New Donation Bins Acquired in the Northeast

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This is great news for our customers and our mission.  Read the release below:

Press Release – For Immediate Release

“Discover Books” acquires book collection bin assets of “Big Hearted Books, LLC.”

BOSTON, MA – BALTIMORE, MD – August 22nd, 2018 – The United States Federal Bankruptcy Court District of Massachusetts Eastern Division recently authorized the sale of the collection box assets of Big Hearted Books and Clothing, LLC, aka Got Books, to Discover Books, a Baltimore-based organization, with operations throughout the United States and Canada.  These collection boxes service the Northeast including Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York.

“This acquisition furthers our mission to provide gently used, affordable books to consumers and donations to our literacy partners.  Moreover, it strengthens our ability to responsibly recycle remainders for reuse providing an essential service for the residents of the Northeast,” states Gary Broache, CEO of Discover Books.

Since the bankruptcy of Big Hearted Books, many of the collection boxes have not been serviced resulting in many questions and concerns for the hosts.  “With the recent court authorization occurring on August 20th, we are committed to making all efforts to service partner locations,” states Mr. Broache.  “The additional and timely servicing of over 1,200 new collection boxes is a big task, and we ask for the patience of our new partners while we get our teams rolling.”

Discover Books logistics personnel are already addressing the most urgent service needs while doing a comprehensive review of all locations in an effort to find, identify and validate the bins and communicate directly with each of the host partners.  “We are committed to our mission and greatly appreciate the loyalty of our new partners,” Broache says.

An 888 toll free number and email address have been established to communicate any partner service needs and questions regarding the recent acquisition.  Please call 888-402-BOOK (2665), or email bins@discoverbooks.com.

Visit us at www.discoverbooks.com to find out more information on our program and find affordable books.

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Discover Books, a for-profit company, is one of the largest online used book sellers and sources of literary donations to charitable organizations in North America.  Discover Books collects used books through thrift stores, library partnerships, residential pick-up operations, and book collection boxes across the U.S. and Canada.  The company resells, donates, or responsibly recycles used books to achieve its mission.  To date, Discover Books has donated more than 12 million books to those in need and has diverted over 500 million pounds of books from landfills.

Young Adults’ Recommended Reading (by Kate)

As the primary IT guy for our website, one of the benefits my family enjoys is ordering books when I make code changes to DiscoverBooks.com. After a change, I always order a test book (to make sure everything still works properly). My daughter and wife fight about who gets the next “free” book (free to them – of course I pay for books just as everyone else does, after checking our social media and email campaigns for a coupon code). My 11-year-old daughter wrote a blog post about the books/series she likes the most:

Greetings, fellow readers! My name is Kate. I am in the sixth grade, and here are some of my middle school reading recommendations:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I started to read the first (of five books in the series) in the summer before fifth grade. It had been sitting on my shelf, and I decided to bring it along on a trip. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. It is beautifully written and absolutely hilarious. I finished it at the beginning of the school year, and I was very excited to read the next book in the series. While reading, you will learn about Greek mythology. I already knew some Greek mythology before I read this series, but Riordan brought the characters to life for me. You’ll learn about Poseidon, Zeus, Medusa, Athena, Hera, Demeter, Ares, and many more including cool monsters and Titans. One of my favorite chapters is about Aunty Em’s Gnome Emporium, which turns out to be statue shop – with statues that Aunty Em (Medusa) created with her deadly gaze. I gave the books to my mom when I was done and she likes them, although she has to fight my friends for them because they’re all reading them too! Rick Riordan has four other different series right now and I’ve enjoyed them all as well. I’ll talk about them in my next post.

Visit Percy Jackson on Discover Books


Harry Potter by JK Rowling

The Harry Potter series is very well known to readers all around the world (more than 400 million copies sold, in 55 languages — including Latin and Ancient Greek). JK Rowling is the first author to make $1 billion. The series is about a boy who finds out he is a wizard. In every book he goes on a new adventure, usually with his two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. I like to watch the movies after having read the books to see how they are different. The book is always better. My favorite book from the series is The Goblet of Fire.

In this book, Harry has to compete against wizards from other schools in many challenges. My favorite characters in the books are Hagrid, Cho Chang, and Fleur Delacour. I was lucky to have my mom take me for a weekend to Universal Studios in Florida. We visited the World of Harry Potter. I had butterbeer (it’s like an ice cream float – so good!) and we had a lot of fun exploring Diagon Alley. I highly recommend reading the books (first), watching the movies (second), and visiting Universal (if you can- get the butterbeer and chocolate frogs).

Visit Harry Potter Titles on Discover Books


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series is probably my favorite series so far this year. It is thrilling and action-packed. The only problem is younger readers may be frightened by the violence that’s described. The story takes place in the future with a country divided into 12 districts that are harshly ruled by an evil president in the capitol. Every year, two children from each district participate in the “games.” They fight each other until only one person is left alive. As the series continues, there is a revolt. The main character, Katniss, becomes the face of the revolt and is nicknamed the Mockingjay (which is the name of the third/final book in the series). For Christmas last year, I got a bow and arrow set – sometimes my dad calls me Kate-nis when I’m practicing. I don’t mind too much. I watched the movies after reading the books. They were good but left out a lot of parts I enjoyed from the books.

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Other series I recommend:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney – I read all these a year or two ago. Easy to read, funny. Good for younger readers.

 

 

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I’m reading this now. It is similar to The Hunger Games in some ways.

 

 

 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I’m reading this next.

 

Your 2018 Summer Reading List

Every year for the past 30-something years, my mother’s side of the family has come together for a week at the beach. We’ve ranged in numbers from 15 to 45, with ages from one to 75. And while we’ve added family members and lost others, while bathing suit sizes have crept up, and while more folks have reading glasses perched on top of sunglasses, on every beach day, you’ll see a line of us on the shore with books in hand.

Summer reading lists for the beach mean different things to different people. For some it’s picking up a classic they didn’t quite finish in high school but always meant to tackle. For others, it means they now have time to wade deeper into a mystery series.

And there are always one or two uncles with a Tom Clancy or John Sandford paperback pulled waterlogged and dog-eared from the bottom of a bag. But for the majority of us, beach reads equal something lighter in nature, or catching up on the latest New York Times Best Seller that everyone is talking about.

Beach reads can be the paper versions of Lifetime holiday movies. You can generally figure out the plots early and know who is going to end up together. But exploring the complexity of family relationships and travelling to different places feeds right into the summer mood.

In my teenage years, my summer reads were written by Rosamunde Pilcher who, in addition to her most famous book, “The Shell Seekers,” wrote more than 30 novels and story collections over her career.

From there I moved on to a couple of mystery series, choosing a couple of Janet Evanovich or Sue Grafton letters and numbers to pass the time. And now it’s whatever the book club has selected (which can admittedly go either way…).

There are endless online lists of recommended summer reads where you can select by genre or choose based on an author you’ve enjoyed previously. Local libraries often have summer reading programs to encourage reading and are a great source of information as well. We’ve assembled a Popular Reads section where you can browse our top-rated and best-selling books. And when you’ve found your titles to pack in your beach bag, remember to check discoverbooks.com to make your beach budget stretch even further. Stock up on all of the best books for summer with our selections below:

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy’s classic techno military thriller, Rainbow Six, focuses on an elite counter-terrorism unit led by one of Clancy’s lesser used characters, John Clark. This is one Clancy’s more standout novels and a great example of the tech thriller of the late 90s early 2000s. It’s a beast at around 900 pages, but a veritable page-turner.

Shop Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

Broken Prey by John Sandford

John Sanford is the king of the serial novel genre, and perhaps his most notable series is the Prey Series which features Lucas Davenport as the main protagonist. Stretching across 28 books, the Prey Series, follows Davenport as he navigates life in the Minneapolis Police Department. Broken Prey is the 16th book in the series and puts Davenport and the reader in a chase with one of the most ruthless killers in the Prey series.

Shop Broken Prey by John Sandford

Two For The Dough by Janet Evanovich

Two for the Dough is a book by Janet Evanovich in the Stephanie Plum series and spent 36 weeks at the Top 150 best-seller list. This novel features corrupt funeral home owners, embalmed body parts in the mail, and not-to-be-underestimated grandmothers, as well as the introduction of “Big Blue,” the only car to remain unscathed throughout the Plum series.

Shop Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

Shell Seekers by Rosamond Pilcher

Shell Seekers is a time agnostic novel that follows the main character, Penelope Kneeling, as she examines her life in her 60s. Told through impressionistic flashbacks and multiple points of view, this novel has been a long-running best-seller, especially in author Rosamond Pilcher’s home in the UK. While not a page-turning serial thriller, this is a great summer read if you’re looking for something with a little bit more emotional depth and less action.

Shop Shell Seekers by Rosamond Pilcher

X (A Kinsey Millhone Novel) by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series features detective Kinsey Millhone and is set in California. X is the only title in the series to not have been followed by a word in her now famous title styles (A is for Alibi). Written in the classic hard boiled detective genre, X is set in 1980s California and follows Millhone as she tracks down a sociopathic serial killer.

Shop X by Sue Grafton

May is Short Story Month

For those of us without a lot of time to read – or perhaps readers like me who have books all over the house and want to be able to pick up and put down something if we have a few minutes to spare – short story collections are the perfect solution to get your reading fix without having to read hundreds of pages.

Most of us were introduced to short stories in high school. Whether the suspense of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, the heartbreaking brilliance of Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron or the mind-bending consequences in Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder, short stories introduced younger readers to the possibilities of fiction without sacrificing language, plot, or characters.

Today, short story collections are everywhere. They allow you to explore new genres and authors without the commitment of wading through a longer novel, but with all the satisfaction of finishing a great story. Once you’ve got short story authors that you really like, you can expand your reading list to novel authors you’ve enjoyed and of whom you’d like to read more.

Since May is Short Story Month, we’re showcasing some of our favorite short story picks for our readers.

Ernest Hemingway’s The Nick Adams Stories

Ernest Hemingway is widely considered the grandfather of the modern short story. He has a number of famous short story collections, like In Our Time, but we’d like to point you in the direction of The Nick Adams Stories. This posthumous collection features stories published – and some unpublished – throughout Hemingway’s life. This is one of our favorite collections of short stories to read that are a little off the beaten path.

JD Salinger’s Nine Stories

JD Salinger is widely known for his anti-hero classic, A Catcher in the Rye. He followed his breakout novel with a collection of short stories called “Nine Stories.” It included “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” which was originally published in the New Yorker Magazine a couple years before Catcher came out. This collection was surprising popular (and financially successful) for a collection of short stories and kept Salinger’s literary star in the spotlight as the famous author slid into the seclusion.

Stephen King’s Night Shift

Night Shift was Stephen King’s first published collection of short stories. Published right after the success of the Shining, Night Shift features 20 of King’s stories, some previously published by various magazines, others unpublished. Unsurprisingly, many of these stories went on to get film adaptations in Hollywood, including Children of the Corn, Truck, The Lawnmower Man, Graveyard Shift, The Mangler, and Cat’s Eye.

Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

Roald Dahl has penned children’s classics such as James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but what many Dahl fans don’t realize is that he also wrote several short story collections from the point of view of children. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More is a collection of short stories written for a slightly older audience than the majority of his famous children’s books, leaning more young adult than elementary school aged readers.

 

 

 

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Whether science fiction, classics, horror, Southern literature, or modern authors, there’s sure to be a collection out there that feeds your enjoyment of reading. Check out all of our short story collections here.

Parents Survival Guide While Kids Are Away at College…”Sniffle, Sniffle”…

It’s that time of year again when the children are back in school and for school-age children and even high schooler’s, that means that parents are probably doing a little bit of a happy dance…don’t deny it, you’re a little excited even if you don’t want to admit it.

But what about the parents of kids in college? ESPECIALLY freshmen college students who have recently left the nest for the first time?! In the excitement and chaos that came with packing up their new college student and getting them off safely, no one stopped to think about the parents and how hard it must have been to see their children leave!

Popsugar.com even posted an article recently about our former POTUS, Barack Obama, and how he cried when Malia left for college. The Secret Service would likely deny any knowledge of this but Barack came out and said,

“I dropped off Malia at college, and…it was a little bit like open-heart surgery. I was proud that I did not cry in front of her.  But on the way back, the Secret Service was off, looking straight ahead, pretending they weren’t hearing me as I sniffled and blew my nose. It was rough.”

You can read the full article here but I would imagine that a lot of parents can relate and while those with younger children in school look forward to a little, teeny bit of extra free time to get things done, those with college students are probably scrambling….looking for anything and everything that they can do to get their mind off of their son/daughter being gone.

So today, you are in luck. We have listed below the top 3 books that will help you cope, understand and make the most of the time that you spend away from your (all grown up) little baby!

Check them out below at www.DiscoverBooks.com for next to nothing so that you can keep your emotions AND your wallet in-tact until Christmas break!! YAY!!

1) Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson

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2) You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me) by Marjorie Savage

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3) Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn

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BREAKING NEWS! Why We Do What We Do!

This past week, the ABC News 5 Cleveland team out of Cleveland, OH featured a segment on their show that epitomizes why we do what we do. They open the exclusive segment with a staggering statistic….Nearly 66% of Cleveland residents are “functionally illiterate.”

This means that reading something as simple as a medicine bottle can be a challenge. And if adults are having a hard time reading, this can only mean that children will have a hard time reading as well.

Worse yet, 2 out of 3 low-income children in Cleveland (and likely many cities in the U.S.) don’t own a single book.

But there is hope!….Queue our INCREDIBLE partner, The Cleveland Book Bank, and the good work that they do. We are fortunate enough to get to be a part of the process at the Cleveland Book Bank and supply roughly 95% of all of the books that they donate…and it’s a lot of books. These books are carefully sorted and handed out to children for free so that they can begin developing their literacy skills!

This is absolutely the reason why Discover Books does what we do. Literacy is SO important and in order to read, you need to have books!

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Watch the full video now and don’t forget, DONATE, DONATE, DONATE!! You can donate to the Cleveland Book Bank directly if you live in the area. If not, you can click here to find the closest Discover Books drop box to your location and trust that we will make sure the books find a new home and a loving family that will #letthestoriesliveon.

 

Miss Maryland Princess 2016 Visits Discover Books!!

Last week we had a Discover Books FIRST! Brace yourselves!!!!…..We met with Miss Maryland Princess 2016, TaLiyah McColl!! TaLiyah is working her way up to becoming a Miss America candidate!!! Can you believe it!? A future Miss America was at Discover Books! We are SO excited! She is one of the sweetest, most wise-beyond-her-years young girls that we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Not to mention she is extremely generous and focused on helping others!

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Meeting with TaLiyah was amazing and awe-inspiring because she stopped by Discover Books to collect about 100 books (that was all her and her mom could carry on this trip…but they will be back for more!) for her mission to donate them to young readers in the area! She supports the platform, Readers are Leaders, and holds book drives so that young children can have books of their very own!

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The founder of Readers are Leaders, Wendell Byrd, says:

“The Readers Are Leaders program offers a path to success for struggling elementary school readers by creating opportunities for growth and achievement. We target students who need a helping hand today so that they may become the responsible citizens, problem solvers, and leaders of tomorrow.”

We are so inspired to see TaLiyah along with her fellow sister queens using their notoriety to make a difference in the lives of other children. Their mission is right in line with what we do at Discover Books…promoting literacy…and we could not be happier to be an ongoing partner for TaLiyah and the work that she does!

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TaLiyah told us that she will be back to get more books soon and will bring an army of future Miss America contestants with her! We CANNOT wait and we will update you on our next visit and their donation recipients just as soon as we can!

You’ve Been Donating, So We’ve Been Busy!

At Discover Books, we cannot express our gratitude for the donations that our followers and supporters give to us. Every month we receive THOUSANDS of donated books that are just waiting for their chance at a new life. Our goal is to Let The Stories Live On and find new happy homes for the donated books where they will be cherished for years to come.

In order to find homes for such an overwhelming amount of donations (which is a FANTASTIC problem to have!!) we rely on the outreach and support of our non-profit and school partners! These organizations know where the books are needed and how to get them into the hands of children that will love them.

Literacy is the goal and there are plenty of books to go around so we wanted to share with you just the tiniest TIP of the iceberg that is our Discover Books donation program.

What you will see in the pictures below represents a teeny, tiny fraction of the donations that we do within our local market communities.  EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. and EVERY. SINGLE. DONATION. is very important to us and we want to show you who your donations are going to and how they are living on with new stories to tell.  From Maryland, to Ohio, to California and everywhere in between, these donated books are finding new homes and we couldn’t be happier!

These pictures are from the La Milla de Mayo (The May Mile) run/walk in Gaithersburg, MD. Participants are invited to celebrate the race’s completion with music, food, Salsa dancing, and Cinco de Mayo festivities. Free Kids Fun Runs kick off the race! Runners of all ages and levels are eligible to register for this event and receive free books at the finish line! How awesome is that!

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This glamour shot is from the inside of the Cleveland Book Bank in Cleveland, OH! Since March of 2016, the Cleveland Kids Book Bank has redistributed over 630,000 kids books from the donations that we receive!  They are doing amazing work in Cleveland, and are looking forward to growing!!!

Here is a smorgasbord of amazing photos from some of the local donations that we have done in the Bay Area of California recently! Featured schools pictured here are Vintage Parkway Elementary, Tracy Elementary, and Oakley Elementary! There is no doubt that these books are finding the happiest of new homes!!

Above all, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us and donating your gently used books to our cause! If you have never donated before, that’s okay too! You can find a list of our drop off locations here and you can search by zip code!! Who knows, maybe your donated book will show up in one of the pictures on our blog or website soon!!

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Is Your Child’s Summer Brain Less Active?

Happy Summer Bookies!!…..or is it!?!

Scholastic recently published a study that shows that 15% of children (ages 6-17) don’t read any books over the summer!
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I know, I know….we were shocked too!! That number is staggering considering there is SOOO much proven evidence that not reading over the summer is detrimental to a child’s learning process throughout the rest of the year.

The good news, however, is that 50% of the same group of children read between 1-5 books over their summer break!!!! eh-ehmmmm we will say that one more time…..

Scholastic reports that 50% of children ages 6-17 read between 1-5 books over the summer!

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There we go…..that’s better!

So you might be sitting there wondering what you can do to get your children to read more over the summer, keep their brains active and ensure a smooth transition for them back into the school year in September right? No problem!

Here is an awesome infographic from the survey that is JAMPACKED with great ideas to get books in those hands! Click on the infographic to read the full Scholastic survey with more information and statistics that you might find pretty surprising!

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We have saved the best news for last because now it is easier than EVER to get books for your children to read over the summer! You don’t even have to go out and fight the summer heat for this one…GET READY!

Head over to www.DiscoverBooks.com to take advantage of our multiple book promo going on now! Buy ANY five books on our website and get 20% OFF!!! Can you believe it??? 20% That’s like getting one of the books completely free!

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Yep, that’s how we feel too! And we know your kids are going to love it. Hop on over to www.DiscoverBooks.com and buy any 5 books that you and your children want (you can even get one for yourself too!) and then enter code SUMMERREADING2017 at checkout for 20% off.

Keep your family safe, happy, and most of all READING this summer with Discover Books!

To Romp, Or Not To Romp…

Hallelujah! Summer is officially in full swing!

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Here in the Northern Hemsphere, the summer solstice happened yesterday, Wednesday, June 22, 2017 at 12:24am making yesterday the longest day of the year!

Which meaaaannnnnsssss…Summer is officially here and there is no turning back. From now on (or at least until Labor Day) it is time for endless pool parties, summer reading, vacations, relaxation and cookouts! But…we’ll be honest, there are a couple things that we are reallllly not sure if we are looking forward to or not this summer….

1) The grand reveal of Beyoncé’s twin “bey-by” names….We’re not sure if we’re ready or not….relax!

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2) Kim Kardashian West’s surrogate BONANZA & media frenzy….yeah…we’re definitely not looking forward to this one.

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3) Last but CERTAINLY not least – “Romp-hims” aka “Man Rompers”! While we can vouch for pretty much anything related to summer, this is not quite sitting right with us. We’re ALLLL for lounging in your comfiest gear and catching up on a good book but this new trend is not what we had in mind….honestly it’s not what anyone had in mind….EVER! But it is catching on like wild fire.

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Want to tell us how you really feel about the Romp-him? Click the link below to take our poll now and get a discount at www.DiscoverBooks.com!! #winning

Unlock Your Discount Code Now!!

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….or, on second thought….don’t!