Archive for May, 2024

The Best Books About Road Trips to Read Now

Monday, May 27th, 2024
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Looking for the best books about road trips? Hit the open road with these adventure books that celebrate cross-country stories in fiction and nonfiction.

This book list celebrates armchair travel adventures with this updated collection of 24 road trip books. These stories will take you on unforgettable book journeys without leaving your favorite reading spot!

On the Book Gang podcast, Colleen Oakley brought her favorite selections for the best road trip books. 

She also discussed her fantastic intergenerational road trip story, The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise. Don’t miss this episode on the inspiration of Thelma & Louise and the challenges of writing about characters from two different generations. 

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.

Road Trip Stories Book List

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Best Books About Road Trips

Whether you're looking for a way to escape into a world of travel from the comfort of your armchair or simply seeking some inspiration for your next road trip, these 24 books are the perfect fix!

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NEW BOOKS ABOUT ROAD TRIPS

JOYFUL ROAD TRIP BOOKS

These uplifting road trip books offer cozy book adventures for your summer.

ROAD TRIP ROMANCE BOOKS

THRILLER BOOKS ABOUT ROAD TRIPS

YOUNG ADULT ROAD TRIP BOOKS AND MIDDLE-GRADE ROAD TRIP STORIES

BEST BOOKS ABOUT ROAD TRIPS NONFICTION

Looking for a reading list that will push you outside your comfort zone? These nonfiction books are beautiful escapes!

Looking for more road trip adventures? Here is a short list of our book club member favorites:

What is your favorite book about road trips? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites too!

Digital Dating Turns Deadly in This Debut Murder Mystery

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

L.M. Chilton shares the surprising backstory on his dating history that inspired his debut thriller, Swiped. This millennial murder mystery is pure summer fun.

Digital Dating Turns Deadly in this Debut Murder Mystery (Swiped by L.M. Chilton)

After nearly a decade and 212 failed dates, Chilton channeled his dating frustrations into Swiped, a fresh debut murder mystery exploring the darker side of online dating cleverly crafted for the millennial reader. Today, we discuss his personal story and journalism efforts to uncover the truth behind the algorithms.

But his book isn’t the only thing with plot twists. His decision to go on one last date revealed a real-life plot twist you’ll love discovering in this interview. 

Swiped Book Summary

Gwen Turner’s life is in disarray after ending a relationship. Amidst her struggles, she turns to a dating app to fill the void but is stunned to discover a chilling connection – the victims of a series of murders in her small coastal English city were all her former dates. 

Now, Gwen finds herself the prime suspect in a serial killer’s spree. In a race against time, she confronts former dates, some of whom have ghosted her, to unravel the truth and clear her name before it’s too late.

Fictional Serial Killer Books to Read Now

BONUS BOOK LIST: I’ve partnered with Larry on this week’s book list, which offers 30 Fictional Serial Killer Books to Read Now! Whether you crave compelling psychological thrillers or enjoy a touch of the campy and macabre, there’s a perfect book for you.

Meet L.M. Chilton

L.M. Chilton has been a journalist for 15 years, working for TV shows like This MorningThe One Show, and Loose Women, as well as magazines and newspapers such as The TimesThe MirrorMetro, New!Cosmopolitan, and Glamour.

He started his journalism career writing for ‘real life’ magazines, interviewing people worldwide about the terrifying, hilarious, and heart-breaking things that had happened to them. And also funny things their pets had done.

He works from home in London, thinking of twists for murder mysteries and practicing the banjo instead of writing (much to the annoyance of his neighbors).

BONUS SUMMER CONTENT:

Summer reading season is in full swing. Grab a digital copy of my 2024 Summer Reading Guide, featuring incredible novels like Swiped. All purchases support this year’s programming. 

Digital Dating Turns Deadly in This Debut Murder Mystery

Listen to the Book Gang Podcast:

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Mentioned in this episode:

BONUS SERIAL KILLER BOOK LIST

Swiped by L.M. Chilton

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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Mother Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon

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30 Fictional Serial Killer Books to Read Now

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Discover the best serial killer books in fiction, from compelling thrillers to campy tales, perfect for fans of suspense, mystery, and dark, twisted narratives.

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Summer reading season is in full swing. If you missed my 2024 Summer Reading Guide, it is a lovely place to start, but why stop there? 

This summer, we will share the microphone with some of my favorite authors from the guide and pick a theme from each of their books to build your best book pairings with our guest’s novels. 

This week’s book list celebrates L.M. Chilton’s U.S. debut launch for Swiped– my new favorite campy murder mystery of the summer. You’ll love hearing about his incredible dating history, which inspired this book’s theme.

Listen to the full episode below and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this (show notes with the full transcript):

This week’s list is a collaborative effort with my co-host Larry on our Patreon Fully Booked Show, whose reading taste I deeply admire. 

For the record, we had many that overlapping novels, but I’ve separated these into two categories for organizational purposes. 

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Important Note on Today’s List

Readers should check the content warnings for each novel on the Storygraph app to see if it is a good fit, as some of these take harrowing turns; it’s best to do individual screening for this list.

Let’s explore some of these top picks in this spine-tingling genre! 

30 Fictional Serial Killer Books to Read Now from MomAdvice.com

30 Fictional Serial Killer Books to Read Now

Whether you crave compelling psychological thrillers or enjoy a touch of the campy and macabre, there's a perfect book for you in this list of 30 serial killer book recommendations.

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NEW SERIAL KILLER BOOKS AND UPCOMING NEW RELEASES

Explore the most anticipated upcoming releases in serial killer fiction and new release titles.

BACKLIST SERIAL KILLER THRILLERS

These are my top serial killer thriller backlist recommendations for your summer.

SERIAL KILLER BEST BOOK BETS FROM LARRY

These are a few of the @getbookedwithlarry picks that I can't wait to discover with you!

TELL ME: What are your favorite fictional serial killer books? Let us know in the comments below what this list needs!

30 Fictional Serial Killer Books to Read Now

The 2024 Summer Reading Guide (35 New Books)

Thursday, May 16th, 2024
The 2024 Summer Reading Guide (35 New Books) from MomAdvice.com

Discover your perfect summer read with our ultimate 2024 summer reading guide! Explore 35 handpicked books across romance, historical fiction, thriller, & more.

Grab your favorite summer beverage and settle in for this year’s guide, which includes 35 beautiful book selections for your summer.

After carefully reviewing eighty books for this season, I’ve tried to offer a variety of fun reads, from the campy to the compelling. This has been such a joy to put together and I hope you see all the love that went into this year’s curation.

What’s New With This Year’s Guide

This year, we are offering the 27-page guide in a printable version. This reading guide is a digital download that will come to your inbox and allow you to skip our ads. There are no recurring subscription fees with this option. (GET THE PRINTABLE GUIDE NOW)

If you are a Patreon member, you have received this year’s guide as part of your membership benefits.

If you are considering joining our summer book club, this is the perfect time to start! You’ll get the guide and access to hundreds of benefits, including our summer spoiler-filled series with many of these authors, music playlists, and a monthly newsletter like this every month.

I’ve also added the option to support three deserving bookshops with your purchases this year. That means our site won’t earn a dime on purchases, but all orders will benefit these indie bookshops directly. 

The Indie Shops Chosen This Year:

This year,  I’ve chosen three indie bookshops you can support with your purchases: Fables Books in Goshen, Indiana, Brain Lair Books in South Bend, Indiana, and The Stacks Bookstore in Savannah, Georgia. 

Be sure to tell these wonderful shops how you found them- it is a joy to do this today!

Fables Books has been an incredible local partner to our podcast and book club. They supply all of our books on their shelves and offer a discount to our patrons. I’m so grateful.

Brain Lair Books is a Black-owned, Woman-led business that offers inclusivity on store shelves and celebrates marginalized communities through its book selections. According to the site, it has struggled to meet payroll and keep its doors open this past year- let’s offer some support.

Finally, The Stacks Bookstore will be part of our Disability Pride Month celebration in July. This shop is owned by Cindy Otis, a YA writer who writes inclusive stories but has also faced exclusion in navigating bookshops. She set out to create a space for wheelchair users like her, and I was so moved by her story that I wanted to include her shop.

You can listen to today’s Book Gang podcast with a few highlights from this year’s selections.

I hope you’ll tell a friend about this guide if you love it- it goes much farther than my attempts at silly self-promotion. The last six months of reading are worth it if you find your new favorite book today.

Happy Summer Reading, friends!

2024 Summer Reading Guide

I read every single book on this list. Thank you for supporting my work.

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Purchasing contemporary fiction from the links provided in this category will benefit Fables Books in Goshen, Indiana. This shop is our website partner supplying this year's book club books.

THRILLERS

Purchasing books from the links provided in the thriller category will benefit The Stacks Bookstore in Savannah, a bookshop focused on Disability Inclusion through its book selection and well-designed space for EVERY reader.

FANTASY

Purchasing fantasy selections from the links provided supports Brain Lair Books, a local indie bookstore committed to uplifting marginalized voices.

SWEET ROMANCE

When you shop books from the romance category, you're championing Brain Lair Books, a trailblazing indie bookstore that uplifts marginalized perspectives. Please help me sustain their business.

SPICY ROMANCE

Embrace spicy romance tales from this category and you're backing Brain Lair Books, an indie bookstore leading the charge in championing marginalized perspectives.

Please make sure this is the selected shop when activating orders.

LITERARY FICTION

By shopping literary fiction titles from this collection, you're helping support Brain Lair Books.

HISTORICAL FICTION

When you shop books from the historical fiction category, you're championing Brain Lair Books, a trailblazing indie bookstore that uplifts marginalized perspectives.

NONFICTION & MEMOIR

When you shop books from the nonfiction and memoir category, you're championing Brain Lair Books, a trailblazing indie bookstore that uplifts marginalized perspectives.

Meet the Authors on the Book Gang Podcast

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

How Shark Heart Transformed Emily Habeck and Her Readers (STREAMING NOW)

The Most Unique Only One-Bed Moments in Romance  (Sarah Adler, Author of Mrs. Nash’s AshesSTREAMING NOW)

The Kennedy Ryan Phenomenon (Reel & This Could Be UsSTREAMING NOW)

What Jeff Zentner Brings to the Romance World (Colton Gentry’s Third Act, STREAMING NOW)

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

Upcoming Summer Guests (show themes & new book lists to be announced!):

L.M. Chilton for Swiped (05/24)

Nicola Yoon for One of Our Kind (06/07)

Laura Hankin for One-Star Romance (06/21)

Cindy Otis for The Stacks Bookstore (Celebrating Disability Pride Month- 07/01)

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

Rob Hart for Assassins Anonymous (07/05)

Meg Shaffer for The Lost Story (07/19)

Emiko Jean for The Return of Ellie Black (08/02)

Danica Nava for The Truth According to Ember (08/16)

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

Reshonda Tate for The Queen of Sugar Hill (08/30)

Wade Rouse for Magic Season (09/13)

MomAdvice Summer Book Club (see the full list)

May 31st- Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

June 28th- American Fever by Dur e Aziz Amna

July 26th- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

August 30th- Kindred by Octavia Butler

TELL ME: What book are you most excited to read this summer?

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The 2024 Summer Reading Guide from MomAdvice.com

The Best Backlist Books for Summer

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
The Best Backlist Books for Summer With Victoria Wood

This special crossover episode with The Reader’s Couch offers five backlist books for your summer and what it takes to nail a great summer reading guide.

Today’s episode features Victoria Wood from The Reader’s Couch podcast. I asked Victoria to bring her best backlist of book treasures from her past summer reading guides that deserve far more attention. From historical mysteries to a heartwarming culinary memoir to stories of found family- this stack should elevate your summer reading experience and, likely, be available on your library shelves now. 

As we plan to release our 2024 summer reading guides next week, we discuss insights into crafting the ultimate summer reading guide year after year, how a book qualifies to be featured, and the most significant challenges and rewards of executing seasonal guides for readers. 

Victoria Wood- The Reader's Couch

Meet Victoria Wood (The Reader’s Couch Podcast) 

Victoria Wood hosts The Reader’s Couch Podcast. She is a reading enthusiast who has successfully guided self-proclaimed “non-readers” into cultivating and sustaining reading habits and assisted readers in fostering more intentional and fulfilling reading lives. She hosts conversations with authors to learn more about their writing and reading lives. 

The Best Backlist Books for Summer

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Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

Browse the 2023 MomAdvice Summer Reading Guide

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James by Percival Everett

One of Our Kind by Nicola Yoon

@getbookedwithlarry

The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

Matt Cain’s Publishing Journey

The Lost Boys of Montauk by Amanda M. Fairbanks

Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin

Home Made by Liz Hauck

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