Discover Ann Patchett

Discover Author Ann Patchett In her online blog, Ann Patchett muses, "If you ever want to make an author truly happy, tell her you’re reading books from her backlist. It’s natural to pay attention to shiny new books while the backlist of older, still wonderful, books are ignored on a back shelf somewhere, but doing [...]

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Discover Chris Bohjalian

Discover Author Chris Bohjalian Chris Bohjalian (pronounced bo-jail-yen) is the bestselling author of amazing fiction such as the Hour of the Witch and The Flight Attendant. His books include several New York Times bestsellers and one, Midwives, featured in Oprah’s Book Club. Bohjalian’s books are loved worldwide and have been translated into 35 languages. Three of his books have been made [...]

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Great Scientific Minds (with Book List)

September Book Chain: Let’s Start with Albert Einstein When I planned out this year’s reading challenge, the theme I chose for September, in honor of back-to-school month, was “great minds.” As I began deciding which “great minds” to feature for the challenge, I realized that all the people whose biographies and memoirs we’ve read this year have [...]

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Discover Books on Famous Chefs: August Book Chain

We're halfway through our 2022 reading challenge. If you've been following along, you've been introduced to remarkable people whose talents and ideas have delighted fans, pushed limits, sparked revolutions, and even changed the world. Now we dive into famous chefs. Memoirs and biographies allow readers to go behind the curtain into the lives of incredible people. [...]

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10 Colleen Hoover Books for Your TBR

If you've been seeing the name Colleen Hoover pop up on your book recommendations, check this out! Although the summer is almost halfway done, it's never too late to add more books to your TBR (that's bookworm code for "to be read list"). And it's certainly not too late to give CoHo books (that's bookworm [...]

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Seven Biographies about Women

We compiled a list of books about brave, strong women who made a difference. They are female writers, industry leaders, and ordinary girls. They deduce how to break through the prejudice of the world and finally become unique themselves. Discover the story behind their actions. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and [...]

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10 Netflix Movies that Were Books First

Listed below are some of the most popular Netflix movies based on books. Maybe this will inspire you to watch a movie adapted from a book you've read and loved or read the book that your favorite movie is based on. While reading allows your imagination to create a scene and may challenge you to [...]

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July Book Chain: Let’s Start with George Washington

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 [...]

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June Book Chain: The World of Fashion- Starting with Chanel

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.

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The Best Beach/Poolside Reads for Summer 2022

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 plan

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May Book Chain: Winston Churchill and Beyond

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 [...]

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Book Recycling 101

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 [...]

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Authors with March Birthdays

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, [...]

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Authors with February Birthdays

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 [...]

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Winter Olympic Book Chain:

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 [...]

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Discover Lauren Willig

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 [...]

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The 2022 Discover Books Reading Challenge

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. 

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Discover Ken Follett

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.

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Authors with December Birthdays

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 [...]

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Holiday Books by the Decade

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. [...]

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Authors with November Birthdays

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 [...]

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Discover Amor Towles

"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 Towles

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Authors with October Birthdays

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 [...]

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Discover Author Alice Hoffman

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.

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Meet Diana Gabaldon

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.

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Authors with September Birthdays

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 [...]

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Best Books from the 1990s

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: techn

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Kristin Hannah Book Review

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.

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10 Authors with August Birthdays

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 [...]

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Authors with July Birthdays

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 [...]

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Authors with June Birthdays

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 [...]

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World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day

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. 

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Authors with April Birthdays

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.

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Books from the 1930s

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.

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Read to Improve Emotional Intelligence

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 [...]

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7 Mystery Books by Black Authors: Black History Month

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 [...]

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A Short History of Romance Novels

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 [...]

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Great Scientific Minds – Biology & Medicine

Did you enjoy the September reading challenge? Was there a great mind on the book list that resonated with you, or did you yearn to dig deeper into our explored ideas? Did you come to love Marie Curie, develop a fascination for code-breaking after reading about Elizabeth Smith, or do you now see Steve Jobs’ [...]

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Advice for Reading to Young Children

Read 12.5 minutes a day to children to prepare them for school Childhood is the perfect time to learn the joy of reading. Reading books to children not only capture their imagination, but introduces new ideas, values, and vocabulary. In a study conducted by Ohio State’s Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, "a million [...]

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