High School Classics Worth Reading

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 [...]

Timeless Children’s Books for Future Generations

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 [...]

Best Books from the 1960s

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 [...]

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. 

Books from the 1950s

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 [...]

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.

10 Books Written in the 1940s

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.

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.

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 [...]