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How Shark Heart Transformed Emily Habeck and Her Readers

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Emily Habeck discusses her widely imaginative debut novel, Shark Heart, and how this writing project transformed her life and the lives of her readers.

How Shark Heart Transformed Emily Habeck and Her Readers

It’s no secret that Shark Heart was my favorite debut of the year, and today’s meaningful author conversation only solidified this moving reading experience.

We discuss the unusual overlap to our love stories and the other surprising emotional connections readers have made to this imagined world.

Emily’s success in literary fiction was a surprise, but the reason for her jump from screenplay writing to a novel may surprise you with how she ended up here.

Drawing from her theatrical background, Habeck shares more about her unique story structure and how magical realism can still offer the reader a grounded experience.

The Best Magical Realism Books to Read Now

Discover today’s BONUS BOOK LIST with 29 magical realism books for your book stack this month.

Emily joins our patron space to discuss the Shark Heart ending with surprising candidness on some of this story’s more unusual paths she chose, but even more so, the ways she DIDN’T decide to go to get to this book’s ending.

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Emily Habeck Author of Shark Heart

Meet Emily Habeck

Emily Habeck has a BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts as well as master’s degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

Her debut novel Shark Heart was a Book of the Month selection, a New York Times book review editor’s choice, and the #1 Indie Next pick for August 2023.

She is from Ardmore, Oklahoma and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Shark Heart by Emily Habeck

Discover Shark Heart by Emily Habeck

A shocking discovery unfolds in Lewis and Wren’s first year of marriage, a time that should be rooted in great happiness.  Lewis is diagnosed with a rare condition that gradually turns him into a shark in this story’s wildly imaginative plot.

As he struggles with his diagnosis and evolving transformation, Wren rises to meet these daily challenges in moving ways. She is no stranger to genetic mutations and how quickly her world can evolve and readers uncover a stunning backstory to Wren’s journey. 

But as Lewis’s new shark existence takes over, readers are taken on an equally meaningful adventure with an unlikely accomplice that the reader will never expect. 

How Shark Heart Transformed Emily Habeck and Her Readers

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Meet the NEW 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books

Banyan Moon by Thao Thai

The Best Debut Novels of 2023

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Shark Heart by Emily Habeck

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

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The Best Magical Realism Books to Read Now

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Browse my curated selection of the best magical realism books. Today’s book list includes new releases, our top book club picks, and classics to check out now.

The Best Magical Realism Books from MomAdvice.com

If you missed the Book Gang podcast with author Emily Habeck, we discuss her moving literary fiction book, Shark Heart.  

Emily Habeck shares the surprising journey from writing Hollywood screenplays to novel writing and her unbelievable success and connection to readers worldwide. It’s an hour with the author that I don’t want you to miss. 

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

What is a Magical Realism Book?

Today’s show discusses magical realism and how a writer can make that experience grounded for a reader. 

If you are new to magical realism, these books mix fantasy into everyday life, making fantastical things part of the real world.

The difference between magical realism vs fantasy books can sometimes feel confusing as a reader.

Fantasy books create brand new worlds or settings where magical elements are expected and central to the plot.

That’s not to say there isn’t overlap between these worlds.

If you have been a reader here a long time, you know these magical books are my favorite.

Today’s book list might have been the easiest I’ve ever done, except for my difficulty narrowing them down for you. 

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The Best Magical Realism Books to Read Now

These are my favorite magical realism titles, including my favorite picks for book clubs, the best books I've read over my many years of reading, and a fun new selection of new-release books that I can't wait to dig into.

NEW MAGICAL REALISM BOOKS

Get ready for magical turns in these new-release books that I'm excited to read with you!

AMY'S FAVORITE MAGICAL REALISM BOOKS

These books have been among my favorites of the years including under-the-radar books that deserve a little more love.

READER'S FAVORITE BOOKS WITH MAGICAL REALISM THEMES

This a collection of reader favorites including several I've fallen in love with over the years.

MAGICAL REALISM BOOK CLUB BOOKS

As a book club leader, these are the best books we read and loved in the MomAdvice Book Club. You can also see what we are up to in 2024- join now.

MAGICAL REALISM CLASSICS

The classic books to read include books readers have loved over the years, including modern classic selections.

What do YOU think are the best magical realism books? Let us know in the comments below what this list is missing!

The Best Debut Novels of 2023 to Not Miss

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Discover the best debut novels of 2023. From coming-of-age to multigenerational stories to a great love story- we have you covered in this book list!

The Best Debuts of 2023 from MomAdvice.com

We are celebrating the best debut novels of 2023 as we celebrate the publishing journey of author Thao Thai, whose multigenerational debut novel, Banyan Moon transports her readers to Vietnam and Florida. 

Thao Thai shares moving details from the family history she wanted to weave into her stunning debut on the Book Gang podcast.

As we explore her favorite memories of her grandparents and the stunning Vietnamese folk tales that peppered her childhood, she shares what elements of her family legacy were most important to capture on a page.

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.

In honor of today’s discussion, I’m sharing my favorite books from 2023.

While you can find many book lists online, the one thing that makes my list special is that these are tried-and-true book recommendations. I value your reading time! 

Make sure you don’t skip the final part of this list that showcases the best books according to our book club members. I’m really excited to get my hands on those recommendations.

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A NOTE ON INCLUSION IN TODAY’S LIST:

Many of today’s authors have published in other genres.

A book listed as a debut can mean a debut in a different genre.

For example, if a Young Adult writer writes their first Adult novel, it would qualify as a debut. If a thriller writer writes her first Women’s Fiction, that is a debut. This information is added in their book descriptions.

The Best Debuts of 2023 from MomAdvice.com

The Best Debut Novels of 2023 to Not Miss

Don't miss out on the best debut novels of 2023. From fantasy to historical fiction to coming-of-age stories, these are my top recommendations for your reading life.

Looking for more books from debut novelists? Here is a short list from the MomAdvice Book Club community.

You Should Smile More by Anastasia Ryan

Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler

The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff

Late Bloomers by Deepa Varadarajan

The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer

Beyond That, the Sea by Laura Spence-Ash

What is your favorite 2023 debut novel? Let us know in the comments below what this list is missing!

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The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

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.

The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

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)

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)

February Prime Reads

Discover a handpicked selection of captivating stories in our February 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.

STILL AVAILABLE AMAZON PRIME READS

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 Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

17 Stunning Friendship Stories to Read Now

Monday, February 5th, 2024
13 Stunning Friendship Stories to Read Now

Celebrate Galentine’s Day with these friendship stories for adults! These books about friendship include fiction and nonfiction- perfect for any book club!

Looking for a friendship story for your next book club selection?

What could be a more perfect excuse than a fictional Galentine’s Day holiday that will give you an excuse to brunch AND discuss a great book about friendship.

Galentine's Day Books to Read

What is Galentine’s Day?

I think of Galentine’s Day as an official holiday, but its origin story might surprise you. This catchy holiday wasn’t created by Hallmark.

Instead, Galentine’s Day was created by the fictional Leslie Knope in an episode of Parks and Recreation.

Aptly titled the same name as the holiday (Season 2, Episode 16), Leslie gathers a group of her closest gal pals for brunch full of waffles and love. 

In this memorable scene, Amy Poehler delivers these lines, “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast style,” she explains in the episode. “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

When is Galentine’s Day?

On February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, you can devote a day to celebrating your friendship with your best gal pals.

We encourage our readers to embrace a book club selection together and have gathered 9 friendship stories you’ll love to celebrate. 

That’s not all though, if you are looking for great movie or tv recommendations, we have you covered with today’s podcast with Mary Carver.

Mary  is a regular contributor on MomAdvice and the host of The Couch With Mary Carver. Her podcast celebrates TV, movies, music, and books all year-long.

Head here to read these show notes and get a list of fun ideas to celebrate this holiday with your favorite gal pals.

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Let’s celebrate this fictional holiday with the best books about friendship in fiction and nonfiction!

17 Stunning Friendship Stories to Read Now

These seventeen books celebrate female friendship stories are PERFECT for your next book club gathering.

HISTORICAL FICTION FRIENDSHIP STORIES

These friendship stories are the perfect book club books for historical fiction readers.

NONFICTION FRIENDSHIP STORIES

These nonfiction books about friendship are wonderful options for readers who want to dive deep into culivating friendships in their life.

BACKLIST FRIENDSHIP BOOKS

If you have been with your gal pals as long as I have, I wanted to offer some great backlist friendship stories that you might want to host a “reunion” book club.

These are four modern-day classics you might have read in your earlier years of friendship that could be revived for your next gathering.

What friendship stories would you add to this list?

Stunning Friendship Stories to Read Now

The Best One Bed Trope Books For Romance Lovers

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Discover romance books where shared sleeping arrangements lead to unexpected twists and heartfelt connections. Let’s celebrate the best one bed trope books!

The Best One Bed Trope Books For Romance Lovers from MomAdvice.com

If you missed the Book Gang podcast with author Sarah Adler, you must join me to discuss her debut romance, Mrs. Nash’s Ashes.  

Sarah Adler shares why writing in a Taco Bell parking lot during the pandemic became the perfect incubator for storytelling. More importantly, Sarah made surprising discoveries about herself in the writing process that I think you’ll find quite beautiful. 

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One Bed Trope Meaning

In today’s show we discuss the popular “one bed trope.”

For beginning romance readers, this trope in romance stories usually means that the characters find themselves in a situation where they have to share a single bed. 

Remember that this can happen for various reasons, like a mix-up in accommodations, limited space, or unexpected circumstances. 

This romance trope often leads to intimacy, tension, or humor as the characters navigate the close quarters and the potential for romantic developments. 

I have read roughly sixty romances over the last three years and can’t wait to dig into a few of my favorites for this podcast assignment!

Only One Bed Books Printable

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The Best One Bed Trope Books For Romance Lovers from MomAdvice.com

The Best One Bed Trope Books For Romance Lovers

Sarah Adler and I share our favorite “only one bed” dilemmas that we have loved in today's book recommendations. As Sarah and I are new romance readers, these books stood out and are often the most beloved among our seasoned romance readers.

We hope you will check out these and Sarah Adler's novel, Mrs. Nash's Ashes!

SARAH ADLER'S FAVORITE ONE-BED TROPE BOOKS

If you are looking for a fun twist on the one-bed trope, these are Adler's top recommendations.

MY FAVORITE ONE BED TROPE BOOKS

These are the romance books I've loved with forced close proximity and surprising one bed shenanigans.

BOOKTOK ROMANCE BOOKS WITH ONLY ONE BED

Love a Booktok book recommendation? These selections are some of the most popular picks with this romance trope.

What one bed trope books would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below what this list is missing!

The Most Unique Only One Bed Moments in Romance (Podcast)

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Sarah Adler discusses writing her quirky debut novel Mrs. Nash’s Ashes and her favorite memorable “only one bed” moments in romance.

The Most Unique Only One Bed Moments in Romance Podcast

Sarah Adler didn’t know she was writing a romance book when she started her novel. She wasn’t even a romance reader. All of that changed, though, when she wrote Mrs. Nash’s Ashes, her debut romance novel. 

Today, Sarah Adler provides a behind-the-scenes look into her publishing journey, recounting the rollercoaster ride of rejections, what it is like to have a novel go to auction, and what this book taught her about identity that she was surprised to uncover through her characters.

Sarah’s “only one bed” scene I now count among my favorite romance moments, and we discuss her favorite books that uniquely capture this dilemma and why this has become such a beloved romance trope for readers. 

The Best One-Bed Trope Books for Romance Lovers

Don’t miss today’s BONUS BOOK LIST, which include The Best One Bed Trope Books for Romance Lovers.

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Sarah Adler Author

Meet Sarah Adler

Sarah Adler writes romantic comedies about lovable weirdos finding their happily ever afters. She lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter and spends an inordinate amount of her time yelling at her mischievous cat to stop opening the kitchen cabinets.

The Most Unique Only One Bed Moments in Romance (Podcast)

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Meet the NEW 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

The Girls We Sent Away by Meagan Church

Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler

You by Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes Interview with Amy

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

One’s Company by Ashley Hutson

Paint by Number Jesus Art

Mrs. Nash’s Ashes Playlist

The WAVES Program in World War II

New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind

A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

Comic Absurdity and Deep Emotion: PW Talks with Tessa Dare

A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Beth O’Leary | ‘I wrote almost all the book on the train…’

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Happy Medium by Sarah Adler

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Let’s Head to Art School With These Amazing Books

Thursday, January 18th, 2024
Let's Head to Art School With These Amazing Books

Head to art school with debut novelist Antonia Angress today. We discuss the inspiration for her debut novel, Sirens & Muses, which was a best debut of 2023.

If you have ever dreamed of attending art school, you will want to tune in to today’s discussion and fictional art book stack.

Sirens & Muses by Antonia Angress

Today, we are joined by debut novelist Antonia Angress as she shares her inspiration for Sirens & Muses and how pursuing an MFA program allowed her the time and resources to finally pivot from a career in teaching to her dream of writing.

Angress shares the surprising discovery that her novel, set during the financial crisis of the 2010s, has been deeply meaningful for Gen Z readers as they also face their own uncertainty and disillusionment.

We also discuss how success in the art world is often influenced by class, making it inaccessible to marginalized groups, and what we can learn from adding characters from different wealth spectrums to her dialogue to showcase the scarcity of artistic resources for many students.

The Best Books About Art and Artists to Read Now

Check out this BONUS LIST of 27 book titles that include the best books about art and artists for your month.

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Antonia Angress

Meet Antonia Angress

Antonia Angress is the author of the novel Sirens & Muses, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and was named a Best Book of 2022 by Glamour, PopSugar, and Debutiful. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Winifred Fiction Fellow and a College of Liberal Arts Fellow.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Costa Rica, she currently lives in Minneapolis with her family.

Let’s Head to Art School With These Amazing Books

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Meet the NEW 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books

Bluff by Michael Kardos

The Best Fiction Books of 2023

The Best Debut Novels of 2023 to Not Miss

Sirens & Muses by Antonia Angress

Sirens & Muses Book Club Guide & Cocktail Recipe

Life Drawing by Robin Black

Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon

Zoe Kravitz & Thomas McKenzie to Lead Mona Fastvold’s Psychological Horror “Self-Portrait”

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

“The Masterpiece:” NYC’s Grand Central as One of the Stars

The Fiona Davis Interview You Need to Hear

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland

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The Best Books About Art and Artists to Read Now

Thursday, January 18th, 2024
The Best Books About Art and Artists to Read Now

Discover the new best books about art and artists in this book list. This stack includes romance books, thrillers, historical fiction, and captivating memoirs.

If you missed the Book Gang podcast, Antonia Angress  joined me to discuss her riveting literary fiction debut novel, Sirens & Muses.  

This character-driven novel is set on a fine arts campus where each student explores their own works of art, while offering readers a moving viewpoint through their professor’s more traditional years of art that, at times, pushed the boundaries. 

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.

Antonia and I share our favorite fictional books on art in today’s show, but this list also expands into nonfiction and memoirs. It’s been a pleasure to screen these books for you today and I hope you will discover a new viewpoint on these celebrated artists or what it takes to be part of the art world!

Remember, you can find our book club member recommendations at the end of our book lists!

The Best Books About Art and Artists to Read Now PRINTABLE LIST

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The Best Books About Art and Artists to Read Now

The Best Books About Art and Artists to Read Now

These 27 books on art and artists offer immersive reading experiences for every reader. You will find your new favorite book today- I know it!

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NEW BOOKS ABOUT ART AND ARTISTS

These new and upcoming releases are some of my most anticipated this year.

ROMANCE BOOKS ABOUT ART

Are you craving a spicy romance with artistic themes? These selections will wow you.

THRILLER BOOKS ABOUT ART

Discover the suspenseful side of the art world with these compelling thriller reads.

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS ABOUT ART

These vivid historical fiction books intertwine the art world with surprising true life story inspiration through the centuries.

LITERARY FICTION BOOKS ABOUT ART

These compelling literary fiction books celebrate creativity and unique partnerships.

MEMOIR AND NONFICTION BOOKS ABOUT ART

These nonfiction books are among our reader's favorites this year.

Looking for more books from books about addiction? Here is a short list from the MomAdvice Book Club community.

Fake by Erica Katz

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

What is your favorite book about art or artists? Let us know in the comments below what this list is missing!

The Best Books About Art and Artists

The Best Fiction Books of 2023

Thursday, January 4th, 2024
The Best Fiction Books of 2023

Looking for your next page-turner? These are the best fiction books of 2023 we read, along with some of our favorite backlist books for your best reading year.

Happy New Year, friends! This reading recap has always been my favorite post of the year, and I’m so excited to share our favorite books from 2023 with you.

Storygraph Stats

This year, I devoured 102 books and over 35,000 pages. This number is less than the prior year, but I also made a goal to watch 52 films (or a TV season), which brought a beautiful balance into my reading life.

It was so fun to document that and share movie dates with the people I love in my life.

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Are Here

We ushered in our 2024 book club books, and I loved sharing almost every week with an author in conversation for the Book Gang podcast and MomAdvice Book Club.

Today, you can hear my incredible co-host Larry Hoffer and I discuss our top books of the year, including some excellent backlist books we just discovered.

The Best Fiction Books of 2023 Checklists

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There is truly something for everyone on this year’s fiction list. This list of best nonfiction books offers my top recommendations and will be updated soon with some newer selections from this year.

I have a long list of books I can’t wait to get into, and these three buzy books may be on next year’s list!

Chain Gang All Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (I SNAGGED A SIGNED COPY!)

Heaven and Earth Grocery Story by James McBride

The Bee Sting by Paul Murray

The Best Fictions Books of 2023

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AMY'S BEST BOOKS OF 2023

Browse my favorite books of the year to snag your next favorite fiction book.

BEST HISTORICAL FICTION 2023

These historical fiction books were among my favorites read in 2023.

BEST LITERARY FICTION 2023

These 2023 literary fiction books were among my favorite books of the year.

BEST FANTASY BOOKS 2023

Craving a cozy fantasy or a fast-paced romantasy selection? These are my favorite fantasy books from 2023.

BACKLIST BOOKS

The majority of the books I read this year fall in the backlist books category as I was hosting a backlist book club year. A backlist book is a year older or more and likely available at your local library.

LARRY'S BEST BOOKS OF 2023

From today's transcript, here are a small portion of the best books of 2023 from Larry. We encourage readers to head to his blog, where he has documented even MORE books, including some of his honorable mentions this year.

Love this post? Be sure to check out these other great lists!

Best Books of 2022

Best Books of 2021

Best Books of 2020

Best Books of 2019

Best Books of 2018

Best Books of 2017

My Top Ten Books of 2016

My Top Ten Books of 2015

My Top Ten Books of 2014

My Top Ten Books of 2013

The Best Books Read in 2012

My Top Ten Books in 2011

TELL ME: What were YOUR favorite fiction books of 2023?