While finishing a great book is intensely satisfying, it also raises a difficult question: What do I read next? Discover Books offers thousands of titles in every possible genre. Choosing your next read can be daunting, so let us help. Here is a list of 10 of our favorite binge-worthy authors with April birthdays. Your next great read starts here.Continue reading "10 Authors with April Birthdays"
The 1940s were profoundly shaped by WWII and its aftermath. Despite rationing, censorship, and the war's heavy demands, the demand for books remained steady. Everyone, from the men on the front lines to the folks at home, wanted stories, all kinds of stories. Here are 10 great books written in the 1940s.Continue reading "10 Books Written in the 1940s – April Reading Challenge"
IQ versus EQ The Power of Great Fiction Chances are, you’re familiar with the idea that an individual’s ability to reason and process information can be measured using an IQ—intelligence quotient—test. You’ve probably taken an IQ test yourself at least once in your lifetime for school or a job and you may even have tackled [...]Continue reading "Read to Improve Emotional Intelligence"
Flappers, jazz, Prohibition, bob haircuts, the Charleston, and wonderful books. Now that we’re solidly into the 2020s, it seems appropriate to take a voyage back 100 years to the 1920s to get a taste of the remarkable literature produced during that decade. We'll explore 10 of the best books from the 1920s and why they [...]Continue reading "10 of the Best Books from the 1920s"
As book lovers, we can easily slip into book hoarding. Book addictions are not dangerous, but can cause complications. DiscoverBooks.com has specific questions to help with diagnosis and a bookshelf cleanse plan for treatment. (A light-hearted play on a book buyback app we have available.)Continue reading "New Year’s Book Hoarding Help"
Authors in the 1930s took various approaches to the difficult circumstances of the time. Some created books that realistically revealed the times' difficulties, and others wrote stories that provided an escape from reality. Our reading challenge contains some of both. You'll find romance, self-help, and a taste of chick-lit as well as classics and some biting satire. You might be surprised; not every book written in the 30s about the 30s features poverty, the Dust Bowl, or Nazis. Many told lots of other stories during this decade. Here are 10 that tell a great story while capturing the history of the times.Continue reading "Reading Challenge: 10 Books from the 1930s"
When days are short and skies are gray, a comfy chair, warm blanket, and a good book become essential. No book warms you up better than a great romance novel. It’s clear that millions of people agree, as romances consistently top bestseller lists across the country. With winter settling in and Valentine’s Day around the [...]Continue reading "A Short History of Romance Novels"
December is a month chalked full of celebrations and traditions around the world. It might be the darkest month of the year, but lights and charitable giving illuminate the globe. This is a time when individuals seek out the nostalgic memories of the past and long for families. Yet, it is a month where the whole world celebrates, even if they celebrate differently and different things - there is a blending of traditions. It's like a woven tapestry with many threads creating a beautiful united image of humans at their best. Let's take time to learn about other countries and people's traditions as we cherish our own unique heritages.Continue reading "December Holidays Around the World"
2020 has been a year for the history books. We have had to cope with constant uncertainty, loss of loved ones, and lack of social interaction. Vacations, celebrations, and family traditions were put on hold. However, if we only look at the losses, we miss seeing the opportunities and blessings within the crisis. Technology has [...]Continue reading "Book Club Tips & Advice"
Before answering this question, I want to give a little background on it. This summer, like many people on the west coast, a good friend's house was burned in a wild fire. Only a few of her family's possessions were salvageable. They were devastated but happy to be alive. On Facebook, my friend began posting [...]Continue reading "Should I Inventory My Book Collection?"