plunge Bra

I had been dealing with unbearable shoulder pain this year and never thought a poorly fitted bra could have contributed so much to this pain.

I had one bra, in particular, that was my go-to, but they went through some pandemic manufacturing changes that really affected the quality (and my body, it turns out!).

This company boasts half-sizing on bras and smart inclusions like a soft-back detail that doesn’t hurt and ways to adjust pads if you have two different cup sizes.

I can’t believe how much better I feel and imagine there might be a few others out there who haven’t seen a bra update since the pandemic that might benefit from a switch too.

Florence Cream Blush

Florence Cream Blush

I’m not sure why it is so hard to find a cream blush with staying power, but my quest ended when I discovered this product this year.

Do you recognize this brand owner? (I had no clue until my daughter told me this fun fact today)

The hue (Glowing G) adds a natural flush that lasts all day. Although it is a little bit pricier than my usual drugstore options, the tiniest bit goes a long way without any need for a second application.

Home Edit Organizers

The Home Edit Organizers Sets (from Walmart)

Our home has been so disorganized since the pandemic and part of the problem is that so many of our organizing systems have been failing us.

I implemented some of these organizing systems in our poorly functioning bathroom closet, pantry, and laundry area with REAL success.

Particularly, we had been stockpiling a lot of canned food during these past couple of years and these stacked tiers have stopped me from buying repeat purchases.

Dishwasher Sign

The Dishwasher Sign

It’s all about communication-free communication at our house. This magnetic dishwasher sign lets everyone know if things are clean or dirty, reducing the stacked dishes with people claiming they couldn’t figure it out.

If you need one more communication-free communication strategy, here’s my final hot tip.

Tell me, what have been your favorite things (so far) this year? Are you going to try anything from today’s list? If you love this list, be sure to sign up for my newsletter for a weekly dose of this fun!

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How to Use the Scribd App for Your Reading Life

June 13th, 2022
How to Use Scribd for Your Reading Life from MomAdvice.com

Learn my tricks to maximize your experience with the Scribd app. Get unlimited access to books and audiobooks at one flat rate and how this reading app works.

In 2013, I got the opportunity to work with a new eBook and audiobook membership service called Scribd.

What I didn’t expect was that I would convert into one of their most loyal customers who has been a paid member ever since.

A Scribd subscription is BY FAR one of the best book and audiobook subscriptions for your money and is my most used subscription. However, there is a reason I continue to stay with them, and it isn’t just because they have great books (even though that is the most significant part).

Today I want to talk about why I think this is TRULY the best audiobook service for readers and how I make the most of my membership EVERY MONTH.

I want to explore your biggest burning questions like if authors get paid, what the significant differences are between this kind of access versus Kindle Unlimited membership and some particular things that *I* use this membership for (that might be helpful to you too).  

Even if you have been a subscriber for years, today’s tutorial will also offer some hidden benefits to membership.

Let’s get every dollar out of your experience with today’s tutorial.

How to Use Scribd for Your Reading Life from MomAdvice.com

How to Use Scribd for Your Reading Life 

Scribd (it sounds like RIBBED) is, basically, the Netflix membership for book lovers. 

For one monthly fee (currently $11.99 per month), you can have access to their entire catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, sheet music, and uploaded documents.

I want to clarify that this is a digital lending library, much like our experience with online tv streaming services. 

You do not own the materials.

You own membership to stream the books you want to read or listen to in their membership catalog. 

As long as you are a member, you can stream these materials.

At this time, Scribd offers these notable items (plus rotating perks)-

  • Over TWO MILLION audiobooks and ebooks in one app (they work with 5 of the biggest publishing houses).
  • Unlimited sheet music and documents (They have over 70,000+ pieces of sheet music available. This catalog includes the classics and contemporary artists). 
  • Unlimited access to podcasts, magazines, and news (including Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Cook’s Illustrated, & Newsweek).
  • Rotating Membership Perks (more details below on some of my past favorite bonuses).

The monthly subscription includes fiction, nonfiction books (like cookbooks), young adult books, and children’s books.

So your entire family can benefit from this service, all with the cost of just one membership.

How to Find and Add Books to Your Library

Well, the BEST place to check would be the Book Gang Podcast (stream wherever you get podcasts) since it celebrates under-the-radar books, debuts, and backlist selections.

Scribd makes it easier too by offering recommendations based on other books you are reading or have on your library list, much like your experience with other online book purchases. 

You can add books by searching the specific title or browse the incredibly curated selections from Scribd’s editors.

These editors’ picks are where I start when I need a little guidance on book selection.

Bookmark the books that you want to save in your library.

Once you decide what you might like to add to your library, you open up the book and read or listen to it. 

That’s it!

Now let’s talk about those hidden features on the app and some of those faqs.

How to Use Scribd for Your Reading Life from MomAdvice.com

The Best Hidden Scribd Features and Frequently Asked Questions

What Device Can I Read My Scribd Books Through?

These books are available across many ebook reading devices, including iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire tablet, Android & the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet.

At this time, the Kindle Paperwhite is not a supported device. 

Is it Unlimited? Sort of! 

Regarding reading, there’s no limit on the number of books or audiobooks you can read or listen to each month. 

You may sometimes notice that a title you have saved indicates it will be “Available Soon.” 

Once your subscription renews for the next month, your library will refresh, and you’ll be able to select from the entire library.

The reason for this is because they can “adjust availability” of books based on contracts with these publishing houses.

In their defense, they claim it is to pay authors fairly based on the contract distribution terms.

It can be frustrating so if there is a book you are, particularly excited to read that month, prioritize it just in case it becomes unavailable until the next month.

I would say that this is my only issue with this platform.

How Do I Download Content When I’m Traveling?

To store content on your device for offline reading, tap on the cover of the book you wish to save, and you’ll be dropped into the book’s summary page.

To download the book, tap the “Download” button on the summary page.

Again, it is up to each publisher what they want to make available to its users. Some publishers disable downloading for specific titles, and the ‘Download’ option won’t be shown for those titles.

You’ll still be able to enjoy them on Scribd, but they won’t be directly downloadable.

Do Authors Get Paid When You Read on Scribd?

As I hinted earilier, Scribd does pay authors for their work.

I am quoting them directly when I share this statement, “Scribd has deals with our authors and publishing partners concerning payment for all membership content.

Basically, every time you read a premium title or listen to an audiobook, we pay the author the full price of their work!

Revenue that Scribd earns from monthly membership fees is paid to the original publishers or authors every time you read their work on Scribd.”

What is the Difference Between Scribd and Kindle Unlimited?

Scribd is a better value and they offer a completely different catalog.

Kindle Unlimited is a library of (primarily) self-published authors.

On the other hand, Scribd works with five big publishing houses- Simon and Schuster, Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, & Macmillan. 

The catalog is updated so well that I can often secure my new release books the week they come out. 

I find with Scribd that their audiobook selection is more robust though than their book selection. 

What is the Difference Between Scribd and Audible?

The most significant difference between these two is the pricing.

Scribd is an unlimited service, while Audible offers a single credit for $14.95 a month. 

Audible may offer a more extensive selection but comes at a higher price.

You can read about their different plan offerings for more specific pricing.

How to Use Scribd for Your Reading Life from MomAdvice.com

What Are Some of My Favorite Hidden Features on Scribd?

Although I wouldn’t consider this first element to be “hidden,” I want to remind you that access to ebooks means you have access to cookbooks and books on health. 

If you are on a specific diet or diagnosed with a health condition, this resource is INVALUABLE for your family.

When my daughter played guitar, we used the catalog of sheet music for her lessons. 

My kids also have benefitted from my membership when assigned summer literature. (Be sure to read how to enable parental controls if you share your account as a family).

I also want to discuss two lesser-known features you might have missed with your membership. 

Let’s start with your Member Perks! 

Scribd keeps a rotating catalog of member bonuses through various partnerships that, in the past, have included NYT subscriber bundles and Pandora Premium memberships. 

Check this page for the included perks for this month

Another fun feature is that Scribd offers a sleep timer on audiobooks. So if you want to listen to a book to fall asleep, try using this feature! 

Just click the icon in the upper left-hand corner, and you can select any chapter immediately!

Select the moon icon on the lower right side of the audio page to use the Sleep Timer. The menu will appear, and select the length of time you wish for the book to play. The playback will automatically turn off once the timer counts down to zero.

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Sound off: What has been your experience with Scribd? Do you have any other questions about this platform?

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The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

November 30th, 2023
The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

Explore the 2024 MomAdvice Book Club books for your best reading year! Join the online club for an immersive reading experience with these twelve selections. 

Friends, I am SO THRILLED to be announcing the 2024 MomAdvice Book Club selections! Cue the confetti!

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

I’m hosting my first backlist book club year in honor of my 20th year as an online creator, and I would be HONORED to have you join me on this journey.

What is a Backlist Book?

A backlist book refers to titles published over a year ago.

This year’s offerings include backlist books from 1979 up to 2022! Some of these are new favorites, while others are books I have wanted to discuss for years. 

Won’t it be so fun to revisit some of our favorite books over the years?

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

Why Should You Join This Book Club?


First, I would love to meet you! We can hang out every single month!

This blog is run by a real person who genuinely would love nothing more than to share books with you.

Second, the goal of my book club is to sample a wide variety of books that I feel will offer dynamic discussions, give us a new viewpoint on the world (and the people in it), and introduce you to your new favorite author (that you may have never heard of before).

This year’s stack offers a diverse selection of family drama, crime fiction, thriller, dystopian, historical fiction, and horror (just to name a few!). There is something for everyone this year. 

Where Do Book Club Chats Happen?

Hosting this book club for free since 2014 has been a joy. Unfortunately, as a small business owner, I can no longer offer this for free due to my increasing overhead costs.  

Although I don’t have to justify this, hundreds of hours go into every book club year and dollars to edit materials and host each month.

We are doing everything possible to keep the website going through increasingly challenging times in the tech world. 

Funds that are collected cover all hosting services related to running a club of this size and payment for our special guests who will join us to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

Join my Book Gang

We are offering two tier levels for this year on Patreon.

For full details on each month’s benefits, you can view each month’s “Book Club Experience” outlined with each of the books below.

Please note that if you are a current subscriber, you are a Book Club Explorer- NO PRESSURE to do anything else!

Book Gang Patreon

Book Club Explorer

  • Full Access to the Book Club Benefits includes a recorded fireside chat with the author (or book adjacent guest), a monthly Zoom to discuss the book with me, and a music playlist based on the book’s themes.
  • Annual printable Book Club organizer for keeping track of meet-ups, reviews, and notes for our meetings
  • The FULLY BOOKED podcast book review show offering book reviews on the new buzzy books hosted with Larry Hoffer of @getbookedwithlarry
  • The FULLY BOOKED newsletter that includes book adaptation news and what is coming to store shelves each month (25-35 pages) 
  • Spoiler-filled episodes where authors discuss the ending of their books with you after our shows and why they made the choices they did
  • Printable Sumer Reading Guide & Fall Reading Guide
top secret file

Literary Conversationalist

  • All Book Club Explorer benefits
  • TOP SECRET FILES- A two-page secret mission to take with each book club book created and collaborated with each guest. This file will offer immersive experiences beyond the books, like book pairings, movies, and insider scoops to share at your next dinner party.  The file shown here is just the top page. I told you that it’s top secret- haha!

Fireside chats are recorded in high-definition video AND audio format so you can access whichever format is best for your reading month.

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

We are lucky to be joined by the authors of these books, authors discussing parallel themes between their books, and incredible people with real-life experiences on these book’s themes.

Even if you have read these books before, you will love our fresh take on these themes and the unique experiences offered.

Listen to Today’s Announcement on the Book Gang Podcast

You can listen to today’s Book Gang 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, these episodes are essential to understand how our club works and why I have chosen these books, in particular, for you.

Listen to Part 1:

Listen to Part 2:

Now meet our 2024 book club line-up!

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books

Discover the MomAdvice Book Club selections, curated in honor of my 20th year as a content creator.

These twelve carefully curated selections of backlist books feature a diverse genre lineup to expand your reading life this year. I hope you'll join me on this literary adventure!

Please support our indie bookshop partner, Fables Books, for an incredible new and used book selection.

TELL ME: What book are YOU most excited to read together this year? Are there any surprises on this year’s list?

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

November 20th, 2023
The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

Learn how to access the Amazon Prime Reading library and borrow up to ten titles FREE with your Prime account. This tutorial offers the best books to read now.

I have been promising this tutorial for years and am finally creating a monthly destination to browse the best Prime books available each month.

I am always surprised by how few people know about all the books that are available to them to check out with their Prime membership.

The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

Today’s tutorial, I hope, will help you understand your member benefits better AND I share my top ten book recommendations for this month.

The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

Prime Reading Cost

What is Prime Reading? 

Prime Reading is a benefit offered to Amazon Prime members that provides access to a rotating selection of ebooks, magazines, comics, and other digital content. 

How Does Prime Reading Work?

To browse the Prime catalog, head to this landing page

Be sure to scroll down to see the best books available now.

The items in the catalog are available to Prime members to borrow and read various titles at no additional cost.

The concept is just like your digital lending from your local library. 

Just like acquiring the books through your Libby app, you can download these items for free directly from the Prime library. 

Read for Free (Prime Reading)

Is Prime Reading Free?

If the book is in the Prime Reading catalog you should see “Read For Free.” It should state that this is included with your membership. If you are not seeing this prompt, make sure you are signed into your account.

How to Return Prime Reading Books

You can now choose ten items to borrow for free through the Prime library if you have a Prime membership. 

Basically, once you hit your limit of ten borrowed items, you will receive a prompt that looks like this that will alert you.

To borrow another book, you must return a book. 

How Do I Return a Prime Library Book?

To return Prime Reading books on Amazon, follow these steps:

Go to Amazon Website: Visit the Amazon website and make sure you are logged in to your Amazon account.

Access Your Content and Devices: Hover over the “Account & Lists” option at the top right corner of the page. From the drop-down menu, click on “Content & Devices.”

Select Your Books: In the “Content & Devices” section, click on the “Content” tab if it’s not already selected. This will display a list of all the books and content you have purchased or borrowed.

Find the Book: Scroll through the list to find the Prime Reading book you want to return.

Actions Menu: On the right side of the book title, you’ll see a button with three dots (ellipsis). Click on it to open the actions menu for that book.

Return This Book: Select “Return this book from the actions menu.” A confirmation pop-up might appear asking if you are sure you want to return the book.

Confirm Return: Confirm that you want to return the book.

Once confirmed, the book will be removed from your device and returned to the Prime Reading catalog.

Remember, once you return it you may not have access to it again. This catalog rotates often

If you have hit your limit with borrowing, you will receive a prompt to return an item, and Amazon will pull up all the items for you on one page.

Select the item you want to trade out; it will automatically return and check out your new selection. 

What is the Due Date on Prime Books?

Unlike your local library, there is no due date for Prime books. You can keep that book as long as you want and return it whenever you finish.

I have held books on my account for years! They do not expire.

For most users, the limit of ten books is what leads to returning their books before they finish them.

As all the books made available are only available for a limited time, you do want to cash in if you find a book in the catalog you do want to read.

It might not be there when you return!

Amazon Household Tutorial for Lending Books

Can I Share Prime Reading With My Family?

You can share Prime benefits at no extra cost through their Amazon Household feature. 

This feature allows members of the same family or household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits and digital content while maintaining separate Amazon accounts. 

Here are some shared bookish benefits:

Shared Prime Benefits: Prime members within the same household can share benefits like free two-day shipping, Prime Video streaming, Prime Reading, and more.

Family Library: Family members can share ebooks, audiobooks, apps, and games purchased from the Amazon Appstore and Kindle Store.

It’s important to note that Amazon Household has specific eligibility criteria, and not all Prime benefits are shareable. 

For example, benefits such as your Kindle Owners’ Lending Library are unavailable for sharing.

Additionally, there are limitations on the number of adults and children that can be included in an Amazon Household.  

The current criteria are two adults and up to four teens, and four child profiles may link in a Household.

What is the Difference Between Prime Reading vs Kindle Unlimited? 

Kindle Unlimited is a separate subscription service that offers a much more extensive selection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more. 

Check to see if you are eligible for a free Kindle Unlimited trial before paying.

It provides access to over a million titles, including a mix of popular and independent authors and various genres.

Prime Reading offers a rotating limited catalog that changes periodically. It’s a curated collection, and you can borrow ten titles at a time. 

These two catalogs DO overlap at times, and I think that is why there is confusion between these two services.

For many readers, having access to the Prime catalog is enough. 

Amazon First Reads: The Prime Reading Perk I Love For My Reading Life

What is the Difference Between Prime Reading vs Kindle First Reads?

The Kindle First Reads program allows you to access and purchase new books a month before they are officially released to the public. This benefit is available to all Prime members! 

Each month, Amazon editors select a handful of new, not-yet-released books across various genres, and Prime members can choose one of these books for free or at a significantly discounted price.

You can read my Amazon First Reads tutorial, and you can shop for your Amazon First Reads free book here

Does Your Amazon Prime First Reads Book Count Against Your Borrowed Titles?

No, your Amazon First Reads is an additional reading benefit you can access monthly. Typically, you are offered one book per month, but there are exceptions where they offer TWO! 

That means every month, as a Prime member benefit, you have one book for your permanent library and ten books to borrow from the Prime library.  

You never have to return your Amazon Prime First Reads book. It is yours forever.

How to Use Scribd for Your Reading Life from MomAdvice.com

What Subscriptions and Services Do You Recommend for Reading?

I ALWAYS cash in on my Kindle First Reads and always have ten books checked out from the Prime library. 

I do not use Kindle Unlimited because the Scribd app offers more reading benefits at an affordable price. That link should also take you to an incredible tutorial on how to use the platform and get every dollar out of the experience.

Here are the BEST Prime Reading Books for this month!  

The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

November Prime Reads

Discover a handpicked selection of captivating stories in our November Prime Reads collection. From thrilling mysteries to heartwarming romances, there's something for every reader.

Choose up to ten books with your Prime membership. Remember, these change frequently, so cash in today.

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Updated monthly- these previously featured Prime library selections are still available in the catalog.

Can I help you read better this year? Here are some tutorials I recommend checking out!

Learn how to use The Storygraph App for tracking your reading goals!

How to Use Storygraph For a Better Reading Life

Learn how to use the Libby App with the help desk from the Libby team!

The Best Libby App Tips and Tricks

Listen to the Book Gang podcast to learn how to read better this year.

Stream episodes wherever you get podcasts or head to the episodes page.

Amy Allen Clark host of the Book Gang Podcast.

TELL ME: What book would you pick from this month’s list?

The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

November 9th, 2023
The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

This cozy reading guide offers surprising tips for the best reading chair, book light, and pillows for reading in bed. Get ready for the winter reading season!

In this week’s Book Gang podcast, Osteopath Alexandra Orfanides shared surprising tips for creating a cozy winter reading space despite chronic pain challenges. She does this as a practice, runs the Hypermobility HQ on the TikTok account, and hosts the Help! I’m Hypermobile Podcast.  

We encourage you to listen to hear more details on what we are getting wrong about reading posture, her towel hack for full-body support, and other tips for chronic pain management.

Listen to the full episode (the show notes are located here) below and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this one.

Get ready for a bonus treat! I’ve made a Cozy Reading Guide with the best tips and essential items from today’s talk with Alex.

If you love this guide, you can support my work through a one-time donation on Buy Me a Coffee or join our Patreon community for book fun all year long. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

More than anything, we hope this improves your reading life this year!

The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

Discover helpful tips to make your reading experience enjoyable, even on challenging days with chronic pain.

Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.


Sink into the most comfortable reading chair with these unique ideas and ways to build the best cozy reading experience at home.


From book lights to ADHD timers, these reading tools can ensure your body is always cozy when reading.


Find the ideal book holder for reading. Discover a range of ergonomic and adjustable options for a comfortable reading experience.


Discover tips for cozy essentials for reading in bed. From the soft glow of reading lights to the comfiest pillows- this list has you covered.


Explore tips and products designed to alleviate strain, making your reading experience more comfortable with hand pain.

What’s your go-to gadget for reading with chronic pain? Share your favorite tools and devices that make your reading experience more comfortable.

The Best Reading Hacks for Chronic Pain Podcast

November 9th, 2023

Chronic pain shouldn’t stop you from living your best reading life. A registered osteopath shares her surprising tips for a cozy winter reading season.

The Best Reading Hacks for Chronic Pain Podcast

Does the perfect reading chair exist? How do I maintain a good reading posture? And what book format is best for someone who has chronic pain problems?

The answers might surprise you in this special winter reading episode dedicated to anyone navigating chronic pain challenges. 

Today’s podcast will help you create the perfect cozy reading space while acknowledging the additional challenges you might face, especially during winter.

This week’s remarkable guest is Alexandra Orfanides, a registered osteopath, the creative mind behind Hypermobility HQ on TikTok, and the host of Help! I’m Hypermobile Podcast.  

With her wealth of experience in the medical and creator spaces, Alex shares insights on the best ways to give your body TRUE rest when reading. 

As a bonus, Alex shares a touching personal connection to literature and discusses her recent challenges with connecting to books. To kick start her reading life up again, I’m providing three book recommendations to reignite her passion for literature.

Check out our bonus Cozy Reading Guide featuring all the products recommended by Alex and essential items that have personally helped me navigate health challenges while reading.

Whether seeking advice, inspiration, or a book review, this episode is your guide to the best winter reading set-up. 

Alexandra Orfanides

Meet Alex

Alexandra Orfanides brings her expertise as an osteopath with a Master’s degree in Osteopathy and a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature. This unique combination couldn’t have been more perfect for today’s show. 

Alexandra offers in-person and virtual consultations to patients. She hosts the new podcast Help! I’m Hypermobile, and uses her various platforms to raise awareness about hypermobility to help her community navigate daily challenges. 

The Best Reading Hacks for Chronic Pain

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2023 MomAdvice Fall Reading Guide

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Breathe and Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester

Watch Alex’s Towel Trick on TikTok


Animation tablet

Penguin upright mouse

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

The Ladies Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Shark Heart: A Love Story by Emily Habeck

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers – solar punk

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances by Ruth Emmie Lange

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Amazon First Reads for November (Choose a FREE Book)

November 1st, 2023

Discover the best Amazon First Reads for November and choose one FREE book. Browse this month’s Kindle book titles- a limited-time Prime member offer.

Amazon First Reads for November (Choose a FREE Book) from MomAdvice.com

Happy November, readers! I’ve heard from so many of you that these posts are helpful as you select your books each month, so I wanted to continue that tradition.

Each month I spend time going through the early feedback on the First Reads options and help you make the best book choices for your reading life.

This month’s book selections come with some content warnings for sensitive readers. One book is set during the pandemic, another offers lots of spice, and we also have darker themed books this month.

If you haven’t cashed in before, Prime members can choose Kindle eBooks a month before their release dates. I have an article that fully explains the Amazon First Reads program (previously known as Kindle First).

Be sure to scroll all the way down to see what I picked in November. I encourage you also to browse my UPDATED  Prime Reading Guide and access TEN FREE BOOKS through the Prime library.

Amazon First Reads Free Book

Make sure you see the BUY IT NOW FOR FREE option (pictured above) when checking out. You might not be signed into your account if it doesn’t show.

I’ve gathered the book summaries, early reviews, and feedback to assist you, but don’t feel limited by my suggestions. You can go directly to the landing page to pick your book. 

Amazon First Reads November Books

Amazon First Reads for November (Choose a FREE Book)

Pick one FREE Amazon First Reads book for November, included with your Amazon Prime member benefits.

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.


I’m very intrigued by The Last Caretaker as I screen selections for potential book club book features for the Book Gang podcast. I love helping you find the best book club books, so I’ll go with that this month.

Keep in mind this exploration does involve women fleeing domestic abuse and may be unsuitable for some readers.

If you are craving a lighter escape, I recommend Leave It to Us or The Daughters of Block Island for readers craving a Gothic mystery.

TELL ME: What are you picking this month?

Beautiful Lessons from a Book Club for Inmates

October 26th, 2023
Beautiful Lessons from a Book Club for Inmates from MomAdvice.com

Let’s celebrate the feel-good moments and literary achievements of the Second Chance Book Club for inmates and their tireless leader, Jennifer Williams.

Join us for a heartwarming Book Gang podcast episode as we meet Jennifer, the “book lady” of Danville, VA, changing incarcerated women’s lives through the Second Chance Book Club. 

Today, we explore the logistics and challenges of running an incarcerated book club and the incredible rewards that Jennifer has witnessed in their participants. 

Plus, Jennifer shares three of her favorite backlist book club books to discuss with a book club of your own.

Second Chance Book Club

If you would love to be a part of her literary legacy, head to her holiday gift registry to donate books for their prison book club. The inmates get to keep the books they read, and Jennifer highlights the incredible ways reading helps as they move on to their next chapter in life. 

The Best Book Club Books to Discuss Now

Thanks to the support of Patreon members, listeners have access to a bonus curated book list of the best book club books to discuss now created by historical fiction writer Meagan Church.

It was such a fantastic list of recommendations that we have updated this book list with Jennifer’s book club books she highly recommends for impactful conversations. 

Jennifer Williams- The Book Lady

Meet Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams, the “book lady” of Danville, Virginia, is on a mission to donate 1 million books to local children. A dedicated teacher, she is working two jobs to fund her initiative. 

Jennifer’s commitment extends to running a women’s book club at the Danville Jail, where members have become avid readers. 

Her work has garnered community support and recognition for its positive influence in her town. We are proud to support this literary hero on the podcast today.

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Mentioned in this episode:

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Second Chance Book Club Gift Registry– PLEASE Donate a Book

2023 MomAdvice Fall Reading Guide

The Best Book Club Books to Discuss Now (BONUS BOOK LIST)

Second Chance Book Club on Facebook

Meet the ‘Book Lady’. She’s determined to donation 1 million books to Virginia kids

Jennifer on the Today Show 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Second Chance Book Club Wish List

If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

All the Little Hopes by Leah Weiss

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens

Murphy’s Boy by Torey Hayden

Trapped in Silence

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The Best Book Club Books to Discuss Now

October 26th, 2023
The Best Book Club Books to Discuss Now

Looking for the best book club books for your book group? Don’t miss these 13 discussion-worthy books in literary fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction.

In today’s Book Gang episode, Meagan Church brought her favorite selections for the best conversation starters and discussed her magnificent debut, The Last Carolina Girl. Don’t miss this compelling episode as we discuss the best book club books to spark conversation.

Listen to the full episode (the show notes are located here) below and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this one.

You can learn more about this fantastic historical fiction book below. After all, we can’t discuss book club reading without including Meagan’s moving selection.

This bonus book club list of book club recommendations from Meagan Church, today’s author, will spark conversations and appeal to various book lovers.

What Makes a Good Book Club Book?

What makes a good book club pick? For me, it’s one that sparks conversation and gets the book club talking beyond our scheduled time.

Or, well beyond our time, as my pre-teen pointed out after my last book club meeting.

The best books for book clubs start a dialog that sometimes transports us beyond the pages of the books and deep within ourselves.

In other words, I love a book that has characters, plot, and themes that get us talking and, before we know it, we are opening up about our own experiences. Sometimes our conversations lead to tears. A lot of times there is laughter. And my favorite is when we discover commonality, shared experiences and me-too moments.

The Best Book Club Books to Discuss Now

The following is a list of book club recommendations that historical fiction author Meagan Church, believes will spark conversations and appeal to various book lovers.

This book club list includes selections across genres, old and new books, fiction and nonfiction alike.


These are best nonfiction books for book clubs! To expand this category more, visit this book list of memoirs for Nonfiction November.


These friendship-enhancing books are perfect for your next gathering. If you want more book ideas like this, don't miss the best books about friendship book list.


This short historical fiction book list offers incredible discussions because you can pair the facts with these fictional stories.

If you want to expand this list, here are 53 of the best historical fiction books we have featured over the years on the site.


Jennifer Williams from the Second Chance Book Club shared her top book club recommendations with her book club for inmates.

You can listen to her Book Gang episode, "Beautiful Lessons from a Book Club for Inmates."

Meet today’s contributor:

Meagan Church writes to explore the truths and nuances of who we are. But mostly she writes because she’s compelled to unearth overlooked stories. Her historical fiction chronicles the plight and fight of unheard voices of the past. After receiving a B.A. in English from Indiana University, Meagan built a career as a storyteller and freelance writer for brands, blogs and organizations. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets. The Last Carolina Girl is her first novel, available on store shelves now.

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Love this post? Check out these book lists!

What book sparked the best conversation for you or your club? We would love to expand this list!

13 of the Best Book Club Books to Discuss Now

Matt Cain’s Publishing Journey: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

October 12th, 2023

Matt Cain discusses the challenging history in publishing for LGBTQ History Month. Discover the inspiration for his book, The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle.

Matt Cain's Publishing Journey: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

We are giving listeners a peek behind the paywall to share one of my favorite interviews of 2023 in honor of LGBTQ History Month. 

Join us as we delve into the captivating world of renowned author Matt Cain, as we celebrate his charming novel, The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle.

Beyond discussing his book, Matt opens up about the immense publishing challenges he faced, most notably with The Madonna of Bolton, a novel rejected more than 30 times for being deemed ‘too gay.’ 

Discover how it evolved into one of the fastest crowdfunded projects on Unbound after Matt courageously unveiled his rejection letters to the world, and how he views the publishing world now. 

We’ll also explore the genre of UpLit, its key markers, and what to expect in UpLit books. The answer might surprise you!

Join us on this inspirational journey, as we continue our discussion for LGBTQ History Month.

The Best Books for LGBTQ History Month

UPDATED: Don’t miss this week’s bonus book list-  The Best Books for LGBTQ History Month

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle 

Follow the remarkable journey of 64-year-old postman Albert Entwistle, who has quietly delivered mail for decades while harboring a secret past. 

Forced into retirement and facing a lonely future, Albert takes a courageous step to rediscover his lost love. 

This heartwarming and life-affirming love story takes readers on an unforgettable adventure, proving that it’s never too late to find love in the most unlikely and unexpected places.

Matt Cain

Meet Matt Cain

Matt Cain is a notable figure in writing and broadcasting, celebrated for his contributions to LGBT+ issues. 

With a remarkable career serving as Channel 4’s first Culture Editor and Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, he has significantly impacted media and journalism.

As an accomplished author, Matt has penned several novels, notably The Madonna Of Bolton, that became Unbound’s fastest crowdfunded novel.

Today, we celebrate Matt’s publishing revolution and celebrate The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, a 2023 MomAdvice Book Club selection.

Matt Cain’s Publishing Journey: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

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2023 MomAdvice Fall Reading Guide

The Best Books for LGBTQ History Month (BONUS BOOK LIST- UPDATED!)

Celebrate LGBTQ History With This Curated Stack- Jeffrey Dale Lofton Interview

The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

What is Uplit?

Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain

Becoming Ted by Matt Cain

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Attitude Magazine

Attitude Heroes Podcast

The Albert Kennedy Trust

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

POV: Albert’s First Night Out Playlist

Becoming Ted Playlist

Shirley Valentine 

Magic Season by Wade Rouse

Amy’s interview with Wade Rouse

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

Matt’s Graham Norton interview

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Amy’s Interview with Lynda Cohen Loigman

Matzah Book Soup Book Club

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