Star Spangled Authors

The 4th of July is right around the corner! Most people picture fireworks, hot dogs on the grill, family get-togethers and red, white and blue decor for this holiday of Independence… And we know that there are tons of fun activities to partake in on such a celebratory occasion! If you’re anything like us here at Discover Books, no summer holiday (or any holiday for that matter) is complete without a chance to sneak away from the festivities for a while to relax and indulge in a good read. We don’t blame you for not being able to decide on a book fit for such a joyous holiday…that’s why we are going to make it super simple!

Some of the most influential authors in history were born on Independence Day so we figured a book by one of them makes perfect sense…right?

Below we have included a brief biography of two famous writers, both born on the 4th of July and some links to their most famous works of literature. Hopefully, you enjoy learning a little bit more about each of them as much as we have! The best part is, you can share your newfound knowledge with your friends and family over some sparklers and popcorn during your favorite firework celebration.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)

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Nathaniel wrote many novels and short stories over his lifetime. The most famous of all of them was The Scarlet Letter which was published in 1850 and is still part of the curriculum in many high schools today. Nathaniel emigrated from England to the U.S. and lived in Salem, Massachusetts. Nathaniel held many prestigious political positions in his lifetime and was even a judge for a number of years. During the majority of his life, he was a writer and editor and even lived next door to Ralph Waldo Emerson! He knew many historical figures as well, including Abraham Lincoln. Nathaniel died in his sleep in 1864 but will always be remembered for his influential literature. Some of his other works included, The Fanshawe (1828) and his collection of short stories, The House of Seven Gables (1851). You can read more about his life and biography here.

 

Abigail Van Buren (1918–2013)

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Although she used the pen name of Abigail Van Buren, this writer’s real name was Pauline Phillips. She was born in Iowa and started her career writing the famous column, Dear Abby in the San Francisco Chronicle. Her identical twin, Ann Landers, who she later grew to compete heavily with, had a very similar column titled, Ask Ann Landers. After resolving their differences, Abigail saw much success of her newspaper column as it was eventually published in over 1,000 newspapers across the globe! Read the best of her Dear Abby column here now. A more in-depth look into her life and the life of her twin sister is also available here.

If you aren’t into history, that’s okay too! We’re sure that we have something for you to indulge in on the 4th! Simply visit our website, www.discoverbooks.com, and select the category of your choice to browse thousands of books that you will LOVE! Also, don’t forget to checkout our SUPER DEALS going on now!

Stay Safe & Happy 4th of July!!

 

Kim Kardashian West’s Summer Reading List

Since today is the first official day of Summer 2016, we thought that we would have a little treat for our readers. We recently compiled a summer reading list for one of Hollywood’s most controversial celebrities. Some of you may love her and some of you may not, but you will definitely want to know what she is reading this summer. If you want to read the books on her list…books about only the most important things in life…all of them are listed below and can be found on the Discover Books website!

Check out what Kim Kardashian West is reading about this summer:

1) First up, Diamonds. We know that Kim LOVES her jewels and who doesn’t wear million dollar diamond earrings when they go swimming in the ocean? In case you lose yours like Kim did, we have a how-to guide on selecting new diamonds of the highest quality. A casual read.

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2) Lip Injections. It is imperative that Kim always look her best. You never know when the paparazzi will be lurking around a corner so here is a book on everything and anything that pertains to injecting synthetic materials into your face. Yay!

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3) Selfies…Obviously. For those of you who don’t know, Mrs. West recently published her own book of selfies, creatively titled “Selfish.” Yep, you guessed it, a picture book of hundreds of pictures of herself. We know for a fact that she’ll be engulfed in her latest masterpiece (looking at pictures of herself) over and over again this summer. If you want to read what Kim’s “reading”, you can buy it here!

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4) Self Help. Kim has admitted that she’s a little lost in life so it’s pretty safe to say that she will be reading this self help guide this summer. A must-read if you really don’t know what is going on in your own life and need help figuring it out!

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5) Mermaids. Kim is undecided on her views on these mystical creatures but one thing is for sure…reading about them DEFINITELY increases your IQ. Here is a book of some of the most amazing mermaid tales from around the world. We know that Kim has to have this in her repertoire for the summer!

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And there you have it. Get reading and enjoy your summer Kim K. style!

 

 

 

Love Is All You Need

 

First of all we want to start this week’s blog post with a heartfelt note to all of those who were involved in the Orlando tragedy on Sunday. We cannot imagine experiencing such a horrific event and send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those affected. There are no words that can make it better or easier but we want you to know we are thinking about you and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. #PrayForOrlando

We know that in times of sadness, it is hard to dig deep and find the silver lining. However, on this beautiful late spring day, instead of feeling distraught, we thought it would be good for the soul to take some notes from mother nature. We wanted to bring some images of pure hope and love to our Discover Books family. This National Geographic article photographed by Rachel Buchhloz proves that animals really do get it…love is all you need! Click the picture below to view the article.

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Happy Tuesday!

 

Read Your Way to Father’s Day

Father’s Day is less than 2 weeks away on June 19th, so you’ve probably already planned what you and Dad are doing on his favorite day of the year…right?

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…Okay, let’s be honest, a lot of us haven’t really thought about it at all. Don’t panic!

Here are a few simple, fun ideas that can be planned in a pinch so Dad feels loved and appreciated on his special day – We’ve even made it fool-proof by including a book that can help with each idea! Woohoo!!

Go Fishing – Who doesn’t love fishing? You might even catch dinner! Click here for details on a book about how to catch more fish!

Have a Cook Out – The weather is getting warmer and we bet that Dad would love a good old-fashioned burger on the grill. We have the perfect burger recipe book that will make food prep a breeze!

Go to a Baseball Game – If you don’t feel like cooking your own burgers, take Dad to a baseball game where the burgers and hot dogs will be waiting for you. Brush up on your baseball knowledge here and show Dad what a pro you are at the game!

Make Something – Some of the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Put your DIY skills to the test and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for Dad. If you don’t know what to make, start here and let your imagination run wild!

If none of these are up your Dad’s alley, go with your gut. You know Dad best and we are pretty sure that no matter what you have planned, he is going to love it and love spending time with you. Check out a few of our favorite books about Fathers below and you might even come up with a brilliant idea of your own.

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Happy Father’s Day!