Episode 14: In Which Amy Allen Clark is a Guest Co-Host

We’re here this week to chat with Amy Allen Clark about some great books as well as what makes a successful book club, both IRL and on the internet!

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Amy Allen Clark of MomAdvice.com

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a surprise book present, an accessory to make binge-reading the next big thing, and choosing books for a trip.

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading, just two titles from each of the three of us because that still gives you a whole stack to check out.

Our deep-dive this week delves deep into the ins and outs of running a book club. And this episode is for you whether you have a group of friends that meet at a coffee shop each month or you are looking for a group of bookish friends on the internet so you can “book club” in your PJs! We even toss around some ideas for those of us (like Meredith and Kaytee) who are “book-club challenged” in that our inner rebel shows up whenever someone says we have to read a certain title.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we have some classic dude-friendly literature, a lovely little fun romp, and a sweeping American and African family story.

Time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

0:45 - MomAdvice.com

0:58 - The MomAdvice Book Club on Facebook

2:59 - idealbookshelf.com

3:40 - Ideal Bookshelf on Instagram: @idealbookshelf

4:21 -LEVO G2 Tablet Clamp Stand

9:13 - Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

9:31 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

12:46 - Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

12:53 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

13:28 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

14:14 - Serial Reader App

14:35 - Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

15:39 - Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

15:49 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

19:00 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

19:18 - The Selection (Series) by Kiera Cass

19:44 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

21:24 - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

21:38 - Wundersmith (Second book in Nevermoor series) by Jessica Townsend

22:34 - Elevation by Stephen King

25:42 - River Of Stars by Vanessa Hua

28:39 - Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

31:29 - Liane Moriarty books (specifically: Nine Perfect Strangers and Truly Madly Guilty)

32:50 - Seven Tips for Hosting a Successful Book Club article on MomAdvice.com

37:07 - Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

39:11 - meetup.com - LOL it still exists!!

40:14 - The Lazy Genius Podcast episode #72: The Lazy Genius Hosts a Book Swap

45:40 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

- and Amy’s interview with Anthony

46:18 - MomAdvice Book Club on Facebook

48:00 - Shogun by James Clavell

50:54 - The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

52:42 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

55:13 - Amy on Instagram: @momadvice

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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