Archive for December, 2023

The Best Found Family Trope Books To Read Now

Thursday, December 14th, 2023
The Best Found Family Trope Books to Read Now

Celebrating the found family trope books is a theme any reader can love. Explore chosen family through historical fiction, older protagonists, fantasy, and YA.

If you are anything like me, you love the found family trope in your books and are thankful to experience that in your real life, too. 

Throughout my extensive years of reading, I’ve discovered a consistent thread weaving through many stories—a chosen family narrative showcasing the bonds between characters beyond blood ties.

What is Found Family Trope?

The found family trope is a storytelling trope where a group of characters, often unrelated by blood, come together and form close familial bonds. 

These relationships are built on shared experiences, mutual support, and a deep emotional connection. 

In contrast to traditional family structures, where individuals are related by birth or marriage, the found family trope emphasizes the idea that relationships can be forged through choice and shared hardships can be just as strong and meaningful. 

This theme is prevalent in literature, film, and television sitcoms, showcasing the diverse ways in which individuals create their own families beyond biological ties.

Chosen family is showcased today through this month’s book list and our podcast, where we discuss some of our favorite found family stories from the unexpected to TOTALLY expected (but we loved that for us). 

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.

The Best Found Family Trope Books To Read Now

The Best Found Family Trope Books

Uncover the magic of chosen family in this gathering of captivating found family trope stories, exploring the beauty in belonging.

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Discover enchanted worlds where characters forge unbreakable connections through the strength of their chosen family.


These enchanting middle-grade books also celebrate the power of found family!


These are my favorite books on chosen connections in trials and triumphs of the past through historical fiction.


Join characters who, later in life, find unexpected connections, forming bonds that redefine what it means to be family.

What found family book would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below what this list is missing!

The Magic of Belonging in Found Family Books

Thursday, December 14th, 2023
The Magic of Belonging in Found Family Books

Discover the magic of chosen bonds in our favorite found family books as we discuss heartwarming tales of belonging in this trope of love in unlikely places.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to our new contributor voice to the Book Gang podcast. Jessica Bearak is likely a familiar voice to you because she is such a loyal participant in so many book club spaces around the web. 

It was such a treat to meet her IN PERSON earlier this year, and after having the best time discussing our books together, I asked if she could picture herself sharing the microphone with me.  Learn more about Jessica’s reading life and the surprising destination I took her to when she visited that kickstarted our year together. 

We brainstormed many fun ideas for the days ahead but knew we needed to start things off with a magical hook.  What could be better to celebrate this occasion than a book stack filled with found family?  

Today, we will dive into the concept of the found family trope and its significance in literature and our lives, especially around the holidays. 

From insights from past guests to the trivia we discovered about some of our favorite beloved stories, there is something for everyone in today’s introductory episode. I hope you feel compelled to share this episode and support our new voice today. 

The Best Found Family Trope Books To Read Now

Check out these BONUS found family trope books that includes our favorite historical fiction, middle-grade novels, and even a dark psychological thriller with this theme. 

Jessica Bearak- Book Gang Contributor

Meet Jessica Bearak

Jessica is a lifelong book lover who embarked on her literary journey at three, immersing herself in childhood classics like “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “The Phantom Tollbooth.” 

Jessica actively participates in two in-person book clubs and many online discussions regularly. She has been an invaluable member of the MomAdvice Book Club and joins us as a regular contributing voice.

The Magic of Belonging in Found Family Books

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The 2023 MomAdvice Book Club Books (thank you to EVERY AUTHOR who participated!)

The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Announced

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints by Donald J Sobol (includes the story Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Fighter Kite)

Public Library of Saint Joseph County

What Chosen Family Means and How to Build Your Own

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

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

The Magic of Old Hollywood Books

The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader

The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore

Best Books About Hollywood to Get Swept Away

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q Sutanto

Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent

How to Use the Storygraph App For a Better Reading Life

2023 Summer Reading Guide

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Coyote Lost and Found by Dan Gemeinhart

The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley

The Spectacular Life Lessons from Books About Road Trips

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

The Best Prime Reading Guide (FREE books, including The Second Life of Mirielle West)

Amy’s Interview with Nathaniel Ian Miller

The Happy Life of Isadora Bentley by Courtney Walsh

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