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Books on Grief and Loss to Read Now

Thursday, April 18th, 2024
Books on Grief and Loss to Read Now

This curated collection of books on grief and loss include insights into the grieving process through nonfiction and fiction for adults and young adult books.

In times of loss, words often become our solace, guiding us through the tumultuous journey of grief and offering a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness. 

At the heart of this collection is Here After, a moving memoir that offers a quiet meditation on the complexities of grief. 

I was so honored to share space with the author on the Book Gang podcast where she offered advice for ways to support grievers and what she wishes people understood about young widowhood that is both deeply moving and instructional for those that feel at a loss in how to support someone.  

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

The conversation moved me so much, that I wanted to offer a book list for those who may be facing loss. 

I’m including an array of new and backlist titles, each offering a unique perspective on the universal experience of grief. 

Here After by Amy Lin

Whether you seek solace in the pages of a memoir, find comfort in the embrace of fiction, or seek practical guidance in navigating grief’s turbulent waters, there is a book here to accompany you on your journey.

For those seeking smaller lessons, you can explore these grief quotes from books featured in today’s list.

Books on Grief and Loss Book List

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.

Please note, what may be therapeutic looks different for every reader- be gentle with your hearts, my friends! 

Books On Grief and Loss

Books on Grief and Loss

Explore the human experience of grief and loss through these list of carefully curated books.

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BOOKS ABOUT GRIEF FOR ADULTS

These moving memoirs explore complexities of grief in adulthood, offering solace, understanding, and hope in the face of loss.

FICTION BOOKS ABOUT GRIEF

Celebrate our resilience in these fiction books about grief, as the protagonists find healing after loss.

ROMANCE BOOKS ABOUT GRIEF AND LOSS

These romance books explore love and healing amidst grief in beautiful ways.

BOOKS ABOUT GRIEF FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Discover moving and relatable stories that explore the complexities of grief for young adults. These YA books have been among my favorite as an adult reader- share the with your teen or tween!

TELL ME: What do YOU think are the best books on grief and loss? Let us know in the comments below what this list needs!

Books on Grief and Loss

Powerful Grief Quotes from Books

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Everyone experiences grief at some point in life. It can be hard to express these emotions in words, but fortunately, many great authors have shared their beautiful observations to help us better understand this shared experience.

When we lose someone or something important, words can help us find comfort by reminding us that we are not alone. Although these quotes may be heavy, they also show that it is okay to feel the way you do right now- at any stage. 

Books on Grief and Loss

Today, I have compiled some of my favorite quotes from the featured books on grief and loss book list. 

If a quote resonates with you, I hope you’ll consider exploring one of the highlighted books to help expand your experience with these authors. I’ve included memoirs, essay collections, fiction for adults, romance books, and even young adult books. 

Please feel free to pin these images or save them to your phone to remind you that you aren’t alone- I’m sending love to you through this strange virtual portal.

Powerful Grief Quotes from Books

Grief is for People Quote: 

“It’s impossible to predict how much you’ll miss something when it’s gone, to game grief in advance. We fend off the worry that we’re taking our lives for granted by feeding ourselves the lie that we understand the value if their components.” (Buy the Book)

Here After Quote:

“Grief is chronic pain. When will others allow the mourning to live without expecting them to be cured?” (Buy the Book)

A Heart that Works Quote:

My favorite historical response to someone hearing about a “big” death comes from the character Henry Clerval in Mary Shelley’s masterwork, Frankenstein. 

When Henry learns that his best friend Victor Frankenstein’s young brother William has been murdered, he says, “I can offer you no consolation, my friend. Your disaster is irreparable. What do you intend to do?”

Perfect. There is no consolation. The disaster is irreparable. I’ve read Frankenstein twice since our Henry died. It is my companion in days of grief.

It should surprise no one who reads it that Mary Shelley was a bereaved mother.” (Buy the Book)

Crying in H Mart Quote: 

“It felt like the world had divided into two different types of people, those who had felt pain and those who had yet to.” (Buy the Book)

When Breath Becomes Air Quote: 

“I began to realize that coming in such close contact with my own mortality had changed both nothing and everything. Before my cancer was diagnosed, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when. After the diagnosis, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when. But now I knew it acutely. The problem wasn’t really a scientific one. The fact of death is unsettling. Yet there is no other way to live.” (Buy the Book)

One More We Saw Stars Quote:

“Grief at its peak has a terrible beauty to it, a blinding fission of every emotion. The world is charged with significance, with meaning, and the world around you, normally so solid and implacable, suddenly looks thin, translucent.” (Buy the Book)

Late Migrations Quote: 

“Blessed are the parents whose final words on leaving—the house, the car, the least consequential phone call—are always “I love you.” They will leave behind children who are lost and still found, broken and, somehow, still whole.” (Buy the Book)

Unlikely Animals Quote: 

“It’s unfair how the body crumbles while the soul still lives in it.” (Buy the Book)

A Quiet Life Quote: 

“He thinks of all this- this is the price he has paid for loving so much, and it doesn’t feel better, but it makes sense. It seems reasonable.” (Buy the Book)

A Man Called Ove Quote:

“Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it’s often one of the great motivations for living.

Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival.

We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.” (Buy the Book)

Lily & the Octopus Quote: 

“It’s natural, as our loved ones age, to start grieving their loss. Even before we lose them.” (Buy the Book)

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird Quote:

“The human brain is wired to cope with grief. It knows even as we fall into unfathomably dark places, there will be light again, and if we just keep moving forward in one brave straight line, however slowly, we’ll find our way back again.” (Buy the Book)

I Liked My Life Quote Lesson: 

“Every new death brings back the full weight of those already gone.” (Buy the Book)

The One-in-a-Million Boy Quote:

“You know, one meets so many people, the years pass and pass, but there are certain times, certain people. . . They take up room. So much room.” (Buy the Book)

The Last Love Note Quote: “How long is it reasonable to drag out your recovery from grief until you’re expected to get your act together again?

Or maybe that’s where I’m going wrong. You don’t recover from it. There is no “healed” moment. You just absorb it into your new life, somehow, and go from there.” (Buy the Book)

Looking for Alaska Quote: 

“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” (Buy the Book)

Goodbye Days Quote: 

“Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wonder what’d happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together.” (Buy the Book)

Message in a Bottle Quote:

“Sometimes my grief is overwhelming, and even though I understand that we will never see each other again, there is a part of me that wants to hold on to you forever.” (Buy the Book)

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Books With Autistic Characters For Autism Acceptance Month

Tuesday, March 26th, 2024
Books With Autistic Characters For Autism Acceptance Month

Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with these moving books with autistic characters. This book list offers heartwarming love stories, mystery, and family drama.

April may be Autism Acceptance Month, but Kennedy Ryan, our Book Gang guest, refers to this holiday as Autism ADORATION Month instead.

I can support FULLY support this description. We are both proud parents of autistic children and are excited to celebrate this in your book stack today. This month is meant to help facilitate awareness, understanding, and acceptance of autism and support for individuals with ASD and their families.

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

Today’s book list includes many autistic authors (#ownvoices) and parents like me who feel called to stacks that mirror our journey as a family. 

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.

Books With Autistic Characters #Ownvoices Books

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Books With Autistic Characters For Autism Acceptance Month

Books With Autistic Characters For Autism Acceptance Month

We are celebrating autism in fiction with these compelling reads for Autism Acceptance Month.

I've split today's book list into two sections: autistic authors and other fiction novels that I found to be beautifully inclusive and well-developed. 

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AUTISTIC AUTHORS TO READ

These book recommendations offer #ownvoices perspectives that celebrate autism in fiction.

WELL-RESEARCHED BOOKS WITH AUTISTIC CHARACTERS

Many of these writers have autistic family members or dear friends who are part of this community, but most went beyond personal experience to develop their plots.

This small list of standout novels offers incredible research and authentic representation.

Readers seeking #ownvoices middle grade selections, I encourage you to try these:

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
Good Different by Meg Eden Kuyatt

What do YOU think are the best books with autistic characters for Autism Acceptance Month? Let us know in the comments below what this list needs!

Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse to Read Now

Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse Stories to Read Now

Let’s explore books about parallel universes and multiverse stories with this new book list. These fun books for adults will make you feel like a kid again!

This final article in our time travel series explores the world of parallel universes and the multiverse. This is one of my favorite book playgrounds because there are so many places to visit in a single book. 

Are Parallel Universes Time Travel?

Books about parallel universes or the multiverse often involve elements of time travel. Still, not all of them are strictly categorized as time travel books. 

While time travel may play a role in some narratives, the primary focus of these books is typically on exploring alternate realities and the concept of multiple universes coexisting simultaneously.

These are wonderful time travel adjacent stories, and much like magical realism books, they have some beautiful overlaps for readers. 

In these parallel world books, the concept of multiple realities exists alongside our own. These stories often feature characters traveling between different dimensions and encountering alternate versions of themselves and their worlds.

What is the Difference Between Parallel Universes and Parallel Lives?

I have an incredible book list on alternate realities and parallel lives (linked below).

Still, for point of reference, a parallel universe typically refers to entire alternate realities with different laws of physics and even history. 

But in a story of parallel lives, you typically encounter different opportunities that take a character on a different path. Books like Sliding Doors include variations of a person’s life within the same universe.

What is the Difference Between Multiverse and Parallel Universe?

In contrast, the multiverse can encompass many versions of parallel universes, each with unique circumstances and possibilities in each world. When these different versions are combined, they can create movie magic AND book magic.  

My favorite examples of this would be Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, and Into the Spiderverse for incredible movie contexts.

So, today, we head into the world of the parallel world and multiverse with this new book list. 

Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse Stories to Read 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 multiverse books and parallel universe reading assignment. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

Books About Parallel Universes and the Multiverse

Books About Parallel Universes or the Multiverse

From mind-bending twists to epic quests across worlds, these books will keep you on the edge of your seat as you journey through multiple universes.

MULTIVERSE BOOKS

Explore the multiverse through these books that alter our realities in parallel worlds.

MomAdvice Book Club Favorites:

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass)

If you crave more time travel moments like this, don’t miss these book lists:

Time Travel BooksIf you like to move forward or backward through time travel- this is your perfect book list. I’ve included many new release books and classics like Stephen King (11/22/63), The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, or The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel LivesBooks like Sliding Doors offer glimpses into second chances…or sometimes three, four, or nine pivotal life moments. This book list includes Maybe Next Time and The Midnight Library.

The Best Time Travel TV & MoviesThis TV list celebrates the new TV shows and movies you haven’t heard about yet and can stream for your weekend! Totally Killer topped my list and is perfect for campy time travel fans. 

Time Loop BooksThis book list is for readers who love Groundhog Day loop stories, which involve time travel repeating in a loop. You can visit this book list or head to the Book Gang podcast to hear us discuss our favorite finds. 

What do YOU think are the best books about the parallel universe or multiverse books? Let us know in the comments below what this list needs! Happy time traveling, friends!

Time Loop Books For Readers Who Love Loops

Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Time Loop Books For Readers Who Love Loops

Browse this book list filled with the best time loop books. Today’s list includes new release books, thrillers, mystery, young adult, and holiday books.

Time loop books can be the trickiest to engage readers, but they can be one of the most comforting kinds of books as we contemplate how characters can fix their past mistakes to break the loop. 

I know there are many moments in our lives that we wish we could do again, and in those ways, these stories can be incredibly therapeutic. 

What Are Time Loop Books? 

Time loop books are stories where characters repeatedly experience the same events or day, often without initially realizing it.

While many time loop books can fall into the science fiction genre, we wanted to showcase all the other ways time loops can happen in our stories.

In this time travel story, the characters are trapped in a repeating cycle of events that they cannot escape.

These are often called Groundhog Day stories and are among the trickiest to keep readers engaged.

If you missed the Book Gang podcast, we discuss the beauty in these time loop stories through new books that recently hit store shelves and a few great backlist recommendations to get your book stack started.

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

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.

Time Loop Books Printable

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Time Loop Books For Readers Who Love Loops

Time Loop Books to Read Now

In honor of today’s Book Gang podcast theme, we are excited to share this new collection of time loop books featuring our favorite Groundhog Day stories for time travel enthusiasts.

This week's list was created with @tonightsbookishfeast for this week's Book Gang podcast episode.

Explore this book list, which includes thrillers, mysteries, romances, and young adult books for readers. As we find new books, we will update this list!

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

HOLIDAY TIME LOOP BOOKS

These holiday time loop books are perfect for readers who want time travel escapes with winter themes.

YOUNG ADULT TIME LOOP BOOKS

These time travel books for young adults are some of our favorites. They showcase the joy of those coming-of-age years in an excellent time loop story.

MomAdvice Book Club Member Favorites-

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Best Time Travel TV Shows and Movies

Don’t forget, we have an incredible best time travel tv shows and movies resource list that include time loop stories for the screen like Russian Doll and Happy Death Day

If you crave more magical books like this, don’t miss these book lists:

Time Travel Books—Don’t miss this list filled with time travel that moves forward and backward through time. This is the list for books like Stephen King (11/22/63) or The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Books About Parallel Universe and Multiverse Stories–  Books like Everything, Everywhere, All At Once are featured in this book list. The list also explores parallel universes in science fiction like Dark Matter or fantasy themes in books like The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

The Best Time Travel TV & Movies—This TV list celebrates the new TV shows and movies you haven’t heard about yet and can stream for your weekend!

Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel Lives– Books like Sliding Doors imagine the what-if when protagonist’s are given two or more choices that lead the down different paths. This book list includes books like Maybe Next Time and The Midnight Library.

What do YOU think are the best time loop books? Let us know in the comments below what this list needs! Happy time traveling, friends!

Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel Lives You Will Love

Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel Lives You Will Love

Explore the best book list of books about alternate realities or parallel lives that create a world of second chances for readers that love a “what if” book.

Welcome to the time travel world where reality twists and bends, offering readers glimpses into parallel lives and alternate realities.

What Are Books About Alternate Realities and Parallel Lives?

I describe these stories as books like Sliding Doors because that is how I was first attracted to these storylines through the movie’s imaginative theme. 

One of my earliest memories of these books was a Taylor Jenkin’s Reid story called Maybe, Next Time, when Women’s Fiction was called “chick-lit”- a trend that, thankfully, has ended.

These books offered complete escapism in my early motherhood, and there were indeed days when I imagined what my world would look like if I had taken different paths. 

Sometimes described as ‘what if books,’ they show what happens when characters make different choices, leading to parallel realities with multiple outcomes.

Books About Parallel Lives or Alternate Realities Checklist

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 time travel assignment. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

After you finish this list, visit my other book lists with the best forward and backward time travelers, time loops, parallel universes, and multiverse stories that are shared at the bottom of today’s post. 

Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel Lives You Will Love

Books About Alternate Realities and Parallel Lives

Let's celebrate my favorite books about alternate realities and parallel lives with this week's book list.

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NEW BOOKS ABOUT PARALLEL LIVES AND ALTERNATE REALITIES

For time travel enthusiasts, these new books are perfect for this fun trope.

Backlist Books About Alternate Realities and Parallel Lives

Visit your local library to snag my favorite backlist books about alternate realities and parallel lives.

If you crave more magical books like this, don’t miss these book lists:

Time Travel BooksDon’t miss this list filled with time travel that moves forward and backward through time. This is the list for books like Stephen King (11/22/63), The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, or The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse StoriesThis book list features books like Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. It also explores parallel universes in science fiction stories, such as Dark Matter, A Darker Shades of Magic, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

The Best Time Travel TV & MoviesThis TV list celebrates the new TV shows and movies you haven’t heard about yet and can stream for your weekend!

Time Loop BooksThis book list is for readers who love Groundhog Day loop stories, which involve time travel repeating with new lessons each loop.

The Best Time Travel TV Shows and Movies

Don’t forget we have an incredible best time travel TV shows and movies resource list that includes time loop stories for the screen, like Russian Doll and Happy Death Day! 

What do YOU think are the best time loop books? Let us know in the comments below what this list needs! Happy time traveling, friends!

Books About Parallel Lives and Alternate Realities

The Best Time Travel Books To Escape Real Life

Thursday, March 14th, 2024
The Best Time Travel Books to Escape Real Life

Is there anything better than being stuck in an accidental time machine? Be a time traveler with the best time travel books, including new releases in 2024.

If there is one genre I’m a sucker for, it is time travel, and I’m not the only one obsessed with books about time.  

From the H.G. Wells classic, The Time Machine to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, time travel books have been a popular genre in literature for a long time.

In these books, authors explore the idea of traveling through time, either backward or forwards, and the potential consequences of it. 

On the Book Gang podcast, we invited our first time travel writer to share the challenges of writing time travel. 

Cesca Major decided to tackle the trickiest literary time machine genres to write- the Groundhog Day story. 

She shares her strategies to keep readers engaged and how she used her background writing thrillers to build in a clue sequence. You can learn more about her debut novel below! 

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.

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 multiverse books and parallel universe reading assignment. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

At the end of today’s post, I’ve also included our book club member favorites for browsing today.

New Time Travel Books

The Best Time Travel Books To Escape Real Life

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction, historical fiction, or romance, this book list has a time travel adventure for you to explore. 

Let's take a journey through time in our book stacks!

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NEW TIME TRAVEL BOOKS

For time travel enthusiasts, these new time travel novels are perfect for your book stack!

REVERSE TIME TRAVEL BOOKS

Revisiting the past is something we often discover in classic time travel stories.

In reverse time travel stories, the characters travel back in time, but they often cannot change the past or interact with it meaningfully.

Here are a few of my favorite reverse time travel books to explore.

FORWARD TIME TRAVEL BOOKS

Do you love to imagine the future in your stories?

In forward time travel stories, the characters travel to a future that is often vastly different from their own time.

The characters may be trying to prevent a catastrophe or simply exploring future possibilities.

Here are a few of my favorite forward time travel stories.

OUT OF ORDER TIME TRAVEL BOOKS

Time travel doesn't always follow a linear path. Let's get mixed-up with these selections.

Looking for more time travel books? Here is a short list of our book club member favorites:

Just One Damned Thing After Another (Chronicles of St. Mary’s Book 1) by Jodi Taylor

I’ll Stop the World by Lauren Thoman

The Little Shop of Found Things Series by Paula Brackton

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

The Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Searle

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

This is How You Lose the Time War (novella) by Amal El-Mohtar

If you crave more time travel moments like this, don’t miss these book lists:

Books About Alternate Realities or Parallel LivesBooks like Sliding Doors are featured in this book list, including Maybe Next Time and The Midnight Library.

The Best Time Travel TV & MoviesThis TV list celebrates the new TV shows and movies to stream for your best weekend of traveling…on your couch.  

Time Loop BooksThis book list is for readers who love Groundhog Day loop stories, which involve time travel repeating in a loop. You can visit this book list or head to the Book Gang podcast to hear us discuss our favorite finds. 

Books About Parallel Universes and Multiverse Stories—This book list features books like Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. I explore the multiverse and parallel universe through science fiction stories like Dark Matter, A Darker Shades of Magic, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Article Updated: March 14, 2024

What is your favorite time travel story? I’d love to expand our list with your favorites too!

The Best Time Travel Books to Escape Real Life

The Best Prime Reading Guide (10 Free Books)

Monday, March 11th, 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)

March Prime Reads

Discover a handpicked selection of captivating stories in our March 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)

Best Lynn Painter Books (The Ultimate Guide)

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
Lynn Painter Books (The Ultimate Guide)

Discover the best Lynn Painter books to read now. This book list features her young adult books and Painter’s romance novels for adult readers.

We are celebrating Lynn Painter this week with our Better Than the Movies Movie List Printable that we offer as a FREE PDF to celebrate all the iconic rom-com movie moments highlighted in her young adult book. 

I had also promised readers that we would create a landing page where you could stay up-to-date on the latest Lynn Painter books and here it is. Cue the confetti!

Mr. Wrong Number Series Books

We have split today’s book list into two sections- books for adults and books for young adult readers.

Lynn Painter is fearless with spicy romance book moments, so make sure you are in the right Lynn Painter book lane for you or your YA reader. 

Better Than the Movies Series

What are the best Lynn Painter books?

My all-time favorite Lynn Painter book is Better Than the Movies!

The Do-Over is also a surprisingly great Groundhog Day Story for readers who love a time loop. 

What are the Lynn Painter Series Books?

Lynn Painter has a series for adults and a series for young adults. The adult series is Mr. Wrong Number (two books have been published currently).

The other series is the Better Than the Movies series, with the second novel coming out this Fall. 

Better Than the Movies Quote

Is There Any Lynn Painter Movie News?

At this time, I am unaware of any movie adaptation announcements, but please contact me IMMEDIATELY when you hear an announcement.

What are the Lynn Painter Books In Order of Publication?

  • Better Than the Movies- 2021
  • Mr. Wrong Number-2022
  • Accidentally Amy- 2022
  • The Do-Over- 2022
  • The Love Wager- 2023
  • Betting on You- 2023
  • Happily Never After- 2024
  • Nothing Like the Movies- 2024 October

Where are the Lynn Painter Short Stories and Novellas?

Lynn Painter offers short story expansions and bonus chapters in the back of her novels, but you can also find many of these on the author’s website. I love that Lynn includes some deleted scenes for her readers.

Here are some of the short stories you will find:

  • WES BENNETT’S VIVID DREAM (pdf)
  • BTTM – Wes POV – Basketball NIGHT (pdf)
  • BTTM – WES POV – PARTY SCENE (pdf)
  • BONUS CHAPTER – WES POV – LIZ’S PROPOSAL (pdf)
  • WES AND LIZ’S COLLEGE ROAD TRIP – BTTM Bonus Chapters 
  • THE DO-OVER BONUS CHAPTERS – VALENTINE’S DAY #3 (NICK’S POV) (pdf)
  • MR. WRONG NUMBER PDF
  • MR. WRONG NUMBER – BONUS EPILOGUE – WEDDING DAY 
  • MR. WRONG. NUMBER – BONUS EPILOGUE – COLIN’S PROPOSAL (pdf)
Lynn Painter Young Adult Books

Important Note on Lynn Painter Audiobooks

Jesse Vilinsky has narrated all of Lynn Painter’s YA books- The Do-Over, Better Than the Movies, and Betting On You (with Zachary Webber).

If you find yourself in a Lynn Painter marathon, remember that these will all be narrated by the same voice. It might help to space out these books to ensure the characters are clear. 

This is, CLEARLY, coming from personal experience- haha!

Lynn Painter Books

Lynn Painter Books

Lynn Painter is a New York Times bestselling author living in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and pack of wild kids. 

She is a community columnist for the Omaha World-Herald and a regular blogger for their parenting section.

LYNN PAINTER BOOKS FOR ADULTS

Lynn Painter's books for adults deliver sizzling romance and steamy encounters.

These novels are open-door romance books.

LYNN PAINTER YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

These Lynn Painter YA books are for her younger audience.

Be sure to check the Storygraph App for content warnings for these novels.

If you love getting the scoop on authors and their books, be sure to subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more adventures. The podcast celebrates debut novels, backlist books, and under-the-radar book gems!

TELL ME: What do YOU think is the best Lynn Painter book?

Lynn Painter Books

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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Patrons will receive a free printable copy checklist for today’s magical assignment. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

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!