Archive for the ‘Reads’ Category

Turning a Bad Review into Romantic Gold With Laura Hankin

Thursday, June 20th, 2024
One Star Romance by Laura Hankin (Author Interview- Book Gang Podcast)

Laura Hankin shares her debut’s painfully hilarious real-life inspiration and how personal experiences with negative feedback trickled into One-Star Romance.

The dark horse in my romance stack was Laura Hankin’s debut novel, which pulled ahead as my summer favorite. After reading the author for years across genres, I’m honored to have Laura Hankin on the Book Gang podcast to discuss her writing pivot in One-Star Romance.

In a world of instant feedback, I was fascinated by Laura’s hacks for processing reviewer feedback that still protects her creative process. These candid reflections offer valuable lessons for aspiring authors and a gentle reminder of the power of a one-liner scathing review that can haunt writers long after we’ve hit “post.”

Patrons can dive into the One-Star Romance ending through today’s spoiler chat, where we discuss Hankin’s surprising plot twists that take us to that swoon-worthy happily ever after.

Turning a Bad Review Into Romantic Gold (Laura Hankin Interview)

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One-Star Romance by Laura Hankin

One-Star Romance Book Summary From the Publisher

Natalie and Rob couldn’t have less in common. Nat’s a messy artist, and Rob’s a rigid academic. The only thing they share is their devotion to their respective best friends—who just got engaged. Still, unexpected chemistry has Natalie cautiously optimistic about being maid of honor to Rob’s best man.

Until, minutes before the ceremony, Nat learns that Rob wrote a one-star review of her new novel, which has them both reeling: Nat from imposter syndrome, and Rob over the reason he needed to write it.

When the reception ends, these two opposites hope they’ll never meet again. But, as they slip from their twenties into their thirties, they’re forced together whenever their fast-track best friends celebrate another milestone. Through housewarmings and christenings, life-changing triumphs and failures, Natalie and Rob grapple with their own choices—and how your harshest critic can become your perfectly imperfect match.

After all, even the truest love stories sometimes need a bit of rewriting.

Fascinating Books About Authors and Publishing to Read Now from MomAdvice.com

BONUS BOOK LIST: Browse this eclectic list of books about authors and publishing for the perfect literary escape. These 32 book titles include a mix of fiction and nonfiction for your summer.

Laura Hankin- Author of One-Star Romance

Meet Laura Hankin

Laura Hankin is an accomplished author, screenwriter, and performer known for her captivating novels, perfect for beach reads and book club discussions. Her previous works include The Daydreams, Happy & You Know It, and A Special Place for Women.

One-Star Romance is her debut romance.

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TODAY’S BONUS SUMMER CONTENT:

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NEW: 26 Books About Books List

NEW: 32 Books About Authors and Publishing Book List

NEW: 23 Stunning Books About Bookstores Book List

NEW: 18 Books About Book Clubs Book List

NEW:  25 Books About Libraries Book List

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One Star Romance by Laura Hankin

American Fever by Dur E Aziz Amna

Laura Hankin’s Tiktok Viral Moment

The Daydreams by Laura Hankin

Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin

A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

The Last Word by Taylor Adams

Akwaeke Emezi Shares Strategy for Processing Reviews

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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Stunning Books About Bookstores (23 New Books)

Thursday, June 20th, 2024
Stunning Books About Bookstores (23 New Books) from MomAdvice.com

There’s something undeniably magical about bookstores, and today, we are celebrating that with this new book list that completes my book list magic on books about books.

I’ve had so much fun hunting and gathering for today’s list, even browsing what bookshops have on order for 2025 to ensure we get a nice mix of upcoming titles, new-release books, and those tried-and-true backlist gems.

Whether you’re a bibliophile looking to find romance on your bookshelves or an adventurer seeking hidden secrets within dusty tomes, these books about bookstores are the perfect reading escapes.

New Books About Bookstores List (PRINTABLE)

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Stunning Books About Bookstores (23 New Books)

Books About Bookstores

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UPCOMING BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

FANTASY BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

ROMANCE BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

THRILLER BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

LITERARY FICTION AND CLASSIC BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES

If you love books about books- don’t miss these other newly curated lists for your reading month!

Books about Books: Immerse yourself in novels that explore the magic and obsession of book lovers and the power of storytelling itself. This list includes books like Beach Read, The Wishing Game, and Seven Days in June.

Books about Libraries: Lose yourself in the public library shelves in these stories that celebrate my favorite place on earth. This list includes books like The Reading List, Funny Story, and The Book of Lost Names.

Books about Book Clubs: Join the lively discussions and deep friendships that unfold within the pages of novels centered around the novelty of book club dynamics. These novels include The Bromance Book Club, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, The Toni Morrison Book Club, and The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society.

Books about Authors and Publishing: Peer into the lives of writers and the publishing industry’s inner workings in these juicy stories. These novels include Yellowface, Thank You for Listening, and Erasure.

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

Stunning Books About Bookstores (23 New Books)

These Books About Book Clubs Celebrate the Magic of Reading

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

In today’s book list, let’s celebrate books about book clubs, where friendships bloom and the power of shared reading transforms lives.

I’ve been running the MomAdvice Book Club for many years, which might explain why I’m drawn to stories about book clubs.

MomAdvice Book Club

I’m waving hello to show that there is a human behind this space!

As I’ve started preparations for our 2025 book cub year, I found myself pulled into a book with a book club (it’s the first book on today’s list!) and thought about how I wish we had a destination for these books for you.

Today’s bookish list is the start of what I hope will be many new books that celebrates the joy and camaraderie of book clubs.

Whether you’re into romance, literary fiction, or historical fiction, this list has something for everyone.

And if you are looking for an incredible book club, I can’t recommend mine enough! I’d love to hang out with you each month- you can join here.

But, this book list can be an excellent starting point for any readers seeking book club books as I’ve carefully screened so many of these as I would do for my own club!

If you love this book list, 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.

Patrons will receive a free printable copy checklist for today’s book list for you to explore. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

Books About Book Clubs

Explore these 18 captivating tales that celebrate the magic of book clubs—where friendships blossom, secrets unfold, and lives are forever changed by the power of literature.

NEW BOOKS ABOUT BOOK CLUBS

CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOKS ABOUT BOOK CLUBS

MEMOIR BOOKS ABOUT BOOK CLUBS

HORROR BOOKS ABOUT BOOK CLUBS

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS ABOUT BOOK CLUBS

ROMANCE BOOKS ABOUT BOOK CLUBS

If you love books about books- don’t miss these other newly curated lists for your reading month!

Books about Books: Immerse yourself in novels that explore the magic and obsession of book lovers and the power of storytelling itself. This list includes books like Beach Read, The Wishing Game, and Seven Days in June.

Books about Bookstores: Step into the cozy world of bookshops where romance, mystery, and community thrive among the reading stacks. This list includes novels like The Book of Doors, The Bookshop on the Corner, and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Books about Libraries: Lose yourself in the public library shelves in these stories that celebrate my favorite place on earth. This list includes books like The Reading List, Funny Story, and The Book of Lost Names.

Books about Authors and Publishing: Peer into the lives of writers and the publishing industry’s inner workings in these juicy stories. These novels include Yellowface, Thank You for Listening, and Erasure.

What are your favorite books about book clubs? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites!

Books About Libraries You’ll Want to Add to Your Shelf Now

Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Get out your library card and borrow these 25 new books about libraries. This book list celebrates the best place on earth and the community it creates.

Books About Libraries You’ll Want to Add to Your Shelf Now

I adore our library. Whenever visitors come to our town, I often take them there to show off this special place, as my enthusiasm for it is unmatched by anything else in our area. Much like you, nothing makes me feel like a kid again more than a bag of free books and wandering through our library shelves.

As we continue to explore the world of books about books on the Book Gang podcast this month, I wanted to offer some incredible book adventures with libraries at the center of the plot.

This book list includes upcoming releases I can’t wait to discover with you, some of my favorite backlist books, and suggestions from our community.

I hope I’ve captured the magic of library cards, summer reading programs, and a celebration of unlikely friendships forged around the love of books in today’s list.

Books About Libraries You’ll Want to Add to Your Shelf Now

If you love this book list, 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.

Patrons will receive a free printable copy checklist for today’s book list for you to explore. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

Books About Libraries You’ll Want to Add to Your Shelf Now

Books About Libraries

Discover the best books about libraries with our curated list of must-read titles. Perfect for book lovers and avid readers, these 25 stories celebrate the magic of libraries.

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NEW BOOKS ABOUT LIBRARIES

BACKLIST BOOKS ABOUT LIBRARIES

If you love books about books- don’t miss these other newly curated lists for your reading month!

Books about Books: Immerse yourself in novels that explore the magic and obsession of book lovers and the power of storytelling itself. This list includes books like Beach Read, The Wishing Game, and Seven Days in June.

Books about Bookstores: Step into the cozy world of bookshops where romance, mystery, and community thrive among the reading stacks. This list includes novels like The Book of Doors, The Bookshop on the Corner, and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Books about Book Clubs: Join the lively discussions and deep friendships that unfold within the pages of novels centered around the novelty of book club dynamics. These novels include The Bromance Book Club, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, The Toni Morrison Book Club, and The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society.

Books about Authors and Publishing: Peer into the lives of writers and the publishing industry’s inner workings in these juicy stories. These novels include Yellowface, Thank You for Listening, and Erasure.

What is the best book about libraries that you have read? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites!

Books About Libraries You’ll Want to Add to Your Shelf Now

Read These Books About Books Now (26 Book Ideas)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Discover the best books about books with our curated list of 26 must-read titles. Explore this magical book list with new release and backlist titles.

Read These Books About Books Now (26 Book Ideas)

What could be more fun than reading books about books and reading? So today, we have gathered 26 of our favorite reads that embrace these bookish themes and book-filled settings for book lovers.

Of course, true bibliophiles know that plotlines related to books offer comfort to readers, and today’s book list embraces many of my favorite literary treasures that have brought me joy over the years.

If you love this book list, 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.

Patrons will receive a free printable copy checklist for today’s book list for you to explore. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

Books About Books

Read these 26 books about books now for an unforgettable journey through the world of literature!

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NEW BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

LITERARY FICTION BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

FANTASY BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

ROMANCE BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

If you love books about books- don’t miss these other newly curated lists for your reading month!

Books about Bookstores: Step into the cozy world of bookshops where romance, mystery, and community thrive among the reading stacks. This list includes novels like The Book of Doors, The Bookshop on the Corner, and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Books about Libraries: Lose yourself in the public library shelves in these stories that celebrate my favorite place on earth. This list includes books like The Reading List, Funny Story, and The Book of Lost Names.

Books about Book Clubs: Join the lively discussions and deep friendships that unfold within the pages of novels centered around the novelty of book club dynamics. These novels include The Bromance Book Club, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, The Toni Morrison Book Club, and The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society.

Books about Authors and Publishing: Peer into the lives of writers and the publishing industry’s inner workings in these juicy stories. These novels include Yellowface, Thank You for Listening, and Erasure.

What is the best book about books that you have read? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites!

Read These Books About Books Now (26 Book Ideas)

Fascinating Books About Authors and Publishing to Read Now

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Browse this eclectic list of books about authors and publishing for the perfect literary escape. These 32 book titles include a mix of fiction and nonfiction.

Books About Authors and Publishing from MomAdvice.com

Today’s book list celebrates books about authors and juicy glimpses behind the publishing scenes.  

From intimate memoirs to nonfiction biographies to thrilling mysteries, this book collection celebrates the inner workings of a writer’s brain and the muses that have fueled it.

Inspired by today’s Book Gang podcast conversation with Laura Hankin, readers gain insights into the behind-the-scenes world of GoodReads reviews and the innovative new ways this author navigates reader feedback beautifully captured in her charming novel, One-Star Romance.

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

Best Books About Authors and Publishing Checklist from MomAdvice.com

If you love this book list, 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.

Patrons will receive a free printable copy checklist for today’s book list for you to explore. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

Books About Authors and Publishing from MomAdvice.com

Books About Authors and Publishing

Discover these riveting stories of literary legends, the intricacies of the publishing world, and the creative process behind every page.

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NEW BOOKS ABOUT AUTHORS AND PUBLISHING

LITERARY FICTION BOOKS ABOUT AUTHORS AND PUBLISHING

MYSTERY & THRILLER BOOKS ABOUT AUTHORS AND PUBLISHING

ROMANCE BOOKS ABOUT AUTHORS AND PUBLISHING

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS ABOUT AUTHORS AND PUBLISHING

If you love books about books- don’t miss these other newly curated lists for your reading month!

Books about Books: Immerse yourself in novels that explore the magic and obsession of book lovers and the power of storytelling itself. This list includes books like Beach Read, The Wishing Game, and Seven Days in June.

Books about Bookstores: Step into the cozy world of bookshops where romance, mystery, and community thrive among the reading stacks. This list includes novels like The Book of Doors, The Bookshop on the Corner, and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Books about Libraries: Lose yourself in the public library shelves in these stories that celebrate my favorite place on earth. This list includes books like The Reading List, Funny Story, and The Book of Lost Names.

Books about Book Clubs: Join the lively discussions and deep friendships that unfold within the pages of novels centered around the novelty of book club dynamics. These novels include The Bromance Book Club, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, The Toni Morrison Book Club, and The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society.

What is the best book about authors and publishing that you have read? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites!

Best Books About Authors and Publishing from MomAdvice.com
The Best Books About Authors and Publishing from MomAdvice.com

Nicola Yoon Discusses Her Provocative Debut (One of Our Kind)

Saturday, June 1st, 2024
One of Our Kind- Nicola Yoon Interview on Book Gang Podcast

Nicola Yoon discusses her provocative adult debut, One of Our Kind, and the surprising inspiration from The Stepford Wives that sparked her daring new story.

Writing inspiration can sometimes strike in the most unlikely places. Podcast listening in the shower electrified a story Nicola Yoon had never expected to write.

Join us for an enlightening conversation with the bestselling young adult novelist as she discusses her provocative debut adult novel, One of Our Kind.

Today, she shares how The Stepford Wives inspired her thought-provoking thriller, and how she hopes to ignite book club conversation through her story’s pages.  

Yoon also shares the mission behind her imprint, Joy Revolution Books, which she co-founded with her husband, David Yoon, to celebrate love stories by and about people of color. It’s a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes and a tribute to the couple’s dedication to these storytellers.

Patrons can dive into the One of Our Kind ending through today’s spoiler chat, where we discuss Yoon’s motivations behind her characters, the book’s ending, and the connections she hopes the reader will make as they finish that last page.

Nicola Yoon Discusses Her Provocative Debut (One of Our Kind)

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One of Our Kind by Nicola Yoon

One of Our Kind Book Summary From the Publisher

Jasmyn and King Williams move their family to the planned Black utopia of Liberty, California hoping to find a community of like-minded people, a place where their growing family can thrive.

King settles in at once, embracing the Liberty ethos, including the luxe wellness center at the top of the hill, which proves to be the heart of the community.

But Jasmyn struggles to find her place. She expected to find liberals and social justice activists striving for racial equality, but Liberty residents seem more focused on booking spa treatments and ignoring the world’s troubles.

Jasmyn’s only friends in the community are equally perplexed and frustrated by most residents’ outlook. Then Jasmyn discovers a terrible secret about Liberty and its founders. Frustration turns to dread as their loved ones start embracing the Liberty way of life.

Will the truth destroy her world in ways she never could have imagined?

Thrilling with insightful social commentary, One of Our Kind explores the ways in which freedom is complicated by the presumptions we make about ourselves and each other.

The Best Social Horror Books to Read Now from MomAdvice.com

BONUS BOOK LIST: Take advantage of these 23 must-read social horror books for a summer immersion. You’ll love these thought-provoking book selections, from eerie dystopias to unsettling societal critiques.

Nicola Yoon- Author

Meet Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everything, The Sun Is Also a Star, and a co-author of Blackout and Whiteout.

She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner and the first Black woman to hit #1 on the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list. Two of her novels have been made into major motion pictures.

She’s also the co-publisher of Joy Revolution, a Random House young adult imprint dedicated to love stories starring people of color. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.

One of our Kind is her adult debut.

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BONUS SUMMER CONTENT:

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

BONUS LIST: These Social Horror Books Will Make You Think

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One of Our Kind by Nicola Yoon

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Blackout by Nicola Yoon, Angie Thomas & more

Whiteout by Nicola Yoon, Dhonielle Clayton & more

Joy Revolution Books

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

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These Social Horror Books Will Make You Think

Saturday, June 1st, 2024

Discover what makes social horror books so compelling in this thought-provoking list of incredible book recommendations on race, gender sexism, and capitalism.

These Social Horror Books Will Make You Think from MomAdvice.com

Social horror books mirror society with all of its dreadful corners. One swipe through your social media apps showcases the genuine horrors that become the very themes that authors intently explore.

Unlike typical horror novels, social horror can combine supernatural elements with real-world issues, giving us a chilling glimpse into the fears and anxieties that haunt our collective consciousness.

These books don’t just scare us with their fictional monsters. These novels offer readers glimpses into the genuine everyday realities of racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression that sinisterly lurk in the shadows of our society.

But let’s discuss why the endings of these books can be so unsatisfying. In social horror, the villain can be the systemic injustices ingrained in our society.

Social Horror Book Endings- What Readers Should Know

Social issues can’t be defeated with a silver bullet or a stake through the heart.

Social horror books are deeply rooted in our society, and their endings often leave us unsettled. They aren’t always meant to provide easy answers or catharsis.

They encourage readers to confront uncomfortable truths, often in the safety and context of warm reading communities.

With critical reflection and thought-provoking conversations in book clubs, readers have a launching pad for conversations that can be life-altering.

This week’s book list celebrates Nicola Yoon’s adult debut- One of Our Kind. The author discusses this surprising professional pivot and what types of conversations she hopes this social horror novel will foster among book clubs.

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

Important Note on Today’s Social Horror Books 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.

These Social Horror Books Will Make You Think

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Best Social Horror Books

Social Horror Books

These 23 novels include new and backlist books exploring social horror themes that you'll have trouble putting down!

Prepare for polarizing endings and wild plot twists in this genre. You have been warned!

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BEST SOCIAL HORROR BOOKS ON CAPITALISM AND GREED

BEST SOCIAL HORROR BOOKS ON RACE

BEST SOCIAL HORROR BOOKS ON SEXISM AND GENDER

BEST SOCIAL HORROR BOOKS ON TECHNOLOGY

These Social Horror Books Will Make You Think from MomAdvice.com

What is your favorite social horror book? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites too!

The Best Books About Road Trips to Read Now

Monday, May 27th, 2024
The Best Books About Road Trips from MomAdvice.com

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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The Best Books About Road Trips to Read Now from MomAdvice.com

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:

Listen below or listen on your favorite podcast listening platform! You can download the transcript below.

Mentioned in this episode:

BONUS SERIAL KILLER BOOK LIST

Swiped by L.M. Chilton

Join the 2024 MomAdvice Book Club

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Mother Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon

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