The Best One Bed Trope Books For Romance Lovers

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!

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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!

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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)

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

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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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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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The Best Romantic Series TV Shows to Watch Now

February 1st, 2024

These are 12 of our best romantic series tv show recommendations perfect for streaming now. These shows are perfect for the rom-com lover who crave a meet cute.

The Best Romantic Series TV Shows to Watch Now

From our marriage & parenting contributor, Mary Carver.

Do you love reading romance novels but have trouble concentrating on books right now?

Do you lament the lack of true rom coms these days (you know, the big-budget ones with Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan)?

Did you finish watching Sweet Magnolias or Virgin River or Bridgerton—and now you’re looking for another romantic comedy to fill the void?

I’m here to help!

I have a show for every kind of romantic comedy fan. 

If you love romantic comedies and want a new TV series to watch to scratch that rom-com itch, I have a dozen shows for you. (However, if you haven’t watched Sweet Magnolias or Virgin River yet, pause. Do not pass go. Watch those shows first. They’re both streaming on Netflix, and you will thank me.)

On to the rom-com shows!

The Best Romantic TV Shows to Watch Now

12 TV Shows to Watch if You Like Romantic Comedies

 If you love time travel with a romantic series bend…

Timeless is an action-adventure about a team that travels through time to stop the bad guys from changing history.

But also?

It’s about a soldier and a professor on that team who seem like they might not get along, BUT THEN THEY DO.

Of course, you’ll see that coming from the first episode, but the story (like the history and the science in this show) isn’t relatively so straightforward.

It is, however, lovely—and is wrapped up with the prettiest bow at the end of its two seasons.

Watch on Hulu.

If you love a family drama romantic series…

Jane the Virgin is a show about a young woman who’s accidentally artificially inseminated.

That plot might hint at the show’s (and character’s) love of telenovelas and all their messy drama.

And this show is twisty and silly and way over the top with the drama!

But also?

What none of that tells you is how incredibly sweet and moving it is.

The characters in JTV grow and change and make you fall in love every single week.

Watch on Netflix.

Chesapeake Shores is a Hallmark Channel family drama full of old flames and new loves, and plenty of family issues.

It’s like Parenthood, or This is Us, but less stressful.

Watch on Hallmark Movies Now.

The Baker & the Beauty is an adorable show perfect for anyone looking for a quick binge or anyone who loves the famous person who falls in love with an average person trope.

An international superstar meets a baker from Miami, and sparks fly.

Her friends and his family disapprove, but they’re forced to deal with everything that comes with a star-and-civilian romance anyway.

The supporting characters are just as lovely and loveable as the main two characters, and you can’t help rooting for every single one of them (even when they’re at odds with each other).

I still can’t believe this only aired for one season, but it’s still totally worth a watch.

Watch on Netflix.

If you love young love…

Never Have I Ever is about a teenage girl who wants to be popular and lose her virginity.

At least, that’s how it starts.

But this show from Mindy Kaling is so much more.

It’s about tricky family dynamics, and it’s about a first-generation Indian American girl trying to navigate her family’s culture with American culture and her interests and values.

And it’s about teenagers and falling in love and friendship.

It’s fun, funny, and moving. (And season 2 comes out this summer!)

Watch on Netflix.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has too much punctuation. I know.

But despite the ridiculous name and silly-seeming premise (students at the school where the HSM movies were filmed put on the HSM musical), the show is darling!

Sure, it has plenty of meta, wink-wink-nod-nod references to the High School Musical franchise.

But it also has original characters and just…TRY not to fall in love with these kids!

I watched this with my kids, and we’re excited about the second season, too.

Watch on Disney+.

If you love romantic series shows about friend groups…

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a series (also created by Mindy Kaling; I have a type) inspired by the Hugh Grant movie.

It is not a remake or a reboot, so don’t go in expecting that!

It’s about a group of college friends, some of whom have had or will have romantic relationships with each other.

It’s romantic and funny and, at times, heartbreaking.

I loved it, and I think you might too.

Watch on Hulu.

New Girl is one of my all-time favorites, which you might have picked up on (since I’ve written about this show before).

But it fits here too!

If you love seeing friendships develop and grow and fracture and heal, this is for you.

If you love outrageous hijinks and hilarious inside jokes, this is for you.

If you love shipping characters you know are meant for each other or watching two unlikely lovers connect, this is for you.

Watch on Netflix.

If you love small towns…

Hart of Dixie is a funny, emotional show about a New York surgical resident forced to work in a one-doctor practice in small-town Alabama.

It’s about a love triangle—no, wait!

It’s about several love triangles!

It’s about falling in love with characters you thought you hated.

It’s Doc Hollywood as a TV series or the Gilmore Girls in the South. (It’s also about a Black man being mayor of a small town in the South, yet nobody ever mentions race. So head’s up on that.)

Watch on Prime.

If you love magic…

The Good Witch is another show from the Hallmark Channel, and it’s about a widow who moves to a small town to raise her daughter.

Is she a witch?

Or…not?

The town doesn’t know for sure, but the (handsome) local doctor doesn’t believe it.

And yet, he’s drawn to her anyway.

Of course!

Watch on Netflix.

If you love musicals…

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is one of my very favorite shows, and for so many reasons!

It’s about a young woman who undergoes a medical test and suddenly can hear people’s emotions as if they are singing them.

It’s incredible.

The singing!

The dance numbers!

And don’t forget the friendships and family dynamics that are real and hard and lovely.

But for our purposes here today, I assure you: Zoey finds herself in a love triangle, and you will be hard-pressed to decide which guy to root for!

Rent season one on Prime; watch season two on Hulu.

The soundtrack is exciting.

It doesn’t feature singing performances like Zoey’s does.

Instead, it has the characters lip-sync and dance to songs that kinda-sorta move the story forward.

That story is about how the lives of seemingly unconnected people in Los Angeles intersect over the years.

I loved the story, and some of those connections are undoubtedly romantic!

Watch on Netflix.

What’s your favorite romantic comedy on TV?

Let’s Head to Art School With These Amazing Books

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

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!

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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

25 Funny Valentine’s Cards That Made Us LOL

January 11th, 2024
25 Funny Valentines Cards That Made Us LOL

These funny Valentine’s Day cards offer 25 Etsy designs that are perfect to celebrate. These 2024 pop culture moments and memes include easy captions for gifts.

Although it may seem a little early to start talking about Valentine’s Day, we have learned the hard way that sometimes shipping cards takes a bit of time. 

Every card we have ever ordered from an Etsy shop owner has been worth the wait, though! These custom cards are laugh-out-loud funny and often refer to memes and pop culture moments worth their weight in gold. 

Today we wanted to show off 25 Valentine’s Day cards that are the perfect way to say I love you to all the important people in your life.

Can I also say how important it is to support Etsy makers? I hope you’ll feel inspired to order a card or two and support a small business.

Funny Valentine's Cards

Are you looking for a funny card for Valentine’s Day? Check out this gathering of 25 Etsy cards, perfect for this year's festivities. I have even supplied card captions for this year to make it easier!

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The Best Fiction Books of 2023

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?

Meet Our New Book Gang

January 4th, 2024
Meet Our New Book Gang Podcast

Meet my new book gang collaboration with Victoria from The Reader’s Couch Podcast and Cindy from Thoughts from a Page Podcast, as we embark on a new journey.

I’m thrilled to bring you a special pop-up episode announcing a fabulous new collaboration for the upcoming year. I couldn’t be more excited to team up with my bookish friends, Victoria from The Reader’s Couch Podcast and Cindy from Thoughts from a Page Podcast, as we embark on our own little book gang adventure.

These incredible hosts share my love for reading. Today we dive into how this love for reading began and take a behind-the-scenes look at how our communities started. 

You’ll also get a sneak peek at our favorite reads of the year and the upcoming releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Through this partnership, you can expect to hear us regularly on each other’s podcasts, discussing our favorite books and delving into all the reading-related fun that fuels our shows and passions. 

It is SO beautiful when women lift each other up, and I hope you feel that excitement today through this new collaboration effort.

Victoria Wood- The Reader's Couch Podcast

Meet Victoria Wood (The Reader’s Couch Podcast) 

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

Cindy Burnett- Thoughts from a Page Podcast

Meet Cindy Burnett (Thoughts from a Page Podcast)

Cindy Burnett hosts the Thoughts from a Page Podcast where she engages in compelling author interviews and discussions with industry professionals. Beyond her podcast, she actively promotes books through social media, writes columns for The Buzz Magazines, contributes monthly reviews to Bookreporter.com, and co-creates Conversations from a Page—an author event series in Houston.

Meet Our New Book Gang

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Meet the NEW 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books

Bluff by Michael Kardos

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Trixie Belden The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Six Months to Live by Lurlene McDaniel

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Enid Blyton

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Shark Heart by Emily Habeck

The Girls We Sent Away by Meagan Church

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters

The Bitter Past by Bruce Borgos

Homecoming by Kate Morton

I Could Live Here Forever by Hannah Halperin

The Last Word by Taylor Adams

The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Dissonance by Shaun Hamill

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

A Letter to the Luminous Deep by Sylvie Cathrall

The Great Divide by Cristina Henriquez

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Real Americans by Rachel Khong

Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

There There by Tommy Orange

The Angel of Indian Lake by Stephen Graham Jones

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

The Husbands by Holly Gramazio

Northwoods by Amy Pease

The Turtle House by Amanda Churchill

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The Best Found Family Trope Books To Read Now

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

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

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

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

What is Found Family Trope?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Found Family Trope Books To Read Now

The Best Found Family Trope Books

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

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

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FANTASY FOUND FAMILY

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

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS WITH FOUND FAMILY

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

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS WITH FOUND FAMILY TROPE

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

FOUND FAMILY BOOKS WITH OLDER PROTAGONISTS

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

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

The Magic of Belonging in Found Family Books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Found Family Trope Books To Read Now

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

Jessica Bearak- Book Gang Contributor

Meet Jessica Bearak

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

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

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

The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

The 2024 MomAdvice Book Club Books Announced

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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

Public Library of Saint Joseph County

What Chosen Family Means and How to Build Your Own

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

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

The Magic of Old Hollywood Books

The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader

The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore

Best Books About Hollywood to Get Swept Away

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

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

Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent

How to Use the Storygraph App For a Better Reading Life

2023 Summer Reading Guide

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Coyote Lost and Found by Dan Gemeinhart

The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley

The Spectacular Life Lessons from Books About Road Trips

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

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

Amy’s Interview with Nathaniel Ian Miller

The Happy Life of Isadora Bentley by Courtney Walsh

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