Alison Weir is the most popular female historian and author in the UK. She is the fifth best-selling historian in the UK overall. Ms. Weir has published thirty-two books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her many awards and accolades include being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and being named an honorary [...]Continue reading "Discover Author Alison Weir"
The clothes we wear tell a story and communicate to the world who we are and how we'd like to be perceived. A great pair of shoes can improve our mood, and the perfect little black dress can give a much-needed boost of confidence. Whether you love Levi's or Chanel No. 5, follow the latest trends or stick to the classics, this reading challenge is for you.Continue reading "June Book Chain: The World of Fashion- Starting with Chanel"
As summer approaches, many of us are probably looking forward to beach trips or pool days. But as you sort through your beach towels and stock up on sunscreen, are you also checking your book supply? Even if you love swimming or playing games in the sand, you’ll probably want to take some breaks. So, bringing some beach/poolside reads with you is a good planContinue reading "The Best Beach/Poolside Reads for Summer 2022"
May 8th is Victory in Europe (VE) day; on this date in 1945, world leaders formally accepted Germany's unconditional surrender, and WWII ended. As events unfold in Russia and Ukraine in 2022 – 77 years later – it's impossible not to look back at what the last major conflict in Europe cost the world. Our [...]Continue reading "May Book Chain: Winston Churchill and Beyond"
Dear fellow book lovers: Book recycling is a sensitive subject for book lovers. Even though you may not admit it, you probably have a few too many books sitting on your shelf at home. They could be old books from school (when’s the last time you opened one of those?), outgrown children’s books, or someone [...]Continue reading "Book Recycling 101"
At Discover Books, we love to recognize the wonderful writers whose books fill our website and our hearts. So, we've compiled a list of ten authors with April birthdays to celebrate this month. We’re featuring authors from both classic and contemporary times, as well as a variety of book genres. But this list just contains [...]Continue reading "Authors with April Birthdays"
Not a day goes by without hearing music. Whether we're singing in the shower with our favorite playlist, humming along with the background tunes at the grocery store, or patiently listening to the music playing while we wait on hold. Music is the soundtrack of our lives. Every year in April, the Grammy Awards are [...]Continue reading "April Book Chain: Grammy Style"
We're back with another installment of our blog series that celebrates authors' birthdays, this time for the month of March. As in previous months, we've chosen to feature authors with March birthdays from both classic and contemporary times, as well as many different genres. Whether you're looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or children's/young adult books, [...]Continue reading "Authors with March Birthdays"
"Let's go to the movies. Let's go see the sta-a-ars!" This classic song from the movie musical, Annie, is the perfect introduction to our March book chain that's all about Hollywood and movie stars. Do you love reading, movies, and reading books about movies? Then this is the challenge for you.Continue reading "March Book Chain: Hollywood Edition"
Have you ever found yourself wondering, what would happen if in one of these fantasy stories like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. . . the Dark Lord won? What if Dark Lord Sauron said to Frodo, at the end of his long journey through Mordor, "Hey, that's my ring. Thanks for bringing it [...]Continue reading "Discover Brandon Sanderson"
At Discover Books, we love to recognize the wonderful writers whose books we sell, resell, and redistribute. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten authors with February birthdays to celebrate this month. Similar to our previous author birthday blog posts, we’re featuring famous writers across a variety of genres and periods. However, the literary works [...]Continue reading "Authors with February Birthdays"
February's Reading Challenge The Winter Olympics get underway in Beijing this month. People worldwide will watch skiers take to the slopes, skaters twirl and jump on the ice, snowboarders fly, curlers push their brooms, and hockey players shoot for gold. These athletes take our breath away. Perfect opportunity for a Winter Olympics book chain challenge. We're [...]Continue reading "Winter Olympic Book Chain:"
At Discoverbooks.com we celebrate authors with January birthdays from classic to contemporary see if you bday is shared with a famous author.Continue reading "Authors with January Birthdays"
What author idolizes Eleanor of Aquitaine and sent her first romance novel to a publisher handwritten on 300 pages when only nine years old? The answer is New York Times bestselling writer Lauren Willig, author of over 20 notable works of historical fiction. History, specifically giving women in history the credit they deserve, is a passion for [...]Continue reading "Discover Lauren Willig"
At Discover Books, our mission is to "Let the Stories Live on." So, it should be no surprise that stories, specifically the stories of remarkable people, are the focus of 2022's reading challenge. Each month, we'll introduce someone with an extraordinary story and build a reading chain that takes you on a voyage of discovery. One book will link to another and then another as you explore some of the most incredible stories ever told.Continue reading "The 2022 Discover Books Reading Challenge"
Ken Follett is everywhere. His 36 books have sold over 178 million copies in 80+ countries and been translated into 33 languages. His first bestseller, written over 40 years ago, is still selling strong. Whether he’s keeping readers glued to the page with tales of spies, Nazis, and CIA ops, spinning out spellbinding epics about the construction of a medieval cathedral, or weaving together global conflict and family drama, readers can be certain Ken Follett’s books will be filled with memorable characters, unpredictable plot twists, and page-turning anticipation.Continue reading "Discover Ken Follett"
Here at Discover Books, we’ve been celebrating famous writers' birthdays each month on our blog. As we turn to featuring authors with December birthdays, we've again chosen writers in various genres and periods to feature. Whether you’re looking for a literary holiday gift for someone else or adding books to your own To-Be-Read list for [...]Continue reading "Authors with December Birthdays"
The decorations are up. The fire is crackling, the cocoa is simmering, and your toes are comfortably cozy in your favorite winter socks. These are all sure signs you’ve successfully set the stage for an idyllic afternoon of wintertime reading. Now, all you need is a festive book to put you in the holiday spirit. [...]Continue reading "Holiday Books by the Decade"
At Discover Books, we love to recognize the wonderful writers whose books we resell and redistribute. So, we’ve once again compiled a list of ten authors with November birthdays to celebrate. This month’s list is loaded with famous names in classic and contemporary literature, spanning many genres. However, the works listed here are just a [...]Continue reading "Authors with November Birthdays"
2010 is a decade that's still clearly visible in the rearview mirror. Not enough time has passed to give us a well-defined sense of the significance of this decade. That kind of understanding comes only with space and perspective. What we can say is that the 20-teens did have a character all their own. By [...]Continue reading "Best Books from the 2010s "
"I think the closest cousin to the novel in the art realm is the symphony. A novel has movements and leitmotifs. It has moments of crescendo and diminuendo. You feel a growing emotional force, and then it backs off for reflection. A work must feel cohesive and organic, and the beginning and end inform each other in a way that we can hold in our head." - Amor TowlesContinue reading "Discover Amor Towles"
We’re back with another installment of our blog series that celebrates authors’ birthdays. This month, we’ve once again chosen to feature authors with October birthdays from both classic and contemporary times, as well as a variety of genres. Whether you’re looking for fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, or children’s/young adult literature, we hope this list will [...]Continue reading "Authors with October Birthdays"
Magic is a theme that weaves itself throughout the books of Alice Hoffman. No matter the genre, and she's tackled them all, including non-fiction, fiction, children's lit, YA lit, short stories, and even screenplays, magic always seems to play a role. She's a master at weaving together the tangible and the fanciful; even in her darkest stories, there's a little magic present to help see things through.Continue reading "Discover Author Alice Hoffman"
2000, a decade without a name, was a big deal. Let’s read some great books remember what the first decade of the the new millennium was like.Continue reading "Books from 1st Decade of the 2000s "
Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, the much-anticipated ninth installment in the Outlander books series, will be released on November 23, 2021. If you're a fan of the books, you likely have the date circled on your calendar. If you start now, you've got time to reread all the earlier books in anticipation. If you haven't gotten to know Claire, Jamie, and this remarkable series yet, now is the perfect time to dive in and give it a try.Continue reading "Meet Diana Gabaldon"
2020 marked the 100th anniversary of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Dame Agatha Christie’s first novel. What followed can only be described as extraordinary. Read more about this fascinating author here.Continue reading "AGATHA CHRISTIE"
We at Discover Books have recently been celebrating authors born in each month by featuring them in a series of blog posts. In general, we’ve chosen writers in various genres, periods, and age categories for each month’s list. However, our list of authors with September birthdays contains some of the most famous names in literature [...]Continue reading "Authors with September Birthdays"
As the decade of the ‘90s began, the world saw Germany reunite and the Soviet Union collapse. Bill Clinton became the first baby boomer president. Iraq invaded Kuwait and the first Gulf War ensued. As the 1990s marched on, the internet rose, OJ Simpson fell, a sheep named Dolly was cloned, a young golfer named Tiger Woods won his first Masters, and the entire globe braced itself for Y2K. While previous decades have a distinct character, it’s a bit hard to pin down the essence of the ‘90s, but two words do fit: technContinue reading "Best Books from the 1990s"
Hannah has been writing unforgettable stories for over 30 years, including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale. Her latest book, The Four Winds, is poised to follow suit, having spent most of 2021 so far at the top of numerous bestseller lists. Here’s a closer look at this remarkable author and five of our favorites from her considerable repertoire of outstanding historical fiction novels.Continue reading "Kristin Hannah Book Review"
Is reading a book outside the key to better health? We think so, especially if it’s with one of these books that are best enjoyed outdoors. Our list of nine books for your back porch reading list.Continue reading "Prescription for Better Health: Read Outside"
We’re back with the next installment of our blog post series celebrating authors’ birthdays. The ten writers with birthdays in August that we’ve chosen to feature encompass both classic and modern times, as well as a variety of genres. Whether you’re looking for historical fiction, romance, sci-fi, or even horror, this list can lead you [...]Continue reading "Authors with August Birthdays"
Flashback to the 80s with this reading challenge. 10 books from the 1980s.Continue reading "Influential Books from the 1980s"
Do you have an abundance of books and don't know what to do with them or, better yet, how to display them efficiently? Here are 11 tips and tricks to organize all your books while still being stylish. Over the years, I struggled to organize my bookshelves. But as I grew into a bookworm over [...]Continue reading "How to Organize Your Books"
The Tokyo Olympic Games have officially started! As we watch this year’s Olympic Games from our homes, let’s look at some of the most notable past and present American Olympians.Continue reading "Meet the Olympians"
At Discover Books, we love to recognize the wonderful writers whose books fill our website and our hearts. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten authors with July birthdays that we're celebrating. We’re featuring authors from both classic and contemporary times, as well as writers of adult, children’s, and young adult books. However, the works [...]Continue reading "Authors with July Birthdays"
Everything you need to know about the Summer Olympics 2021, including the Olympic's history and some great books to read.Continue reading "Get Ready for the Summer Olympics 2021"
10 best books from the 1970s. Join us on our reading challenge and discover stories you’ll never forget. Read on to find your new favorite book!Continue reading "Best Books from the 1970s"
Here at Discover Books, we have been celebrating famous writers' birthdays on our blog. In regards to authors with June birthdays, we’ve chosen writers in various genres and periods to feature, as well as a mix of adult, young adult, and children’s authors. No matter what you’re looking for, this list can help you find [...]Continue reading "Authors with June Birthdays"
Do you remember having to read all those classic novels in your high school English class? Well, I do! I remember feeling stressed out that I had to read three chapters of some classic novel in addition to all the other schoolwork I had at the time. But after reading these specific stories, I was [...]Continue reading "High School Classics Worth Reading"
Some of my first memories are when my parents read bedtime stories to me. I remember begging them to read "just one more" before going to bed. Coming from a family that collects books, we never seemed to run out of new stories to read. For my family, books gave us an escape to a [...]Continue reading "Timeless Children’s Books for Future Generations"
These authors with May birthdays span many genres, age groups, and time periods. We hope that this list will help you find your next favorite book!Continue reading "Authors with May Birthdays"
It's all about counterculture. The word "counterculture," a term used to describe a group or system with a conflict with mainstream values and norms as its primary and defining purpose, was first coined in the 1960s and for a good reason. Whereas the 1950s marked a boom in all things mainstream, the '60s were most [...]Continue reading "Best Books from the 1960s"
May 19th is World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day, and it couldn't be more relevant considering food shortages and supply issues. The good news is anyone can grow something. It doesn't take a large plot of land. All you need is some sun, water, and a container with soil. Voila! A window garden, patio garden, or even a roof garden will do. You can grow tomatoes or potatoes in a bucket. Lettuce in a cup. Strawberries in a basket. The list goes on and on.Continue reading "World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day"
How to describe the 1950s in one word? Try BOOM. People around the world felt an overwhelming sense of optimism in 1950 following the end of WWII. With eyes looking forward to a future of peace and prosperity, the world experienced a boom. Economies boomed as big things like highways and schools were built at [...]Continue reading "Books from the 1950s"
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 "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"
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 "Books from the 1930s"
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"
Black History Month started in 1976. Much focus has been placed on musicians, politicians, poets, activists, reformers, actors, and writers in the forty-four years of celebrating it. Discover Books is taking this opportunity to focus on mystery books by black authors. We present a sampling of talented African-American writers. Christopher Darden is no stranger to [...]Continue reading "7 Mystery Books by Black Authors: Black History Month"
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"
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 "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"
Image from Canva Pro When thinking about July Fourth and American Independence, it only makes sense to begin with George Washington. But there's so much more to Independence Day than one legendary colonial general. What began essentially as consumer-led boycotts against unfair prices on things like stamps and tea became a revolution of ideas that [...]Continue reading "July Book Chain: Let’s Start with George Washington"